Clergy Conference

May 1-3, 2012

King's House, Buffalo

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Jesus talked about the concept of neighbor a lot (Lk 10: 25-37), imploring us to go and do, likewise and defining a neighbor as one who shows mercy. The great commandment — love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… love your neighbor as yourself — in Jesus’ words, sums up all that we’re taught by the Law and the Prophets.

It’s impossible to engage God’s mission without discerning and defining our sense of “who is my neighbor?” The theme of our upcoming program year, launched at this year’s Convention, is: Engaging God’s Mission – Who Is My Neighbor? In order to get in front of, or at least not too far behind, your planning for the coming year, we will use this spring’s clergy conference as the launching pad for this theme. We’ll provide a variety of opportunities for each of us to question, shape, define and refine what this means for each of your individual lives as clergy and for each of the faith communities in which you engage God’s mission.

Remember, the days of the week are different than usual, we will begin with a social time before dinner on Tuesday, May 1 and conclude right before lunch on Thursday, May 3.

Draft Agenda

Tuesday, May 1

3:30        Registration begins
5:00        Reception in the Garden Atrium
6:00        Dinner
7:00        Overview of Conference – Bishop Prior
7:15        Who is my neighbor? – our ancestors and our children’s children

    • Film – Dakota 38 is a documentary film by Smooth Feather Productions which follows a 330 mile horseback ride to honor and remember the 38 Dakota Warriors who were executed in unison on December 26, 1862.

9:30        Compline

Wednesday, May 2

8:00        Breakfast
9:00        Morning Worship
9:20        Launch theme of “who is my neighbor” for 2012-2013
11:20     Break
12:00     Lunch
1:00        Who is my neighbor? – the wider Episcopal Church

    • General Convention deputies lead discussion/feedback session in advance of GC12

3:30        Free Time
5:00        Reception in the Garden Atrium
6:00        Dinner
7:00        Who is my neighbor? – the Episcopal Church in Minnesota

    • Mission Areas, Annual Convention

8:30        Compline

Thursday, May 3

8:00        Breakfast
9:00        Morning Worship
9:15        Who is my neighbor? – clergy colleagues

    • What is working well for you? What tips can you share with others?
    • What do you need from others?
    • How can we continue to build the network?

11:15     Closing Worship & Eucharist

NOTE: Lunch will NOT Be served at King’s House on Thursday