Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Synod 2010: "The Gift of Connections"

Province VI Synod will take place Thursday, June 24 through Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the Sheraton West Des Moines in Iowa.


The theme of this year's Province VI Synod is "The Gift of Connections." We will explore how we connect within and among congregations, dioceses, and our province. We will also take a look at existing provincial networks and will share resources for participants to bring back to their local ministries.

Our guest speaker will be Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran Pastor, and the mission developer at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, an emerging liturgical community. ( Nadia holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an MDiv from Iliff School of Theology. Nadia describes House for All Sinners and Saints as an urban liturgical community with a progressive yet deeply rooted theological imagination. Check out her blog and writings at

Information for Participants:

Thursday, June 24
3:00 Synod registration opens
5:00 Gather for renewing friendships/greeting new friends
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Introductions & Overview of Synod
Reflection on Guiding Scripture
Speed Networking
7:45 Worship, The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, preacher

Friday June 25
Breakfast is on your own.
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 Keynoter, The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, House for All Sinners and Saints
10:30 Break
11:00 Breakout sessions, “The Gift of Connections”
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Illuminate
3:00 Break
3:30 Province Network Panel (Jubilee Ministries, Anti-Racism, Stewardship/Development, Episcopal Relief and Development, Christian Formation,
Episcopal Church Women Ministries)
5:00 Dinner on your own (Reservations have been made at various restaurants in the area. We encourage you to sign up with a group to get to know new people.)

Saturday June 26
Breakfast is on your own
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:45 Plenary, “The Gift of Connections” –Lelanda Lee and Tim Anderson
The importance of staying connected to each other, to other dioceses, and to the larger church.
10:45 Break
11:00 Business session
12:00 Blessing and adjourn

Province VI will be meeting at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, West Des Moines, IA.

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
1800 50th St.
West Des Moines, IA

Please check the hotel website for directions.

Sleeping rooms have been blocked under the title: Province VI of the Episcopal Church. We have a rate of $89. + taxes. This rate will be guaranteed until June 1.

The hotel provides an airport shuttle. This shuttle will also deliver people within a 2 mile radius of the hotel. The parking is free.

All meetings of the Synod will be held at the hotel.