September 28, 2011
I am delighted to announce that Stephanie Spellers, author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other and the Spirit of Transformation, will be our keynote speaker at this year’s Diocesan Convention. Her topic is “Anglicanism Remixed.”
Stephanie, who is also the priest and lead organizer at The Crossing community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston, travels around the church sharing radical welcome. She is passionate about creating Episcopal churches where we go beyond inclusion and allow ourselves truly to be changed by people whom we’ve considered to be “the other.”
“People get excited by the prospect of that transformation, but also scared,” she says. “Are we going to lose everything that makes us Anglican?” And that’s where Anglicanism Remixed comes in. “We have so many gifts in this tradition that could set our wider communities on fire and move us into closer alignment with the fantastic dream of God,” Stephanie says.
After her convention address, Stephanie will return to the diocese for three workshops in the spring of 2012. These events, still being scheduled, will give us a chance to do some hands-on work together about how remixing our Anglican tradition can help us serve the mission of God to which we’ve been called.
I got to spend some time with Stephanie at the recent House of Bishops meeting in Quito, Ecuador. Watch her video greeting that I recorded here and you’ll understand why I want to share her energy and enthusiasm with all of you.
Stephanie will speak at Convention on Friday, November 18 at 3pm. Please register for Convention here (the early-bird rate expires on Friday, I’m told), and encourage your congregation members and fellow leaders to join you.
I’m ready to be remixed. Bring it on!
Bishop Jeff Lee