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David and Julie in the Communications Office have created a beautiful flyer and beautiful bulletin inserts to help promote the Exodus Big Read.  Please post them at home, in your church, and share them with parish administrators so that they can go into your bulletins.  Help create the community of people who are reading together!

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Exodus Convocation
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Procter Center

Join us for a unique day of discovering, dreaming and discernment.
Learn to leave behind what holds us back and journey toward where God is calling us.

Registration opens July 17

If you are passionate about making our Church/the Gospel relevant to our neighborhoods and the world today, this is the day for you! Come together for a day of deep discussion and practical learning about identifying our “Egypts” and how to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us out of our buildings and into connection with the people around us.

We’ll begin by spending time together in small groups pondering where Jesus is in our neighborhoods, what “pillars of cloud” we need to follow and what “pillars of fire” are pushing us. Participants will have time to contribute their thoughts and listen together for insights, ideas and deeper connections.

Then it’s time to find our way in the wilderness. Churches and people who have already found their way and are successfully connecting with their neighborhoods will offer a series of flash forums. Visit as many or as few of the forums as you like. Talk with those who have gone out and listened and engaged with both institutions and individuals in their neighborhoods. The open space format of the forums will allow you to stay as long as you would like, or leave if it’s not for you. Find a method that will work for your congregation and your neighborhood and connect with someone who can help you get started.

We’ll end by gathering the major insights that emerge from our discussions and learning, which will allow us to discern where God is calling our diocese and create a model to help us get there. The information collected will be used to create a formal statement to be presented to the 143rd convention in November.

There is no cost to attend the Exodus Convocation, but registration is required. Registration will open Monday, July 17. All are welcome!

Exodus Project continues through April 2018
We will have several opportunities in the coming months to ponder the questions raised in the Book of Exodus and how they apply to us, here and now.
In addition to the convocation, the Exodus Big Read begins August 27. Exodus will be the centering theme for the 143rd annual conventionNov. 10–11. The themes of Exodus embedded in the Great Vigil of Easter will be the focus for Jubilate 2018, scheduled for January 20, 2018 at Procter. And a capstone event with Old Testament scholar Terence Fretheim will be held April 7, 2018.
Information about all of these events will be posted as it becomes available at
As we prepare to start reading Exodus as a diocese on August 27th, I’ll be posting important information on a bi-weekly basis.  This week I’ll be telling you about our plan for adult forums.  Thanks to Pat Cargill of St. Anne, West Chester for emailing a list of questions about the forums.  If you have questions or suggestions for the DSO Big Read of Exodus, please email me at kpbstevens[at]


Adult Forums
  • We are in the process of creating five video classes for adult forums.  The first class is up and ready to use.  You can see it by going to  There you will also see working titles for the other four classes in the series.  We suggest that you wait until after August 27th to begin using these classes.
  • The forum format that these videos are designed for is simple: watch the fifteen minute video, then spend thirty to forty minutes talking about the three discussion questions.  All that’s needed to lead a forum like this is a computer, projector (unless your group is small enough to gather around the computer screen), and someone to hit play.
  • The videos are streamable through Youtube and are also downloadable.   Links to both streaming video and download are available at