All are welcome — although ministry teams are given preference — to take part in the be::community church vitality webinar series hosted by Bishop Marc Andrus. Visit www.diocal.org/becommunity for more information about the live webinars and sign up to take part.
Previously-featured course content from the be::community webinar series can be accessed here anytime. Review the current course catalog below and check back frequently, as new videos are added monthly.
Diversity with Eric Law
A four-part series hosted by Eric H. F. Law. An Episcopal priest, Eric is founder and director of the Kaleidoscope Institute established to develop competent leadership in a diverse, changing world. He is an internationally known consultant and trainer in multicultural ministry and the building of inclusive communities. He is also a photographer, playwright, and composer of church music.
Stewardship with Julia McCray-Goldsmith
A four-part series hosted by Julia McCray-Goldsmith, who serves the Episcopal Diocese of California as ministry development officer and working group head for Discipleship Ministries. In this role she is committed to equipping Episcopalians for authentic and joyful ministries in everything from Sunday school to vestry leadership. She is a former missionary and professional fundraiser, a graduate of the Education for Ministry program, earned a masters in Theology/Spirituality from Creighton University, and is a current D.Min student at Virginia Theological Seminary and postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of California.
Welcome and Member Incorporation with Chuck Robertson
A four-part series hosted by the Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson, Ph.D., canon to the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, having previously served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Arizona and Honorary Canon for the Diocese of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania). A Fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, he was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the General Theological Seminary. He has also worked extensively with the Department of Education, the White House, and Hollywood studios and guilds as executive director of Film Clips, Inc. Dr. Robertson serves on several national boards and has published many books and articles, including the recent Transforming Stewardship, Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives and Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles.
Creative Leadership with Michael Barlowe
A four-part series hosted by Canon Michael Barlowe, who assists Bishop Marc Andrus and works closely with him and other staff on the variety of missional, strategic, personnel, financial, and administrative issues that form part of the bishop’s ministry in the diocese and beyond. A priest for nearly three decades, Canon Michael has led growing parishes in urban and suburban contexts, and was the founding dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from Harvard College, he worked on Wall Street before attending the General Theological Seminary in New York. He also holds a doctorate from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where his research was on church planting among young adult populations.
Invitation / Evangelism with Bishop Marc Andrus
A four-part series hosted by the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, the eigth Bishop of California. In previous positions he served as Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Alabama, as a priest in both parish and school settings in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and as a regional planner. His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, climate change, civil rights for LBGT persons, and health care. The be::community webinar series are part of his vision for seeing the diocese as the basic network of church and churches within a diocse networking to share and build ministry together.
Community Assessment with Tom Brackett
A four-part series hosted by the Rev. Tom Brackett, who has been a priest for over thirty years. He is The Episcopal Church's missioner for church planting, ministry redevelopment, and fresh expressions of church. His undergraduate studies focused on new leadership models for the 21st century, as well as the power of storytelling and the use of metaphor to make sense of cultural shifts and organizational changes. He has planted a mission church, revitalized a campus ministry, served as a rector in three very different parishes, led a turn-around process in a rural Maine ambulance service and served as the Vicar of a Diocesan homeless ministry in Asheville.
Fresh and successful approaches to ministry from our own congregations, described by lay and ordained leaders.