In addition to celebrating our 25th Anniversary, our convention will focus on the Way of Love, a new initiative that we have been invited into by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The Way of Love is more than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices – a commitment to Jesus to Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest.
We are pleased to welcome one of the initiative’s creators, Jerusalem Greer, to be our keynote speaker and workshop presenter as we dive deeper into The Way of Love.
Jerusalem Greer is the Staff Officer for Evangelism for the Episcopal Church, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.
In her position, she coordinates church-wide efforts to inspire, gather, equip, send, and celebrate Episcopalians for the ministry of evangelism and discipleship, especially through initiatives like the Way of Love, Episcopal Revivals, Evangelism 101 trainings, resource development, and more.
Jersualem, who lives with her husband and children on a hobby farm in Arkansas, has also authored two books, At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together.
Workshops at Convention
We will offer four workshops during the convention for folks to dig deeper into the Way of Love.
Episcopal Evangelism through the Way of Love – Jerusalem Greer
This workshop is a not-so-basic training designed to introduce a fresh, humble, effective and Episcopal approach to the spiritual practice of evangelism as experienced through the Way of Love. During the workshop, participant’s will be given the resources needed for understanding the Jesus Movement, the genesis of the Way of Love practices, and the process of starting Way of Love Small Groups in their evangelism efforts.
Gathering as Dinner Church – The Rev. Ken Hitch
Sharing Faith Stories for Evangelism – Canon Katie Forsyth
To prepare for the work of Episcopal evangelism, participants will consider the elements of their faith stories and practice sharing their stories with one another. We’ll walk out the door ready to share with the world, our experience of God in our lives and our call to share that love with others.
Prayer Practice for All Generations – McKenzie Bade
Take your prayer practice into your own hands. Participants will take part in hands-on prayer through several experiential prayer stations. McKenzie, the workshop facilitator, will provide resources and information for participants to duplicate these multi-generational practices in their home congregations.