Posted by: Titus Presler | September 9, 2020

Next three Mission Thursdays will explore global engagement amid pandemic

How to explore global mission during the coronavirus pandemic is the focus of Mission Thursdays with GEMN, a series of online gatherings convened by the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) in September for conversation with Episcopal mission activists.

The Zoom gatherings are open to all interested persons, including all Episcopalians and Anglicans around the world.   The next three meetings will take place for an hour at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24.  Each will begin with a short presentation, followed by group discussion.

• Sept. 10: “Forming Christians for Mission amid the Pandemic” with the Rev. Holly Hartman, team leader for GEMN’s Mission Formation Program and global mission coordinator for the Diocese of Massachusetts.  Host: the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, GEMN president, global mission liaison for the Diocese of Vermont and board member of Bridges to Pakistan.

• Sept. 17: “How the Pandemic has Affected Episcopal Church Mission Personnel” with Ms. Elizabeth Boe, director of mission personnel for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Global Partnerships, who coordinates the Young Adult Service Corps and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission.  Host: Titus Presler.

• Sept. 24: “Building on Companions’ Talents during the Pandemic with Mr. Dale Stanton-Hoyle, executive director of Five Talents, an international development organization that helps families living in extreme poverty save, invest and develop small businesses. Host: Ms. Molly O’Brien, GEMN Board secretary and staff member of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Seminary.

Register for Mission Thursdays with GEMN HERE. Once you have registered, instructions with the login information for the Zoom webinar will be sent to the email address you provide upon registration. For questions, please email gemn@gemn.org.

The first gathering, last Thursday, Sept. 3, on “Building Mission Companionship amid the Pandemic” with Mr. Bill Kunkle, GEMN Board member and executive director of the Dominican Development Group, which coordinates links between domestic Episcopal dioceses and the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and the Rev. Jeff Bower, chair of the Global Mission Commission of the Diocese of Indianapolis.  People from around the church and abroad participated in the conversation hosted by the Rev. Dr. Grace Burton-Edwards, GEMN vice president, member of the Global Mission Commission in the Diocese of Atlanta, and member of the Standing Commission on World Mission.

The Global Episcopal Mission Network is a freestanding network of dioceses, congregations, mission organizations, seminaries and individuals dedicated to inspiring and igniting the joy of God’s mission throughout the church.

 


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