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Living Local Plenary Session Saturday February 17
It's time to start trying out new things!  
 
Here are the details for the day: 
Time: Saturday, February 17, 2018:  Coffee and hospitality from 9:30 am; session begins 10 am; adjourn 3 pm.
Place: Waterville High School, 1 Brooklyn Ave, Waterville, ME 04901 (the same place we've been the last several times)
Things to Bring: Your team... your spirit... and a brown bag lunch
Who Should Come: Guiding Teams, Coaches, and Clergy.  Diocesan Team members are welcome but not "expected." 
 
Preparation: 
A "Preparation" document is available below for offering guidance about how each Guiding Team member should think about and get ready to tell a story at the gathering. This can be anything connected to Living Local; the goal is to hear about a variety of experiences, so there's no competition here, and no need for anxiety even if story telling is not your strong suit. Please look over the preparation materials, so that you can come prepared. 
 
Visitors:
We welcome anyone interested in this adventure to come and observe the work of the day.  If you know anyone who is curious, bring them along!

For more information: Megan Akers - Administrative Assistant - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Tools for you to download and use:  
Here are tools from the February 17, 2018 workshop:
Here are tools from the January 2018 webinar:
Here is a tool from December 2017:
Here are the tools from the September 30, 2017 workshop:
Here are favorite resources from other sessions:
There's an archive of other tools at the bottom of this page.
 
 
For more information:
Megan Akers - Administrative Assistant - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michael Ambler - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jane Hartwell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
 
“We haven’t failed: the world has changed”
-Bishop Lane in his second Convention address 
 
The world has changed.  More and more of our neighbors are encountering God in places other than church buildings and services.  And more and more, if we want to encounter God with our neighbors, we have to go out into our neighborhoods and see what God is up to.  

Over two years, Episcopalians across Maine will work with colleagues in the Dioceses of Connecticut, Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee, doing experiments in how we might join God in our neighborhoods, and coming together locally to learn from the results. 

This will be exciting!  We’ll have great support, from our consultant Alan Roxburgh people like Dwight Zscheile (People of the Way). We’ll help and learn from one another.  And we’ll move step by step so that everyone can take part.  

In May and October 2016, people from many congregations came to exploratory workshops.

After exploring and discerning, the following congregations joined: St. Patrick's in Brewer, St. Peter's in Bridgton, St. Paul's in Brunswick, St. Aidan's in Machias, St. Andrew's in Newcastle, Trinity in Saco, St. Mark's in Waterville, and St. Andrew's in Winthrop. We are excited to have such a diverse and wonderful group of congregations. Each of them has a Guiding Team of lay people and a Coach from another congregation. Their clergy are in a Clergy Cohort. And a Diocesan Team will help the diocese to learn from this process.

Even if your congregation has not joined, you are welcome to use the materials if you are in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.

 

Archives:
Here are the oldest tools:
Living Local 2016 handout from fall introductory event
Powerpoint presentations on Adaptive Change, Action Learning and Designing New Behaviors from fall 2016
Step One: Listening to Learn
Here are the tools from February through April 2016:
Here are the tools from the January 21, 2017 Workshop:
Step Two: Discerning
Here are the tools from the May 20, 2017 Workshop:
Brief recording from May 20 - fast forward to the 6:00 minute mark to begin the reporting back from group sharing
Major recording from May 20 - fast forward to 1:18 to begin 
There are other tools collected at the top of this page.
 

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