Activities for the second day of convention
The convention Eucharist will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, followed by a keynote address by the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers
note: Clergy are encouraged to wear white stoles (Commemoration of Margaret, Queen of Scotland) over their street clothes and remain at their tables for the convention Eucharist Saturday morning.
The remainder of the day will be filled with workshops and discussions around “Repairing the Breach,” one of the four quadrants of our journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the events on Saturday.
“The Shock of Belonging”
The Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Interim Staff Officer for Church Planting for the Episcopal Church
Jesus had a way of shocking people into facing their own Belovedness. “I must be a guest in your home today,” he tells Zaccheus. A simple “Follow me,” is the startling invitation to many others. To prepare for the work of repairing the breach, we must first come face to face with our own stories of fear, isolation, power, acceptance and community. Then, we discover the commitments and practices that Jesus’ proclamation of belonging compel us toward. Katie will share her experience of growing up Asian-American in a predominately Anglo denomination, and a few stories of being shocked by the love of people she had not previously thought of as her neighbor. She will describe how these experiences prepared her for the work of church planting in Birmingham, and invite the Convention to imagine how the surprising realization of our own Belovedness might compel the Episcopal Church to live and pray more missionally.
The Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers serves as the Interim Staff Officer for Church Planting for the Episcopal Church. In 2015 she planted a “3rd space” worshiping community and cafe called The Abbey in Birmingham, Alabama. Katie has a degree in flute performance from Northwestern University and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2011. She and her husband, the Rev. Josiah Rengers, live in Birmingham with their two young children – Naomi, 6 and Katherine, 3.
Blessed are the Peacemakers…A Look at Peacemaking through the Lens of Six Weeks in Israel/Palestine
Presenter: The Rev. Jackie Matisse, St. Patrick’s Lebanon
Jackie will discuss what she learned from six weeks of conversations with peacemakers in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Redemption in the Criminal Justice System
Presenter: Sasha Naiman, Ohio Justice Policy Center
This workshop will explain how Ohio’s criminal legal system impacts people, in prison and in the community. 1 in 6 Ohioans have felony or misdemeanor convictions, which can create lifelong stigma and barriers to housing, employment, civic engagement, and community integration. In our overcrowded jails and prisons, many Ohioans are sentenced to unfairly long prison terms, even after they can demonstrate rehabilitation. This workshop will also explain what the Ohio Justice & Policy center is doing create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal justice systems – through projects like Beyond Guilt and the Second Chance Legal Clinics. The audience will learn key statistics/background about criminal “justice” in Ohio, as well as legal tools that help people seek redemption and mercy (e.g. clemency, parole, expungement, record sealing, etc.)
Living Missionally in an Institutional World
(note: this replaces Belovedness for Beginners)
Presenters: The Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Interim Staff Officer for Church Planting for the Episcopal Church and The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Bishop’s staff
Christians often long for diversity in our churches because we sense that this will help us represent the Kingdom more fully. However, what does this invitation actually look like? Explore more deeply the connection between Becoming Beloved Community and the work of church planting and mission development.
It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Presenter: The Rev. AJ Stack, St. Peter’s Gallipolis
Mainline Christians are good at figuring out what their neighbors need. The trouble is, most of the time we do it without even talking to them! If you’re curious about how to build relationships with the folks who live right next door, come discuss some action-oriented steps you can take to rediscover the mission field that is just a few hundred yards away from your red doors.
Presenters: The Rev. Cameron O’Riley, St. Patrick’s Dublin and the Rev. Karl Stevens, St. John’s Worthington
Pilgrimage can be a pathway to racial healing and reconciliation. Such journeys provide an opportunity to tangibly connect to history through location, face-to-face encounters, and conversation with local residents and fellow pilgrims. In the summer of 2019, the Episcopal Youth of Columbus and their leaders traveled to the deep south to more fully understand the significance of systemic racism in our country, and how they can work towards creating Beloved Community.
Exploring the Intersection of Creation Care and Poverty will not be offered. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Let’s Keep it Real: Lessons from the Front Lines of Repairing the Breach
Presenters: Amy Howton, Becoming Beloved Community Coordinator and Becoming Beloved Community Ambassadors
In this session, clergy and lay leaders will keep it real with true and messy stories of how they have engaged in the work of Repairing the Breach in their local contexts, in their congregations, neighborhoods, nation. Some of these leaders received newly available Becoming Beloved Community grant funding to support their efforts; others have been on the front lines for decades. Together, they will all share stories of what they have learned (both wins and failures), how they have been changed, and considerations for continued efforts to repair the breach. Examples include an interfaith dialogue on the history of White Supremacy in Springfield, a church-school partnership in Westwood, and policy and legislative advocacy.
Story as a Tool for Repairing the Breach
Presenter: Miriam McKenney, Forward Movement
Stories play a role in our daily lives both consciously and unconsciously. Together we will use the stories of others and our own stories as tools to gain knowledge, understanding, and healing across cultural and ethnic boundaries.
Presenter: The Rev. Canon Jason Leo, Bishop’s staff, and the Rev. Canon Paul Williams, Christ Church Cathedral
How to share the love of Jesus with strangers on the street. Spontaneous evangelism on the fly.
Living the Way of Love: Building Young Adult Community in the Church
Presenters: Members of Brendan’s Crossing Community
Come hear from young adults who are part of our diocesan Episcopal Service Corps about how they are serving others in solidarity and promoting justice in the community. Reflect with them on how their faith draws them to a year dedicated to serving God and neighbors, living in intentional community, and discerning their calling.