The 2017 Winter Convocation was held at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. More than 325 people attended from 56 of our parishes.
The event was kicked off on Friday evening with a lively celebration, singing along with Live Hymnal. The reception that followed allowed plenty of time for connecting with new and old friends alike.
This year we highlighted our bicentennial and ways that parishioners and congregations could commit to their own "200s." Individuals were also given an opporutnity to sign a pledge banner showing they were part of "committing to a new century serving God's mission." Each parish was then gifted with a banner to celebrate the Diocese's 200 years.
Participants started Saturday morning by celebrating Holy Eucharist as a community. Directly following, the Rev. Dwight Zscheile, the keynote speaker, shared a compelling speech about the concepts he shares in his book, The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age.
Attendees then moved onto workshops with topics such as: Lay Leadership in the Church, Intergenerational Faith Formation, Pottery and Prayer, Finding Grants for your Congregation, and Fearless Finances.
After lunch, Table Topic Conversations allowed for further discussion about spiritual direction, church and politics, religious life, "What’s Your 200", parish outreach ideas, and Bellwether Farm.
Participants enjoyed a weekend of community and reflection and left with hearts and minds full of goodness and gratitude.
Save the date for next year: February 2-3, 2018. We look forward to growing with you through the year and celebrating again at the 2018 Winter Convocation!