Diana, I think this Region 7 website is a great idea and has potential to create interest and energy in wonderful ministries that often remain only known by those within the congregation. Even if people aren't able to attend, what a great way for us to celebrate and affirm our Episcopal identity when we sometime wonder who we are. thanks for your work on this. It's a great example of taking responsibility for our ministry as a diocesan community.NEW! Region VII Website
Check out the new Region VII website at http://region7episcopalmn.ning.com. This is your one-stop gateway to events, liturgies, programs, fundraisers, and networking among the churches of Region VII. Become a member of the website and you can blog, post to the forum, add photos and events, and get to know all the churches in the region.
Why a Region VII website? Funding for the diocesan communications department has been sharply cut, causing the central calendar to be limited to diocesan and regional meetings. This meant that congregations no longer had access to the calendar to promote their events to the wider diocese. Staff members from St Paul’s on-the-Hill and St Mary’s (Laurel Avenue) partnered to create this new site, and a link to it will be embedded in the website of the Diocese of Minnesota. Other regions are considering doing something similar.
The website is one way Region VII churches are working towards goal #3 of the Mission Strategy Network plan: to develop the diocese as a living network by the end of 2009.
Catherine, Your comments are a wonderful start to my day as the snow falls on April 1st! But your insight about the power of sharing the energy and vision of EFM between yourselves and with the rest of us is no joke and a real sign of spring and new life. I hope others will respond because I believe their stories of how EFM has deepened their faith and empowered their ministries need to be told so we can all celebrate the renewing, transforming Holy Spirit among us in this place of endless winter!In the Education For Ministry group in Eagan, where I have had the privilege of being the Mentor for 5 years now, we began talking this evening about why we don't have an EFM network in the diocese -- we have a Diocesan Coordinator who arranges great trainings, but we just don't have a way to talk with or meet each other outside of training events.
So, the group suggested that we start an EFM Network Group here! You'll find us under "All groups" on your home page, under 'Groups', and on the Main page ("http://episcopalmn.ning.com/"). If you are a Mentor, have been a Mentor, are a Graduate of EFM, or are /have been an EFM student, please join the group.
There are many things we can do together to strengthen and expand the experience of Education for Ministry in the diocese. If we bring our energy and ideas together, who knows what would happen?
Just to get us started -- how about occasional Mentor gatherings to pray, do TR, and talk about what does and doesn't work for us in our ministry of Mentor? What about doing recruiting together? Referring possible members to each other?
Wouldn't it be fun to have a yearly EFM Graduate get-together? Maybe start a scholarship fund for folks who would love to do EFM, but don't have the resources?
So how about it? Are we ready to move beyond isolation? We in Eagan are!
Oh..and this group really has a lot to do with Goal 1 as well......how about some EFM'ers' stories of spiritual transformation?