ECMN Clergy Conference
Friday will be time for clergy and Bishop Loya to connect, reflect, and build relationship.
4pm - Evening Prayer led by Craig Lemming and Lisa Wiens Heinsohn. Click here to download the bulletin.
Town hall with the Bishop
Small group connection
Large group conversation
Saturday, we'll be led by Brother James Koester, Superior of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Using gospel images of night and darkness, Brother James will explore what it might mean to pray in the dark and how we can develop our night vision to discover, or discover again, how the light, and the One who is the Light, shines in the darkness.
We'll have three hour long sessions with him - with opportunities for conversation embedded - and an hour to engage in a practice suggested by Brother James between each session. Please read this piece on Why Monks Matter in advance of our time with Brother James.
8:30am - Morning Prayer led by Anna Ostenso Moore and Jennifer McNally
9am Session one
11am Session two
1pm Session three
2pm Closing and prayer
Praying in the Dark: A retreat for the clergy of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Winter, especially on the northern great plains, is the darkest time of the year. For many of us, these last nine months, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been some of the darkest times of our life, if not our ministry. Using gospel images of night and darkness, Brother James will explore what it might mean to pray in the dark and how we can develop our night vision to discover, or discover again, how the light, and the One who is the Light shines in the darkness.
Brother James Koester SSJE currently serves as the Superior of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, he attended high school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Following his ordination in 1984 he served in parish ministry in the Diocese of British Columbia (Vancouver Island), before joining SSJE in 1989. During his time living at Emery House, the Society’s rural monastery and retreat centre north of Boston, Brother James discovered his inner farmer. At one time he cared for 4 hives of bees, a flock of 25 chickens, 6 geese, 12 ducks, 4 pigs and a large kitchen garden. Now his flock consists of 12 brothers. A student of Anglo-Saxon monasticism, he is convinced that the model of the monk-missionary has a key part to play in the renewal of the church in the twenty-first century.
Also, as part of Clergy Conference, Bishop Loya will be recording a sermon that all faith communities are encouraged to use for Sunday the 31st of January.