Diocesan Council Listening Process
We have had five of the six Diocesan Council Listening Process events and will hold the final event at the end of May. A digest of the data will follow when the process has finished and Diocesan Council has had a chance to go over the results. We thought you\'d like to know some of the information that has been gathered from the large amount of data already received.
We ask parishioners to list three main ministry passions in their congregations. A lot of wonderful ministries are going on in this diocese. Among them:
Youth ministry - J2A, Godly play, Creation Week Camp, youth groups, service projects involving youth, acolyte programs, youth involved in liturgy.
Music - choirs, music programs, innovative music offerings.
Outreach - programs to support and interact with the extended community. We have feeding programs, clothing closets for adults and children, thrift shops, soup kitchens, food pantries. Also advocacy efforts like Rural and Migrant Ministries, Network of Spiritual Progressives, gay/lesbian ministries including efforts with young people, and prison ministries. We have people tutoring children in inner city schools and rural school districts, churches offering radical hospitality through the RAIHN program and joint efforts with other faith communities including the Amish community in the Southern Tier.
Community Building - parish suppers, coffee hour, bible studies, and other activities that allow parishioners to intermingle and develop community. Coffee houses, rummage sales, antique shows, teas, spaghetti dinners, chicken barbecues, and various festivals take place all around the diocese.
Inter-parish Relations - cooperation between different parishes in outreach ministries, worship, and social events. Parishes cooperate with other Episcopal congregations and also ecumenically with other churches in their cities, towns and villages.