August 20, 2015
These very warm and humid August days belie the fact that September and the autumn that lies beyond are very near. The 2015 – 2016 Mercer School of Theology Guidebook, containing information about our calendar for the coming year is about to be mailed by US Post to all the parishes of the Diocese of Long Island. If you would like a copy of your own, please be in touch with the Mercer Office at 516.248.4800, extension 140. We are both hopeful and confident that the Guidebook will provide you with a sense of all the opportunity for learning, enrichment, and connection that is coming up this academic year. Read it cover to cover and let us know your thoughts!
We will mark the opening of the academic year, for Mercer School and for all the learning pursuits across the diocese, at an opening Academic Convocation at Mercer's Chapel of the Good Shepherd on the evening of Tuesday, September 15th. Beginning at 6:30 pm we will pray evening prayer under the leadership of Bishop Provenzano and hear a call to our efforts over the coming year from Mr. Thomas Gimbel, a learner and teacher himself and an amazing individual. All are welcome to this gathering and there is no charge. Light refreshments will be served as well.
Just a few days later, on Saturday September 19th from 10 am to 3 pm, parish clergy and musicians are warmly invited to a gathering considering Sunday liturgy, What Sunday Can Look Like [Now]. In very practical fashion, with tools you can use immediately, we will work together on planning a Sunday liturgy, using the creative means that have been provided us and our own permission to indeed be creative. Online registration is open now: just click here. We hope many musicians and clergy will come together as a team.
This Saturday gathering represents the first of several we will sponsor over the coming year, all geared to enrich your ability to build healthy and strengthened community in your local church. Stay cool, and plan to be with us soon!