Community News – May 2017

Vowed Members What a month! Shane went to Northern Ireland for the Mastery Foundation School for Leadership, where she was on the faculty for the first time. Elizabeth stayed home and comforted Shadow. Then we went for a few days of vacation to Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George, and a few days on the road exploring ministry possibilities. Then we led a retreat on Mary Magdalene at Holy Cross Monastery. Then, after a day off, Shane was back for the Making A Difference workshop. She’s tired, but so grateful to be with so many extraordinary people. In the meantime Elizabeth said goodbye to directees who graduated from Berkeley Divinity School. She continues her direction practice at home and via Skype. Covenant Companions Dario has been enjoying the end of the semester by camping in Utah. He is now in Italy, helping his father recover from surgery. We are grateful for distance technology to keep in touch! Please pray for Giorgio. Please pray for all our circles and their ministries. Blessings on you and your ministry, wherever it may...

Community News – April, 2017

We’re on Youtube! It started with Christmas messages. Then the possibility of sharing in another way grew on us. Our blog now includes an occasional video conversation. It’s nice to have another way to connect with you. Check out the Broads in Black on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf8b7W0fIXj2HYNYBZiXfzw Let us know what you think! (If it’s good) Vowed Members Shane and Elizabeth together served Christ Church, Red Hook NY for Holy Week. Thanks for welcoming us! Elizabeth ended another year at Berkely Divinity School, offering spiritual direction to seminarians. Shane is continuing to serve at the SUNY Ulster Food Pantry. She is making recipes for the ingredients offered there to encourage healthy eating from what is available. We’re preparing for workshops and retreats, both as leaders and as participants. Covenant Companions And then there was one. Denise has stepped away from this circle, leaving Dario as our only Covenant Companion. Two years ago five bold people took on the challenge of being the “beta group” for what membership might mean for people not living in vowed community. They have all left, but their initiative has gifted us. Thanks to Amy, Margie, Rick, Lorraine, and Denise for dreaming and risking this first round of experimenting. Dario came a year ago, and he will continue with us to explore how to translate our covenant into a life that includes a job, a partner, a church – and a lot more! “So we do not lose heart” (2 Cor. 4:16). There is sadness, but also peace. God will show us the way if we don’t force solutions. We knew, we know, that this way...

Community News – March 2017

Vowed Members Shane and Elizabeth led a Quiet Day at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge NY. Thanks to the CTK community for letting us meet there! Elizabeth preached and presided at Christ Church, Red Hook, NY. Shane and Elizabeth will be their “clergy team” for Holy Week. Shane preached and presided at the Church of the Regeneration in Pine Plains, NY, and at St. Gregory’s in Woodstock. Shane is continuing to serve at the SUNY Ulster Food Pantry. She is making recipes for the ingredients offered there to encourage healthy eating from what is available. Covenant Companions We are sad to say that Lorraine has decided to end her time as a Covenant Companion. It’s always hard when people leave, but we know God is not done with her or her ministry. Please pray for her, and for us going forward. Denise continues to be busy responding to the increase in incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia both locally and nationally. The Rochester, New York Interfaith Leaders Committee has held press conferences, vigils and educational events to bring the community together in these tough times. She’s reading Born a Crime, comedian Trevor Noah’s autobiographical account of growing up biracial in post-Apartheid South Africa, and Susan Faludi’s book In the Darkroom about her 76 year old father’s transition from male to female. Both books offer a great deal to reflect upon regarding “identity” and the politics of race, religious identity, and human sexuality and gender identity. Dario’s local community hosted a Centering Prayer workshop at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Omaha NE . Br. James Down OHC led...

Community News – February 2017

The Big News: Our Board of Directors met on February 4.  We have begun looking at properties, which has meant refining our mission.  We are clear that we want to be available to as many people as possible.  That means we are looking in villages and towns rather than more isolated spots.  The “people and places” prayer seems to be working: friends are showing up to share their expertise and experience.     “Hearth Tenders”:  Vowed Members Elizabeth led a retreat on monasticism for the first-year class of Berkeley Divinity School.   Shane led a retreat for Al-Anon women at Incarnation Retreat Center in Essex, CT.  She preached and presided at Christ Church, Red Hook, NY.  Shane and Elizabeth will be their “clergy team” for Holy Week.   Shane and Elizabeth attended the opening of the SUNY Ulster Food Pantry, a joyous event (and a sad commentary on our skewed economy).  Shane is continuing to serve there as pastoral presence and part of the general team. “Fire Bearers”: Covenant Companions   Denise attended the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Chaplains where colleagues shared their trials and tribulations in the wake of recent Presidential Executive Orders, which have impacted significant populations of college students.  She travels to Baltimore this month to participate in the ARC USA Roman Catholic/Anglican dialogue representing The Episcopal Church. She’s reading Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance, a gripping account of working class/poor white America that sheds some light on the mindset of a significant portion of those who voted for Donald Trump. Lorraine continues to celebrate each week the Eucharist with her church community in the...

Community New – December 2016

“Hearth Tenders”: Vowed Members We have been singing “All We Want For Christmas . . .” The answer is, the people and places to further God’s purpose! We are moved by the response to our appeal, and we’re ready to grow. So we are praying for this each day, and ask you to join us. It’s bearing fruit already – but these things ripen in their own time. December began with a Quiet Day here in Accord. We looked at darkness and light in Scripture and in our lives, looking for the enfolding dark as well as the shining light. Shane served as a spiritual director at Holy Cross Monastery during their individually guided retreats, while Elizabeth made her monthly sojourn to Berkeley Divinity School. We each continue to see individuals at our house as well. Shane blogged daily, and continues to find that a means of prayer as well as ministry. We had three days of silent retreat in the middle of the month, shared by a local friend. This was our first silent retreat open to a guest, and we were thrilled to offer that. Then the following week another friend from far away came for two days of rest and conversation. We are so pleased to be able to offer hospitality, and we look forward to the day when we can do that regularly. “Fire Bearers”: Covenant Companions Dario finished his teaching semester and is now visiting his family in Italy. Denise has spent Advent immersed in the soaring words of Isaiah singing Handel’s Messiah with the Rochester Oratorio Society and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She...

Community News – November 2016

“Hearth Tenders”: Vowed Members November has been busy. The new forgiveness workshop for the Mastery Foundation was held on November 11, and was a powerful experience. We hope to be brining it to other places in 2017. Shane led a retreat for AA and AlAnon women at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT. She had a wonderful time, and looks forward to returning. She has also been busy serving at local churches as needed. Elizabeth and Shane are preparing for leading an Advent Quiet Day. Elizabeth continues to delight in spiritual direction at home and at Berkeley Divinity School. Now, on to Advent and New Years’ retreats! “Fire Bearers”: Covenant Companions Lorraine is participating in the Food Pantry Ministry and doing pastoral visitation for her church. She is a retired Methodist minister, and is planning to begin a worship time with Holy Communion in her local community of Unadilla, NY. She and Dario meet together daily to practice contemplative prayer each day using instant messaging to begin and end their session together. Covenant Groups: Please pray for everyone trying to live by the covenant and share their lives: Anne, Annie, Alex, Debra, Janet, Kathleen, Meredith, and Tod. We are exploring ways to “livestream” our Compline service so that we can pray together, and make it possible for others to join us for prayer. We hope to have that up by the New Year. Blessings on you and your ministry, wherever it may...