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Clergy Conference

Location: Camp Allen, 18800 FM 362, Navasota, TX US 77868

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All ordained clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of Texas are required to attend. All licensed clergy are invited to attend. While Camp Allen is a family friendly facility, Clergy Conference is strictly for clergy, Iona School students serving as Pastoral Leaders and diocesan staff.

Any questions you have regarding the Clergy Conference can be directed to Julie Heath, 713.353.2125 or the Rev. Canon John Newton, 713.353.2117.

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Guest Homilist

The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Ph.D.
Retired Captain, Washington, D.C. MPD
Center for the Study of Faith in Justice @ Calvary
Presentation Topic: Gayle’s passion for justice and peace-building, and her story as a police officer and priest.
The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart spent 20 years working as a police officer for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, retiring with the rank of captain in 1992. She has taught at the university level and consulted with local governments and police departments. She currently serves as the associate pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, and is the founder of the Center for the Study of Faith in Justice at Calvary. The Center provides safe space for the discussion of issues that center on the intersection of faith and justice. Committed to God's justice for and in the world, Fisher-Stewart is the recipient of the 2016 Episcopal Evangelism Society Director’s Award and in 2017 received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Colgate University. She is also an author and her latest article, "To Serve and Protect: The Police, Race and the Episcopal Church in the Black Lives Matter Era," can be found in the Anglican Theological Review (Summer 2017). Fisher-Stewart also wrote for the Diocese of Texas’ March, 2017 issue of Diolog.

Plenary, Seminar Presenters and Special Guests

The Rev. Katherine Grieb
Meade Professor in Biblical Interpretation
Virginia Theological Seminary
PresentationTopic: What St. Mark’s gospel says about the mission of the church

Becca Stevens
President, Thistle Farms
PresentationTopic:  The story of healing and how it led to the founding of Thistle Farms.

Bob Johansen
Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future
Bishop’s special guest for Conversation with . . .

Dent Davidson
Associate for Arts and Liturgy, Diocese of Chicago
Guest Leader for Hymn Sing, and workshop presenter

Workshop Presenters and Other Guests
The Rev. Morgan Allen, Rector, Good Shepherd, Austin
The Rev. Brin Bon, Associate Rector, St. Michael's Church, Austin
The Rev. Matt Boulter, Assistant, Christ Church, Tyler
The Rev. Steve Capper, Vicar, Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church, Houston
Dent Davidson, Assoc. for Arts & Liturgy, Diocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Rev. Christine Faulstich, Rector, Epiphany Church, Houston
The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Center for the Study of Faith in Justice, Calvary, Washington DC
The Rev. Viktoria Gotting, Director, St. John's Church, LaPorte
The Rev. Katherine Grieb, Meade Professor in Biblical Interpretation, Virginia Theological Seminary
Ryan Hawthorne, Youth Missioner, St. Stephen's Church, Houston
Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, CA
Chipasha Kashoki, Account Manager, Church Pension Group
The Rev. Pedro Lopez, Vicar, St. Peter'sSan Pablo, Pasadena
The Rev. Bob Lowry, Deacon, Holy Comforter Church, Spring
Lisa Madry, Congregational Engagement Officer, Episcopal Health Foundation, Houston
The Rev. Paulette Magnuson, Vicar, St. Martin's Church, Copperas Cove
The Rev. Trawin Malone, Rector, Christ Church, Cedar Park
The Rev. Alex Montes-Vela, Vicar, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Manor
The Rev. Canon Genevieve Razim, Canon for Welcome & Evangelism, Christ Church Cathedral
Canon Kai Ryan, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Texas
The Rev. Canon Joann Saylors, Canon for Mission Amplification, Diocese of Texas
Becca Stevens, President, Thistle Farms, Nashville, TN
Amy Sugen, Trinity, Marble Falls
Janet Todd, Manager of Curriculum Development, Church Pension Group
Marty Troyer, Pastor, Houston Mennonite Church, Houston
Cindy Wu, Author
The Rev. Canon John Zahl, Associate Priest, Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, SC

Registration & Accommodations
Online registration for the Clergy Conference is now open via campallen.org, click on ‘Register for Events Online’. Hotel reservations and signups for ancillary meetings are made at the same time. There is no cost to attending clergy.

ROOMING NOTE: Because the number of clergy attending the Clergy Conference outnumbers the rooms available at Camp Allen, it is policy that attendees double up accommodations. This means that requests for single rooms are not likely to be granted. Single rooms are limited to persons of significant disability or handicap and assessed on a case by case basis. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.

For those attending any of the Ancillary Meetings, check-in will open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. General participant check-in will open at 8:00 a.m. Monday.

Pre-Conference Meetings & Presentations
Several meetings have been scheduled for the Sunday and Monday prior to the conference beginning. If you are to attend one of these meetings you will be contacted by the convener in advance.

Meeting Contact
Iona Priest & Pastoral Leaders Clericus Canon John Newton, 713.520.6444 (o)
Deacon Clericus The Ven. Russ Oechsel, 713.353.2104 (o), 281.638.6474 (c)
Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People Carol Petty, 512.609.1876 (o) or Marty Brinkley, 512.609.1876
Clergy Orientation Sara Myers, 713.353.2140 (o)

Clergy Orientation
On Monday morning, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. representatives from CPG will review the new revisions to the pension plans and discuss how they will affect you. Plan to arrive early to take advantage of this presentation. In addition, for those nearing retirement, they will discuss the important aspects of a good retirement plan and provide several financial tools and resources to help get started. Check the conference program for time and location. 

Clergy Wellness Task Force
The Clergy Wellness Task Force invites you to complete a Living Compass Wellness Assessment before coming to Clergy Conference! It takes about 15 minutes. The completed compass provides a snapshot of your current wellness. You can then choose conference options that best support your overall wellness. There are also questions about what wellness support you’d like to receive as an EDOT clergy person. If you’ve previously taken this assessment, you are encouraged to do so again, both to see where you are now and so that your answers can be compiled with those of other clergy. Use this link and group code: User Link   Group Code:  EDOTCLERGY

Questions may be directed to the Rev. Carol Petty, 512.609.1876.

Post Harvey Support
On Monday and Tuesday during lunch a team of licensed therapists will address post-disaster dynamics that may impact your parishioners and/or your own family. The therapists will be available for one-on-one consultations after lunch. On Tuesday, consultations will be available in Spanish. Specific times, locations and sign-ups will be announced at the conference and printed in the conference program.

Immunizations
Tdap shots influenza, pneumonia and shingles immunizations will be available at the conference Tuesday morning from 6:30 a.m. to noon. If you would like to take advantage of any of the vaccinations you need to do to the following two things:

  1. Complete the attached Consent & Release form prior to receiving any vaccination. 

Consent for Immunization 2017.pdf                           
Consent for Immunization 2017 Spanish.pdf

  1. Bring all of your insurance cards with you to Camp Allen. (Our providers recommend that you bring all of your insurance cards as some vaccines are covered under medical and some under RX coverage.) 

Most insurance plans and all Medicare plans will cover flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Part D covers the shingles vaccine.

Activities & Extras
Be sure to take advantage of all the complimentary activities offered during Clergy Conference. Choose from fishing, canoeing, tennis, archery, skeet shooting, trail rides, giant swing, the high ropes/zip line, frisbee golf, and/or shopping. Plus, the hike and bike trail with the new bridge is ready. Some activities require advance sign-up, which will be available at the conference check-in station. 

Mark Marmon will be back to offer his fly fishing expertise for beginners and veterans. 

Gena Davis will lead Yoga on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Beginners to Advanced are welcome. Bring your own mat if you have one.

Wanda Williams is returning with her massage chair and table. Complimentary chair massages will be available throughout the conference on a first-come-first-served basis.

A limited number of private table massages will be available beginning Monday morning, October 23 by appointment only. To reserve your 30 or 60-minute appointment you may call or text Wanda directly at 832-875-8780, or sign-up at the conference. Table massages are $40 per half hour and $75 for an hour. Payment for table massages is the responsibility of the individual.

Considering a Curate?
Rectors who would like to explore the benefits and requirements of having a curate on the church staff are invited to visit with the Rev. Canon Kai Ryan at an informational breakfast on Wednesday, October 26. All rectors interested in receiving a curate in 2017 are expected to attend. To reserve your place, email Sara Myers or sign up at the conference check-in table.

Considering Interim Work?
Priests who would like to share experiences from or explore the possibility of training to do interim work are invited to join the Rev. Canon Kai Ryan and the Rev. Francene Young for breakfast on Tuesday, October 25. To reserve your place, email Sara Myers or sign up at the conference check-in table.

Back Story Preaching
The Rev. Lisa Cressman will provide an overview of how Backstory Preaching helps deacons and priests develop their preaching skills and link their spirituality to preach the Gospel. Learn more about sermon preparation and delivery during the 8-month course subsized by the Bishop Quin Foundation. Lisa will explain the enrollment process and accept applications. Check the conference program for time and location.

Mary Grace Rushing
Joni and Friends is a national organization that serves the disability community across the United States! Mary Grace Rushing will discuss how your church can get mobilized and equipped to help local communities, and volunteers to reach out to people affected by disability. Joni & Friends hold an annual week-long family event at Camp Allen. Check the conference program for time and location.

Parish to Parish Partners w/ Southern Malawi
Joni and Friends is a national organization that serves the disability community across the United States! Mary Grace Rushing will discuss how your church can get mobilized and equipped to help local communities, and volunteers to reach out to people affected by disability. Joni & Friends hold an annual week-long family event at Camp Allen. Check the conference program for time and location.

Questions & Information
Any questions you have regarding the Clergy Conference can be directed to Julie Heath, 713.353.2125 or the Rev. Canon John Newton, 713.353.2117