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Endowed Parishes' conference offers motivation, practical advice to congregations

2/27/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  Clergy and lay members of 111 parishes and 22 church-related organizations spent three days recently networking and learning at the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes' 21st annual conference.

This year's conference, held February 22-25 at the Alexandria Mark Center, was called "Faith, Formation, Freedom: Affirming Episcopal Identity."

Each year's conference features keynote speakers, well-known preachers and a variety of workshops on outreach, stewardship, leadership, congregational development, Christian formation and endowment management.

The Consortium helps leaders of endowed parishes foster development and use of endowments for mission and ministry. Its website, www.endowedparishes.org, states that "consortium members believe endowments are venture capital for the communication of the Gospel and are held in trust for Christian witness. They seek to be catalysts for evangelism and mission. Endowed parishes recognize that their wealth brings unique challenges as well as opportunities."

Click on the links below for coverage of speakers and workshops at the conference.

Holding the center means holding onto Christ
Closing panelists say living in communities that practice Christ's ministry are key
By Mary Frances Schjonberg

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72331_ENG_HTM.htm

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Telling and listening to stories helps piece together Anglican puzzle
Canterbury is Communion's crossroad, dean tells consortium

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72330_ENG_HTM.htm

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Post-Katrina ministry happens outside church's walls
By Mary Frances Schjonberg

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72329_ENG_HTM.htm

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Convention's process can help prevent division in Church
House of Deputies vice president says special committee will craft response to Communion
By Jerry Hames

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72328_ENG_HTM.htm

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Religion should be political bridge, not wedge, activist tells parishes
By Mary Frances Schjonberg

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72327_ENG_HTM.htm

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Prepare now for disaster, experts tell parishes
Disaster plans need to be living documents
By Mary Frances Schjonberg

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72326_ENG_HTM.htm

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Church must be politically involved, counter fundamentalism
Fear, not faith driving policies, Chane says
By Mary Frances Schjonberg

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_72325_ENG_HTM.htm