24 January 2010

NAECED Tapestry

I have spent the past two days with Christian Formation Professionals, Christian Education Experts, Youth Ministers, Sunday School Teachers, Adult Educators, Resource Specialists and numerous other colleagues in ministry. We have been weaving our stories together over the two full days of the Tapestry Conference in a beautiful retreat setting in Menlo Park, California. The Board of Directors and local members have done an outstanding job in planning and welcoming us to the bay area where we have been re-membering  who we are, whose we are, and why we do what we do.

NAECED is really the only association within our Episcopal umbrella that intentionally seeks to meet the many needs of those engaged in Lifelong Christian Formation and Education ministry. Attention is given to welcome and include volunteers and those blessed with paychecks, lay persons and those in the clergy orders. The title of the group may be misleading for some; National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors. I invite you to give more consideration to our descriptors; Your Network for Christian Education and A dynamic community celebrating and upholding the diverse ministries of Christian Formation.

This truly is a dedicated network of faithful saints working to support one another in creative and compassionate ways, building relationships while building the body of Christ within our denomination and beyond. Membership gets you access to a wonderful forum for conversation and consultation, the list serve, as well as discounts on resources and more. Membership is a great value!

Mark your calendar for the 2011 Tapestry Conference, February 3-5. We'll be in Charlotte, North Carolina, "Equipping the Saints for the Work of Ministry."

I hope you'll join us!

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