Synod 2016 Teachings, Workshops and Reports
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Dele and Oneya Okuwobi
Heaven will be filled with people from every tribe, nation, and tongue. How do we work to make Jesus’ church on earth reflect his church in heaven? The Okuwobis who serve at The Peoples Church of Cincinnati, OH, work to make that happen. In this breakout session, they spoke on creating multi-ethnic churches and helping our churches effectively reach out to the communities where we live. Dele Okuwobi is Associate Pastor of The Peoples Church, Cincinnati, OH, a church dedicated to building a multi-ethnic congregation. Dele was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in New Orleans. Dele is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is married to Oneya Okuwobi. Oneya Okuwobi is Associate Pastor and Director of Cross Cultural Education at the Peoples Church where the curriculum she developed has helped transform the church from a 98% Caucasian commuter church into a truly multi-ethnic church that reflects the diversity of the city: 25% African American, 25% international (with over 30 nationalities represented) and 50% Caucasian.
Friday Evening Eucharist
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The Rev. Johnny Kurcina served as a youth pastor at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg; an assistant minister at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Richmond; a pastoral intern at Christ the King, Alexandria (during its first year as a new church); and through the Timothy Program as a church planter in training at The Falls Church (Anglican) before heading out in 2011 to become the lead planter and rector of Christ Church Vienna. Johnny is a graduate of Madison High School (where CCV worships), UVA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Trinity College, Bristol, U.K.
Saturday Morning Prayer
The Rev. Jim Beavers was serving as Headmaster of Trinity Christian School (Fairfax) when he and his family visited Truro Church and discovered Anglicanism. In 1994, they and others were sent out from Truro to plant Christ the Redeemer with the Rev. Tom Herrick, where Jim served in several roles including Senior Warden and, later, part-time Chief of Staff. He earned an M.Div. from Trinity School for Ministry in 2009, and was ordained by Bishop Guernsey as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America that same year. Jim became vicar of Christ Anglican Fellowship (Orange, Virginia) in 2011. He also has served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese since it was first established.
SYNOD 2016 REPORTS
The Bishop's Report to the Synod
Audio • Video
The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
Report from the Great Commission Committee
Audio • Video
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick
Canon for Church Planting and Chair of the Great Commission Committee
Ratify Admissions of a Church and a Mission
Church: Church of the Word, Gainesville, VA
Mission: Redeemer Anglican Church, Richmond, VA
The Diocesan Treasurer's Report and Budget 2017
Audio • Video
Treasurer of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
Reports from the Constitution and Canons Committee
Part One - Audio • Video
Part Two - Audio • Video
The Rev. Becki Neumann
Chair, Constitution and Canons Committee
Synod 2016 Workshops
A Taste of Heaven: Building Bridges with other Racial and Cultural Groups
Dele and Oneya Okuwobi
Heaven will be filled with people from every tribe, nation, and tongue. How do we work to make Jesus’ church on earth reflect his church in heaven? The Okuwobis who serve at The Peoples Church of Cincinnati, OH, work to make that happen. In this breakout session, they reprise their Pre-Synod Workshop presentation on creating multi-ethnic churches and helping our churches effectively reach out to the communities where we live. Dele Okuwobi is Associate Pastor of The Peoples Church, Cincinnati, OH, a church dedicated to building a multi-ethnic congregation. Dele was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in New Orleans. Dele is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is married to Oneya Okuwobi. Oneya Okuwobi is Associate Pastor and Director of Cross Cultural Education at the Peoples Church where the curriculum she developed has helped transform the church from a 98% Caucasian commuter church into a truly multi-ethnic church that reflects the diversity of the city: 25% African American, 25% international (with over 30 nationalities represented) and 50% Caucasian.
Our Fundamental Anglican Beliefs
The Constitution of our Diocese calls for each member of Synod to affirm (and regularly reaffirm) the core theological affirmations of the Anglican Church in North America (called the “Fundamental Declarations” of the Province), as well as the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and the Jerusalem Declaration of 2008. This session explores those key statements and what they mean for us personally and for our movement. Gregory Strong, a member of The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA), has a Ph.D. in theological and religious studies (Drew University), and an M.Div. (Trinity School for Ministry). He teaches Anglican Studies through Reformed Theological Seminary and theological education for lay people in a collaboration between TFCA and the Ridley Institute, St. Andrew’s Church, South Carolina.
The New Federal Regulations on Overtime Pay and How They Will Affect Your ChurchAudio
Christine Lambrou Johnson
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new regulations which will require churches to pay overtime for all employees paid less than a baseline annual salary of $47,476—that is a more than double increase from the old baseline of $23,660. This Rule, which takes effect on December 1, 2016 (NOTE UPDATE LINK BELOW), will have a significant impact on some of our churches. Christine Lambrou Johnson shares how the rule applies to Church employees and, in particular, which kinds of employees may be exempt from the regulations under the “ministerial exception.” Christine Lambrou Johnson is Of Counsel with Gammon & Grange, P.C. She is an experienced litigator with substantial expertise in labor and employment matters. She concentrates her practice on the day-to-day counseling of employers concerning their obligations under federal and state labor and employment law, on the resolution of employment disputes, and on business litigation generally. Christine previously served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. In that capacity she prosecuted wage and hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and defended the State in employment lawsuits before the federal and state courts. (UPDATE: On November 23, 2016, a federal trial court judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction delaying the implementation of this regulation. Click here to read more).
Fresh Ways to Ignite Evangelism in Your ChurchAudio
The Rev. Mary Amendolia
Why is evangelism so hard? Do you need encouragement to ignite the fire of evangelism in your church? This short interactive session will equip you to contextually share the gospel cross culturally and give you fresh ideas for this Christmas and in the year to come. The Rev. Mary Amendolia serves as Pastoral Associate for Evangelism at the Falls Church Anglican and is a Spiritual Director with Coracle. She trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. While working at Heythrop College, University of London, Mary taught adults how to engage in interfaith dialog while she concurrently earned her M.A. in Christian Spirituality with a focus on the visual arts and spiritual transformation. Additionally, Mary holds a B.A. in Art History.
Finishing Life God’s WayAudio
The acceptance of legalized assisted suicide, combined with the erosion of conscientious rights in healthcare decisions, demands that we as Christians be better prepared to address aging and dying concerns for ourselves and loved one. In this workshop Georgette Forney outlines ways to equip and empower yourself so you can finish your faith journey in God’s time and in God’s way! She also highlights valuable resources for your church to use in education and pastoral care. The Rev. Georgette Forney, Deacon, is President of Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to helping the Church address abortion, abstinence, adoption, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Georgette had an abortion at age sixteen and later experienced healing, forgiveness and reconciliation after going through an abortion recovery program.
Joel 2:28 Days & How Your Church Can Get Involved
The Rev. Christopher Royer
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” The Holy Spirit is visiting, touching, and regenerating Muslims and Hindus like never before in history! Learn about what you don’t see on the news—the new missions landscape. Learn more about the value of international partnerships and how you and your church can get more directly involved. The Rev. Christopher Royer has been the Executive Director of Anglican Frontier Missions (AFM) since 2014. He did church planting in the Middle East for sixteen years and has served for six years in parish ministry, mainly in the Diocese of South Carolina. He has been married to his wife Grace (from South Korea) for 22 years and has two teenage daughters.