For Diocesan-Wide Events

Studying Exodus at Diocesan-wide Events

We have created four ways to study the Book of Exodus, as an individual, in meetings of parish and diocese, in adult forums, and at Diocesan-wide events such as conferences and convocations.  Currently there are five big events planned that will embrace the theme of Exodus and carry it into our mutual work as a diocese.  On this page you will find information about those events as it becomes available, links to registration materials, and any supplementary materials that are created prior to, during, or after the event.

The four events are:

Sunday, August 27, 2017 – Launch Day!
September 16, 2017 – The Exodus Convocation.
November 10-11, 2017 – Diocesan Convention.
January 2018 – Jubilate Conference
March 3, 2018 – Clergy Day
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Capstone Event.

Launch Day! Sunday, August 27, 2017

We chose August 27 as the launch day for the whole project, because it’s the Sunday when readings from Exodus appear in the Lectionary.  All summer long we’ve had readings from Genesis, which give us the backstory to what’s about to happen with Moses and the Israelites.  We’re hoping that every preacher in the diocese will preach on Exodus on that Sunday.

Exodus Convocation, “Toward the Promised Land,” Saturday, September 16
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.

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 143rdconvention in November.

There is no cost to attend the Exodus Convocation, but registration is required.

Go to to register!

Diocesan Convention, November 10-11

A dedicated team is working at creating a new look for convention, and taking Exodus as the theme of our work together when we gather in November.

Jubilate Conference, January 2017

2018 Theme
Exodus & The Great Vigil of Easter

Topics include: The Exodus Narrative and the Celebration of Easter; Practical Suggestions for the Liturgies of Easter for both Large and Small Congregations; Workshops and Resources for clergy, musicians, and everyone who plans or participants in the Paschal Mystery of EASTER!

Speakers include:

Ellen Johnston, M.Mus.

Director of the Center for Liturgy and Music at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Th.D., D.D.

Dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN Former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

*Plus: A roundtable with our speakers and Bishop Tom Breidenthal on the subject of changing worship patterns and prayer book revision.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

9:30 – 3:30 (doors open at 9)

Procter Conference Center

11235 OH-38, London, OH 43140

Please REGISTER ONLINE at Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
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Clergy Day, Saturday, March 3, 2018

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Procter Center

Baptism and the Recovery of Paschal Spirituality

The Exodus has been, since the Church’s springtime, a key, multi-faceted symbol of transformation in Christ. In this day of reflection on that transformation we will explore our role in overcoming the longstanding divorce between spirituality, typically regarded as an inward pursuit by individuals, and mission, frequently conceived by contrast in terms of institutional ‘outreach activities’. How do we contribute to the forging of an integrated Paschal spirituality, that draws people into the “immersion experience” of God that baptism enacts sacramentally, and kindles desire to attract others into that experience of freedom? “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them into the reality of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt.28:19)

Capstone Event, Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
APRIL 7, 2018

Register here!