Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

School for Christian Faith and Leadership

The Diocese offers training and formation on a wide variety of topics to inspire every person to grow as disciples in faith and equip our leaders to lead well. Please look at our on-demand toolkits and fall learning opportunities below. Use this media kit to share opportunities with your congregation.


Thanksgiving Prayers and Poems

You are in our prayers this week of Thanksgiving. In gratitude for the blessings that you bring to your communities, the diocesan staff is pleased to offer this bilingual Thanksgiving magazine filled with prayers, poems and activities. Download and keep it handy for Thanksgiving Day. 

Toolkits for Congregations

Toolkits are intended to be practical, self-guided resources for parish leaders. We will continue to develop timely toolkits to equip leaders for thriving congregations. If you would like a toolkit developed that would benefit you or your congregation, e-mail the Rev. Jenifer Gamber.

2020 Annual Giving  Explore this handy guide to creating a personalized Annual Giving Campaign for your parish using the theme Doing What Love Requires.

2020 Faith Formation Planning Use this resource to plan meaningful Fall 2020 formation events for the entire congregation during this time of social distancing.

Vestry 101 (English) Junta Parroquial 101 (Spanish) Assign this toolkit to onboard new  vestry members or refresh your entire vestry.  


Learning Opportunities

Learning opportunities are open to individuals to grow in faith and congregational leaders to lead well.  Congregations are encouraged to share offerings with their members. Sign up a team. Three ways to search offerings:

Peruse  Offerings at a Glance 
Check out the Events Calendar
Submit your congregation's events
Review list by date below  (click on titles to register)

Yoga and Prayer: Finding Sacred Ground in a Fractured World Weekly Online Zoom Event

Dec 4th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

With the Rev. Diana Gustafson. Center and ground yourself with simple yoga and prayer Fridays at 6:30 p.m. We will explore ancient psalms and contemporary poetry that resonate with today’s world, within a framework drawn from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Yoga poses and sequences take us more deeply into a weekly theme. All bodies welcome.

Safeguarding God's Children Online Zoom Event

Dec 5th, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Two 90 minute sessions December 5 & 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Safeguarding God's Children provides participants with the information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and the ministries in which they serve. The training consists of two 90 minutes sessions. All paid staff and any volunteers working with children & youth are required to attend. This includes Christian Education leaders & Sunday school teachers who have not previously had training. Certificates good for 3 years and may be renewed online. More information about EDOW's Safeguarding God's Children

Reimagine Charity Online Zoom Event

Dec 6th, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The poverty needle is stuck. For all of the food we distribute, clothes we give out, and hours and dollars we invest in service projects and mission trips, one would expect that the materially poor would be emerging from poverty. Why is there so little measurable change? This is the challenge that Reimagine Charity addresses. Join people passionate about alleviating poverty for an interactive, online seminar to creatively engage with: (1) the reasons why traditional charity paradigms are not working,  (2) the principles of responsible charity, and  (3) a framework of charitable efforts and where change must begin. A recording will be made available to registrants for a limited time after the seminar.

Yoga and Prayer: Finding Sacred Ground in a Fractured World Weekly Online Zoom Event

Dec 11th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

With the Rev. Diana Gustafson. Center and ground yourself with simple yoga and prayer Fridays at 6:30 p.m. We will explore ancient psalms and contemporary poetry that resonate with today’s world, within a framework drawn from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Yoga poses and sequences take us more deeply into a weekly theme. All bodies welcome.

Surviving the Holidays Online Zoom Event

Dec 13th, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Hosted by the Rev. BJ Buracker and Susan Tate at All Saints, Chevy Chase. The holiday season can be difficult, even more so when you're grieving the death of a loved one. The seminar will help participants discover: How to deal with emotions,  What to do about traditions, Helpful tips for surviving social events, and How to find hope for the future. Whether your loss is recent or a long time ago, please come to find help and support with getting through the holiday season during these particularly challenging times. (free)

Seeking Shalom Online Zoom Course

Jan 14th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Six Thursdays beginning January 14th. Seeking Shalom is a course about how reimagining our response to poverty can transform lives and restore communities. In this interactive, small-group experience you will be introduced to two dozen thought leaders and practitioners, who will help us: 

  • learn why the traditional approaches to poverty alleviation are not working, 
  • explore a more robust biblical framework for understanding poverty, and 
  • be introduced to the five keys to healthy and effective engagement. 

This course, designed by the Lupton Center, will be facilitated by the Rev. Richard Weinberg, Rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC for the School for Christian Faith and Leadership. For more information, download this flyer.  Cost: $20 with discount code EDOW50.  Scholarships are available. Email the Rev. Jenifer Gamber.  Click here to register.

 

Contact

Contact The Rev. Jenifer Gamber if  you have questions about The School for Christian Faith and Leadership.

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