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A monthly program for clergy to gather, pray, access continuing education and skill building as a clericus, and build community among the clergy of Long Island.

SCHOOL FOR MINISTRY - Spring Semester 2019

"Deepening Faith:To Strengthen the Foundations of Our Belief"
Courses from our Academic Program for Interested Lay People
Spring Semester 2019

GODLY PLAY - Winter 2019

Godly Play© is a curriculum with supporting materials designed to encourage and nurture the spirituality of children through storytelling. Grace Episcopal Church in Massapequa, along with Mercer School, is offering this program to help churches who are interested in this approach or who are already Godly Play© users.

Become a trained Godly Play Storyteller


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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News from Mercer!
Date posted: Fri, Oct 5th, 2018

From St. Benedict's Rule for his monks (early 6th century A.D.): "we intend to establish a school for God's service"

The difference between Benedict and other spiritual masters of his time lay in the fact that Benedict believed that the spiritual life was not an exercise in spiritual gymnastics. It was to be nothing "harsh or burdensome." And it was not a private process. It was to be done in community with others. It was to be a "school" dedicated to "the good of all concerned." It was to be lived with "patience."
Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, p. 30

This last weekend in September was the grand finale of a month of beginnings here at the Mercer School. The First Tuesday Clergy Education Day, which began Sept 4, has already doubled in attendance. Mercer's School for Ministry program for diaconal formation is off to a good start with postulants and auditors learning together. Church members who attended the Parish Support Day's workshops in stewardship and congregational growth join a group of learners eager to apply new skills to old challenges. Conversations were started among parishes eager to develop Godly Play and other Christian education programs for children. Indeed September at Mercer has shown how rewarding a learning community can be.

The group of over 400 people who attended Sister Joan Chittister's presentation on the "Radical Spirit" last Friday, were part of an extraordinary event. Her remarks brought the Rule of Benedict to life in these modern times and her insights were truly inspirational. It was a community event in a sacred space which truly benefited all concerned. We are grateful that the Mercer School was able to join the Bishop and the Cathedral of the Incarnation in sponsoring this program.

As we move towards the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our diocese this November, the Mercer School intends to live Sister Joan's words above through more programming, and we encourage you to join our community!

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

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There are four options:

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.

2. Click on the cover of the new Course Book pictured on the upper hand corner of this page. Then find your event and click on the link Register Here.Follow instructions for online registration. The online system should send a confirmation to your email address.

3. Find your event by date on the Google calendar located on the left side of this page. Click on the event and click on the Register tab located at the end of the description. Follow the instructions to register online. The online system should send a confirmation to your email address.

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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Media Specialist/Safe Church Coordinator