Eastern Shore Episcopalian (ESE) - Convention 2018

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a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton


In This Issue:

A Special Ministry of


“My goal as a deacon has been

to inspire others to live out their

Baptismal Covenant.“


Highlights of the 150th


01 Bishop’s Letter

02 About Convention 2018 Agenda, Overview, Special Guest

& Workshops

04 Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary A Year-Long Witness

to Christ’s Love, Hope and Reconciliation in the Diocese

of Easton

06 A Special Ministry of Servanthood Insights into Life as a


08 FAQs About the Vocational Diaconate Questions

answered for those considering God’s call

10 Introducing Convention Nominees Meet Leaders from

around the Diocese

14 Bringing It All Together The Diocesan Purpose and Ten

Ministry Imperatives - A Collaborative Vision for the


16 Resolutions Submitted for Convention 2018

17 Diocesan Events & Announcements

Cover Photo: Enjoying a quick moment on the beach during the

Province Youth Event at the Ocean City Youth Rally. 50 youth and

leaders from our diocese attended (100 from Province III).


Nine counties, 42 worshiping

communities, and more than

5,000 people engaged in living

out our call to welcome all, share

Jesus’ love, and serve the world.


The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray

Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World

Sesquicentennial (150th) Diocesan Convention



“Go; your faith has made

you well” (Mark10:52)


The Diocese of Easton was

established as a free-standing

diocese of the Episcopal

Church 150 years ago, in

October 1868. This year we

will be commemorating the

sesquicentennial anniversary of

its establishment with a series of

inspirational, missional, spiritual

and educational events. The

Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Committee will commend

three major focus areas to be

the central themes guiding and

sustaining the overall essence

of what the diocese views as its

primary purpose as a Church

founded by God. The three major



Faith is the Christian virtue

and Missional imperative that

has underscored our life and

existence as a viable and visible

presence of Jesus Christ on the

Eastern Shore of Maryland. It is

this virtue that has shaped and

inspired the church’s consistent

effort to lead God’s people to the

good news in Jesus, and to hold

on to the promise and conviction

that faith in God prevails

over and above the difficult

circumstances (fate) that present


Our friend, Bartimaeus

(Mark 10:46-52) is a classical

illustration of someone who was

frustrated and discontent

with his condition in

life as a blind person

and desired a change in

that status. He wasn’t

prepared to let his

circumstance define his

life forever, and to this

end he did something

dramatic about it. Defying the

taunt and ridicule of the nearby

crowd he reached out to Jesus in

faith and the fate of his life was

redeemed forever.

This is the objective the church

holds before the people of God

that reminds the world of the

power and authority of God to

transform the circumstances of

life. This happens by faith if we,

in humility, are prepared to reach

out to God in confidence and

joyful expectation.

The Sesquicentennial (150 th )

Diocesan Convention calls this

diocese to a new way of thinking

that defies what can sometimes

become lethargy and paralysis

in our life as a church. We are

called to a renewed and revived

spirit of joyful expectation in

Jesus. A Jesus who beckons us to

come walk with him in faith on

the Jericho Road - leading to new

birth, new beginning, new hope

and dreams fulfilled.

+ San

April Knight’s painting above, commissioned by

the youth of the Diocese and hanging in the Bray

House, is the logo for this convention.


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The Right Reverend Santosh Marray

Bishop of Easton

Joanne Fisher

Director of Communications,

Senior Editor & Creative Designer

The Reverend Loretta Collins

Deacon, Editor


150th Convention of

The Diocese of Easton

Faith Redeeming Fate

“Go; your faith has made you well.”

(Mark10: 52)

February 23-24, 2018

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Cambridge, MD

Each year, representatives from around our diocese gather to review and discuss issues, policies and

structures. While voting representatives and alternates must pre-register to attend Convention, anyone is

welcome to attend as an observer. Registered attendees receive packets of information and meals during

the two-day meeting.

February 23rd

• Registration Opens 8:00am

• Opening Eucharist 9:00am

• Sessions 1 10:30am

• Session II 1:30pm

• Youth @ Convention Event Begins 5:00pm

• Reception & Banquet 5:30pm

February 24th

• Morning Worship 8:45am

• Workshops 9:30am

• Session III 10:40am

• Close of Business 12pm

• Youth Event Ends 2pm

Youth @ Convention


Youth @ Convention invites young people from around the Diocese to bear witness to portions of

Convention as well as providing the opportunity to get to know one another. The youth lead morning

worship on Saturday. Interested youth should register through their Rector or appointed church

representative. More information and registration information can be found on our website


Special Guest

We are excited to welcome the Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel III as our guest at the 150th Diocesan

Convention. He will celebrate and preach at the Opening Eucharist on Friday morning.

Clifton Daniel III is a bishop of The Episcopal Church and Interim Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint

John the Divine in New York City. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with

a BA in Spanish and Education. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary,

Alexandria, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 1972. He has received

Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Virginia Seminary and the University of

the South. As bishop he has served the Diocese of East Carolina (in the State

of North Carolina) and the Diocese of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). As a

priest, prior to becoming a bishop he served parishes in North Carolina,

Ohio and Rhode Island. He currently serves on the Executive Council of

The Episcopal Church; as President of the Board of The General Theological

Seminary, New York City; and on the Board of The Church Pension Group, New York City. He is an Officer

Brother of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. Bishop Daniel and his wife

Anne (deceased) have three married daughters and four grandchildren, all living in New York City.


Workshop #1: Finding DIAKONIA: The Future of Servant Leadership in the Diocese of Easton

Diakonia (servant ministry) is not exclusive to those who wear collars. Our baptismal covenant calls all

Christians to live out their diakonia in the world. However, many dioceses throughout the Episcopal

Church are coming to appreciate the diaconate (office of deacon) as a vital and enduring order of servant

leadership, and are exploring creative ways to set apart and deploy ordained vocational deacons to realize

this end. This seminar, conducted by members of the Commission on Ministry, will focus on what a "call" to

the vocational diaconate looks like, and how a renewed diaconal order may shape the future of our diocese.

Workshop #2: Reconciliation, Love and Hope

This workshop will attempt to bring together descendants of those who were once enslaved with

descendants of those who once owned/enslaved others. This discussion will seek to help us better undestand

how our actions today can have an impact on future generations of those who will come after us. As we kick

off our 150th Anniversary Celebration, we want to be mindful of our history as we look towards and work

for our next 150 years as a diocese.

Workshop #3: Church Beyond the Walls: The New Envisioning of Missional Ministry in the Diocese

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher, the appointed Missioner: Church Beyond the Walls for the diocese of

Easton, will provide an overview of what it means to participate in missional ministry beyond the walls of

the church. Time will be provided for participants to begin the process of envisioning opportunities within

their communities for missional ministry development, and to schedule an initial parish visit.

Sesquicentennial Collect +Santosh K. Marray

Gracious God, through the movement of your Holy Spirit, you have found your Church, the Diocese

of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Continue to strengthen this diocese to be an inviting and

welcoming presence for your people to meet Jesus and to be transformed by the love, hospitality and

reconciling truth that embodies all life in you. Receive our worship, praise and thanksgiving; nurture and

sustain our life in faith, and cause us to always be a grateful people of your grace upon grace; through your

Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!



A S W C’

L, H R


The 150th Anniversary of the Diocse of Easton is a year-long commemoration and celebration of a

people bound by faith, humbled in reconciliation, driven by love, and steadfast in their hope in Christ.

This year will be marked by a series of events designed to dig into the core of these themes and to build

momentum for the next 150 years of God at work on the Eastern Shore. The following pages outline these

upcoming events and take a closer look at the themes for the year.

Convention 2018 “Faith Redeeming Fate” - Kick-Off to the 150th

• Reconcilation Eucharist on May 5th at the Harriet Tubman Museum

• The 150 Challenge: Love like Jesus Outreach throughout the Summer

• Gathering Hope: A Harvest Festival on October 27th at Camp Wright

• Celebration Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Curry on March 3rd, 2019


The Message of Reconciliation

“So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a

new creation: everything old has passed

away; see, everything has become new!

All this is from God, who reconciled us

to himself through Christ, and has given

us the ministry of reconciliation; that is,

in Christ God was reconciling the world

to himself, * not counting their trespasses

against them, and entrusting the message

of reconciliation to us.”

(2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

As the Diocese of Easton enters

into our Anniversary, we will

set our minds on the work of

reconciliation. We will reflect

upon the ways in which we

have harmed our neighbors,

our environment and ourselves

by things we have done and left

undone. We ask God, who is ever

faithful and full of mercy, to aid

us to amend our lives and set us

on the right path.

The Message of Love

“Beloved, since God loved us so much,

we also ought to love one another. 12 No

one has ever seen God; if we love one

another, God lives in us, and his love is

perfected in us.”

(1 John 4:11-12)

The parish-level call of the

Sesquicentennial will be “The

150 Challenge”. Every Parish

in the Diocese, every youth

group or small group, or anyone

who chooses can develop an

act of outreach in love for their

local community involving 150

of something. It could be 150

meals served, 150 cards mailed,

150 canned goods … the sky is

the limit. We will collect brief

accounts of the actions and share

them with the diocese!

The Message of Hope

“Hope does not disappoint us, because

God’s love has been poured into our

hearts through the Holy Spirit that has

been given to us.”

(Romans 5:5)

The Diocese of Easton finds hope

in the witness of the past and

the promise of the future. We

will share our witness through

Diocesan Heritage Sunday

services in October and by a great

gathering at Camp Wright in the

fall. Young and old will recommit

to sharing the message of hope

which broadens our horizons and

brings others to share the hope

that is within us.

Harriet Tubman Museum Tour

& Reconciliation Eucharist

includes lunch

Saturday, May 5th

Eucharist Begins 11am

(Early-Bird Tour at 10am)

Buses will depart from points

north and south in the Diocese.

Contact the Office to

reserve your seat:


The 150 Challenge

Love is Contagious

May 5th - October 27th

Parishes & Groups

What are 150 things your group

can do to show the Love of

Christ in your community?

Share your stories as they unfold:



or via email to the Diocese.

Gathering Hope

A Harvest Festival

at Camp Wright

Saturday October 27th


Live Music & Performances,

Games, Food, & More!

Fun for All Ages!

Youth Groups interested in

working the event can contact




A Special

Ministry of

By the Rev. Loretta


“Every Christian is called to

follow Jesus Christ, serving

God the Father, through the

power of the Holy Spirit. God

now calls you to a special ministry

of servanthood directly under your

Bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ,

you are to serve all people, particularly

the poor, the weak, the sick and the lonely.”

(from the Examination from Ordination:

Deacon, BCP p. 543)

Throughout my life I have always felt a deep

compassion for others. Accepting God’s call to the

diaconate has given me an opportunity to exercise this

compassion and witness how God can take the seed of an

idea and grow it into a fruitful and powerful ministry. There

are two such stories that stand in my memory…

I was ordained as a deacon on October 31, 2010. My first

assignment was at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Lewistown,

Pennsylvania. It had been a thriving church in a thriving factory town

up until the 1960’s. But factories began to close and then Hurricane

Agnes blew through in 1972 bringing massive flooding and further

devastation to a suffering economy.

St. Mark’s responded to needs in the community and opened up a food bank.

Upon my arrival in 2010 there were some frustrations brewing with food bank

clients. The recurring comment was that people who received the food did not

always know what to do with it. Together we began to pray for a solution.

After conversations with the rector and some of the volunteers at the food bank, I

proposed the idea of crockpot cooking classes. This would give our clients some practical

and healthy ways to use the food they received. We wrote up a plan and received a grant from

a local health insurance agency that supported innovative health-related ideas.

From there we set about inviting people to the classes. As a gift for attending the classes, each

student received a free cookbook, basic cooking supplies (such as a paring knife, large spoon, and

measuring cups) and of course a crock pot! We looked for recipes in the cookbook that had typical

things a person might pick up at the food bank such as tuna, vegetables, noodles and canned soups. As

folks arrived, the recipes we were making that day were already nearly cooked in the crockpots. The

aroma was inviting!



Although the class members learned a great deal

from watching the demonstrations and helping

with the preparation of the food, the ministry

really came from sitting together to share a meal. It

was an opportunity to not just educate food bank

recipients, but also an opportunity for us at church

to get to know the folks in our community. In this

way, God took the seed of an idea - to share new

skills – and grew it into a powerful ministry of

relationship with our neighbors.

After a few years of serving at the parish level I was

offered the opportunity to serve as a deacon for

the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. At the time

many refugees were moving to the Harrisburg PA

area and I felt called to see if there was a way the

Diocese could help.

In conversation with the Catholic Charities

Refugee and Resettlement Office in Harrisburg

I learned of some of the most urgent needs of

families arriving to their new homes. In particular,

the Resettlement office was in need of pots, pans

and pillows. So we started an appeal across the

Diocese and the outpouring of support was

generous. Together with volunteers and

Diocesan staff, we gathered these donations

and took them to the Resettlement office for


About a year after our Pots, Pans and Pillows

appeal, the Resettlement office contacted me

with a need for twin bed sheets and blankets.

We again put out a request across the

Diocese and had an even greater outpouring

of support. People in our communities were

looking for ways to show support to their

new refugee neighbors and this was one way

to help.

By reaching out to the Refugee Resettlement

Office and becoming a trustworthy partner

in ministry, the door opened for additional

community-building opportunities. Some people

began volunteering with the English classes offered

by the office and others gave donations for bus

tickets for the students to get there. Additional

members helped alleviate a few specific financial

crises faced by families before they found jobs.

We are all called, as The Reverend Daniel Dunlap

explains in his article, FAQs about Deacons, to

live out our Baptismal Covenant in our daily lives.

Deacons, in addition, are called to be servant

leaders in and for the church. Dunlap further

explains, “As an ordained office, they (deacons) are

called to model diakonia by inspiring, empowering

and engaging every baptized person to live out

their diakonia in everyday life.” My goal as a

deacon has been to inspire others to live out their

Baptismal Covenant. I look forward to serving with

you here in the Diocese of Easton as we together

explore new ways we can follow Christ and honor

the promises we made in our Baptismal Covenant.

The Reverend Deacon Loretta Collins has recently moved from

the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania to the Diocese of Easton

with her husband, The Reverend Patrick A. Collins.



FAQs about Vocational Deacons

in the Diocese of Easton

By the Rev. Daniel Dunlap, PhD

On behalf of the Commission on Ministry

What are deacons?

From the earliest days of the church, the order of

deacons (or diaconate) has been recognized as one

of three distinct orders of ordained ministry, along

with bishops and presbyters (i.e. priests). The Book

of Common Prayer describes deacons as called to a

“special ministry of servanthood,” directly under the

authority of the bishop. The word “deacon” comes

from the Greek word diakonos, which means “servant.”

A related word diakonia (servant ministry) is often

used to describe the ministry of deacons. Yet the New

Testament also uses diakonia to describe the ministry of

all disciples.

What is the role of a deacon?

Deacons are called to serve all people but particularly

“the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.” Deacons

are given the special task of interpreting to the Church

the “needs, concerns and hopes of the world.” In this

way the diaconate is a “bridge” between the church and

the world, and the world and the church. Deacons are

called to image Christ, “who came not to be served but

to serve,” and to share in his ministry (cf. BCP, pp. 543,


Where did deacons come from?

Early church leaders, like Irenaeus (d. AD 202),

believed that Acts 6:1-7 described the commissioning

of the first deacons. This passage tells the story of a

complaint brought to the twelve apostles in Jerusalem.

Some widows (of a Hellenic or Greek background)

were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food,

while other widows (of Aramaic background) were

being favored. As there was no social “safety net” at

that time, the poor and the vulnerable (often widows

and orphans) relied on the charity of the community to

survive. To resolve this controversy the twelve proposed

that the disciples choose from among themselves seven

individuals “full of the Spirit and wisdom” (v. 3), to

whom the ministry (diakonia) of waiting tables could

be delegated, thereby allowing the apostles to continue

to devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry

(diakonia) of the Word. The apostles then prayed and

laid their hands over the seven, ordaining them as the

first deacons.

How did deacons function in the early centuries of

the church?

The period of the second through the sixth centuries

AD is often called the “golden age of deacons.” This

was a time when deacons were often given more

prominent and visible roles than presbyters. Deacons

served as assistants or secretaries to bishops, provincial

administrators, and even as episcopal envoys. The

office of “archdeacon” was created during this period,

denoting the most senior clerics of a province. It was

even common for new bishops to be elected from

their ranks rather than from among the presbyters.

Nevertheless the primary role of deacons remained as

it was in New Testament times: the distribution of alms

to the poor and the care of the destitute. Thus Deacons

also ran hospitals, hostels, and houses of refuge.

Why are candidates for the priesthood ordained as

deacons first?

The practice of ordaining candidates as deacons prior to

their ordination as priests arose in the early middle ages

when ministry was viewed more or less as a ceremonial

ascent up the ranks of the five minor orders (porter,

lector, exorcist, acolyte, subdeacon) to the sacramental

or holy orders of deacon, priest, and bishop. When the

Church of England abolished the minor orders in the

sixteenth century the order of ascent was drastically

abridged, yet not completely eliminated. Candidates

still entered holy orders through the “doorway of the

diaconate.” However, the English Church also redefined

the diaconate as a transitional apprenticeship prior

to ordination as a priest. The 1550 ordinal required

deacons to continue in office for “the space of a whole

year at the least…to the intent that [he] may be perfect,

and well expert in the things appertaining to the

Ecclesiastical administration.” Today we call this the

“transitional diaconate.”

How does a vocational deacon differ from a

transitional deacon?

Transitional deacons are called to the priesthood, and

have every expectation of being ordained priests after

their formation as deacons is complete. For them the

diaconate is another step in their formation. Vocational

deacons are called to serve perpetually as deacons. They

understand their “special ministry of servanthood” as

an end in itself.


How does the ministry of a deacon differ from that of

a layperson?

Diakonia (servant ministry) is not exclusive to those

who wear collars. Diakonia is an essential part of our

discipleship. All Christians are called through our

baptismal covenant to live out our diakonia through

what we do and how we live out our daily life in the

world. Organized expressions of diakonia occur at

every level of the church (vestry, parish administration,

mission/outreach, etc.). Deacons, however, are called to

be servant leaders in and for the church. As an ordained

office, they are called to model diakonia by inspiring,

empowering and engaging every baptized person to live

out their diakonia in every day life.

Is a deacon ordained for the parish or for the diocese?

One of the ways a deacon differs from a layperson

or even a priest is the unique relationship she or he

has with the bishop. Deacons work directly under

the bishop and are “assigned” to their ministries by

the bishop. Typically, bishops will assign transitional

deacons to parishes so that they can learn from

senior priests or rectors in preparation for their own

ordination to the priesthood. Vocational deacons, on

the other hand, are called to serve the diocesan church

rather than the parish church, and the bishop may

assign them to ministries within the diocese for which

the bishop perceives a great need, and for which the

deacon may have special gifts or talents. Sometimes this

might be within a parish or mission setting, particularly

in times of transition. But ideally vocational deacons

will be sent out to represent the church in various

other ways: staffing specialized ministries (e.g. in

hospitals, correctional facilities, or hospices), nurturing

and supervising lay ministries, organizing social or

political advocacy groups, leading missions to advance

community justice and peace in the world, just to name

a few possibilities.

Why is the Diocese of Easton interested in reviving

the vocational diaconate now?

We live in exciting times. Many dioceses in the

Episcopal Church and churches throughout the

Anglican Communion are coming to appreciate the

diaconate as a vital and enduring order of ministry,

and are exploring creative ways to set apart and deploy

vocational deacons to realize this end. A vocational

diaconate program seems like a natural fit for a diocese

such as ours. What we might feel we lack in worldly

resources we certainly make up for in the spiritual

gifts and talents of our people. As well, a diaconal

program provides another way for people to explore a

perceived call to the ministry. Some experience a call

to specialized servant ministry, yet do not feel called

to the priesthood. Some experience a call to serve, yet

are not able to quit their secular employment because

many diaconal assignments are part-time and unpaid

positions. Still others may sense a call during their

retirement years, yet perhaps feel that their age might

disqualify them. In each of these cases the diaconate

seems made to order.

Could it be that I am being called to serve as a

vocational deacon in the Diocese of Easton?

God will call whomever God chooses. The task of the

Commission on Ministry is to open up the process

towards the diaconate to everyone who may sense a

call from God, and to provide a supportive formation

process to help people realize their call if they have one.

If you think this may describe God’s leading in your life

then the Commission on Ministry is here to facilitate

your discernment. There are, however, certain qualities

the Commission looks for in any call to ordained office.

Perhaps these qualities are ones that describe you:

A living, growing faith in God through Jesus

Christ, including a passion for God’s mission to

the world;

A personal “rule of life” that includes a

discipline of prayer, regular participation in

corporate worship, the study of scripture,

spiritual direction, and personal stewardship;

A public “rule of life” that models Christian

virtues by example to others;

An active participation in the life and ministry

of an Episcopal congregation;

A proven capacity for gathering, organizing, and

inspiring others in mission;

Skills in communication, which include the

ability to write and speak persuasively and with

sensitivity to the concerns of others.

Rev. Dunlap is Rector of Old Trinity, Church Creek and

Vicar of St. John’s Chapel, Cornersville


Introducing our

Convention Nominees...

Diocesan Council – Northern

Convocation Rep, Lay – Mark

Hansen: The son of Episcopal

missionaries serving over three

decades in Brazil and Japan, I am the

product of a lifelong immersion in

global Anglicanism. My own sense of

vocation to a life of domestic Christian

mission came during the mid-1980’s

while doing seminary field placement

as a bi-lingual tutor in the South Bronx at a predominantly

Puerto Rican parish. Today, I teach English as a Second

Language for Mexican immigrants at St. Clement’s, Massey,

where for the past four years I have served as Lay Pastor in

a team-ministry model to this small, bold, mission-oriented

– and now growing – congregation. I have a myriad of

experience in diocesan-level affairs across four diocese as

well as in leadership roles within the local community. My

PhD is in Latin American history with a minor in religion

from Columbia University, and I am currently affiliated as a

Visiting Scholar at Washington College.

I am enthusiastic about the vision of “a prayer-centered

church and a mission-shaped diocese” in large measure

because it is not just our bishop’s idea nor is it merely a

marketing slogan. Bishop Santosh’s spiritually-grounded

and collaborative leadership style has been evident in the

emergence of this vision, insofar as he was the leader in

urging diocesan representatives to craft such a statement,

while being a respectful listener in guiding it through its

various iterations. The result is a well-ordered statement

of two indispensable priorities: prayerful connection with

the living God, resulting in missional outreach to the wider

world. Too often we Episcopalians fall into a bandwagon

mentality, with the “cart” of social action coming before the

“horse” of prayerful, scripture-based reflection. In all things,

we must never forget that “the Church is the only society

that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.”

(William Temple)

Diocesan Council – Middle

Convocation Rep, Clergy – Charlie

Osberger: Rector Wye Parish, Dean

of the Middle Convocation, member

of the Commission on Ministry,

Board of Camp Wright and Deputy

to the General Convention of the

Episcopal Church 2018

Jesus is the Foundation of the

movement bearing His Name for his Kingdom’s cause.

We are living witnesses to the presence of the Kingdom

of God among us. This means to me participating in the

proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, unifying a

Diocese of missions, ministries and congregations, all ages,

youth and leaders who are a spiritual offering of real hope,

real grace and real peace to the world through real lives

changed by the love of God. As we live into the next 150

years of Easton’s vision, decisions and commitments that

demonstrate true compassion and the joy of our Lord’s

salvation we will be good news for the communities and

people we serve.

Diocesan Council – Southern

Convocation Rep, Lay – Phil

Tilghman: Grew up in Federalsburg

MD. Graduated Washington

College 1964 and married college

sweetheart same year. Three children,

nine grandchildren and two great

granddaughters. Member St. Philips,

Quantico since 1966. Senior Warden

several times and just retiring from

most recent stint. Two previous terms on Diocesan Council.

Member of Bishop’s selection committee. Elected member

Wicomico County Council 1984 thru 2000. Host of local

interview program on local access TV 2000 thru 2014.

As a Diocese we expressed to those who would be our Bishop

that ” status quo is not an option”. Now we must embrace

the challenge that Bishop San has set for us in terms of

commitment to Christ centered service to mankind starting

in our own communities. As a Diocese we should take every

opportunity to meet, worship and dialogue with each other as

fellow Episcopalians to bolster that commitment. The more

the “flock” is together the stronger we become and thereby

more receptive to the Shepherd.


“How do you see us growing into

Bishop San's vision of being a

prayer-centered church and a

mission-shaped diocese?”

Diocesan Council – At-Large

Rep, Lay – Lisa Webb: I grew up

in the Presbyterian Church, the

granddaughter of a Presbyterian

minister. I began attending the

Episcopal Church in high school,

when my step father joined my family.

I am now the mother of a teenage

daughter and an OB-Gyn physician.

I have had many roles in my home

church, Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, including being

an Eucharist minister and visitor, lector, intercessor, acolyte,

chair of the Pastoral Care Committee, and recently helping

to develop our Creation Season. The most special role has

been as a student and then mentor for four years of EFM. I

still have an ecumenical spirit, as I also again play bells again

at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. I am honored to

be considered to be more involved with the church on the

Diocesan level.

I believe that in order to become a prayer-centered church

and mission-shaped diocese, we first need to come to believe,

and then live it out, that each and every person is a loved

child of God. As 1 John states (3:2) “My dear people, we are

already children of God”. We don’t have to earn it; God’s

grace has already given us this blessing. Once this knowledge

shines forth from our hearts, being prayer centered and

mission shaped will come automatically, we can’t help but

want to commune with God and to share our abundance

Being prayer-centered and mission shaped is our natural

state. Worship, study and community can help us be who we

truly are.

Diocesan Council – At-Large Rep,

Lay – Tim Strack: “I grew up on Kent

Island and now live in Denton. I am

a member of Christ Church Denton

who serves both on the Vestry and as

a Eucharistic Minister. In 2017 I was

an Alternate Delegate to Diocesan

Convention, and in 2018 I am a

Delegate. I enjoy being involved in

my community. At Christ Church

Denton I started a monthly Game Night, open to the public,

where families and individuals can come play board games. I

also volunteer at the His Hope Haven homeless shelter every

Friday night when the shelter is open (September-May).

Along with Bishop San’s vision for us being a prayer-centered

church and a mission-shaped diocese, I feel a call to both

pray AND to take action. I believe prayer is a two way

communication, as in we also have to listen to what the Holy

Spirit is asking us to do, and in some cases that is to take

action. I believe we should work with other non-profits in the

area to help our local community as well larger non-profits

to help the world. Perhaps we could organize a set of days

as a diocese to do physical work with Habitat for Humanity

or start new fundraisers to sponsor, though the Department

of Social Services, an alcohol or drug addicted individual to

go to rehab — especially with the opioid epidemic the US is

facing. The possibilities are endless.”

Diocesan Council – At-Large

Rep, Clergy – The Rev. Joseph M.

Rushton: Rector – Church of the Holy

Spirit, Ocean City, Maryland. I am a

native Marylander, currently living

in Georgetown, DE. I have served

the people of God in the Dioceses

of Maryland, Delaware and as of

October 2017 the Diocese of Easton.

During the past 12 years I have served

on Diocesan Councils, Companion Diocese Committee,

Convention Program Committee and as Co-Chair of several

Diocesan Conventions. I have worked as a Masters Level

Social Worker in mental health positions for over 2 decades.

Prayer-Centered Church and Mission-Shaped Diocese: My

initial thoughts take me to the lyrics of a Folk Song (now

referred to as a contemporary Christian song) “… What

would you have us do … -We who claim to be your followers

…” Praying keeps us in communication with God, mindful

that we are continually blessed and invited to share our

blessing with others to the Glory of God. Mindfulness and

attentiveness are essential if we are to hear, recognize and

respond to the one we follow, Jesus.



Diocesan Council – At-Large Rep,

Clergy – The Rev. John Schaeffer:

I have been the Rector of St. Mary

Anne’s in North East, MD for the

past two years. My wife Karen and I

have been married for 33 years, and

we have three adult children, David,

Eric and Jennifer. I sensed the call

to ministry as I raised our children

and participated in lay ministry at my

local church in Pittsburgh, PA. I attended seminary part-time

for many years while I was employed full-time in financial

services industry. I obtained a Master in Divinity from

Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA in 2012. I was

ordained as priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in

December of 2012; and served as a Priest in Charge for three

years in a small Pittsburgh parish, prior to my call to St. Mary


I abundantly support Bishop San’s vision of being a prayercentered

church and mission shaped diocese, and believe

that it is an appropriate response to last year’s Diocesan-wide

study of the Book of Acts and our corporate and personal

charge in the Great Commission. Members of those early

churches recognized that growth required God’s power; and

that God responds to His people’s prayers. We know that if

we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and will

give us what we request (1 John 5:14-15). Therefore, we need

to ask. Clergy and lay leaders have a responsibility to teach

the necessity of corporate and personal prayer and all are

encouraged to utilize Scripture to emphasize its importance

and example. Readings such as: Acts 1:24 and Acts 6:6

demonstrate the importance of praying before choosing

leaders; and Acts 22:17 supports praying in worship and

receiving guidance as to future ministry plans. With this solid

prayer-centered approach, God will continue to reveal His

will and mission for our Diocese, churches, and people. We

can and will with God’s help.

Standing Committee, Lay – Nancy

M. Dick: As a lifelong Episcopalian

at Emmanuel Church, Chester

Parish, I have served in a variety of

roles, some more than once: Senior

Warden, Junior Warden, Choir

member, Eucharistic Minister, lector,

church school teacher, Acolyte. In

the Diocese of Easton I am currently

a member of the Commission on

Ministry and the Secretary of Convention. I have been a

deputy to General Convention seven times, have served on

Diocesan Council, and on the Standing Committee. I am

retired from my work as a Community Health Nurse.

The Discernment Resolutions that have been adopted by

the Diocese of Easton coupled with the ten Gifts of Spiritual

Life give us guides for growing into the Bishop San’s vision

of a prayer-centered church and mission-shaped diocese. I

think that the Spiritual Gifts should be fleshed out carefully

one or two at a time; these underlie prayer centeredness

and missionally shaped. The recommendations of the

Discernment Resolutions strengthen the diocese in seeking

collaboration among parishes and identifying our strengths

and weaknesses. The growth will not be fast paced but

thoughtfully and prayerfully done.

Standing Committee, Lay – Nancy Linck: I joined the

Episcopal Church around 20 years ago having come from

a long Catholic tradition including graduating from the

Catholic University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas. Having

been a member of St. Alban’s in Salisbury, I have been a

member of the vestry, the choir, Agape Ministry and am

finishing my service on the Diocesan Council for the past 3

years. It has been my privilege and honor to work with very

knowledgeable, passionate and loving people from all over

the Diocese. I believe that the continued focus on working

together within the Diocese and our individual communities

to foster hope and love in Jesus’ name will promote lasting

and strong relationships now and in the future. Thank you so

much. Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men.

Standing Committee, Clergy – The

Rev. Mary Garner: I graduated from

Episcopal Divinity School in 2006.

As a seminarian I took a number of

classes in urban/community outreach

mission work. I served as chaplain

for a low cost housing development

for the elderly in Norfolk, Virginia

and in addition to providing pastoral

care, I developed many social service

programs and connections to local churches for the benefit

of the residents. I moved to Easton in 2008 and supplied in

many of our congregations until I became the assistant rector

at Christ Church, St. Michael’s in 2010.I was the chaplain at

Heron Point in Chestertown from 2012-2014.I have served

at St. Paul’s, Centreville since 2014. During my tenure as

rector we have initiated many mission programs including

the Haven Ministries Resource Center, the Micah Ministry

for Social Justice and the Backpack Program for children

in poverty. I believe that my education and experience in

community outreach and my years of serving as a supply

priest in all three convocations will be of use to the Standing


I believe a prayer centered church must not just pray on

Sunday mornings! Contemplative prayer, lectio divina,Bible

Study, retreats and spiritual direction could have a greater

presence in our churches. Being mission centered means

knowing our neighbors, stepping out of the doors of our

church and into the community, respectfully listening to

what is needed to further the kingdom of God and using our

resources to bring that kingdom to the Eastern Shore.

Standing Committee, Clergy – The

Rev. Dr. Robert James Laws: Fr. Rob

was born and raised in a small town

in North Carolina. While attending

Duke Divinity School, where he was

studying for a Master’s in Religious

Education, he started a journey

which would eventually lead to his

becoming confirmed in the Episcopal

Church. Fr. Rob was ordained in

the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and most recently has served as

rector of St. Andrew’s, Somerset Parish in Princess Anne for

four years, and has been active in both the diocese and the

community. He has served on Diocesan Council and the

Bishop’s Transition Committee. In the community he serves

on the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Board where

he currently chairs the Neighborhood Affordable Housing

Committee. He is also a trustee of the Somerset County

Library Board and is active in the ministerial association.

The vision of a prayer-centered church and a missionshaped

diocese really is rooted in the ancient understanding

that prayer and action together are important elements of

holistic spirituality and faithful and engaging discipleship.

This practice is the one that Jesus modeled for us in his own

life and ministry, and only by embracing a life of prayer and

action can we live into St. Paul’s admonition to “pray without

ceasing” In order to discern the mission of God in the world,

the church must re-imagine what mission looks like. Instead

of engaging in church-shaped mission, which is insular

and focused on meeting the needs of church members and

structures, we are called to become a mission-shaped churcha

church driven and empowered to do the work of God in the

world, to follow the Holy Spirit into the world to meet Christ

in the poor, the weak, the suffering, and the stranger, and to

take seriously the dream of Jesus that the Church would not

only continue his work, but that we would do greater works

than he, as together we work to draw all of creation to unity

with God and one another.

such as those of Fortune 500 companies, state and local

government retirement systems, endowments, mutual

funds and private accounts. Enjoyed an active managerial

role in the companies for which I worked in addition to

my investment responsibilities. Employers included a state

retirement system, two large regional banks and three private

investment management firms. For the 15 years prior to my

retirement, I served as President, Chief Operating Officer and

Mutual Fund Co-Manager for a private investment manager

in suburban Philadelphia with approximately $3.5 billion

under management. Firm managed the Berwyn Funds,

a small family of no-load mutual funds and sub-advised

other mutual funds. Board/Trustee Experience: Community

Center, Private School, Yacht Club, Endowment, Charitable

Institution, Private For-Profit Company. Personal: I grew up

in Richmond, VA where I graduated from St. Christopher’s

School. Most of my professional career was spent in

Philadelphia, where my wife and I lived in Center City for 38

years and raised a family. I have served on Vestries in both

Richmond and Philadelphia and have been active in churchrelated

activities, including being Endowment Committee

Chair for 20+ years. My wife and I reside in Oxford where we

are active members of The Church of the Holy Trinity and

she currently serves on the Vestry.

I think we can grow into Bishop San’s vision by, in part,

taking our cue from the early Christians as recorded in the

Book of Acts. We must exhibit compassion, inclusiveness and

sharing, not just among ourselves but throughout the broader

community and the world. This starts with seeking God’s

guidance in all things through prayer – personal prayer,

group prayer and parish-wide prayer. Then we must trust

in God and move forward in faith, casting a wide net and

engaging a diverse universe.

Board of Managers, Lay – Fred Welsh

For the full bio on each of our nominees

please visit


Board of Managers, Lay – Ray

Munsch: Education: BS, Economics,

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton

School); MBA, Finance, University of

Virginia (Darden School). Military:

Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, 3½ years

active duty. Professional Experience:

Investment Manager, over course of

40 years served as portfolio manager

for institutional investment accounts



It All


The Purpose Statement (above right) and the

Ministry Imperatives (at right) stem from a

collaborative effort initiated by the bishop

at last year’s convention. The documents are

intended to help us orient ourselves and design

tangible goals as we live into the Mission of

God. The discernment work of self-reflection,

which took place under the guidance of the Rt.

Rev. Henry Parsley, resulted in ten Discernment

Resolutions shown below (read more at www.


These ten resolutions continue to speak to, and

are incorporated in, the ten ministry imperatives.

In addition to these discernment resoltions, the

Ministry Imperatives also reflect the Episcopal

Church’s Five Marks of Mission, the Jesus

Movement as defi ned by Presiding Bishop Curry,

and our biblical responsibility enunciated in

1 Corinthians 12 & 14, Ephesians 4, Romans

12, 1 Peter 4, Matthew 22: 37 (the Great

Commandment), Matthew 28:19 (the Great

Commission), and our Baptismal Covenant. For

more information on these imperatives and the

good work that God is calling us to as a prayercentered

church & mission-shaped diocese, be

sure to listen to the Bishops’s convention address

which will be available on our website following




Adopted by the

Diocese of Easton

June 2015

#1: Establish Clusters of neighboring parishes in the Diocese of Easton.

#2: Reorganize the Department of Missions.

#3: Department of Missions and Clusters shall identify sharing and collaboration


#4: Institute the AWE - Average Weekly Evangelism report.

#5: Conduct a Diocesan-wide Evangelism Audit.

#6: Organize Evangelism efforts at the Cluster level.

#7: Provide resources on evangelism and outreach to the Diocese and parishes.

#8: Establish a Diocesan Christian Formation Commission.

#9: Form a marketing team.

#10: Establish the Diocese of Easton’s Heritage Awareness Sunday.


Resolutions submitted by the Committee on Constitution & Canons

to the 150th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton

Resolution 1: Amendment to Article V -- Election of a Bishop: Add “Bishop Provisional,” prohibit

nominations from the floor, and provide for a nomination by petition. This is the second reading.

Resolution 2: Article XIII -- Parishes – Separate Congregations -- Missions: To revise and update the

minimum requirements of Parish By-Laws. This is the second reading.

Resolution 3: Article XIII -- Parishes – Separate Congregations -- Missions: To simplify the process of

closing a Parish, Mission, or Separate Congregation, and to add a requirement that adequate provisions

be made for the perpetual care of any memorials, graves, and/or cemeteries.

Resolution 4: To revise Canon 404 (as approved by the Board of Managers) so that a Diocesan Property

Committee may be created and take full responsibility for all Diocesan-owned real property.

Resolution 5: New Canon 410 -- Of the

Committee on Diocesan Property: To define

the canonical requirements for a Committee on

Diocesan Property. This proposed Canon will

establish a Diocesan Property Committee which

will manage real property owned by the Diocese

of Easton.


Resolution 6: Canon 411 -- Of the Committee

on Green Hill Church: To add a new Canon

411 creating a Green Hill Church Committee

responsible for the Green Hill Church in

Quantico, MD, a property and church building

(1733) owned by the Diocese of Easton. Submitted

by the Rev. David Michaud and the Vestry of St.

Peter’s Church, Salisbury.

Resolution 7: Canon 505 -- Of Separate

Congregations: To update Canon 505 (Canon 508

has been deleted) and provide a process under

which a congregation, which has been classified

as a Diocesan Mission under Canon 504.022, may

regain Parish status.

For further information and explanation on each

of the Resolutions please visit


About Green Hill Church

by The Rev. David Michaud

Green Hill Church near Quantico, Maryland along the

banks of the Wicomico River is the mother church of

Stepney Parish and one of the oldest and best preserved

colonial churches in the diocese. Built in 1733 but no

longer in constant use, it is the site of the annual combined

St. Bartholomew’s Day worship and picnic of the churches

of Wicomico Country, a tradition stretching back 165


The deed for the property was recently transferred to the

Diocese from St. Mary’s, Tyaskin. Resolution 6 would

establish by canon a Green Hill Church Committee

of parishioners from the local parishes to oversee the

preservation and maintenance of this historic treasure,

raise funds for its continued existence and organize St.

Bartholomew’s Day and other activities in the church.

Funds to care for the church would come to the Diocese

to be used by the committee, making care for the church

budget neutral – the property would be self-sufficient.

Resolution 6 has the support of the parishes of Wicomico



Bishop’s Christmas Appeal - Follow-Up

The Bishop’s Christmas Appeal declared in

December 2017 has borne much fruit. The appeal

came in response to a request of assistance from

the Diocese of North East Caribbean and Aruba’s

(NECA) bishop. The Rt. Rev. Errol Brooks reached

out to the Diocese of Easton for help in responding

to the devastation caused by Hurricane Marie. The

diocesan family has responded generously with

our contribution. To date we have received $7,101.

Arrangements will be made to liaise with Diocese

of NECA for transfer of the funds.

Also I wish to commend the Church of the Holy

Trinity, Oxford, which has personal connection

with St. Bart’s Island, for their initiative in raising

close to $20,000 toward the relief effort.

As your bishop, it warms my heart to hear

of this overwhelming response and to say a

heartfelt thanks to all who sacrificed in making a

contribution. It shows the generosity of the diocese

toward the least fortunate in times of natural

disaster and other forms of crisis. We stand in

solidarity with our sister diocese in another part

of the Anglican Communion indicating how

mindful we are of our global connection and our

willingness to act in times of tragedy,

My beloved, once again you have made your

bishop and diocese proud and grateful.

With every blessing!


XI Bishop of Easton


February 23-24


The annual meeting of the Diocese of Easton including

elections and voting.

February 23-24


Young people are also invited to attend the coinciding

“Youth at Convention” event. Register your youth online.

March 3


Bring a team from your church to the table in 2018 as we

learn innovative and effective ways to share faith across

generations. Facilitated by Ministry Architects and in

partnership with Fuller Youth Institute.


April 1


May 5



The first of our 150th Sesquicentennial Events.

The Bray House (Offices of the Bishop) will be closed on

2/19, 2/26, 3/30, 5/28.




Churches are asked to send a curent member

mailing lists so that we can update our records

and make sure everyone in our Diocese is

receiving the ESE. Thank you for your help.

Send To: joanne@dioceseofeaston.org

The Episcopal Diocese of Easton

314 North Street

Easton, MD 21601




Session Schedule

Session 1/SHL June 23-29

Mini 1 June 23-25

Mini 2 June 27-29

Session 2/SHA July 1-7

Mini 3 July 1-3

Mini 4 July 5-7

Session 3 July 9- 15

Mini 5 July 9- 11

Mini 6 July 13 - 15

Session 4 July 18 - 24

XMAS/AC/STEM July 27-Aug 2

Session 5 Aug 5-11


Join us on Kent Island this summer! For over 85

years, Camp Wright has provided young people

from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and beyond an

encouraging place to grow, learn, play, and make

new friends. With traditional programs and specialty

camps throughout the summer, Camp Wright offers

something for everyone.


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