All are invited to join our wider bi-diocesan communities at one of our regional Leadership Workshop Days late this spring. The last time we gathered in-person for Leadership Day Workshops was right before the pandemic!


Join us for a Saturday of fellowship and learning, with workshops especially geared toward newly elected vestry leaders, program staff and volunteers, and all those with interest. Each attendee will have the opportunity to choose two workshops from the offerings. Please read below for workshop descriptions, location details, and registration instructions.

Philadelphia Eleven Documentary Screenings
May 11 – Marshall | May 18 – Midland | June 15 – Petoskey

Plus, in addition to our workshop offerings, attendees are invited to stay for an optional, add-on screening of The Philadelphia Eleven, a new documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination in The Episcopal Church. The documentary tells the story of the audacious first eleven women to be ordained as priests in our church. This add-on option is available to attendees and to those just seeking to attend the screening. Please follow registration instructions on the ticketing page.

Questions about this event? Please contact the Rev. Canon Tracie Little at tlittle@eastmich.org or tlittle@edwm.org.

Daily schedule

We anticipate each Saturday to follow this agenda, subject to change.

  • 9 am Check-in table, Resource tables open
  • 10 am Welcome
  • 10:30 am Workshop Session I
  • 11:30 am Break, Lunch
  • 12:30 pm Workshop Session II
  • 1:30 pm Dismissal
  • 2:00 pm (Optional add-on) Philadelphia Eleven Screening

May 11, 2024

Registration deadline: May 4

Trinity Episcopal Church

101 E. Mansion St. Marshall, MI 49068

May 18, 2024

Registration deadline: May 11

St. John's Episcopal Church

405 N. Saginaw St. Midland, MI 48640

June 15, 2024

Registration deadline: June 8

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

1020 E. Mitchell St Petoskey, MI 49770


We expect that each workshop listed will be offered twice. Additionally, we anticipate recording (and potentially live-streaming) several of the workshops over the course of the three-event series for later viewing.

Creation Care 101

Hosted by the Rev. Canon Nurya Love Parish, Canon for the Northern Collaborative and Beloved Community, Creation Care

Christian practice of care for Creation is rooted in our understanding of who we are, whose we are, and to whom this earth truly belongs. In this workshop we’ll study Scripture including sections of Genesis 2 and Psalm 24 and create prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for particular places on earth that we hope to tend well to give life and health to future generations and glory to God.

Transitions Overview

Hosted by the Rev. Canon Tracie Little, Canon for the Southern Collaborative and Adult Formation

All of our congregations at some point will experience a time of transition. During these times, as the regular pattern of clergy presence is disrupted, anxiety within the congregation can result. One of the easiest ways to calm some of this anxiety, is for leadership to be transparent about the process of working through times of transition. This workshop is designed to give a simple overview of the transition’s process to help congregations and leadership understand how they and the diocesan transitions officer work together.

Finance 101

Hosted by Sara Philo, CFO & Benefits Administrator with Julia Quillan, Bookkeeper for the Diocese of Western Michigan

Join our finance staff for an overview of parish financial leadership, including basics of accounting, reporting, audits, available loans and grants, and available resources. This workshop may be especially beneficial for those newly elected as parish treasurers, parish administrators, and all those involved in the oversight of parish finances and administration.

Vestry 101

Hosted by the Rev. Canon Sunil Chandy, Canon for the Central Collaborative and Digital Communities

Are you new to vestry and looking to learn how to be an effective member of your church’s governance? Come and join Canon Sunil as we discuss the canonical responsibilities of the vestry, including the roles and responsibilities of clergy, the executive team, as well as the role of the vestry in God’s mission in the world. Throughout the workshop, we will review real-life case studies that will help us better understand and engage in the concepts we have learned.

Planning Your Formation Year

Hosted by members of our bi-diocesan children/youth formation team

Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. In this process, we are transformed into the people God wants us to be. Join members of your bi-diocesan Children/Youth formation team to walk through and share ideas for planning your formation year to support the continued growth in relationship with God, self, others, and creation for our younger generations.

Plan to walk away with a template for planning and resources for formation and come prepared to share what has worked (or not worked!) for you in your spaces and places.
Building Blocks of Church Communications
Hosted by Katie Forsyth, Canon for Evangelism & Networking

Join our diocesan communicator for a workshop on the basics of parish communications, including an overview of websites, social media, newsletters, and more. How do we define our audiences? How do we articulate our messages? What tools are necessary (and not necessary) to meet our communications and community engagement goals? This workshop open to all and may be especially helpful to those exercising staff and volunteer communications functions, both lay and ordained.


In addition to our workshops, we anticipate offering several resource tables for general information and resource-sharing, including:

  • College for Congregational Development
  • Children and Youth Formation
  • Evangelism and Communications Resources and Swag



After the workshops are over, stick around for an optional add-on event, a screening of The Philadelphia Eleven, a new documetary telling the story of the eleven women ordained in 1974 as an act of civil disobedience. In 2024, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of breaking the glass ceiling of ordination in The Episcopal Church! Click here to watch the trailer for The Philadephia Eleven.

The screening will begin at 2pm.


The cost to attend the Leadership Day Workshops is $15/person, which helps us cover expenses and materials across the three Leadership Day events.

The add-on, optional documentary screening is an additional $10 to help cover a portion of the licensing fees.

Scholarship funds are available. Please contact Canon Little at tlittle@eastmich.org or tlittle@edwm.org to inquire.

Registration may be completed as an individual or as a group. Please register at least one week ahead of the event; specific deadlines are listed above with each location.