Special Events & Lectures

Building Community Summit

Saturday, March 10, 2018 9am - 4pm

Community: The experience of belonging; feeling of being relatedto and a part of something; friendship, hospitality, convivialityA church community can serve as a powerful agent for change.

This day long summit, developed and presented jointly by Episcopal Ministries of Long Island and the Mercer School
of Theology will explore the topic of community building and the structures and systems of formation required to build them. Through a variety of workshops, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on the deeper question of how we can transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.

Themes for the day include:
• Being able to uncover and leverage individual gifts and community assets
• Shifting our focus; from problems to possibility, from fear to generosity, from scarcity to abundance
• Exploring inclusive community engagement; means and methods that foster relationship and connection
Invited speakers will deepen our understanding on various topics and several ministry partners who are using their parish strengths to create stronger connections within the community will also be profiled.

Join us for this day of learning how to build a more flourishing church community.
For more information, or to be added to the EMLI mailing list to receive registration materials, contact Franca Floro, Program Director, Episcopal Ministries at 516-248-4800, ext. 149 or ffloro@dioceseli.org.

"Life of Moses" A Five Week Conversation in Scripture Offering 

Date: Wednesday October 18, 2017 weekly through November 15, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm . Location: Mercer School of Theology

Instructor: Rev. Canon Bruce Griffith
Join Canon Griffith for a five-week study of The Life of Moses by the great 4th century theologian and mystic
Gregory of Nyssa. Nyssa takes us through a brief reading of the Moses story, and then launches us into the allegorical interpretation of scripture in which the story of Moses becomes a metaphor
for the deepening of the spiritual life. Session 1 will be an introduction to the life and work of Gregory of Nyssa and how the Bible was read in his place and time. Sessions 2 through 5 will deal with the evolution of Moses' life
as he seeks greater clarity in his experience of God, concluding with his deeply mystical experience in the cloud at Sinai.

Each session will include ample time for discussing and questioning how we come to know God more deeply. Landscape, personality, climate, culture and the deepest human emotions and desires all come into play when we inquire into The Life of Moses.

Copies of Gregory of Nyssa: The Life of Moses in the Classics of Western Spirituality series are available in paperback from Amazon. A limited number of copies will be available at class. Reading the text will mean reading about 25 pages per week for the last four weeks.

To register, contact the Cathedral at cathedral@incarnationgc.org.