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posted Oct 13, 2015, 6:54 AM by Scott Richards   [ updated Oct 13, 2015, 7:01 AM ]


October 13, 2015

Educational webinar examines refugee crisis

Children's Choir of Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo in Lexington, Kentucky
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will present a 90 minute webinar on October 15 focusing on the global refugee crisis, U.S. resettlement and how Episcopalians can be involved in this ministry of welcome. Presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Public Policy Network, the live webinar will begin at 8 pm. 

For more than 75 years, The Episcopal Church has welcomed refugees to the United States, helping them find safety, security and new lives as American citizens. Now, with at least 60 million people displaced from their homes and lives, the global community is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. "We are all witnesses to this massive human suffering," noted Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission. "As Episcopalians in the United States, we are called ever more deeply into responding to this tragedy by engaging the life-saving ministry of refugee resettlement." Lately, the media has been dominated by photos, videos and stories of Syrian refugees fleeing war and seeking asylum in Europe. But the violence in Syria is just one of the ongoing conflicts underlying one the largest migrations in human history. Decades of war and violence in places like Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Myanmar have forced citizens to flee and prevented their ability to return home. 

"Episcopalians from across the church have been reaching out to us on a daily basis asking how they can be involved in mission and advocacy that supports refugees," Deborah Stein, Episcopal Migration Ministries Director. "We hope that this webinar will inspire individuals, congregations, and dioceses to engage this life-saving work in new ways."

When refugees cannot return home or stay in the country in which they receive asylum, a very small number may be considered for resettlement to a third country like the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway, among others. 

Refugees learn Italian at 
St. Paul's Within the Walls, Rome

Webinar Registration
Register for the webinar here. (Required) Webinar will be available on-demand following the event. 

 Facts to consider 
 * Refugees are persons fleeing armed conflict or persecution. Refugees are defined and protected in international law by the 1951 Refugee Convention. 
 * There are nearly 60 million refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide.
 * At least 4 million Syrians have been forced to flee since the outbreak of war in Syria in early 2011. 
 * Half of all refugees are children. 

Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Media Release, October 5, Full version available here.
Social Media Sunday:
Get ready for 21st cent evangelism 

On Sunday, October 25, parishes and other worshiping communities are invited to participate in Social Media Sunday. The event originated in Trinity, Tariffville with Carolyn Clement. The event has become a national, ecumenical event in the course of the last year. 

Social Media Sunday encourages worshiping communities who are not currently utilizing social media to begin. Likewise, it also offers the opportunity for deepened usage to those already using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. As communication becomes more focused on digital interactions, social media becomes more pivotal for telling the story and bearing witness.

Want to participate, but need help?

If you are interested in participating, but are struggling with ideas or technical difficulties, we have multiple support networks for you. If you would like to engage in discussion in a communal forum, please join the "Social Media Sunday" group on Facebook here. The group provides opportunities to both, share experiences and ask questions.

If you would prefer to speak with someone individually, please reach out to Joshua Bruner, Digital Associate for ECCT, He will be happy to help you prepare for Social Media Sunday, regardless of where you are in the process. For those of you who are just getting started, Joshua can help you set up your social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) and help you troubleshoot. For those of you who are comfortable with social media, but looking to expand, he is also interested in speaking with you to offer various suggestions and help you discern what social media ideas might be a good fit for your community. 
Three upcoming events for clergy

ECCT Clergy Day focuses on the ordination process

Join your bishops and members of the Commission on Ministry to learn about the Ordination Process in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange, CT. Over the past three years the bishops and Commission on Ministry have been working to develop a discernment and formation process for deacons and priests that emphasizes collegiality, hybridity and individuality in raising up and supporting ordained leaders to serve God's Mission in the 21st century. Register here by October 28
BCP topic of Nov. 5 ConnECA meeting

The Rev. Stephen Gerth, rector of st. Mary the Virgin "aka Smokey Mary's on Times Square for 27 year, will talk about the Book of Common Prayer at the Nov. 5 meeting of the ECCT clergy association, ConnECA. It will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Christ Church, Stratford. For more info about this program or ConnECA contact the Rev. Sandra Cosman:
ECCT offers tax workshop clergy

On Tuesday December 1, Accountant Donna Corey and Canon for Mission Finance and Operations Louis Fuertes will be offering a workshop for clergy on clergy tax preparation. This workshop will be particularly geared for those who are newly ordained. It is also open to veteran clergy who have questions regarding taxes. The workshop will be from 10am to 1pm, including lunch. Participants may also choose to attend virtually via video conference. 
Final Reminders for lay leaders and clergy

Regional Budget Review Sessions

A reminder that this week's budget review session is scheduled at St. Ann's in Old Lyme at 6:00 p.m, for those who have registered. There is still time to register for the final session:

October 27, 6 p.m., St. Paul's, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT
Register by October 19. Link here to register.
Power Privilege, and Our Baptismal Covenant 
Special Safe Church Training scheduled this Saturday

The office of Mission Integrity and Training is offering a one-day special event at 4:00 PM this
Saturday, October 17 for people who want to learn more about keeping a healthy, safe church and have questions related to social media, elder care, LGBTQ matters, and welcoming the differently-abled. The event will be held at Camp Washington: 190 Kenyon Rd, Lakeside.
Positions Open
Full job descriptions and application instructions are available via the respective websites.  More job openings may be found here on the website.

Organist (part-time), Emmanuel, Killingworth. More information can be found here. If interested, please contact Rosemarie Prelinger,

Human Resources Administrator, The Commons. Application instructions found here. If interested, send resume and letter of interest to Deb Kenney,

To submit a job opening to be included here, please fill out this form. Jobs will be reviewed and then posted once in the weekly enews and posted on the website for four weeks.   
Coming up soon
The ECCT calendar is located here. It allows you to filter events by category and includes a subscribe link at the bottom of the page.
  • Oct. 14, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Regional Budget Review Meeting, Saint Ann's Church, Old Lyme
  • Oct. 15 - 6:30 p.m. - Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Susan Pinkerton - St. John's, West Hartford
  • Oct. 27, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Regional Budget Review Meeting, St. Paul's Fairfield
  • Nov. 3, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Clergy Day, Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange Register here
  • Nov. 5, 12:00 -2:00 p.m. - ConnECA, Christ Episcopal Church, Stratford
  • Nov. 17, 7pm - Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Bevan Stanley - St. Michael's Litchfield
  • Oct. 18 - Bishop Douglas - St. John's, Niantic
  • Oct. 18 - Bishop Ahrens - Suffragans Retreat
  • Oct. 25 - Bishop Douglas - St. Mark's, Storrs
  • Oct. 25 - Bishop Ahrens - Christ Church, Stratford
  • Nov. 1- Investiture of Michael Curry at National Cathedral
  • Nov. 8- Bishop Douglas - St. Mark's, Bridgewater
  • Nov. 8 - Bishop Ahrens - Trinity, Collinsville
  • Nov. 15 - Annual Convention
  • Nov. 22 - Bishop Douglas - St. Andrew's, Devon
  • Nov. 22 - Bishop Ahrens - Iglesia Betania, Norwalk
  • Nov. 29 - Thanksgiving Weekend
PARISH EVENTS (Parish Events Calendar) 
Deadline for inclusion of events is the Friday before the eNews goes out. Events are updated online once a week so please submit your events early if you wish them to be included. 
  • Blessing of the Animals (Oct. 18 - St. George's, Bolton)
  • Mid-Day Music (Oct. 21 - St. Paul's on the Green, Norwalk)
  • Community Concert (Oct. 24 - St. George's, Bolton)
  • Candlelight Sung Prayer (Oct. 27 - St. Michael's Parish, Litchfield)
  • Harvest Home and Halloween Celebration (Oct. 30 - St. John's, Vernon)
  • 'Faust' Silent Movie Night (Oct. 30 - Christ Church, Norwich)
  • Bach Organ Recital (Nov. 1 - St. Michael's Parish, Litchfield)
  • 'Ye Old Sugarplum Fair' (Nov. 21 - Trinity, Wethersfield)
Clergy are invited to attend whichever of these meetings that best fits their schedule and location. Each line provides a link to the respective Eventbrite page. From there, you can find more details and register for the event. 


Comprehensive (Basic) Safe Church Training Sessions (Saturday training 9 - 4, lunch provided) 
  • Oct. 17, 2015: Camp Washington, 190 Kenyon Rd., Lakeside - Register here
  • Oct. 31, 2015: St. Mark's Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic - Register here
Safe Church Recertification Training (for Laity) Evening sessions,6pm-9pm unless otherwise noted, light supper provided. Morning sessions, 9am-11:30am unless otherwise noted, light refreshments provided.  
  • Oct. 13, 2015, 6pm-9pm: St. James Church, 76 Federal St., New London - Register here
  • Oct. 24, 2015, 9am-11:30am: Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave., Westport - Register here
  • Nov. 13, 2015, 12:00noon-2:30pm: Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell - Register here
  • Nov. 14, 2015, 8:30-11:00pm: Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell - Register here


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