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Daybook -- Today is Tuesday, February 20, 2007, in Lent.
* Today in Scripture: Daily Office meditation: http://www.forwardmovement.org/todaysreading.cfm * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acp/index.cfm * Today in History: On this day in 1469, Thomasso de Vio Cajetan, famous cardinal who convinced Pope Clement VII to reject Henry VIII's request to divorce Catherine of Aragon, is born in Gaeta, Italy. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03145c.htm
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Teaching: Start Up! Start Over! Congregational Development seminar registration opens
[ENS] Clergy and laity of congregations seeking rejuvenation and vision will gather at the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix Metrocenter in Phoenix, Arizona, for a Start Up! Start Over! seminar May 7-11.
Start Up! Start Over! is a national training event for clergy and laity that provides basic congregational development theory and skills for congregations in decline and seeking a new direction, have hit a growth plateau and need new energy, or are thriving and ready for their next step.
The Rev. Charles N. Fulton III, director of Congregational Development and president of the Episcopal Church Building Fund will lead a seminar staff of experienced practitioners of church growth who have started new churches and led congregational turn-arounds.
Seminar participants will learn practical, goal oriented skills to help them rediscover the optimistic, mission oriented spirit that marks healthy thriving congregations.
Agenda topics include:
* The basic principles of congregational development and church life cycle * Interpreting your congregational demographics to program towards growth * Decision making and meeting management skills * Marketing and conducting a campaign to invite new members * Planning church space that is within your budget, appropriate for your future * New member incorporation - how visitors become involved members of a congregation * Leading in changing times * The use of multi-media in congregation life and worship * Making your site and buildings inviting to the visitor * Understanding generational differences and reaching the un-churched members of the electronic culture
The cost which includes tuition, 5 nights lodging, and 10 meals is: $775 single, $650 (each) double, $395 commuter. For more information contact Sally O'Brien at 800-334-7626 ext. 6003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration materials can be downloaded at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/4519_26440_ENG_HTM.htm
(Note: This seminar regularly fills to capacity months before the registration deadline. Call to verify availability.)
Start Up! Start Over! is sponsored by the Office of Congregational Development and coordinated in partnership with the Episcopal Church Building Fund.
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Catalyst: "A Generation at Risk: The Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children" from Cambridge University Press, by Marshall Frady, 312 pages, paperback, c. 2005, $34.99
[Source: Cambridge University Press] -- Millions of children worldwide have been orphaned or made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, while there has been significant action in the last few years by governments, international organizations, religious bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, the vast majority of children made vulnerable by AIDS have not benefited from any assistance beyond their own extended family and community. This volume's insightful perspectives from experienced professionals address these children's needs in education, community mobilization and capacity building, economic strengthening at household and community levels, psychosocial support, and civil rights.
To order: Episcopal Books and Resources, online at http://www.episcopalbookstore.org or call 800.903.5544.
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