Oct 22, 2018

Clergy Conference

Time: Monday, October 22, 2018, 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 3:00 PM
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(ancillary meetings: Sunday, October 22)

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 Christine Faulstich.

  • Registration & Accommodations

    • Register Now

      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 are 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.

  • Schedule

    • (subject to change)

      Monday, October 22
      1:30 p.m.  Welcome, Announcements
      2:15 p.m.  Plenary 1
      3:45 p.m.  Seminars
      5:00 p.m.  Hymn Sing
      6:00 p.m.  Dinner
      7:30 p.m.  Fireside Chat with Bishop Andy Doyle
      8:30 p.m.  Introduction of New Clergy
      8:45 p.m. Social 

      Tuesday, October 23
      6:30 a.m.  Clergy Wellness
      7:30 a.m.  Morning Prayer, Spanish
      8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
      9:00 a.m.  Announcements
      9:15 a.m.  Plenary 2
      10:30 a.m.  Workshop Session 1
      11:30 a.m.  Lunch
                         Resource Presentations
      Noon           Free Time
      5:00 p.m.  Eucharist
      6:30 p.m.  Dinner
      7:30 p.m.  Bishop’s Conversation (TBA)
      8:30 p.m. Social 

      Wednesday, October 24
      6:30 a.m.  Clergy Wellness
      7:30 a.m.  Morning Prayer, English
      8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
      9:00 a.m.  Workshop Session 2
      10:15 a.m.  Workshop Session 3
      11:30 a.m.  Bishop's Address
      12:30 a.m.  Lunch, Dismissal

  • Pre-Conference Meetings & Presentations

    • Several meetings have been scheduled on the Sunday and Monday prior to the conference beginning. If you are to attend one of these meetings you will contacted by the convener in advance.

      Iona Priest & Pastoral Leaders Clericus             
      The Rev. Canon Kai Ryan, 713.520.6444

      Deacon Clericus                                             
      The Ven. Russ Oechsel, 713.353.2104 o, 281.638.6474 c

      Clergy Orientation                                           
      Kathryn Herman, 713.353.2121 o

      Safeguarding Training                                     
      The Rev. Canon Lisa Hines, 737.230.6122  

  • Plenary, Seminar Presenters and Special Guests

    • The Rev. Fleming Rutledge, Preacher and lecturer
      Author of The Crucifixion
      Plenary: The Urgency of the Pulpit
      Seminar: Preaching for Your Life

      The Rev. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor and Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching
      Luther Seminary
      Plenary: Preaching John in the Year of Luke
      Seminar: Empowered Preaching: Women in the Pulpit

      Alexander X. Byrd, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and affiliated with the Latin American Studies Program, 
      Rice University


      Cleophus J. LaRue Jr., MDiv and Ph.D., Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics Princeton Theological Seminary
      Guest Homilist
      Workshop: What the Sermon Does and What the Sermon Says

      Dent Davidson, Associate for Arts and Liturgy, Diocese of Chicago
      Guest Leader for Hymn Sing and workshop presenter
      Workshop: “Unbind Him!” How Raising Lazarus Helps us Raise Our Voices

  • Workshop Presenters

    • The Rev. Steven Balke, Rector St. Stephen’s, Beaumont
      Communicating During a Crisis 

      The Rev. Sarah Condon, Assistant for Pastoral Care, St. Martin’s, Houston
      Be Funny or They’ll Kill You: Preaching for People Who Need to Laugh 

      The Rev. Patrick Gahan
      The REAL Apprentice: Forming Assisting Clergy

      The Rev. Lisa Hines, Canon for Wellness and Care and Safeguarding Minister, EDOT
      Learning to Dance with Your Parish Day School

      The Rev. Glenna Huber, Rector, Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC
      Congregation Development and Community Organizing           

      Roger Hutchison, Director of Christian Formation & Parish Life, Palmer Memorial, Houston
      The Painting Table

      The Rev. Uriel Lopez, Vicar, San Romero, Houston
      Feeling at Home with Sam Romero: The Planting of a Hispanic Church 

      Elena Marks, President & Chief Executive Office, Episcopal Health Foundation
      Health vs Healthcare: Do We Know the Difference?

      The Rev. Jane Lancaster Patterson,Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament and Director of Community Care, Seminar of the Southwest
      Becoming a Community of Calling

      The Rev. Bertie Pearson, Rector, Grace Church, Georgetown
      An Examination of Why We Do All the Things We Do on Sunday 

      The Rev. Nandra Perry, Ph.D., Vicar, St. Philip’s, Hearne
      Reviving the Spirit of Rural Community 

      The Rev. Carol Peterson, Deacon, St. Peter’s, Brenham
      Health Ministry in the local Parish: Promoting Wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit

      The Rev. Joann Saylors, Canon for Mission Amplification, EDOT and the Rev. Francene Young, Transition Missioner, EDOT
      Looking in the Mirror: Using the Holy Cow! Congregational Assessment Tool 

      Shao-Chee Sim, Ph.D., Vice President for Applied Research, Episcopal Health Foundation
      Using Research to Inform Policy

      The Rev. Sean Steele, Parish Missioner, St. Isidore’s, The Woodlands
      Warrior Church: A Healing Liturgy for the Body, Mind and Soul

      Denise Trevino, Missioner for Intercultural Development, EDOT
      Building More Diverse Communities: Conversations Around the Gifts & Challenges

      Lisa Madry and Eric Moen
      Breaking Bread with EHF

  • Presentations

    • Considering a Curate?
      Rectors who would like to explore the benefits and requirements of having a curate on their church staff are invited to visit with the Rev. Canon Kai Ryan at an informational breakfast on Wednesday, October 24. All rectors interested in having a curate in 2019 are expected to attend. Please email Kathryn Herman to reserve a space 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 23. Please e-mail Kathryn Herman regarding your interest or sign up at the conference check-in table.

  • Clergy Wellness

    • Assessment
      The Clergy Wellness Task Force invites you to complete a Living Compass Wellness assessment before coming to Clergy Conference, which takes about 15 minutes. The completed assessment provides a snapshot of your current wellness and reveals areas that may need specific support or attention. Your results will help you make the best workshop and free time choices for your days at Camp Allen. The results will be anonymously combined to provide a big-picture of EDOT clergy wellness. Click here to take the assessment. Use the group code: EDOTCLERGY.

      Contact the Rev. Lisa Hines at 512.478.0580 with any questions.

  • Immunizations

    • Tdap shots influenza, pneumonia and shingles immunizations will be available at the Clergy 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 please:

      • Complete the attached consent and release form (English and Spanish) prior to receiving any vaccination.
      • 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.)
  • Yoga and Meditation

    • Gena Davis will be back to lead Yoga on Tuesday morning. In addition, Davis will introduce Yoga Nidra Meditation Tuesday afternoon. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Bring your own mat if you have one. For more information on Yoga Nidra Meditation visit

  • Massage Therapy

    • Wanda Williams will be back again to provider complimentary chair massages throughout the conference. Sign up sheets will be available at the activities sign up table. In addition, she will be offering a limited number of table massages by appointment only. A full 50-minute massage is $80, and a 25-minute massage is $45 payable directly to Wanda. Table massages will be

      available during the following times: Monday 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – Noon. All appointments must be made in advance by texting Wanda at 832.287.8780. Note in your text that you want to reserve time at the Clergy Conference. Her deadline for making appointments is Thursday, October 18.

  • Activities & Extras

    • Be sure to take advantage of all the complimentary activities offered during Clergy Conference: fishing, canoeing, tennis, archery, skeet shooting, trail rides, giant swing, the high ropes/zipline, 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 conference check-in.

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

  • For Retired Clergy

    • Zee Turnbull, EDOT Human Resource Manager, will be on hand to discuss issues pertinent to our retired clergy.



  • Book Signings

    • We will be hosting a book signing for the Rt. Rev Claude Payne Tuesday afternoon to for his latest book Reclaiming Christianity. The Rev. Fleming Rutledge will also be on hand during the conference to sign her latest book, Crucifixion. Both books will be available for purchase at the conference