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Clergy Conference 2021

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

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Please Note: We are continuously monitoring the ongoing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, alternate arrangements will be made if we decide it is unsafe to gather in person. Our wish is to be able to be together at Camp Allen. All attendees will be expected to be fully vaccinated and other safety protocols, including masking will be enforced.

Any questions you have regarding the Clergy Conference can be directed to Julie Pare.

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Hotel reservations and signups for ancillary meetings are made at the same time. There is no cost to attending clergy.

Who Should Attend
All ordained clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of Texas are asked to attend as they are comfortable given the ongoing pandemic. 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.

Registration and Accommodations
On-line registration for the Clergy Conference is now open. 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 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.

Iona Priest Clericus – The Rev. Beth Woodson, 832-496-9517 (c)
Deacon Clericus – The Rev. Jan Halstead, 512-470-9640 (c)
Clergy Orientation – Kathryn Herman, 713-353-2121 (w)
Safeguarding – The Rev. Lisa Burns, 512-609-1876 (c), 737-230-6122 (c)

Plenary, Seminar Presenters and Special Guests

Robert P. George
Scholar, Philosopher, Professor, Author
Author of: "What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense"
Will present a plenary with Cornel West.

Priya Parker
Facilitator, Advisor, Author
Author of: "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters"
Will present a plenary.
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Dr. Cornel West
Professor, Philosopher, Author, Activist
Author of: "Race Matters" and "Democracy Matters"
Will present a plenary with Robert P. George.


The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
Dean and President
Seminary of the Southwest
Will present a seminar.

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Sonderegger
William Meade Chair of Systematic Theology
Virginia Theological Seminary
Will present a seminar.

Mary Uhl-Bien, Ph.D.
BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership
Texas Christian University
Will present a seminar.

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
Bishop Diocesan
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
Guest Homilist

Kate Murphy
Journalist, Author
Author of: "You’re Not Listening"
Bishop’s Special Guest 

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Tdap shots influenza, pneumonia and shingles immunizations will be available at the conference early Tuesday morning. The specific time will be in the conference program. If you would like to take advantage of any of the vaccinations you need to do the following two things:

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

    Complete: Consent for Immunization 2021                          
    Read: Albertson's Notice of Privacy Practices
    Read: Vaccine Information Statement: Inactivated Influenza Vaccine
  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.

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 Christine Faulstich at an informational breakfast (stay tuned for more updates). All rectors interested in receiving a curate in 2021 are expected to attend. 

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 Christine Faulstich (stay tuned for more updates). 

Understanding the Ordination Process with COM
Meet with Bishop Ryan, Bishop Monterroso, Rev. Francene Young, and Rev. Uriel Lopez to get all your questions answered regarding the ordination process in the Diocese of Texas.  We will be meeting in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 26 and this meeting will be in both English and Spanish.

Understanding your Retirement Benefits
The resources available to you from the Church Pension Group during your retirement extend beyond your pension and retirement savings.  Learn about the resources and tools to help you on Tuesday, October 26 from Zee Turnball the Diocese of Texas’ Human Resource Manager.

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/zipline, frisbee golf, and of course shopping. In addition, the new hike and bike trail are awaiting all takers. The activities requiring a minimum number of participants. The sign-up sheets will be located at the conference check-in station. 

Fly Fishing
Mark Marmon will be back to offer his fly-fishing expertise for beginners and veterans. Here’s your chance to wrangle one the giant perch residing in Camp Allen’s lakes.

Wholly Foolishness
We all need play. If you’re not into Skeet Shooting or the Giant Swing, let your mind and spirit out for recess with creative and purely gratuitous word play among colleagues. Join Christine Havens on Tuesday, October 26 for some fun.

Questions & Information
Any questions you have regarding the Clergy Conference can be directed to Julie Pare, 713.353.2128.