Upcoming Digital Workshops

Upcoming Digital Workshops & Registration

These digital workshops are offerings of the Episcopal Parish Network to the church.
They are presented at no-cost, but registration is required.

Category: Communications

Simply the Best: Award-Winning Communicators on Social Media and Website Effectiveness
Monday, June 3rd at 3:00pm EDT

This award-winning panel all working in the ministry of Episcopal communications will explore best practices for your social media and website. Co-sponsored by Episcopal Communicators, panelists will explore technical and minor details to holistic and content driven decisions for the creation and maintenance of engaging social media and websites.

Our social media and websites are often the face of our organization, vital for evangelism, attracting newcomers, and representing our faith far beyond our church walls. Yet our communities often also rely on them to stay informed and build a sense of community. How do we best achieve both of those goals–speaking to members and to the larger public–in effective, clear, and fun ways. Come with questions, come to learn, and come to join fellowship with other communicators across the church. These panelists each won awards in either the social media or website categories at the Polly Bond Excellence in Church Communications Awards for work completed during the 2023 calendar year. Members of Episcopal Communicators are eligible to submit entries to 14+ categories each year to be judged and recognized by industry experts in each communications category.

Panelists include:

  • Alli Gannett – Communications Director, World Forestry Center
  • Sinclaire Sparkman – Missioner for Communication, Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
  • Denise Fillion – Director of Communication, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
  • Mary Grace Puszka – Communications Manager, Episcopal Ministries of Long Island
  • Alan Yarborough – Chair, Episcopal Communicators, Church Relations Officer, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations (moderator)

Category: Finance / Endowments

Prepping for an Endowment: What to think about when establishing an endowment
Thursday, June 13th at 3:00pm EDT

No endowment? A better way to think about this topic is ’no endowment – yet.’ Establishing an endowment for your church is a signal that you are hopeful and visionary. Endowments aren’t a luxury for Episcopal churches, they are confirmation we believe in the future of the church and will do what’s necessary to ensure our unique Episcopal witness endures for generations. Endowments mean your church believes in the future.

Experience shows that all kinds of churches can become endowed – not just large or old churches, not just those from areas where endowments were the historical norm.

Join us for this workshop where our panelists will cover a variety of questions on establishing an endowment, such as:

  • When is a good time to get started?
  • What should you discuss?
  • Where do funds come from?
  • What do you need to have in place to be ready for a future gift?

Join EPN partners and endowment experts from the Episcopal Church Foundation to learn how you can prepare your parish for an endowment. Leave this workshop with the information needed to address what you need to know to plan for, manage, and oversee an endowment today.

Panelists include:

  • Carsten Sierck – Director of Endowment Management, Episcopal Church Foundation; New York, New York
  • Anne Richardson – Senior Program Director for Investor Relations, Episcopal Church Foundation; Alexandria, Virginia

Category: Current Affairs

Sudan: War, Challenge, and the Church
Tuesday, June 18th at 3:00pm EDT

While not headline news in the United States, our brothers and sisters in the Sudans are suffering.

Since April 2023 Sudan has been ripped apart by nation-wide fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces militia. This conflict follows a 2021 military coup which upended a transition to democratic rule.

In the past year 15,000 have died. Almost 9 million people have been displaced, the largest number in the world. Khartoum, its capital, has been largely destroyed.  Almost 40 percent of the population is food insecure.  And, through all of this, faithful Christians are working to make conditions livable. The Episcopal Church in Sudan has regrouped after ouster from its headquarters in Khartoum, is promoting recovery of its scattered churches, and is providing relief where possible with international support.

In South Sudan the civil war which erupted two years after independence in 2011 ended with an uneasy 2018 peace promising a transition to elections.  That peace agreement has largely been unimplemented, leaving elections uncertain. The South Sudanese Government is corrupt and dysfunctional. The dynamic Episcopal Church has, nevertheless, been effectively promoting literacy, livelihood creation, trauma healing and peace.

Join AFRECS – the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans – to learn about the genesis of the crises in the Sudans, the unhelpful involvement of some outside powers, and the inspiring role of both national churches. You will leave with ideas on how you and your church can help and where you can learn more.

Panelists include:

  • Canon Joseph Bilal – Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Episcopal University of South Sudan
  • Brian D’Silva – Economic and Political Expert on the Sudans
  • Jacqueline Wilson – U.S. State Department Office of Sudan/South Sudan
  • Anita Sanborn – President of AFRECS
  • Dane Smith – AFRECS Executive Director

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