Special Events & Lectures

Annual giving Clinic
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Mercer School of Theology

The Rev. Canon Suzanne M. Culhane, Canon for Stewardship, is offering an Annual Giving Clinic to support the parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.
Each one-hour session will provide Annual Giving (pledge) program feedback and counsel as parishes prepare for the upcoming fall drive. Sessions are open to up to four parish leaders including clergy, wardens, treasurers, stewardship chairs, and committee members.

Please sign up for appointments at: www.dioceseli.org/stewardship.

Let's Talk... about the Children

Although the Mercer School's primary mission is to develop and deliver educational programs to support adult learners – both lay and ordained – we are offering advice and consultation in Children's Faith Formation on a part-time basis. We are currently assisting a number of congregations in preparing to nurture the spirituality of their youngest members.

Because starting a new year is exciting and often overwhelming, we invite you to 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.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 10 am – noon
Location: St. John's, Southampton
Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Church of the Redeemer, Astoria

For more information, or to host a group in your area, contact Kristin Ochtera at The Mercer School of Theology kochtera@diocesli.org or
by phone at 516-248-4800, ext. 179

"Radical Spirit" A Visit with Sister Joan Chittister

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Location: Cathedral of the Incarnation

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.
For over 40 years Joan Chittister has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionateand charged with energy, she is a much-sought after speaker, commentator, counselor and clear voice across all religions. A Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of over 50 books and a founding member of The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN. She has won 16 Catholic Press Association awards for her books, as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace, and equality, especially for women, in church and in society.

Sister Joan will speak at a public event on Friday evening, September 28.

Though we will require registration, the event is free.

On Saturday, September 29, clergy of the diocese are invited to spend the morning at the Cathedral of the Incarnation with Sister Joan or the Fall Clergy Day.

More information and a link to register online is available on the
EDLI website: www.dioceseli.org.

Stewardship of Church Property

Satruday, October 13, 2018


Location:  Mercer School of Theology

A half day workshop for Parishes in Brooklyn and Queens

This workshop will prepare wardens and clergy for the complex tasks of stewarding parish property. Content will include an overview of what it means to steward parish property, with an overview of the four key aspects of managing real property: maintenance; capital improvements; leasing; and real estate development. We will also look at setting parish goals and objectives, managing parish expectations and communications, and managing interactions with developers, vendors, general contractors and other project stakeholders.