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CONVENTION EDITION 2020

Becoming Better

Disciples of Jesus

a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton


Contents:

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND

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.

BISHOP

The Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray

Welcome All

Share Jesus’ Love

Serve the World

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06

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Becoming Better

Disciples of Jesus

“Love defined as agape, in the

Greek, is the virtue Jesus advocated

by living it out or incarnating it

in the very essence of his life on

earth.”

The Bishop’s

Institute

“To provide all the faithful saints

of the Diocese of Easton training

and formation needed to become

intentional disciples and effective

evangelists sharing Jesus’ love.”

United in a Leap of

Faith

”Then, with a flame from an altar

candle, a facsimile of the mortgage

was lit and dropped into a cement

cauldron where it burned to ashes.”

In This Issue:

01 Bishop’s Note: Convention 2020

Introduction

02 Becoming Better Disciples of

Jesus: Bishop San unpacks the

theme of convention.

05 Introducing our Convention

Guest Speakers

06 The Bishop’s Institute: Dee

Rinehart, Director, introduces

the newly launched Bishop’s

Institute.

08 The Mission of God: The

Foundation of Parousia: More

on the 10 year plan for the

Diocese of Easton

10 Introducing the Convention

Nominees: Photos and Bios

20 United in a Leap of Faith: St.

Paul’s Centreville “closes the

book” on Renovations

21 A Review of Sacred Ground

Cover Photo: The Diocese of Easton’s Third Place emerging adult ministry

hosted prayer stations during one of their Tuesday small groups.

A Note from the Bishop

Convention 2020 Introduction

The theme for the 152nd Diocesan

Convention, “Becoming Better

Disciples for Jesus” (John 13:35)

confirms with Jesus’ command to

his followers, “By this everyone

will know that you are my

disciples, if you love one another”.

This year’s convention would

be noted for two identifiable

characteristics (1) it will be a oneday

format, and (2) it is a parish/

convocation-based event hosted

by the Middle Convocation and

Christ Church, Stevensville.

Christ Church could rightly be

designated as the ‘mother parish’

of the diocese. It was the first

Christian church established in

the state of Maryland in 1631.

On behalf of the diocese, we

extend sincere appreciation to

our host convocation/parish for

their generosity and hospitality.

Convention will hear from

two keynote speakers who

will address two crucial areas

that the Episcopal Church has

been paying much attention

to in recent times. These two

initiatives are embodied in

PAROUISA, that is Parousia VI

– Clergy Education and Parousia

X – Stewardship, Evangelism,

Discipleship and Spirituality

(S*E*D*S). The Reverend Dr.

John Lewis, Director of the Iona

Collaborative, Seminary of the

Southwest, Austin, Texas, will

address bi-vocational clergy

formation through a distance

learning model administered

through the seminary. And,

Ms. Mary Parmer, Director of

the Invite Welcome Connect

Program of the Beecken Institute,

School of Theology, University of

the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

will address evangelism and

discipleship. Mary’s presentation

will be a precursor to our diocesan

Fall Mission Summit that she will

be leading on September 25 & 26

at St. Alban’s Parish, Salisbury and

Holy Trinity, Oxford respectively.

Our 152nd Diocesan Convention

is shaping up to be a pioneering

event in the life of God’s Church

on the Eastern shore. We are

awaiting with joyful expectation

where the Spirit is leading God’s

Church. Come with open hearts,

minds, and souls to be inspired

by the Spirit’s power! Let us all

across the diocese commit to the

holy commission as ambassadors

and agents of redemption, change

and transformation. “When

you change the way you look at

things, the things you look at

change” (Dr. Wayne Dyer).

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In the Christian context a disciple is a person who has

decided to commit to be a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ,

and whose life and actions are to be shaped by Jesus’

teachings and values. Discipleship may also be summarized

as Christian life and living, Christian formation or Christian

Spirituality – the effect of faith on head, mind and heart of a

follower of Jesus Monday to Sunday.

Every baptized Christian immersed in the life

of Jesus is instantaneously through baptism a

disciple of our Lord and Savior and lives in what

St. Paul describes in his Epistle to the Romans

a life embodied in the reality of his suffering,

death, resurrection and new life (6: 1-4). This

characterization applies to baptized infants as

well as mature adults.

I wish to offer a very famous quotation from

the 20th century German martyr Dietrich

Bonhoeffer which is found in his famous book:

The Cost of Discipleship. It goes like this:

“Christianity without discipleship is Christianity

without Christ.” He bemoaned the fact that

while people are ready to claim that they trust

in God, they still fail to follow Jesus. Bonhoeffer

also waxed eloquent on the dangers of what he

called “cheap grace”. He said: “Cheap grace is the

mortal enemy of the church.”

There is no question in my mind that the

primacy of discipleship in the Christian religion

is critical for the unity of the Church, and for the

embodiment of the high priestly prayer of Jesus

that we may all be one.

The ecumenism of discipleship in following

Jesus is far more important than the ecumenism

of churches and religious groupings. It has been

rightly said that while churches are looking for

decisions, Jesus is looking for disciples.

Others have said that if a church’s strategy is

not rooted and grounded in making disciples,

the church has abandoned the mission that was

given to it by Jesus. We need to respond more

fervently to the invitation of Jesus to follow Him

way beyond the regular habit of repeating the

Lord’s Prayer. Let me explore briefly what this

matter of discipleship is all about.

Love defined as agape, in the Greek, is the virtue

Jesus advocated by living it out or incarnating it

in the very essence of his life on earth. Christ’s

disciples, therefore, are themselves called to

embody the love Jesus modeled.

Discipleship is a way of life that spells out one’s

structure of allegiance, whether it is political,

ideological, spiritual, ethical, intellectual, or

otherwise. It essentially requires a relentless

willingness to learn, to embrace, to follow, and to

represent that which is most meaningful in one’s

life. It generates varying levels of responsiveness

both from those within its range as well as those

without. Accordingly, it is possible to say that

discipleship has the power to ascend to, and

assume, the highest levels of human life, and

conduct, and dignity, and devotion; while, at

the same time, it can plunge into an inexorable

descent to the lowest levels of human despair,

destruction, and decay. Discipleship can be just

as much the engine of terrorism as it can be

the energy for spiritual vitality, moral purity, or

human ascendancy. A disciple is an avid learner,

Photo: Christ Church Stevensville - host of DIocesan Convention 2020.

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a radical follower, an embodied symbol, and a

committed agent or representative. It all depends

on the nature of the leader, and direction of the

movement.

with it an option, “if any want to become my

followers...” (Matthew 16: 24). By making that

choice we must accept the call to pursue this

walk.

Convention’s Guest Presenters

Jesus of Nazareth raised the level of discipleship

to a very high level. He was obviously very careful

in choosing his followers; and this distinguished

him from the scenario of John the Baptist and

his disciples. The main distinction was that

whereas John’s disciples chose to follow him of

their own volition, Jesus specifically chose his

own, and invited them to follow him.

What made life even more interesting was that

the disciples who first joined the Jesus movement

at the invitation of Jesus, then went after other

recruits. So there emerged a dedicated band

of followers over time; Matthew, Nathaniel,

Phillip, James, John, Martha, Mary, Andrew,

and so forth.

In the Acts of the Apostles there is abundant

evidence of the diverse range of discipleship in

the Apostolic community, and especially with

respect to the way in which they were led by the

Holy Spirit in bearing witness to the meaning

and message of the Jesus Story, particularly

after the Pentecost event. There is heightened

evidence in the Acts of the Apostles that they

understood discipleship to be inextricably

linked with the sacred obligation to exercise

their missionary zeal. Those who followed Jesus

were known to be members of the Way, much

more so than members of the Church as such.

My beloved, discipleship has an option, “if any

want to become my followers, let them deny

themselves and take up their cross…” (Matthew

16: 24-26). We need to be prepared to give up

something as a disciple of Christ Jesus.

It is the vocation of our diocese to continue to

explore, and through opportunity effect, the

fundamental tenets of discipleship within the

family. One of those fundamentals is to ‘love

one another.’ This is embedded in our diocesan

theme developed and approved by the 149th

and 150th Diocesan Conventions:

WELCOME ALL* SHARE JESUS’ LOVE *

SERVE THE WORLD.

And it is by this tenet that we enter into

Convention with a commitment toward

“Becoming Better Disciples of Jesus”

The Rev. John Lewis, DPhil, is Director of the

Iona Center and Lecturer in New Testament

and Spirituality. He oversees many of the

seminary’s non-degree programs, including

the Iona Collaborative, which trains and forms

clergy and licensed lay leaders in their local

diocesan settings. John joined the seminary

faculty and staff in 2016 after serving as an adjunct

instructor since 2003. His primary interest is

helping Christians and their communities use

scripture to practice vocational discernment

and discipleship in daily life. John also serves

as co-director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a

non-profit ministry for Christian formation

he founded in 2001 with St. Mark’s Episcopal

Church, San Antonio, where he continues to

teach, preach, and worship. He also serves the

Diocese of West Texas as Dean of Examining

Chaplains. Lewis is the author of Looking for

Life: The Role of “Theo-Ethical” Reasoning in

Paul’s Religion, T&T Clark (JSNTS) 2005.

Born and raised in the deep South, Mary

Parmer is a congregational development

consultant/coach, speaker, and retreat leader

living in Sewanee, Tennessee. She serves as

Director of INVITE WELCOME CONNECT,

a transformational ministry of evangelism,

hospitality and belonging now housed at the

Beecken Center, School of Theology, University

of the South. Mary is the past Director of the

Gathering of Leaders, a national leadership

gathering of young Episcopal clergy. Mary

has served as a Lay Deputy to the the past four

General Conventions of The Episcopal Church,

and she currently serves on the Task Force on

Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches

(GC 2015-A045). Mary holds a degree in

Religious Studies from St. Edwards University

in Austin and formerly served as Director of

Adult Ministries & Evangelism, St. Stephen’s,

Beaumont. She has two grown children and six

young grandchildren, builds stone labyrinths,

and spends her time away from the office hiking

and reading memoirs.

Also, a disciple walks the way of perfection,

Jesus refers to it as ‘going the extra mile or

“turning the other cheek” (Matthew 5: 38-42).

Again, discipleship is a commitment that carries

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The Bishop’s Institute

by Dee Rinehart

“For everything there is a season, and a time

for every matter under heaven… God has put a

sense of past and future into their minds.”

With those familiar words

from Ecclesiastes 3:1-7,11a, the

Proclamation of the Word began on

January 4th during a Celebration

Eucharist, one that launched the

Bishop’s Institute and a new ministry

for St. Paul’s Spring Hill, now the St.

Paul’s Worship Center.

The Bishop’s Institute arises from

Bishop Marray’s vision for the

Diocese of Easton in his “Parousia.”

Its call is “To provide all the faithful

saints of the Diocese of Easton

training and formation needed to

become intentional disciples and

effective evangelists sharing Jesus’

love.” The Institute will be housed at

St. Paul’s Worship Center, Hebron

with two satellite sites: St. Stephen’s,

Earleville and Bray House, Easton.

A training site in each Convocation

will allow training sessions closer to

home for the people of our Diocese.

Course offerings for 2020 include

training for discernment committee

leaders, identification of spiritual

gifts, and annual training for

licensed lay ministries, new lay

ministers and those who wish to

renew their licenses. As the Institute

opens its doors, our vision is to

provide spaces and resources for

varied formation offerings as needs

arise in the diocese. In the spring,

we will offer the first training for

Worship Leaders, those who are

licensed to read the Daily Office. In

early autumn, we will offer training

for lay Eucharistic ministers and

Eucharistic Visitors.

We acknowledge the people of St.

Paul’s, Spring Hill, whose vision and

generosity has provided a home for

both the Bishop’s Institute and the

St. Paul’s Worship Center. After a

year of self-study and discernment

they determined that their site

and resources should be a place

which would carry on the heritage

established by their parish and form

disciples for Jesus Christ in the

Diocese of Easton, “…to equip the

saints for ministry…,“ Ephesians

4:12.

The Bishop’s Institute Launch was

marked by the welcoming key

leadership:

The Reverend Dr. Daniel Dunlap

was installed as Canon Theologian of

the Diocese of Easton. The Reverend

Canon Dunlap will supervise the

theology of the Bishop’s Institute and

those on an ordination track through

the Bishop’s Institute.

There followed the commissioning

of the Officers and Advisory Board

Members of the Bishop’s Institute.

The Executive Committee of the

Bishop’s Institute is comprised of Dee

Rinehart, Director; Laura McCarthy,

Deacon Postulant, Associate Director;

the Rev. Laura Dorsey, Vicar, St.

Paul’s Worship Center; and the Rev.

Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher, Missioner:

Church Beyond the Walls/Diocesan

Liaison for Creative Ministry.

The Bishop’s Institute Board of

Directors are the Rev. Canon Dr.

Daniel Dunlap, Canon Theologian;

the Very Rev. Michael Moyer,

Chair, Commission on Ministry;

the Rev. Laura Dorsey, Vicar, St.

Paul’s Worship Center; the Rev. Dr.

Nicholas Sichangi, Rector Trinity-

Elkton and St. Stephen’s-Earleville;

Hank Phillips, Treasurer; Chris

Sabas, Deacon Postulant; Mrs.

Billie Jo Russell, Senior Warden and

Representative, St. Stephen’s; and Mr.

Eric Broussard, Representative, St.

Stephen’s.

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The Mission of God:

The Foundation of Parousia

by the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, Bishop

As people of Easter Faith two pivotal questions

persist: What does God expect from us? What do we

expect from God? Just as God continues to snatch

life out of the jaws of our death-making cultures and

conditions, so too does God continue to demand of us

that unconditional response and resolve to embrace

God’s Mission, Christ’s Message, and the Spirit’s

Movement. For as many as are led forth by the Spirit

of God, they indeed are the children and missionaries

of God. Accordingly, the children of God are called

“Disciples”. Discipleship demands intentional loyalty

and radical obedience, just as much as it demands

total commitment and unwavering consistency. This

is particularly true for us Anglicans as Christians.

May we never forget what is our identifying mark

as Anglicans. We are not Anglicans who happen to

be Christians. Rather, we are Christians who happen

to be Anglican. As quiet as it is sometimes kept,

let us never forget that the God of the Anglicans is

not an Anglican! Nevertheless, as Anglicans, we are

committed by our Baptism to live out the marks of

our incorporation into Christ and His Church. We are

sustained by the Mission of Christ, and the Mission of

Christ provides for us our Mandate.

Parousia is God’s vision for a diocese committed to

defeat a fatalistic mentality which constantly promoted

a scenario of ‘survival mentality’. It is a message of

hope and new vitality and inordinate viability because

God has chosen this path for God’s church on the

eastern shore. We rejoice at the thought that Jesus

would be so generous and self-giving of his time to

be bothered or concerned with this small diocese and

its future. However, this is my truthful conviction and

anticipation that gives me much reason to wake up

every morning with unspeakable joy in my soul and

dancing on my feet.

In my fifteen years as an active bishop ten of which

were in the House of Bishops of this church, I have

sat through many presentations and discussions

articulating the fears and apprehensions of my

fellow bishops. One prevailing refrain was always

the genuine awareness that the church has to renew

and reinvigorate itself or it would have abrogated

its responsibility to God. This is an option I am not

prepared to lead this diocese into or to embrace.

The components in Parousia aren’t isolated in way,

form or shape, rather they are the concerns shared

by bishops across the church. What we are about in

this church isn’t just to boldly name the challenges

and fears, but to create a platform that will address

them and articulate a course of action to remedy the

problems so the church in the near future could be

better poised to live robustly into the mission of God

in its neighborhood.

Parousia isn’t a definitive plan, it is a roadmap; it’s a

permission, not a prescription, that is most likely to

remain in its draft state because Jesus continues to

speak to this church. It would be presumptuous of

us to ever conceive that the Spirit has spoken God’s

final word to us. Certainly, as people of faith we

should have the faith to believe that over the ensuing

life of Parousia God’s Spirit will give us new words or

build upon those already spoken. This is my faith and

anticipation in the love of our God of charity and new

beginning. Jesus keeps making all things new and

keeps redeeming all things old and trusted. May the

Spirit of God continue to guide, protect and sustain

this church, the Diocese of Easton.

8 Photo: Ceiling of the Silo Chapel at Bishop Claggett Retreat Center taken by Patrick Collins.

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Introducing our

Convention Nominees...

Nominees were also asked to answer the following question:

Diocesan Council

Diocesan Council At-Large, Lay -

David Mitchell

The question posed

is my vision of the

church: It can only

be meaningful to the

world when it practices

the principle that all

are welcome and equal

at the table of God.

Superficial differences

have no bearing when

we worship. Our efforts are invalid if it is

otherwise.

I’m a 74 year old retired man who

cherishes his wife and family. My time is

devoted to my church community at St.

Alban’s in the Southern Convocation, my

family of three children and five grands,

my community at large, and to myself as I

seek to remain healthy in spirit, mind and

muscle.

Diocesan Council At-Large, Clergy -

Rob Laws

Min in Christian Spirituality. His D. Min

thesis focused on the Spirituality of St.

Claire of Assisi, and her prayer of gazing.

In addition to spirituality, he is interested

in liturgy, music and arts (especially icons),

eco-theology, and social justice issues.

When not at church, you can often find

him in the gym, an art gallery or planning

his family’s next travel adventure.

Diocesan Council, Northern

Convocation Rep, Clergy -

Darcy Williams:

The Rev. Dr. Darcy

Williams, Emmanuel

Chestertown

I have been at

Emmanuel since

graduating from

seminary and being

ordained in 2013. I

have served as curate,

associate rector, priestin-charge

and rector over these almost 7

years. On the diocesan level, I served on

Diocesan Council (2013-16), on Standing

Committee (2016-2019), on Constitution

and Canons Committee (2015-2019), and

on Finance Committee (2016-present).

Before attending seminary, I was an active

member of St, Mary Anne’s, North East

for more than 25 years, where I served on

vestry, as senior warden, as chair of the

Finance Committee, and as a Eucharistic

Minister and Visitor. I am honored

to be asked to serve as the Northern

Convocation clergy representative to

Diocesan Council for the next three years.

“What is your vision for the church?”

Diocesan Council, Middle Convocation

Rep, Lay - Mary “Meezi”’Goodwin:

Mary “Meezi”

Goodwin is the Senior

Warden at All Faith

Chapel in Tunis Mills.

Before being the Senior

Warden, she served

as Junior Warden for

two years. She was

confirmed by bishop

Henry Parsley about

4 years ago. She is a nurse, specializing

in the operating room, particularly in

orthopedics, who loves to travel when she

gets the opportunity.

My vision of the Church includes three

things: 1. I would like to see us increase

our membership. 2. I want to see us

engage more with our local communities.

3. The Church has been there for me

during the good times and through the

bad times of my life – I want the Church to

be the place where everyone can find God.

Diocesan Council, Southern

Convocation Rep, Lay - John Phillips

half abroad I taught school for two years

in Portsmouth, VA. Then returned to

Salisbury where I had a career for 43 years

in real estate sales. Currently I am semiretired

and manage a few rentals.

Upon returning to St. Peters and

immersing myself in parish life my

faith and christian walk were nurtured,

grew, and continue to grow through the

many roles in which I serve and enjoy

and through my diocesan work. I have

headed the youth groups, been involved

with our former boy scout troop, taught

confirmation classes, ushered, served on

Standing Committee

Standing Committee, Lay – Tom

Schuster

Tom Shuster has been

a member of St. Paul’s

by-the-Sea Episcopal

Church in Ocean City

since 1998. Tom has

been an active member

at St. Paul’s having

previously completed

two terms on the

Vestry and served as

Senior Warden for two years. Tom has

also served the parish as Chairman of the

Finance Committee. He is also a licensed

Eucharistic Minister.

Tom became an active member of the

Demolition and Reconstruction Team

(DART) that oversaw the repairs to

the damaged parts of the church and

construction to replace portions of the

church campus that were lost in the fire

of November 2014. The new building

was completed and dedicated by Bishop

Marray in April 2018.

the vestry and was the registrar. I am a

devoted member of our choir, a licensed

eucharistic minister, lay reader, and

eucharistic visitor. I’ve started a small

interdenominational bible study group

and serve on the Green Hill Church

preservation\restoration committee. I am

currently a delegate to the convention

from my parish (having served in that

capacity and as an alternate variety of

times). I have been on the diocesan council

previously both as a southern convocation

and at-large representative.

Serving this diocese has been a privilege,

Tom is retired from employment with

the Town of Ocean City where he served

as Director of Recreation and Parks for

16 years. Tom and his wife Debbie live in

West Ocean City and have two adult sons.

“My vision for our church is to build up

modern day apostles who live into our

Christian faith here on Maryland’s Eastern

Shore. I see that we are called to love and

serve our neighbor with an open hand and

caring heart, remembering always that we

are all God’s children. I pray that we may

fulfill that vision by each of us accepting

our mission call and embracing God’s

grace in every minute of every day of our

lives.”

Standing Committee, Lay – Kaitlin

Horvath:

Kaitlin grew up in

Floyds Knobs, IN

where she entered

the world of camping

at age 7. After

graduating from

Nova Southeastern

University with a

degree in Marine

Biology she came to

Camp Wright to work as Resident Camp

counselor. She returned every summer

serving as CIT Coordinator, Assistant

Program Director, and working as a

facilitator for groups in the spring and

fall. In 2014 she became the Associate

Director and oversees the Resident Camp

Programming. She is an active member

of Christ Church Stevensville and is just

finishing a three year term on Diocesan

a tremendous learning experience, and a

faith builder. The Bishop has challenged

us to be a prayer-centered church and a

mission shaped diocese. This work has

begun and is exciting though daunting

in some ways. However, through faith,

a commitment to prayer, worship, and

outreach, we can grow and strengthen our

diocese, but we must do it together. As

children of God and with the Holy Spirit

guiding us we will be sharing Christ’s

gospel and following in Jesus’ footsteps

though let us realize it will take time and

consistency.

Standing Committee, Clergy – Henry

Sabetti

Rector of Shrewsbury

Parish, Kennedyville

and Northern

Convocation Dean

Greetings in the name

of God to the people of

the Diocese of Easton,

With great

enthusiasm and

honor, I am standing for election to the

Standing Committee. In September I

will have completed 10 years as Rector

of Shrewsbury and 6 years as Northern

Convocation Dean. My ordination was in

the Diocese of Maryland, where I served

as a Curate and later as a Rector. I also was

blessed to serve for three years in the rural

Diocese of Western Kansas as a behavioral

healthcare chaplain for adolescents in

residential treatment. My spouse Lisa

and I live in the Shrewsbury rectory with

our 2 dogs and 6 cats. For 20 years I have

been a member of the American Rabbit

Breeders Association raising and showing

English Spot Rabbits. I am an avid runner

and Head Coach of the Kent County High

School Cross Country Team. Go Trojans!

Father Rob has been

the rector of St.

Andrew’s, Princess

Anne since 2013.

He has previously

I was born in Salisbury,

MD into the St.

Peter’s family as a

Tom has been active in the Diocese

of Easton having served on the 150th

Anniversary Committee and as a member

of the Diocesan Search and Nominations

served the diocese

cradle Episcopalian

Committee for the 11th Bishop of Easton.

as a member of

where I was baptised,

He has also been a Delegate and Alternate

Continuing to have a wonderful parish

Diocesan Council and

confirmed, and

to the Diocesan Convention.

ministry at Shrewsbury has led to my

as a member of the

married. I am

participation on the Commission on

He has been a member of the Diocesan

Disaster Preparedness

the father of two

Ministry, the Department of Missions,

Council since 2017. He was elected a

Committee. He currently serves on the

adult sons and a

the Diocesan Recovery Committee,

Deputy to the 79th General Convention

Disciplinary Committee and is Vice Chair

grandfather to one

assistance with the facilitation of our

of the Episcopal Church and attended

of the Bishop’s Committee for St. Paul’s

large granddog. My formal education was

newest Mission, La Sagrada Familia de

the convention in Austin, Texas in July

Episcopal Center, Hebron.

at the McDonogh School, the University

Jesus and most recently the very fine

of 2018. Tom is currently serving on the

of Richmond and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Sacred Places Training.

In addition to an M. Div, Father Rob has

Constitution and Canons Task Force.

Returning to the states after a year and a

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a Masters in Religious Education and a D.

Council.

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Standing Committee Continued

Province 3 Synod Continued

My desire is to fully and actively serve as

a member of the Standing Committee,

which in the absence of the Bishop is the

ecclesiastical authority of the diocese.

While we as a diocese have made great

strides under the leadership of our current

Bishop, it will be important to continue

to prayerfully discern and dialogue those

issues before us as the people of God and

those issues which will be in our future.

Though the Church is in the midst of

great change and attendance at Christian

worship is significantly less than previous

generations, I believe the Church is best

understood as “the Church in the world,”

active in ministry, mission, social justice

and bringing the Good News of God in

Christ beyond our traditional structures

and settings. I am a proud member of

“Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement”

and would be honored to have your

support.

Province 3 Synod

Province 3 Synod Rep, Clergy - Mary

Garner

I am the rector of

St. Paul’s Parish in

Centreville in the

Northern Convocation.

I graduated from

Episcopal Divinity

School in Cambridge,

Massachusetts in 2006.

I served extensively

as supply clergy in

the Diocese of Easton from 2008 to 2009

and as Associate Rector at Christ Church,

St. Michael’s from 2009-2012. While

chaplain at Heron Point, I served as the

sabbatical rector at St. Paul’s and became

rector in 2016. I serve on various boards,

including the Corporation and am on

the Standing Committee. I am passionate

Standing Committee, Clergy – Bernie

Schroeder:

The Reverend Canon

Bernie Schroeder was

called to be Priestin-Charge

of Christ

Church Cambridge

on Easter Day, 2018.

Before that, Father

Bernie served as an

Intern and Deacon at

two yoked churches

in the Northern Neck of Virginia, Trinity

and St. Mary’s Whitechapel, from July

2013 through December 2014. He then

served as Interim Rector at St. Patrick’s,

Falls church, Virginia from February 2015

through September 2016. After that,

Father Bernie served as Interim Rector

of St. Thomas’ in McLean, Virginia from

November 2016 through December 2017.

Father Bernie attended Nashotah House

Theological Seminary and graduated with

a Master of Arts in Ministry in 2009. He

was ordained to the Diaconate on August

2,2014 by The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston,

Bishop of Virginia, at Grace Episcopal

Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He was

ordained to the priesthood on February

about social justice and mission. My vision

of the church is that it is the love of Christ

embodied in open doors, open hearts and

hands opened in service to those in need,

nourishing all with the bread of life and

the cup of salvation.

Province 3 Synod Rep, Clergy - Rob Laws

Father Rob has been

the rector of St.

Andrew’s, Princess

Anne since 2013.

He has previously

served the diocese

as a member of

Diocesan Council and

as a member of the

Disaster Preparedness

Committee. He currently serves on the

14, 2015 by The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff,

Bishop Suffragan of Virginia, at Grace

Episcopal church in Kilmarnock, Virginia.

On July 15, 2016, Fr. Bernie was made

Canon to the Diocese of El Salvador

for International Relations by The Rt.

Rev. Juan David Alvarado, Bishop of El

Salvador.

Before entering Holy Orders, Fr. Bernie

had a long and distinguished career in

Washington, DC in politics, government

and business. He served as Chief of Staff

to a United States congressman, Vice

President of Governmental Affairs for a

major utility and he retired as President

and Chief Operating Officer of yet another

utility.

Besides his seminary degree, Father Bernie

hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English

from Michigan State University. He is a

veteran of the United States Army, holds

licenses as a pilot and sea captain and is an

accomplished folk guitarist.

Father Bernie and Carol, his wife of

50 years, split their time between their

principal residence in Chestertown and

the Rectory. Their son, Paul, lives with his

family in Rockville, Maryland.

Disciplinary Committee and is Vice Chair

of the Bishop’s Committee for St. Paul’s

Episcopal Center, Hebron.

In addition to an M. Div, Father Rob has

a Masters in Religious Education and a D.

Min in Christian Spirituality. His D. Min

thesis focused on the Spirituality of St.

Claire of Assisi, and her prayer of gazing.

In addition to spirituality, he is interested

in liturgy, music and arts (especially icons),

eco-theology, and social justice issues.

When not at church, you can often find

him in the gym, an art gallery or planning

his family’s next travel adventure.

Province 3 Synod Rep, Lay - Jane Morgan

I live in Salisbury and

worship at St. Paul’s,

Vienna and St. Mary’s,

Tyaskin. That puts

me and my husband

The Rev. Dennis

Morgan in both the

Middle and Southern

Convocations. I share

with others in our

small congregations the ministries of Lay

Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, Altar

Guild, coffee hour prep, Community

outreach and bulletin proofreading and

stapling.

It is important that we in our parishes

do not become isolated. To that end,

I have been a volunteer receptionist at

Bray House in Easton for over ten years,

have served on Diocesan Council, Trinity

Cathedral Chapter, Hillsboro Retreat

House Advisory Circle, Province 3

Synod Representative, and as a General

Convention Deputy.

The Province, the link between The

Episcopal Church and the dioceses,

does much to prepare us for General

Convention. Although I am not running

for General Convention, I remain a deputy

until the beginning gavel of GC 2021.

Keeping abreast of issues is especially

important since the next GC is the

summer of 2021 in Baltimore.

My vision for the church is being a

place or opportunity to explore our

relationship with our Lord Jesus. This

takes many forms, some which we may

not have discovered yet. Therefore, we

must recognize that previous models for

the church may no longer work, and we

should be open to the leading of the Holy

Spirit to help us discern a spiritual balance

between the “old” and the newly revealed.

Province 3 Synod Rep, Lay - Kathy Wise

As a member of

Great Choptank

Parish,Christ Episcopal

Church, Cambridge,

in the Middle

Convocation, I have

served in many roles

– both in my own

church and in positions in the Diocese

of Easton. I have loved opportunities to

be a Eucharistic Minister and Worship

Leader, a member of a shared-leadership

Bible Study group, a delegate to Diocesan

Convention, a Vestry member, Senior

Warden, and part of our parish Search

Committees. In the Diocese, I have been

a Deputy to four, and an alternate to

two General Conventions, served on the

Standing Committee, the Commission

on Ministry, the Youth Task Force, as

a Consultant to churches for Mutual

Ministry Reviews and Search Committees,

and most recently as the Co-Chair of the

Transition Committee for the election of

Bishop Marray.

I have been a clinical social worker for over

50 years, working as a family therapist,

and before retiring, as the program

administrator for home visiting and school

based heath prevention programs. After

being a widow for 16 years, I remarried

eleven years ago, and my husband, Doug

Ridley, and I are enjoying sharing family

events with children, grandchildren and

great grandchildren, travel opportunities,

and participating together in church and

community activities.

As the chair of our Stewardship

Committee, I have been inviting

parishioners to share each Sunday what

they celebrate about our church, and about

where they see God at work in our life

together. I believe that as we recognize

and practice sharing with one another at

church where God is at work in our lives,

we become more comfortable sharing our

faith stories beyond the church walls. My

vision for the Church and for the Diocese

is to see growing opportunities at the

Diocesan level, and within and between

our individual churches, for equipping our

members to become more comfortable

and more skilled at sharing their faith

stories with one another. As we learn to do

this with fellow believers, we will become

better able to share our stories of Jesus’

love and grace in our families, in our work

places, and in the communities where

we live, being light and salt throughout

the Shore. Caring for the business of our

churches and the Diocese is important;

“equipping the saints” is essential!

Province 3 Synod Rep, Lay - Tim Strack

I am a member

of Christ Church

Denton who serves as

a Jr. Warden, Vestry

Member, Morning

Prayer Worship Leader,

and as a Eucharistic

Minister. I served as a

Delegate to Convention

in 2018, 2019, and

2020 and as an Alternate in 2017. I actively

volunteer to help update the Diocesan

website. 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 grew up on Kent Island and now live in

Denton with my husband, Alex, and our

9 pets: 2 horses, 4 potbelly pigs, 2 dogs,

and 1 cat. I work full-time in Information

Security for a Big Data company. I began

working in Information Security in 2007

but started in the greater Information

Technology industry in 2000.

It would be an honor to serve my Diocese

at the Province 3 Synod.

What is your vision for the church? In

short, and in the words of our Presiding

Bishop, to be “The Episcopal Branch of

the Jesus Movement”. I see a world around

us with many challenges: aggression

towards our neighbors instead of love,

a mental health crisis, gun violence, an

opioid epidemic, and so much more. My

vision for the church is to be an outreach

church…to actively work in whatever

ways we can to heal this world while also

spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

We must work to bring people back to a

way of love instead of aggression. A way

of compassion for those who need help

instead of pushing them away or forgetting

about them. To get outside the physical

church and heal this world as “The

Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement”.

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Tom Shuster

Tom Shuster has been

a member of St. Paul’s

by-the-Sea Episcopal

Church in Ocean City

since 1998. Tom has

been an active member

at St. Paul’s having

previously completed

two terms on the

Vestry and served as

Senior Warden for two years. Tom has

also served the parish as Chairman of the

Finance Committee. He is also a licensed

Eucharistic Minister.

Tom became an active member of the

Demolition and Reconstruction Team

(DART) that oversaw the repairs to

the damaged parts of the church and

construction to replace portions of the

church campus that were lost in the fire

of November 2014. The new building

was completed and dedicated by Bishop

Marray in April 2018.

Tom has been active in the Diocese

of Easton having served on the 150th

Anniversary Committee and as a member

of the Diocesan Search and Nominations

Committee for the 11th Bishop of Easton.

He has also been a Delegate and Alternate

to the Diocesan Convention.

He has been a member of the Diocesan

Council since 2017. He was elected a

Deputy to the 79th General Convention

of the Episcopal Church and attended

the convention in Austin, Texas in July

of 2018. Tom is currently serving on the

Constitution and Canons Task Force.

Tom is retired from employment with

the Town of Ocean City where he served

as Director of Recreation and Parks for

16 years. Tom and his wife Debbie live in

West Ocean City and have two adult sons.

General Convention Deputation, Lay -

Eddie Vance

I moved from

Baltimore to Ridgely,

Caroline County,

August, 1989. Peggy

& I were married

at Christ Church,

Denton, December,

1991. Our son, Ely

(“Eli”), was born

at Easton Hospital,

December, 1993. Ely was baptized, raised,

and confirmed at Christ Church.

And next month, I am pleased to say that

I will begin my 12th year at Queen Anne’s

County Library, Centreville, where I work

at the circulation desk.

In 28-1/2 years at Christ Church, I have

served in many capacities, on Vestry, in

the choir, as an EM, a lector, a Eucharistic

Visitor, a Worship Leader, a delegate to

Diocesan Convention, with the county

jail ministry, on the annual community

Thanksgiving dinner steering committee,

and as Senior Warden.

My diocesan service has included

Diocesan Council (VP), Commission

on Ministry, Standing Committee,

Department of Mission, Camp Agape,

Search & Nominations Committee for

Bishop XI, Province 3 Synod Rep, General

Convention Deputation (Chair), Province

3 Council, Cathedral Chapter, Integrity,

TACL, and Nominating Committee

(Chair).

I have been active on Province 3’s

Nominating Committee (Chair), on P3’s

Executive Committee, and have attended

two, Provincial Leadership Conferences.

At six General Conventions, I have served

on the Ecumenical & Interreligious

Relations Legislative Committee. And I

was appointed to served a 6-year term

on TEC’s Standing Commission on

Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations,

‘09-‘15.

inclusion, hospitality, and service, loving

as God loves, mutual accountability for

all, respectful and well-ordered debate,

a la General Convention, agreeing to

disagree without being disagreeable, and

quiet confidence in the myriad gifts of

one another, as well as in the gift both

to ourselves and to the world that is the

Episcopal Church, small but mighty, where

Christ is proclaimed by word and deed,

and all are welcome!

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John Phillips

I was born in Salisbury,

MD into the St.

Peter’s family as a

cradle Episcopalian

where I was baptised,

confirmed, and

married. I am

the father of two

adult sons and a

grandfather to one

large granddog. My formal education was

at the McDonogh School, the University

of Richmond and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Returning to the states after a year and a

half abroad I taught school for two years

in Portsmouth, VA. Then returned to

Salisbury where I had a career for 43 years

in real estate sales. Currently I am semiretired

and manage a few rentals.

Upon returning to St. Peters and

immersing myself in parish life my

faith and christian walk were nurtured,

grew, and continue to grow through the

many roles in which I serve and enjoy

and through my diocesan work. I have

headed the youth groups, been involved

with our former boy scout troop, taught

confirmation classes, ushered, served on

the vestry and was the registrar. I am a

devoted member of our choir, a licensed

eucharistic minister, lay reader, and

eucharistic visitor. I’ve started a small

interdenominational bible study group

and serve on the Green Hill Church

preservation\restoration committee. I am

currently a delegate to the convention

from my parish (having served in that

capacity and as an alternate variety of

times). I have been on the diocesan council

previously both as a southern convocation

and at-large representative.

Serving this diocese has been a privilege,

a tremendous learning experience, and a

faith builder. The Bishop has challenged

us to be a prayer-centered church and a

mission shaped diocese. This work has

begun and is exciting though daunting

in some ways. However, through faith,

a commitment to prayer, worship, and

outreach, we can grow and strengthen our

diocese, but we must do it together. As

children of God and with the Holy Spirit

guiding us we will be sharing Christ’s

gospel and following in Jesus’ footsteps

though let us realize it will take time and

consistency.

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Charlotte “Peaches” Meyer

I envision a Church

that empowers and

supports its clergy

and members to see

themselves as integral

to the success of the

Jesus Movement. We

are all, collectively, the

solution to healing a

hurting world, caring

for God’s Creation, strengthening all

levels of Church formation, and attracting

and stewarding all people who seek a

loving and safe place to begin anew in an

affirming environment.

Born, raised, and christened in Trappe,

I am a confirmed member of St. Paul’s

Church, White Marsh Parish. As I

deepened my relationship with the Church

in the last 10 years, I’ve served as St. Paul’s

Senior Warden, Treasurer, and Registrar. I

also enjoy serving as Eucharistic Minister,

Reader and Usher. At the Diocesan level,

I am the Chair for the Diocesan Fund for

Church Initiatives (middle convocation

representative since 2012). I serve as your

United Thank Offering Co-Coordinator

with Mary Helen Atwood (also since

2012). I’ve been privileged to serve as

your ECW Representative at Province III

Synod gatherings, ECW Annual Meetings

and enjoyed attending the last three

Triennials at General Convention. And,

if elected, I’m looking forward to serving

as a Chapter Member at Large for Trinity

Cathedral.

My background includes more than 34

years as a fund raising professional for

Ocean Conservancy, a national nonprofit

in Washington, DC that is dedicated

to protecting our ocean for future

generations. What makes that career

meaningful to me is connecting people

to what they love and empowering them

to do more than they ever imagined

they could. I believe the pathway for

fostering those connections is grounded in

authenticity, gratitude, and a willingness to

listen and learn.

I am fascinated by and drawn to the

organizational structure and governance

of our National Episcopal Church and

have yearned for an opportunity to

participate in General Convention.

Listening to, watching, and learning

from the experiences and commitment

of previous Clergy Representatives and

Lay Deputies is moving and exciting. My

desire to participate in this governmental

process where important bodies of work

shape our church formation and spiritual

life has only deepened with time. If

elected as one of your General Convention

Deputies, I will fully engage in all aspects

of the General Convention, look for ways

to bring our Diocesan successes to others

as roadmaps for positive change, listen for

opportunities to bring home the gifts of

new ideas and solutions to the challenges

we face here at home. Thank you for your

consideration!

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Mary Grace “MG” Brosius

I’ve been a member of

Emmanuel Church,

Chester Parish for

over a year, where I

sing in the choir. I’m a

member of the Chester

River Chorale, and

two of its sub-groups,

which keeps me very

busy, so I’ve not yet

taken on any further responsibilities at

Emmanuel. I moved from Baltimore to

the Shore, when I reconnected with – and

married – my first “boyfriend,” Jack in late

2007. We have two dogs – and a dozen

kayaks of various types, some of which I

paddle when the weather’s nice. Jack, a

member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team,

now finds himself coaching 3 Special

Olympics sports: power lifting, swimming

and, you guessed it, kayaking!

I transferred to Emmanuel from St. Paul,

Kent, which was my parish for the first 10

years following my move to Chestertown.

While at St. Paul’s, I sang in the choir and

served as Eucharistic Minister, Reader,

Acolyte(!), Vestry member, Junior Warden

– and Delegate to Diocesan Convention

four times.

Before my “big move” across the Bay, I was

a member for 25+ years at the Church of

the Messiah, Baltimore, where I served on

Vestry a total of 12 years, and as Delegate

to Diocesan Convention – as well as the

liturgical assistant positions listed above.

I have served on six Diocese of Maryland

Cursillo weekend teams (and a 7th

while living here, in 2010), as well as on

Secretariat.

Most people here know me as a recentlyretired

Dental Assistant (which position

was a God-sent 10-year opportunity to

learn totally new skills!). I still see myself,

however, as the Parish Administrator

who, for 20 years, supported and worked

with the Dean of the Cathedral of the

Incarnation as it grew from near-mission

status to a thriving parish. The Cathedral

was dedicated to spreading the Word

of God through hands-on outreach –

including welcoming and incorporating

immigrants into the life and leadership

of the community, rehabbing dilapidated

houses through Sandtown Habitat for

Humanity (West Baltimore), and creating

The Children’s Peace Center (where at-risk

city youth learned nonviolent ways to deal

with frustration and anger).

My vision for the church? I’m not sure

I have one. I see more a vision OF the

church – multicultural, multigenerational,

multilingual, all-inclusive. Each person

[he/she/they] is an integral part of the

awesome diversity of The Episcopal

Church. The more formal music which

I’ve loved for so many years exists side-byside

with Hispanic, African, and Native

American chants and harmonies, as well as

theologically-sound praise music. There

are children who feel safe and comfortable

“My vision for our church is to build up

modern day apostles that live into our

Christian faith here on Maryland’s Eastern

Shore. I see that we are called to love and I ask humbly to serve on Easton’s

serve our neighbor with an open hand and Deputation to General Convention ‘21, in

caring heart, remembering always that we Baltimore, and also to offer cheerfully my

are all God’s children. I pray that we may experience as a servant leader and as an

fulfill that vision by each of us accepting enthusiastic and willing team player.

our mission call and embracing God’s

and wanted.

My vision for the church involves radical

grace in every minute of every day of our

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How do we accomplish that? Frankly, I

don’t know. I DO know we must be open

to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Prayer

is the most powerful tool we each have;

corporate and individual prayer empowers

the Jesus Movement. And I’d like to

witness that happening.

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Kathy Wise

As a member of

Great Choptank

Parish,Christ Episcopal

Church, Cambridge,

in the Middle

Convocation, I have

served in many roles –

both in my own church

and in positions

in the Diocese of

Easton. I have loved opportunities to

be a Eucharistic Minister and Worship

Leader, a member of a shared-leadership

Bible Study group, a delegate to Diocesan

Convention, a Vestry member, Senior

Warden, and part of our parish Search

Committees. In the Diocese, I have been

a Deputy to four, and an alternate to

two General Conventions, served on the

Standing Committee, the Commission

on Ministry, the Youth Task Force, as

a Consultant to churches for Mutual

Ministry Reviews and Search Committees,

and most recently as the Co-Chair of the

Transition Committee for the election of

Bishop Marray.

church where God is at work in our lives,

we become more comfortable sharing our

faith stories beyond the church walls. My

vision for the Church and for the Diocese

is to see growing opportunities at the

Diocesan level, and within and between

our individual churches, for equipping our

members to become more comfortable

and more skilled at sharing their faith

stories with one another. As we learn to do

this with fellow believers, we will become

better able to share our stories of Jesus’

love and grace in our families, in our work

places, and in the communities where

we live, being light and salt throughout

the Shore. Caring for the business of our

churches and the Diocese is important;

“equipping the saints” is essential!

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Jim Kamihachi

I am a member of

St. Mark’s Church

in Perryville, at the

edge of the Northern

Convocation. It’s

a wonderful, small

church with an

inclusive Christian

community and

well-worth a visit.

Currently, I am a deacon-in-training,

Chairman of the Diversity Awareness

Commission, and a member of the

Constitution and Canons Committee. I

am a past member of the Commission on

Ministry.

Bishop San reassigned me to St. Mark’s last

March, and since then I have assisted in

nearly every Sunday service, occasionally

leading Morning Prayer. I also help give

out food to the needy at the monthly

church food pantry, and I continue to

assist Fr. John Schaeffer at his 12-step

services and unload delivery trucks for the

Outreach program at St. Mary Anne’s in

North East. I take comfort in less visible

service, such as cleaning up after church

functions.

I devoted my career to regulatory policy

and spent 20 years in the federal service

at the Environmental Protection Agency,

the Office of Management and Budget, and

the Treasury Department. When I retired

from government, I was the Sr. Deputy

Comptroller for Economic and Policy

Analysis at the Office of the Comptroller of

the Currency, the administrator of national

banks. I was at Promontory Financial

Group for 17 years, working with banks on

compliance risk management. In earlier

days, I led the Mayor of Seattle’s policy

staff and was a member of the Board of the

family business.

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Sandy Bjork

I am a RN with a B.S. in Health Care

Administration and a J.D. with a certificate

in Health Law. My career path has been

direct patient care, utilization review and

case management. Following Law School,

I worked with members of the radiology

community developing guidelines and

standards for radiologic procedures.

My husband and I enjoy travel in the

US and abroad, golf, and local theater. I

was pleased to spend almost ten years of

singing with the Chester River Chorale.

We are fortunate to have our children and

grandchildren living on the Western Shore

and in New York so there are many trips

back over the Bay Bridge.

I see the vision of the church already being

played out in response to Bishop Curry’s

The Way of Love and particularly in the

reconciliation efforts through the Sacred

Ground initiative. When we can see God

in the face of every human no matter who

they might be or where we might find

them, then we will be accomplishing the

mission of Jesus.

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- Kevin Cross

and respiratory therapy.

At work and in my communities I

have served as a member and leader of

numerous task forces and committees

including DOE’s Standing Committee,

the Diocesan Council, the Commission

on Ministry, the Bishop’s Listening

Committee, and as a deputy to the

78th annual General Convention of the

Episcopal Church. At that convention

I co-authored two resolutions adopted

by the convention regarding new church

alcohol and drug policies.

As a founding member of the Diocesan

Youth Missioner committee I helped

establish and fund our diocesan Youth

Missioner position. I founded the

diocesan Recovery Ministry committee

and served for two years as President of

the Board of Recovery Ministries of the

Episcopal Church. I currently serve the

diocese as chair of the Bishops’ committee

to Camp Wright, a member of the Camp

Wright development committee and

continue the work of the recovery ministry

team.

I have been a guest lecturer at General

Theological School and national

conferences on Youth, Addiction and

Spirituality. For the Diocese of Fredericton

I served on the Human Resources

committee and Secretary and Treasurer for

the deanery of St. Andrews.

your good works and give glory to your

Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14- 16 The

darkness of divisiveness has taken over

the world. Jesus calls the church to be a

change agent, transforming the darkness

of division into the light of peace and

harmony. Together we can shed light on

the goodness of God. Just as the mirror in

a lighthouse projects light to guide ships

safely home, we can be mirrors of Christ’s

light. The light of Christ can banish the

darkness of the world and illuminate the

way toward creating a glimpse of God’s

kingdom here on earth. We can be the

change..

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- Charlie Osberger

The Very Reverend

Charlie Osberger,

rector of Wye Parish,

Queenstown and Wye

Mills, Dean of the

Middle Convocation.

Graduated from the

University of Southern

California, Fuller

Seminary, Pasadena,

California and Trinity Episcopal School

for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

Recently married to the Reverend Frieda

Malcolm.

I have been blessed to

After my retirement

serve on the eastern

as a nurse attorney, we

shore as rector of The

moved to Chestertown

Church of the Holy

A vision for the church: I believe in the

in 2007. I have been

Trinity, Oxford since Currently in addition to continuing Church, “that wonderful and sacred

an active member of

March of 2010. Prior diocesan work I serve on the board mystery” real and sacramental, local and

Emmanuel Church,

to moving to the of Talbot Hospice and serve on the

universal, in but not of the world, the

I have been a clinical social worker for over

50 years, working as a family therapist,

and before retiring, as the program

administrator for home visiting and school

based heath prevention programs. After

being a widow for 16 years, I remarried

eleven years ago, and my husband, Doug

Ridley, and I are enjoying sharing family

events with children, grandchildren and

As Christians, we are called to be living

examples of God’s love and an antidote

to the divisiveness in our country and

the world. The future of the Episcopal

church lies in service to communities

outside church walls, extending ourselves

to people who are not like us, just as Jesus

did.

Chester Parish in the

Northern Convocation,

where I have been a

choir member, helped

with the Kitchen Krew, Flower Guild,

choir, other parish activities and am

currently Senior Warden. With my health

care background, I have been honored

to serve on the Board of For All Seasons,

eastern shore with my

wife Barbara, I was

ordained a priest in

the Anglican Church of Canada where

I served as priest-in-charge of a small a

parish in the Diocese of Fredericton (New

Brunswick). Holy Trinity is a vibrant

parish which continues to grow spiritually,

numerically and financially in new and

chaplaincy staff of the National Cathedral.

I also serve as chaplain to the Oxford

Police and Fire Departments. For the past

three years I have also served as a visiting

priest at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican

Church in the Caribbean and raised funds

to assist the Diocese of the North Eastern

Caribbean and Aruba with their recovery

from hurricane Irma.

People of God declaring the purposes

of God in Creation. All this means to

me the church is gifted by grace to be

persons made new by the power of the

Holy Spirit, seeking to live courageously

for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In a world

progressively divided by the idols of this

age, our deepest need is to be present as a

reconciling community able to act upon

great grandchildren, travel opportunities,

the behavioral health and rape crisis

exciting ways each year.

the implications of the Gospel and to reach

My wife and son and I live in Elkton.

My vision for the church, enthusiastically

and participating together in church and

center, serving the five mid Shore counties

out to our neighbors with a real grace,

We also have two daughters and six

Pastoral work has always been at the core embraces our responsibility as followers of

community activities.

and am currently vice president of the

mercy and goodness that brings hope

grandchildren. We lived in Alexandria,

of my vocations and along with strong Jesus Christ to teach, model, and inspire

Chester River Health Foundation Board.

in the midst of despair and confusion.

As the chair of our Stewardship

VA for 25 years, where our daughters

leadership skills is a leading strength the love and mercy of God in ourselves,

I have learned a lot and continue to learn

This kind of authentic church asks to

Committee, I have been inviting

attended the Episcopal diocese school. I

of my ministry. Prior to following this our congregations, and the world beyond

about the functioning of the Diocese or

be equipped and sent by the mission of

parishioners to share each Sunday what am a three-generation Episcopalian on my

calling I worked for over 25 years as a the boundaries of church and diocese.

Easton by being privileged to serve on the

God in the world . Throughout my life of

they celebrate about our church, and about father’s side, though I fell into the Church

senior executive in Fortune 100 financial Amidst the divisiveness of today’s world,

Commission on Ministry and Diocesan

service in this Diocese I have sought and

where they see God at work in our life after our marriage in 1980. Bud Shand

companies focusing on human resource the church is called to be a source of hope

Council.

would seek as a clergy deputy nominee to

together. I believe that as we recognize married us and baptized our daughters; he

and merger/acquisition work. My

and reconciliation. Jesus proclaimed, “You

this bio is continued on the next page...

General Convention be the kind of pastor

and practice sharing with one another at has many stories to tell.

experience also includes work in the are the light of the world… let your light

16 and priest offering this kind of ministry.

functions of chaplaincy, psychotherapy shine before others, so that they may see

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General Convention Deputation Continued

General Convention Deputation Continued

General Convention Deputation, Clergy

- Mark Delcuze

Mark Delcuze is in

his seventh year at

Christ Church Parish,

Kent Island. He

currently serves on

Diocesan Standing

Committee and as

an Instructor in the

School for Deacons.

He has also served on

Diocesan Council (including a term as

Vice President) and on the Bishop’s Search

Committee. He has been Ecumenical

Officer in two previous dioceses and

has been a clergy deputy to General

Convention three times. He and his wife

Mimi have two grown daughters and three

grandsons.

General Convention Deputation, Clergy

- Patrick Collins

Patrick Collins serves

the Diocese of Easton

in two roles. He is the

Priest-in-Charge at All

Faith Chapel in Tunis

Mills and he is also the

Canon to the Ordinary.

He has been with the

diocese for four years,

and prior to being

here, he served in Central Pennsylvania as

the Transition Ministry Officer and Youth

Ministry Coordinator. In addition to his

work with the Church, Patrick also sings

with the Bay Country Chorus, is a martial

artist and also a stained glass artist.

The Church is the place where everyone

is recognized for being who they are

regardless of the exterior factors which

we use to divide ourselves. All of us, no

matter the color of our skin, the amount

of wealth we possess, our level of health,

our political views, our orientation, our

understanding of the world – all of us are

God’s beloved children. While God sees us

this way, our challenge is to see each other

this way.

We are called to love everyone, just as God

loves us.

General Convention Deputation, Clergy

- Barbara Anne Fisher

The Rev. Dr. Barbara

Anne Fisher was first

ordained a minister

by the Fellowship

of Reconciling

Pentecostals,

International, on

October 2, 2000. She

was ordained an

Episcopal priest on

December 16, 2017. She holds a Bachelor

of Science and a Master of Education

from Ball State University; a Master of

Christian Education from Christian

Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of

Ministry in Educational Leadership and a

Diploma of Anglican Studies from Virginia

Theological Seminary.

Barbara Anne taught in private and public

middle schools in both Indiana and

Florida for twenty-seven years, serving as

both classroom teacher and Subject Area

Leader for Science. She held numerous

leadership positions within the school

districts in which she served. Barbara

Anne retired from teaching in 2008 to

come to the Eastern Shore of Maryland

as the lay Program Director at St. Peter’s

Episcopal Church, Salisbury, and begin her

doctoral work at VTS. Barbara Anne is

currently the Missioner: Church Beyond

the Walls for the Diocese of Easton,

and the Interim Rector in the Southern

Convocation at St. Alban’s Episcopal

Church, Salisbury, Maryland.

Barbara Anne was a member of Diocesan

Council and served as the Council

Secretary for five years. She was one

of the original Youth Shepherds for the

Diocese of Easton, has conducted/attended

numerous workshops for the DOE and

the larger Episcopal Church. She has

been a member of the Clericus Leadership

team, and worked closely with St. Paul’s,

Hebron to bring the Bishop’s Institute and

St. Paul’s Creative Ministry to fruition. She

also created the Ignite the Way: Loving

through Discipleship, Evangelism, and

Missional Work framework for guiding the

development of programs and trainings for

the Diocese.

Her avocational work involves working

to create safe environments within

faith communities for members of the

LGBTQIA+ community. She married

Lillian Sandra Poole on May 25, 2013 in

the Trinity Cathedral, and they reside in

the “woods by the stream” north of Easton.

In Barbara Anne’s words: My vision is for

the Church to come into the fullness of

our Baptismal Covenant in all aspects with

regards to social justice issues; equality for

all regardless of ethnicity, gender/sexual

fluidity, social/economical status; or lay/

ordained leadership within the church.

My prayer is for the Church to embrace

the sacredness of an open Eucharistic

Table, to carry that sacredness forward

beyond the doors of each parish, building

true missional community as we partner

with the wider community – becoming the

hands, feet, heart, and face of Jesus in the

midst of the struggles and pain of a weary

world.

General Convention Deputation, Clergy

- Mary Garner

I am the rector of

St. Paul’s Parish in

Centreville in the

Northern Convocation.

I graduated from

Episcopal Divinity

School in Cambridge,

Massachusetts in 2006.

I served extensively

as supply clergy in

the Diocese of Easton from 2008 to 2009

and as Associate Rector at Christ Church,

St. Michael’s from 2009-2012. While

chaplain at Heron Point, I served as the

sabbatical rector at St. Paul’s and became

rector in 2016. I serve on various boards,

including the Corporation and am on

the Standing Committee. I am passionate

about social justice and mission. My vision

of the church is that it is the love of Christ

embodied in open doors, open hearts and

hands opened in service to those in need,

nourishing all with the bread of life and

the cup of salvation.

General Convention Deputation, Clergy

- Frank St. Amour

The Revd. Frank S.

St.Amour, III

St. Paul’s, Kent –

Northern Convocation

Chair, Disciplinary

Board

Member, Diocesan

Council

To the office of General Convention

Deputy, I can bring nearly 40 years of

ordained experience in dioceses large and

small, liberal and conservative, across the

country (Prov. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7). This has given

me a “balcony” view of our Church and a

practical appreciation for its diversity.

Board of Managers

Board of Managers, Lay - Ron Geesey

Ron is a member of

All Hallows Parish, in

Snow Hill, where he

is on the Vestry and

is Chairman of the

Finance Committee.

He had a long and

varied career in the

banking industry, with

many key assignments

for Citibank in Europe. He was president

of Citicorp Financial in Baltimore for 7

years and after retiring in 1996, he was

a consultant to Citigroup on European

Union matters.

What is your vision for the church?

Broad and optimistic. It is God’s Church

and exists for all people, especially the ones

who don’t belong to it. We are a small part

of the whole, but we have an important

witness and that is our strength.

General Convention Deputation, Clergy

- Rob Laws

Father Rob has been

the rector of St.

Andrew’s, Princess

Anne since 2013.

He has previously

served the diocese

as a member of

Diocesan Council and

as a member of the

Disaster Preparedness

Ron has been very active in community

affairs and has served on many boards,

including the Walters Art Gallery, the

Baltimore Opera Company, the Kennedy

Krieger Institute, Goucher College, and the

University of Maryland Medical School.

Ron received his A.B. from Lafayette

College and has a Masters in Public Affairs

from the Woodrow Wilson School at

Princeton.

Resolutions Submitted to the 152nd Diocesan Convention

Resolution 1: Proposed

Amendment to Canon 104 - Of

the Election and Certification

of Lay Delegates and Their

Alternates: Requesting a change

in representation based on ASA

(average Sunday attendance).

Resolution 2: Relocation of Parish

in a Convocation: Requesting

that Christ Church, Denton

be considered as part of the

Middle Convocation (currently

it is included in the Northern

Convocation).

Resolution 3: Ehart Trust:

Appreciation, Bequest Education:

Requesting the acknowledgement

of the estate gift of the Rev. Dr.

Edward Ehart as a springboard for

education on estate planning.

Committee. He currently serves on the

Disciplinary Committee and is Vice Chair

of the Bishop’s Committee for St. Paul’s

Episcopal Center, Hebron.

In addition to an M. Div, Father Rob has

a Masters in Religious Education and a D.

Min in Christian Spirituality. His D. Min

thesis focused on the Spirituality of St.

Claire of Assisi, and her prayer of gazing.

In addition to spirituality, he is interested

in liturgy, music and arts (especially icons),

eco-theology, and social justice issues.

When not at church, you can often find

him in the gym, an art gallery or planning

his family’s next travel adventure.

Board of Managers, Lay - Bill Shettle

Bill Shettle is President

of Philadelphia

Investment

Management Group

– a company he

founded in 1985. Prior

to that he worked

as Vice President of

Provident National

Bank in Philadelphia.

In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis

and piloting his own aircraft. He and

his wife Renee live on the beautiful and

historic Beverly farm in Pocomoke and are

members of St. Mary’s.

Additional Resolutions

Referred from the 79th

General Convention - Proposed

Constittional Amendments:

Requesting amendments be

presented prior to final vote at

General Convention 2021

Read the Resolutions in their

entirity at www.dioceseofeaston.

org/2020Convention

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United in a Leap of Faith

In the early 2000’s, St. Paul’s

Episcopal Church in Centreville

recognized that their historic

facilities needed both restoration

and renovation. Among other

things, the beautiful stained-glass

windows in the sanctuary needed

to be restored to their original glory

and the congregation – and the

many community organizations

using the church building – needed

more space. In addition, access to

the second-floor social area and

kitchen had to be improved. It

was becoming increasingly difficult

– if not impossible – for some

to climb the two-tiered staircase

to Donaldson Hall. Even the

Rectory across the street needed

considerable work. So, in 2005, a

Building Assessment Committee

was formed and fund raising began.

In 2007, the first step in the restoration

began with many of the stained-glass

windows in the sanctuary being

removed and shipped to Virginia

for complete restoration. In January

2008, a formal Capital Campaign

Committee was formed, and serious

fundraising began. By 2009, the

initial financial response matched

the cost estimate of $2,500,000 and

led parishioner Woody Woodford

to make an impassioned plea that St.

Paul’s proceed “United in A Leap of

Faith”. This became the rallying cry

and after several parish meetings

the Restoration and Renovation

proposal was approved. Bishop

Bud Shand presided over the official

groundbreaking for “Preserving the

Past – Building the Future.”

by Eleanor Strietman

As work progressed, more serious

building deterioration than had

been anticipated was discovered.

This resulted in an increase to the

cost estimate to $3,500,000. To

cover the time needed to collect the

remaining pledges and the increase

in cost, a construction loan for up to

$2,000,000 was obtained.

In June 2010, Bishop Shand

returned to St. Paul’s and presided

over a Dedication Service for the

new facilities. By the end of that

year, construction was essentially

complete, and the construction loan

was converted to a mortgage loan.

In 2014, the Rectory was completely

restored. This additional cost plus

the cost of interest on the mortgage

increased the total amount

spent between 2005 and 2020 to

$4,000,000 a very large sum for any

congregation. With the support of

over 200 families, this total amount

was donated to “Preserving the

Past – Building the Future,” and at

11:25 a.m. on January 14, 2020, the

mortgage was paid in full.

On February 2, 2020, The

Reverend Mary Garner, led St.

Paul’s congregation in a liturgy of

thanksgiving in word and music

filled with many references to

building. Then, with a flame from

an altar candle, a facsimile of the

mortgage was lit and dropped into

a cement cauldron where it burned

to ashes. Following the service, the

congregation went upstairs (some

on the new elevator!) to Donaldson

Hall for a joy-filled celebration for

the successful landing of their “Leap

of Faith.”

A Review of Sacred Ground

by Debbie & Tom Shuster

May 2019 through September 2019 we had the distinct

pleasure of participating in “Sacred Ground.” a film and

dialogue series based on issues of race and faith in the

United States. Developed by Katrina Browne, Sacred

Ground is part of “Becoming Beloved Community,” the

Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial

healing, reconciliation, and justice.

Facilitated by Libby Rice of Emmanuel Episcopal

Church in Chestertown, and hosted by Francie Thayer

of the Retreat House at Hillsboro, a group of us met for

five sessions from May through August. In addition to

being physically present in Hillsboro, we also had folks

“zoom in” and join us from Malawi Africa, Altadena,

California (and even Chestertown MD!).

The series focuses on 3 books: “Waking Up White, and

Finding Myself in the Story of Race,” by Debby Irving;

“Jesus and the Disinherited, “ by Howard Thurman; and

chapters from America’s Original Sin: Racism, White

Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America” by Jim

Wallis. In addition, there are16 films or videos to watch,

and about 20 articles and essays. All of this can be done

in the comfort of one’s home, although for each session,

one of the longer films was presented at The Retreat

House for community viewing. Our sessions focused

on issues that resonated with us during our readings and

viewings.

The series covers racism beginning with the landing of

the Puritans on Plymouth Rock (the real Thanksgiving

story), slavery, our Latino and Asian history, the

history of the great American melting pot (and who

really got to be in it), the civil rights movement and

restorative justice.

This series was an incredible journey, albeit not an easy

one. Our June session took place on June 16, the 400th

anniversary of the first arrival of slaves to America.

We took time during that session to ring the church

bell at St. Paul’s, Hillsboro, to remember the 14 known

individuals who were lynched on the Eastern Shore of

Maryland (within our own Diocese) from the years 1898

through 1934. It was a most powerful experience.

Was this easy? NO!! Was it worth it? YES!! Would we

recommend it? ABSOLUTELY!!

If you would like to know more about “Sacred Ground”

please contact Libby Rice at erice5115@gmail.com,

Francie Thayer at the Retreat House (410) 364-7069,

info@retreathousehillsboro.org, or Tom or me at tom.

shuster@gmail.com.

NOTABLE DATES

BISHOP’S LENTEN LUNCH SERIES

March 3rd - St. Mary Anne’s, North East @ 11am

March 17 - St. Mary Anne’s, North East @ 11am

March 24th - St. Andrew’s, Princess Anne @ 11am

March 31st - Holy Spirit, Ocean City @ 11am

WORSHIP LEADER ONE DAY TRAINING

14 March - St. Paul’s, Trappe - 9:30am-3:30pm OR

28 March - TBD- 9:30am-3:30pm OR

18 April - St. Paul’s, Hebron - 9:30am-3:30pm

This training is for laity who wish to be licensed to read the

Daily Office in the absence of an ordained person.

SMALL CHURCH SUMMIT 2.0

May 2nd - St. Paul’s Hebron 10am-2pm

Parish officers and Vestry leaders gather to discuss the

changing landscape of the Episcopal Church.

CHURCH LEADERS CONFERENCE

March 21st - Trinity Cathedral, Easton 10am-3pm

For Wardens, Treasurers and Vestry members.

2020 CLERGY CONFERENCE

May 11th-May 13th

ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT

May 1st-3rd @ Camp Wright

EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT (EYE)

July 7-11

EUCHARISTIC MINISTER TRAINING:

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR TRAINING:

September 12 - St. Stephen’s, Earlville and St. Paul’s,

Hebron 9am-12pm

MISSION SUMMIT: INVITE WELCOME

CONNECT

Presented by Ignite the Way: The Journey Continues

September 25 - St. Alban’s Salisbury 8:30am-3:00pm

OR September 26 - Church of the Holy Trinity,

Oxford 8:30am-3:00pm

Ignite the Way: The Journey Continues

HEARING THE HOLY IN THE MIDST OF

COMMUNITY

November 7th - St. Paul’s Centreville 9:00am-3:00pm

OR November 14th - St. Paul’s Hebron 9:00am-

3:00pm

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The Episcopal Diocese of Easton

314 North Street

Easton, MD 21601

410-822-1919

dioceseofeaston.org

LENTEN

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“NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS:

A LOST DISCIPLINE IN THE 21 ST CENTURY CHURCH.”

Forgiveness is one of the fundamental messages preached by

John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. It is a discipline lived out

in the act of contrition and clearly defined and intentionally

incorporated in private and corporate daily worship. We are

trained and nurtured in the Christian virtue of humility which

START TIME: 11AM

LUNCH: NO COST

DATES:

TUESDAY,

MARCH 3RD

St. Mary Anne’s,

North East

315 S. Main Street

North East, MD 21901

TUESDAY,

MARCH 17TH

St. Mary Anne’s,

North East

315 S. Main Street

North East, MD 21901

SMALL

CHURCH

SUMMIT

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precipitates a contrite heart and broken spirit. David models

this attitude in his relationship with God, “the sacrifice of God

is a troubled spirit; * a broken and contrite heart, O God, you

will not despise.” (Psalm 51) We pray the act of contrition

before we approach the altar of God to receive the sacred and

holy body and blood of our Lord and Savior.

Each session is an hour beginning at

11 a.m. ending at noon, followed by

a simple meal of soup, salad,

sandwich and desserts.

Come spend your lunch break

in reflection and fellowship.

TUESDAY,

MARCH 24TH

St. Andrew’s,

Princess Anne

30513 Washington St

Princess Anne, MD 21853

TUESDAY,

MARCH 31ST

Holy Spirit, Ocean City

10001 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, MD 21842

For further info. call

410-822-1919

These gatherings are intended for parish

officers and Vestry leaders to come and

discuss next steps as we continue to

address the clergy shortage and changing

landscape of the Episcopal Church.

In order to facilitate convocational and

regional discussions between

neighboring congregations, we ask that

you attend the meeting which is

scheduled for your convocation.

Please register with Patrick two weeks

prior to your event: 410.822.1919 or

patrick@dioceseofeaston.org

Southern Convocation

May 2, 2020

St. Paul’s Episcopal Center

Hebron, MD

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Middle Convocation

May 9, 2020

Trinity Cathedral, Miller Hall

Easton, MD

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Northern Convocation

May 16, 2020

St. Stephen’s Church

Earleville, MD

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