Upcoming Events

Featured Events
"Better Stewards, Intrepid leaders, Bigger Welcome"

September 22, 2018

A day of workshops to grow Stewardship, leadership and Congregational development

Let's Talk....about the CHILDREN

September 22- Astoria

Staring a new year is exciting and often overwhelming. Join us for an open conversation about Christian Education . We'll share tricks of the trade and plenty of laughs. Light refreshments and plenty of coffee provided. 

Sister Joan Chittister September 28, 2018

Sister Joan offers a light to guide us in this time of contradictory values and upheaval in every major institution of society. This guide comes from a 1500-year-old tradition, Benedictinism, and its model of the values of the individual and of the community formed by these individuals. The hallmark of the Rule of Benedict, the chapter on humility, brings to the world of today, an antidote to the destruction of relationships and the narcissism that typifies the culture of our time.

Friday, Sept. 28. 2018

7pm - 8:30pm

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Alcohol and the Church - October 11, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke will share his knowledge, observations and personal experience about the intersection of alcohol and the institution of the Church. Clergy will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon the impact of the use and abuse of alcohol on the ministries to which they have been called.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


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2018/2019 Safe Church Training dates

Topics covered include the legal, ethical and theological foundations for the prevention of sexual abuse or harassment and the development of safe working and learning places. New church employees and lay leaders are encouraged to register for these workshops. The training is required for lay leaders and church staff, including Sunday School teachers and all parishioners who work with children. Class size is limited. 

Calling All Creatives for The Path

We're looking for people to write prayers, do exegesis, make posters, write meditations, create on-lineresources, pod-casts, plays, dances, curate existing art, create pop upchildren's events, and whatever YOU may think of to expand our understanding of God!

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Welcome to our New Year!
Date posted: Tue, Aug 21st, 2018

"Hold to the standard of sound teaching" (2 Timothy 1:13, NRSV). For more than fifty years, the Mercer School has heeded Paul's advice to his disciple Timothy. In its early years the School served as an alternative to residential seminary education, adhering to a pattern of theological education taught at the graduate school level. Mercer was able to answer the need for more educated clergy to fill the growing churches following World War II.

As times changed, the focus shifted to providing an educational program for those called to ordained ministry late in life. As church growth stabilized, as lay participation in the liturgy increased, as models of education changed, as the need to form non-stipendiary vocational deacons moved to center stage in the twenty-first century, Mercer's offerings shifted to accommodate these changes in our Christian life.

Now, as we begin a new academic year, we are focusing more closely on preparing those who are called to lay or ordained ministry in arguably the most diverse diocese in the Episcopal Church. But as those answering this call decline in number, and as many new clergy find themselves serving congregations with declining material and financial resources, our School has adapted. Our "new normal": Once-monthly face-to-face sessions, blending class meetings with worship and spiritual formation and direction in community; use of distance learning technology (our Scripture teacher is based in Scotland!); programs to develop and enhance clergy and lay leadership skills. "Hold to the standard of sound teaching".

All of this review and planning work has taken place while Mercer was mobilizing to host the variety of other programs we offer on a regular basis: Safe Church, Racial Reconciliation and Awareness Program, Church Leadership workshops for vestries and parish treasurers, Eucharistic Visitor training, etc. Added to these activities are new programs in congregational development, stewardship, and other areas of ministry and pastoral support. More detail is found in our Mercer Catalog.

Welcome to our new year! Join us!

Dr Ted Gerbracht                         Diane Muscarella
Director of Academic Program  Director of Operations

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1. Click on Programs & Events Tab at top of this page. Scroll through the headings to find events of interest. The online system should send a confirmation to your email address.

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4. Register by telephone or email, contact the Mercer Office at 516 248-4800 Ext 140. or merceroffice@dioceseli.org.

Welcome to Mercer!
Diane Muscarella
Director of Operations
Ted Gerbracht
Director of Academic Programs

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Aissa Hillebrand
Media Specialist/Safe Church Coordinator