Winter Convocation 2021
with (of course) a Brand New Format
February 7 – 14
Here’s the plan: Each of the following workshops will be offered once on a weeknight between February 8 and 12. We will use a one-hour (maximum) online format that will begin at 7 pm. Bishop Hollingsworth will prerecord sermons for Sunday, February 7 and 14, for parishes to use in their online worship those weeks.
Assigned prework will be provided for each workshop (watching a video, reading a chapter or two of something, etc.) so the online time will be spent directly diving into and discussing the content. All events are free, and registration for each particular workshop will be required. You may attend as many or few as you like. Here are the workshops. The schedule and registration information are coming soon.
- Monday, February 8, 7 pm – Looking at God’s church now and in the future is a keynote of every Convocation – The Rev. Sean Steele is Vicar and founding clergy of St. Isidore Episcopal, a 5-year-old experiment in “Traditioned Innovation” located in Spring TX. St Isidore is a network of small-batch, sacramental, prayer book rooted missional communities. We will examine aspects of this dispersed church. Here’s an article about St. Isidore: https://faithandleadership.com/church-has-no-walls-many-doors-accessible-seekers-and-skeptics
- Tuesday, February 9, 7 pm – Building Relationships is a favorite part of every Convocation – In her new book – A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing – The Rev. Rosalind C Hughes, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, [finds] that regardless of how we define family, the ancient stories of the Bible shape how we claim our place in the household of God today. … Hughes links her personal stories with those of the Bible and offers space for us to do the same.” Through prayerful and imaginative engagement, this workshop dances with some of the characters who are our biblical forerunners in faith, members of our faith history, and fellow children of the living God, bringing our spiritual family tree to life. Workshop participants will each receive a copy of Rosalind’s excellent book.
- Wednesday, February 10, 7 pm – Spiritual Formation is essential to every Convocation – Building upon a great earlier event at Bellwether, The Rev. Anna Sutterisch will lead us in Soultending: Experiential (and experimental) Spirituality. Using our bodies, found objects around our house, and some simple materials, a variety of multi-sensory activities will connect us with ourselves, each other, and God.
- Thursday, February 11, 7 pm – Exploring connections between work, faith, and vocation ground every Convocation – Chef Lonny Gatlin and Farmer Kyle Mitchell share the ways they experience God and faith in their vocations of hospitality, cooking, farming, and husbandry. Accompanying them on this exploration is Dr. Kate Giloolly, St. Luke’s, Cleveland who recently finished her Doctor of Ministry degree at Bexley Seabury Seminary.
- Friday, February 12, 7 pm – Laughter and fun are part of every Convocation – Game Night: The youth of the Diocese of Ohio will lead us in a multi-generational, interactive, exciting game night. Followed by Compline. All ages welcome! Games like Pictionary, Hot Seat, Would You Rather, Show and Tell, Trivia, and maybe more!
- Sunday, February 7 and 14 – Worship is an important part of every Convocation – Bishop Hollingsworthwill offer two prerecorded sermons – one for Sunday, February 7, and one for Sunday, February 14. All parishes are invited to incorporate these sermons into their online offerings for those two Sundays. These sermons, and our shared experiences of them, will kick off and wrap up the Convocation.
More information about scheduling and registration is coming soon. See you at Convocation!