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 2017 – Jubilate Conference
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Capstone Event.
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.
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 http://diosohio.org/convocation/ to register!
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.
The Liturgy & Music Commission’s annual conference will have an Exodus theme.
We will be joined by Old Testament scholar Terence Fretheim as we end the Exodus Project and summarize what we’ve learned.