Did you know that for over 100 years the Episcopal Church has been active in Cuba? Yes, the Diocese of Cuba is over 100 years old. For much of that time, it was under the aegis of The Episcopal Church (TEC). When Fidel Castro took over in 1959, with new restrictions on travel and fund transfers, it became impractical to continue the relationship, and the diocese entered extra-provincial status within the Anglican Communion, with primatial oversight provided by a panel of archbishops.
Two of CEEP’s outstanding partners, The Episcopal Church Foundation and Kanuga Camps and Conference Center, are partnering to offer a Church Leadership Conference entitled Finding Your Place. 2/17-2/19 (This is ONLY for those of you not attending the CEEP conference the following week!) There are some great speakers lined up including Rachel Held Evans and our friend Mary Parmer from Invite.Welcome.Connect who has presented at CEEP conferences the past several years. The conference will focus on innovative ideas on understanding your role as a guide within the Church. Featured presentations will highlight how to support others in finding where their talents are most fruitful. There will also be workshops on stewardship, leadership skills, and discipleship for leaders.
One of the most exciting things about planning a conference are the unanticipated enrichment opportunities that come to us along the way. 2017 is no exception! Late on Friday afternoon (after the B workshops) One of our keynoters, Mike Gecan of the Industrial Areas Foundation (NYC), has volunteered to take folks on a site visit to area community action organizations he is involved with. In addition, we are working with the Sojourners organization (Jim Wallis, Director, was one of our keynoters in 2006 when we were last in the DC area) would like to host a small reception for us at their new office on Friday afternoon/evening. Several of our own members are also planning for a prayer group to walk to the White House.
On the 500th year anniversary of Martin Luther’s historic reform work, the Presiding Bishop of the Lutheran Church (ELCA) is inviting the world to commemorate the life, legacy, and relevant teachings of reformer Martin Luther by taking a free, 45-minute, pre-recorded online class. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is a speaker, teacher, and spiritual head of 3.5 million Evangelical Lutherans worldwide. Her class, “What Would Luther Do Today? with Elizabeth Eaton” is rich in resources and inspiration and will be offered for free to all January 16-30.
CEEP 2017 will feature both Mark Stevenson and Lacy Broemel at the Presiding Bishop's offices' lunch on, and we hope many of you will take some time to attend this important Webinar on Feb. 1. Thanks to the Neva Rae Fox for the notice of this opportunity:
The business case for investing in women has never been stronger. Research shows that companies where women are better represented in leadership simply perform better. And the financial power of women continues to grow. Women start new businesses at twice the rate of men and comprise some 43% of Americans with gross assets of $1.5 million or more, according to the latest government figures. As Newsweek reported in 2010, “Women are the biggest emerging market in the history of the planet.”
if you are planning to attend CEEP's 2017 conference and have the responsibility of handling your Church's endowment or foundation, we .recommend you sign up for the Smart Start for Endowment Trustees. This immersive 8 hour session spread over two days is a great opportunity for you to spend time with your peers: Episcopalians who speak the language of endowment and investment and who have the privilege of sharing your expertise for the ministry of your Church.