Equipping the Beloved Community

Welcoming the Exiled

Hosted by the Peninsula Deanery

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Matthew's, San Mateo

$25 — general | $10 — Peninsula congregation members
Free — St. Matthew's members, trainers, and youth (18 and under)
Lunch is included in the cost of registration
Scholarship support available, contact Caren Miles, carenm@diocal.org
Free childcare available by advance reservation, contact the Rev. Lindsay Hills, lmhills@episcopalstmatthew.org, 650.342.1481
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MORNING PRAYER | KEYNOTE: Welcoming the Exiled with Russell Jeung — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In his book At Home In Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors, Russell Jeung interweaves narratives of longing and belonging as he retraces the steps of his Chinese-Hakka family and refugee neighbors. In the face of forced relocation and institutional discrimination, his family and friends resisted time and time again over six generations. Dr. Jeung spent over two decades in assisting refugees resettle in the United States, but he came to realize that he, too, was an exile. And this exilic identity, as a “stranger and foreigner,” provides wisdom and hope for Christians engaging in the major, societal issues of our day: mass displacement and poverty, racism, and persistent inequality. He will help us see how we can reach out to the exiled and strangers in our own neighborhoods to bring peace close to home.

LUNCH — 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch is included in the cost of registration.

SESSION 1 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Racial Reconciliation (Heidi Kim)

Reconciliation lies at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; it is simultaneously that which we long for, and that which remains elusive. How do we define the “ministry of reconciliation” in our daily lives and ministries? What barriers impede our reconciliation with God and one another? This workshop will be a conversation with Heidi Kim, the Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church.

Church Leadership for Lay People (Caroline McCall)

So you’re on a committee, what now? This workshop will give you tools to improve meeting effectiveness, group processes, decision-making, conflict resolution, and other aspects of leadership in church systems. Caroline McCall is the Director of the Center for Church Vitality and an experienced lay professional in The Episcopal Church. The majority of her experience in the church comes from consulting, training, and coaching within the dioceses of California and Northern California. She has also worked with individuals and groups from the dioceses of Olympia, New Westminster, Spokane, and Oregon. Caroline began applying her consulting and organization development skills in the Episcopal Church in 2007.

Stewardship and the Expanding Horizons Campaign (Davey Gerhard & Amanda Martin)

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Vacation Bible School Basics (The Rev. Mark Spaulding)

Holy Cross, Castro Valley, has been running a top-notch Vacation Bible School since the early 1990s. Come learn some of their tips, tricks, and new ideas for this perennial summer outreach and education project. The Rev. Mark Spaulding is currently the rector (senior priest) of Holy Cross (since 2003). Before that he served at St. Timothy’s, Danville (1990-1998).


God & Blisters: the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham and the Rev. Beth Foote)

A round-table discussion/Q&A about the popular pilgrimage on the Camino to the Cathedral of St. James in Galicia, especially geared to those who may be setting out to Santiago de Compostela this year. The conversation will begin with a focus on noticing the spirit while pilgrimaging, but all curiosities are welcome (logistics of going, processing the experience afterwards, etc.). The discussion will be facilitated by the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham and the Rev. Beth Foote. Michael usually is dreaming about his next pilgrimage, while enjoying hanging out with the folks of Holy Family (Half Moon Bay) and Good Shepherd (Belmont), where he serves as vicar. The Rev. Beth Foote made several pilgrimages on the Camino in 2013, and 2015, and plans to return to the Camino in the future.  She has led numerous parish retreats about the spirituality of walking the Camino.  She specializes in Interim Ministry, and most recently served as Interim Rector at St. Anne's Fremont. She also served as Associate Rector at Trinity, Menlo Park.  

SESSION 2 — 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Leading and Reading in Worship (Scott MacDougall)

Not everything in our liturgies requires a priest. In the Episcopal Church the laity have great power and can play a great role in corporate worship. Come learn the art of reading for worship, along with some of the tips and tricks of prayer without the need to spend three years in seminary. Dr. Scott MacDougall is an Assistant Professor of Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Where he teaches Introduction to Christian Theology as well as courses on Eschatology, Christian Practice and Contemporary Theology. 

Communications 101: Sharing our Stories (Stephanie Martin Taylor)

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Sanctuary Diocese Discussion

If you’ve watched or read the news over the last few months, you have seen and heard about the change in policies towards immigrants, deportations and deep divisions amongst neighbors. What can we, as followers of Christ, do to speak up and protect each of God’s children? What does it mean for the Diocese of California to declare itself a sanctuary diocese? How can we respect the dignity of every human being and oppose unjust laws? Join this roundtable discussion to help the Diocese of California respond to this crisis.

Making a Pilgrimage through Art (Tom Poyner)

Labyrinths gained popularity in communities where people couldn’t afford to or physically make a pilgrimage to a holy site. Even today, you don’t need money and a plane ticket to make a pilgrimage. Join Tom Poyner as he give you the tools to make a pilgrimage without leaving your chair.

Sex, Spirituality, and Youth Ministry (Caren Miles)

There’s nothing in youth ministry more nerve wracking than talking to the teens about sex. That’s why Church Publishing is putting out a new curriculum all about it. Caren Miles, DioCal's Associate for Faith Formation and the co-author of the high school curriculum, will talk you through the basics of These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith and Sexuality at Church and at Home.

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