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Opening Plenary: Living Room Conversations
8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Parish Hall

Our Leadership Academy will commence with Living Room Conversations, an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversations with those with whom we may not always agree. Learn how to increase understanding, reveal common ground and find ways forward with possible solutions. The session includes small group conversations that help us connect, relate and respect each other. 

Gloria Sandvik is a consultant, facilitator and mediator specializing in global structures, strategies and intercultural business practices working extensively in China and the Pacific Rim countries. She has designed and facilitated change management initiatives, team building, organizational development and leadership training courses in the arenas of conflict resolution, intercultural communication, negotiation. With humankind San Diego she is part of a core leadership team and has been a curator of community convenings working with the tools of appreciative inquiry, dialogue, and Living Room Conversations. With degrees in political science and in architecture and urban planning and public policy from the University of Oregon, her first career was in environmental planning and policy, as well as conceptual design in architecture.  She taught environmental planning as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University and at UCSD in the global leadership institute.  


Warden Basics
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sanctuary

The Rev. Gwynn Lynch, standing committee president, and the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, assisting bishop, will review basic roles and responsibilities of wardens, and connect you to diocesan resources, and Episcopal Church resources.

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori is our assisting bishop. She served for nine years as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church during which time she focused on the Episcopal Church’s mission priorities, including the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, issues of domestic poverty, climate change and care for the earth, as well as the ongoing need to contextualize the gospel. She is an oceanographer, a Stanford graduate and an instrument-rated pilot.

The Rev. Gwynn Lynch is the president of the standing committee and the rector of Grace, San Marcos. She has served many congregations in our diocese including: St. Mary’s, Ramona; All Souls’, San Diego and St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, her originating parish.


Safety & Emergency Preparedness
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Music Room

A survey and discussion of best practices for developing church emergency response plans and church safety/security procedures. Topics will include common risks/threats to churches, examples of disaster plans/emergency response techniques and safety/security training for clergy, ushers, greeters and parishioners.

Jeff Green, is the facilities manager for the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach. A member of St. Paul’s Cathedral, he manages all disaster planning for the diocesan office. He is also responsible for coordinating with the thirteen ministries that care for people in need on a weekly basis. This entails working with disparate groups including volunteers, community members, neighbors, police, neighborhood watch, and diocesan staff. He holds a JD and has experience in international business and real estate.


Finance & Administration Best Practices
1 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Sanctuary

We will cover best practices in finance, accounting and administration. Such topics as how to read a financial statement, asset management of your property, and key risk management items including internal controls, insurance, and audits will be addressed. This workshop is designed for treasurers, rectors, parish administrators and vestry members.

The Rev. Kirby M. Smith joined the bishop’s office in January 2018 as our chief financial officer. A resident of Tampa, Florida, Kirby served as a counterintelligence officer in the army in his early career. He has deep experience in the financial field with positions ranging from administrator and controller to chief financial officer, finance and operations manager, and vice president. He earned his MBA from the University of San Diego in the 80s, and his master of divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2009. Most recently he served as the head of St. Luke’s, La Crescenta, a Spanish-English congregation in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He is married to Cliff Chally, a creator of fine vestments and paraments for churches and individuals.


Creative Property Management and Maintenance
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Music Room

As our church facilities age in a changing social and economic environment, it behooves us as good stewards to evaluate and investigate new and creative ways of putting these assets to uses that will enhance the value both spiritually and physically of our churches. This workshop will provide some realistic and practical ideas and guidelines to make our facilities more versatile and economically useful as we implement our mission to provide God’s work in our respective neighborhoods. Availing ourselves of prudent methods of property needs management and thinking out of the box to ensure that every option available to us to use our properties effectively is explored. We hope that this workshop will provide you with new insights into transforming your facilities into exciting new opportunities for growth and diversity.

Mr. Richard Wade is a retired engineer after more than 50 years of experience in research and development and engineering management. This included design and execution of engineering construction projects nationally and internationally involving initial design, contract negotiations, financial planning and risk assessment aspects of the projects. He obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. His service in the Episcopal Church spans over 40 years, first at All Saints’, Pasadena and now at St. Mary’s, Ramona. He has been active as bishop’s warden, vestry member, treasurer, chair of social action and finance ministries, board member of All Saints’ Preschool, Pasadena, adult education leader and choir member. He has served on our diocesan executive council and presently he serves on the diocesan property committee as the chair.


Human Resources Best Practices
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Parish Hall

Laura Henderson of North County HR will provide a workshop on human resources best practices and an update on legal issues. The workshop will cover California employment law, including the new test to determine independent contractor status. Laura will also discuss the audits North County HR is conducting around our diocese.

Laura Henderson owns North County HR, a human resources consulting business that specializes in supporting small and medium sized businesses with 5-300 employees in Southern California. Laura works with business owners and senior leaders on establishing and maintaining compliant, effective and efficient human resources. She is passionate about the importance of human resources in supporting overall business success. She has 20 years of human resources experience in various industries and company sizes. Areas of special interest include establishing alternative workweek schedules, determining exempt nonexempt status, leave of absence management, wage and hour laws, acting as a part time HR manager for smaller companies and establishing best practices for hiring and terminations. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in business from California State University San Marcos and an MBA from The University of San Diego.


Baker’s Dozen: Communications Tips and Tricks from the Trenches
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Education Building, Room 3AB

Simple, practical tips and tools for creating print and digital communications from seasoned church communicators. Bring your laptops, tablets and smart phones for hands-on training to help your church communicate more effectively with both those who already attend, and those who are just waiting to hear the good news!

Pat Carson is retired from UC San Diego, having held positions as a biological researcher, business officer, and director of development services in the fundraising arm of the university. Her career focused on project management and strategic planning. She is the co-chair of the diocesan communications committee, a member of the diocesan executive council, and the diocesan finance committee. She and her husband, Geoff, are the communications team at St. Peter’s and enjoy wine country visits and trips to Hawaii. 

Anne Kellett is the senior warden at St. David’s, San Diego, and a member of the diocesan communications committee. She is an award-winning interior designer with 40 years of experience. She focuses on universal and accessible design, and is a respected educator in the subject as well. She is the principal designer for A Kinder Space, a design firm specializing in design for aging issues. She and her husband, the Rev. James Kellett, like to spend time with their grandchildren.

Greg Tuttle is the director of youth ministries for St. Dunstan’s, San Diego. After nearly two decades as a career minister in formation across our local, regional, national, and international Church, Greg Tuttle has learned that listening in leading is much more important than acting as a Game Show Host. Originally from St. Dunstan’s, he has served St. Bartholomew’s, Poway; St. David’s, San Diego; and other congregations in the Episcopal Dioceses of San Diego and Los Angeles. He enjoys spending time with his two sons and leading worship creatively.


Being Known in Your Community: Public Relations Advice from a Guru
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Education Building, Room 3AB

Good relationships with reporters can help promote your church’s ministries, and ensure fair coverage in a crisis. Learn how to develop good relationships with the media, how to help them, and how to pitch your church’s events so they get noticed.

Susan Jester is the media relations coordinator at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego and a member of the diocesan communications committee. She attends the School for Ministry, the local theological training program in Ocean Beach. She has a 35 year professional career as a political and media consultant and she is a recognized advocate for equal rights for the LGBT community. She is a well-known lesbian activist, speaking frequently at press conferences, debates, and demonstrations. In the 80s, she founded the San Diego AIDS Walk and was the first openly gay person appointed as a San Diego City Commissioner. In 1994 she was the executive director of New York City’s 25th anniversary celebration of the Stonewall riots. She served New Jersey Governor Whitman at the affordable housing agency, which created housing for HIV-affected families. She currently serves as the city commissioner of the citizens equal opportunity commission, the co-chair of the mayor’s LGBT advisory council, a member of the sheriff’s LGBT advisory council, the San Diego AIDS memorial task force, and the California advisory committee to the national civil rights commission.


Stewardship: Grace Upon Grace
1 – 2 p.m.
North Parish Hall

Learn how a sister parish created its own autumnal Spirit Season as a way to energize the congregation around stewardship, and imagine what Grace Upon Grace looks like in your church context.

Stewardship: Say No to Insanity: Breaking the Doing-the-Same-Things-Expecting-Different-Results Cycle
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
North Parish Hall

The Rev. Paige Blair-Hubert, and the Parish|Connect team from St. Peter’s, will share how they got out of the insane cycle of doing the same thing and expecting different results by adopting the New Consecration Sunday stewardship program, and weaving it into their parish traditions, with truly powerful results. 

The Rev. Paige Blair-Hubert‘s greatest joy in ministry is encouraging others to live out their baptismal ministries, and watching in excitement and delight as they become the people God is calling them to be in Christ. Paige served as chaplain associate at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel from 1992-1995, as part of the Episcopal Interim Chaplaincy Team at Boston University from 1996-1997. From 1997-2000 she served as assistant, and then associate, at St. John’s, Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. In 2000, she was called to be rector of St. George’s, York Harbor, Maine, and enjoyed ministry there until joining St. Peter’s in May of 2009. Since then Paige has served on our diocesan commission on ministry, and standing committee, and has also served as a general convention deputy. Most recently she chaired the task force for compassionate care of victims of clergy sexual misconduct. She can hardly believe it’s been almost ten years since being called to St. Peter’s and can’t wait to see what next God has in mind for them in their ministry together.


Children’s Formation: Godly Play

Session 1: What is Godly Play? with Sue Baas, Judy Cater, Kathleen Ide and Sue Sebastian
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Education Building, Room 3AB
 
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them explore their faith through story, gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.
 
Sue Baas, recently retired after 40+ years as a child care provider, has served Holy Cross, Carlsbad for over two decades. She is a three-term bishop’s committee member, and has served as a leader for social justice, servanthood, worship and formation ministries. Sue has seen how the incorporation of Godly Play can transform the culture of a church, and looks forward to sharing her learnings with others. 
 
 
Judy Cater and her husband, Jack, came to San Diego during his active duty service in the Navy and never found a reason to leave. Prior to her retirement in 2013, Judy world at Palomar College for 38 years, serving as a librarian, library technology and American history teacher and interim dean. At Holy Cross, Carlsbad, Judy has served as a bishop’s committee member, junior warden, altar guild member and Godly Play storyteller.
 
 
 
Kathleen Ide is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up in this diocese. Having served Good Samaritan, University City for 30 years, she has more recently served a children’s formation consultant for St. Luke’s, North Park and children’s formation coordinator for St. Mark’s, City Heights. Kathleen brings over 30 years of experience of Montessori-based learning to formation leadership, and a deep and rich appreciation for the life of children in a congregation.  
 
 
Sue Sebastian is a cradle Episcopalian and a retired nurse. As a member of Holy Cross since its founding 32 years ago, she has served the vestry, altar guild, choir, welcoming committee, calling committees, and as an Eucharistic visitor, and counter. Sue was part of a three-person team, joined by Sue Baas and Judy Cater, to begin Godly Play at Holy Cross in November 2014. She has offered her fabric design talents to create materials for the stories, and has been a storyteller for four years. She looks forward to supporting smaller churches that might want to start a Godly Play program. 
 

Session 2: Godly Play Storytelling with Karen Tansey
1:15 – 2 p.m.
Education Building, Room 3AB
 
Godly Play storytelling refers to an imaginative approach to religious storytelling. It is an approach that genuinely invites and enables children to participate for themselves in the exploration of collective and personal meanings found in religious stories. Come experience the Godly Play day firsthand and wonder along with us!
 

Karen Tansey began teaching Sunday school in her home parish, St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, in the late 90s hoping to make Sunday school fun, and wanting to give back to the church that helped raise her. In 2005, Karen launched Godly Play, a program she knew was special when the children asked for it week after week, and she was personally being fed spiritually by the experience. She loves the way the children take the lead after hearing the Biblical stories our ancestors told thousands of years ago. Although a credentialed school teacher, Karen works full time for the City of Poway in parks and recreation. In her free time, Karen does yoga, Pilates, walks, golfs, and quilts. On the church campus, you will find Karen serving on the altar as a Eucharist minister, working with altar guild, and quilting with the prayers and squares quilt ministry.    


Teen Confirmation Track

Session 1: Confirm Not Conform
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Youth Room

A confirmation curriculum that engages youth in Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, Confirm not Conform empowers youth for ministry and helps your congregation recognize youth as full members of the church. Come learn all about this teen formation program that includes sessions on scripture, church history, worship, social justice, and get started in your congregation right away.

Session 2: My Faith, My Life
1 – 2 p.m.
Youth Room

Explore this teen confirmation curriculum that includes activities that tap into multiple learning styles and ways to interact with the congregation. This will be a primary go-to resource for any youth leader.

Session 3: The Power of Retreats
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Youth Room

“Retreat” comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.” A retreat is a place where you pull back from the world. When we step out of our structured scheduled day-to-day lives and step into space and time set apart, you withdraw from your life in order to gather forces and focus them on something you love. From this place, you gain a new perspective, regroup and re-energize for the future. Explore the power of retreats with Kathy Wilder, the executive director of Camp Stevens, a natural place for retreats.

Session 4: The Value of Adult Mentors & New Leadership Roles
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Youth Room

Adult mentors provide perspective to young people. When obstacles seem overwhelming, mentors help youth think creatively about solutions. Learn how to select, train and support mentors in your congregation, as well as how mentoring teens can strengthen spiritual lives of mentees and mentors alike.

Our Presenters for this Track

Charlette Preslar is the director of youth and family ministries at Christ Church, Coronado, the chaplain at Christ Church Day School, and the youth missioner for the diocese. She is a founding member of the diocesan youth collaborative and is passionate about connecting children, youth and families to their faith and the Episcopal Church. She’s a great cook and loves all things outdoors.

Kathy Wilder is the executive director of Camp Stevens, our diocesan camp in Julian. She has a master’s in business administration and a masters in the science of leadership, and over 25 years of experience working with youth and young adults in educational and retreat settings. She is a lifelong advocate for the power of the outdoors to change people’s lives, and she is dedicated to servant leadership as the path to team development and maintenance. Kathy specializes in nonprofit management, group facilitation, budgeting, and community building. She enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family.  


Exploring the Way of Love as a Rule of Life in Adult Formation

This track of workshops will explore the various resources available to congregations interested in pursuing the Episcopal Church’s “Way of Love” and how we as faith formation leaders can incorporate the sevenfold emphases of learning, praying, worshiping, blessing, going, resting and turning into our lifelong and life-wide faith formation offerings. Morning sessions will focus on in-depth explorations of each of the seven way of love practices as well as resources available for living those out in a congregational setting. The afternoon sessions will be practical workshops focusing on how to cultivate and live out a community rule of life and small group ministry from these resources.

Session 1: The Way of Love: A Community Rule of Life with David Tremaine
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
South Parish Hall

In our opening session we will take time to reflect on and explore each of the first six areas of the “Way of Love,” which include Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, and Go. Participants will leave with a list of potential practices for each of these areas as well as resources for implementing them in their congregational life.

Session 2: In Returning and Rest: A Spirituality of Rest with Kathy Wilder
1:15 – 2 p.m.
South Parish Hall

In the follow up to the exploration of the first six Way of Love areas, Camp Steven’s Executive Director Kathy Wilder will lead an in-depth reflection and discussion on the final area of Rest. Participants will leave with an understanding of the resources available to them and to their congregations to engage regularly in the vital practice of resting.

Session 3: How and Why to Cultivate a Community Rule of Life with David Tremaine
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
South Parish Hall

In the first practicum session of the afternoon we will explore the reasons why we might work to take on a Rule of Life in our congregational settings. We will explore both the challenges and joys of such work as well as some practical ways for cultivating and sustaining such communal practices. Participants will leave with a practical steps and resources to help create a rule of life for their community.

Session 4: How and Why to Cultivate a Small Group Ministry
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
South Parish Hall

In the final practicum session of the day we will discuss the ways that we can live out and sustain these “Way of Love” practices through small group ministry, as well as some of the practical aspects of cultivating such a ministry. Workshop leader David Tremaine will share some of his experiences in implementing and sustaining small groups from his work at St. Luke’s over the last two years. Participants will leave with practical steps and resources to explore the possibility of and support small group offerings in their congregations.

Our Presenters for this Track

David Tremaine is the director of formation and outreach at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. He is a native of West Caldwell, New Jersey but spent his high school and college years in Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary but decided not to be ordained because he felt God calling him to a life of lay ministry. He is the instigator for Fearless Formation, the formation offerings within Leadership Academy. He enjoys thinking theologically, karaoke, and spending time with his son, George, and wife, the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson, associate at St. Bartholomew’s, Poway.

Kathy Wilder is the executive director of Camp Stevens, our diocesan camp in Julian. She has a master’s in education and operational leadership and over 25 years of experience working with youth and young adults in educational and retreat settings. She is a lifelong advocate for the power of the outdoors to change people’s lives, and she is dedicated to servant leadership as the path to team development and maintenance. She specializes in nonprofit management, human resources, group facilitation, departmental budgeting, marketing and community building. She enjoys kayaking and spending time with her family.

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