For Clergy

First Tuesdays - Clergy Education Program

Date: First Tuesdays - Monthly
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Mercer School of Theology

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.

The day begins with Morning Prayer in the Cathedral at
8:45, Continuing Education 10:00 at Mercer School of Theology, Eucharist at the Cathedral with shared preaching and celebration 12:15, followed by lunch and optional pastoral supervision groups.
Dates are:

September 4

October 2

November 6

December 4

We welcome the Rev. Posey Krakowski, priest of the Diocese of New York, award winning fiber artist and lecturer at Union Seminary. We will spend this first Tuesday in Advent contemplating works from the St. John's Bible. You are asked to bring images from the visual bounty already present within your sanctuaries. How does the art and architecture of our sacred spaces inform and enhance our liturgies? What concepts are we internalizing about God and the human condition through what our eyes encounter? Participants will spend the day learning the technique of contemplative group observation of art to use as a catalyst for dialogue in congregations. Our preacher/celebrant this day will be Michael Delaney who will be celebrating 20 years of ordination and sharing the eucharistic liturgy of his dreams.

January 8

Canon Woodley will reprise the Church Conflict Diagnostics and Strategies. Canon Woodley brings 30 years of experience in the study and management of conflict in churches and church organizations. From new vestries to ancient grudges and explosive choirs, we'll look at various types of conflict and how to address them. Please bring a case study of a current or past conflict that has your attention to work on in lab time. Preacher TBA.

February 5 TBA

March 5  TBA

April 2   TBA

May 7   TBA

June 4   TBA

For information call 516-248-4800 ext. 134.

Interim Clergy Meetings

Date: Beginning Wed. September 12 and meeting nine times throughout the year
(Tuesdays October 16, November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 12, May 14, June 11)

Time: 12 noon – 2 pm

Location: Mercer School of Theology

An on-going group of clergy currently serving parishes in transition.

Facilitators are Dr. Lena Mullings and
The Rev. Canon Claire Woodley

"Better Stewards, Intrepid leaders, Bigger Welcome"
A day of workshops to grow Stewardship, leadership and Congregational development

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 1 pm
Location: Mercer School of Theology

Choose from four workshops designed for church leadership and congregational growth

Asking for Jesus
The Rev. Suzanne M. Culhane
How we ask people to participate in God's Kingdom is critical to the success of any stewardship and fundraising effort. Come for a lively session that will present the most effective ways of asking
– best pledge and gift solicitation practices for the Church. We will discuss the Offertory, personal visits, customized appeals, and phone engagement. We will consider all giving channels including apps and digital. Come away with critical learning to support this year's annual pledge drive. You will be empowered and surprised!

Invite Welcome Connect
The Rev. Canon Claire Woodley
Build a proactive missional approach to discipleship and church growth. The training continues as we build imagination and community engagement. The day will cover how to build a church culture that invites seeking people, deeply incorporates a welcome ministry into your church life, assists new folks in getting connected to a meaningful relationship with God, and nurtures them as new church members.

Education for Ministry (EfM)
The Rev. John Musco, Deacon
Learn how the Education for Ministry (EfM) program can develop lay leadership in your church. Through study, discussion and reflection, participants in EfM discover the unique gifts each one of us possesses for the healing and restoration of the world, building on a foundation of knowledge of scripture, the church and theology.
You will learn the practicalities of how EfM works and how you can start a group at your church. Then we will learn by doing: engaging in group formation and practicing active listening techniques. And we will learn how to do a theological reflection.

Congregational Development Institute
The Rev. Elisabeth Tunney
DCDI is a program for clergy and lay leaders who desire to transform their congregations by making them stronger,healthier, more deeply rooted in Anglican Spirituality, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities. Come explore the power of the renewal-Apostolate Cycle, a model for understanding a central dynamic of Christian life. You will learn how we move between being renewed in baptismal identity and purpose and living as instruments of God's love and grace in daily life and how our parish can support and facilitate this movement.

Schedule for the day:
9:30 am Registration
10 am Workshops followed by lunch Come ready to practice, dream and plan! Fee is $10.00 to cover lunch and materials.  For information, contact Valerie Giannuzzi in the Bishop's office,

Register Here

"Radical Spirit" A Visit with Sister Joan Chittister

Date: Saturday, September 29. 2018
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Cathedral of the Incarnation

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 contact the Bishop's Office

This gathering is for the clergy of the Diocese. 

Alcohol and the Church

Date: October 11, 2018

Tine: 10am - 3pm

Location: Mercer School of Theology

Born in Memphis TN, and raised across the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree. Ordained in 1972, He has served congregations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New York. In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York's General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000.

In his extensive work for the past 30 years in the ministry of recovery, Dr. Hoke has been a frequent conference and retreat conductor throughout the Episcopal Church and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York's General Seminary where he has pioneered two courses on the Church's role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. He also works with congregations and dioceses when and where there are issues with impaired clergy. Recently the Episcopal Church presented him the "Sam Shoemaker Award" for service in the field of addiction and recovery.

Dr. Hoke now resides in Little Rock, back at home with many friends and family members scattered throughout the state. As a retired priest, he currently serves on staff at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, and continues his mission in the work of spiritual recovery.

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.

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