Special Events & Lectures

Godly Play Training

The Church of the Redeemer - Astoria

Saturday, April 18, 2018

For information, contact kochtera@dioceseli.org


Building Community Summit

Saturday, March 10, 2018 9am - 4pm

Community: The experience of belonging; feeling of being relatedto and a part of something; friendship, hospitality, convivialityA church community can serve as a powerful agent for change.

This day long summit, developed and presented jointly by Episcopal Ministries of Long Island and the Mercer School
of Theology will explore the topic of community building and the structures and systems of formation required to build them. Through a variety of workshops, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on the deeper question of how we can transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.

Themes for the day include:
• Being able to uncover and leverage individual gifts and community assets
• Shifting our focus; from problems to possibility, from fear to generosity, from scarcity to abundance
• Exploring inclusive community engagement; means and methods that foster relationship and connection
Invited speakers will deepen our understanding on various topics and several ministry partners who are using their parish strengths to create stronger connections within the community will also be profiled.

Join us for this day of learning how to build a more flourishing church community.
For more information, or to be added to the EMLI mailing list to receive registration materials, contact Franca Floro, Program Director, Episcopal Ministries at 516-248-4800, ext. 149 or ffloro@dioceseli.org.

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150th Anniversary Episcopal Backstory Series: A New Diocese for Long Island

Date: Tuesdays, beginning April 10, 2018 Five sessions until May 15

Time: 12 noon – 2 pm

Location: Mercer School of Theology

During Eastertide, the Mercer School will offer a weekday daytime program for interested laity (clergy are welcome too!) to help set the stage for our celebration of 150 years as a diocese of the Episcopal Church and member of the Anglican Communion. This program will cover the background, activities and significance of five critical periods in the history and tradition of the Episcopal Church. Each session will meet promptly with lunch and Noonday Prayer at 12 noon p.m. and end by 2:00 p.m. The dates and topics covered are: April 10 – A Catholic (Universal) Church; April 17 – A Reformed National Church. May 1 – An Episcopal Church for a New Nation; May 8 – The First Lambeth Conference; May 15 – A New Diocese for Long Island. Our only required "text" will be the Book of Common Prayer (1979); other materials will be provided. The program leader is Dr. Ted Gerbracht. 

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"The Church, Our Work and Ministry: An Ecclesiology Focused on Our World"

Conversations with the Right Rev Lawrence Provenzano

Date: Wednesday Evenings in Eastertide 4/18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16 (no class on 5/2)

Time: 7:00 pm Location: Mercer School or Theology

Some themes:

· An examination of the focus of the Early Church on the world of its time.

· Medieval Catholic & Reformed focus of the Church on the world.

· Post World War II focus of the Church and its co-opting by the world.

· The Church Today: politics, evangelism, and mission.

Class size limited

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The Annual Robert Farrar Capon Lecture

Science & Faith in Harmony: Creation, Science, and The Saint John's Bible

Presented by Anton M. Koekemoer, Ph.D., Hubble Astronomer

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 6 pm Reception; 7 pm Lecture

Location: Mercer School of Theology

Dr. Koekemoer is a research astrophysicist with the Hubble Space Telescope and has been on its scientific staff for over 20 years. His main research interests include the formation and growth of galaxies and black holes in the early universe and across cosmic time. He is also a committed Christian whose faith plays a central role in his life, and he considers the universe to be one of the ways in which God has chosen to reveal His glory to humankind, so that is possible for our Christian faith to be reconciled in harmony with our scientific understanding of the universe.

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