The Lay Leadership Institute is again being held at the Rundlett Middle School in Concord. The seminars for this year are as follows:
Rite Essentials: Acknowledging that service in worship is an exercise of leadership, Bishop Rob Hirschfeld will guide seminar participants through our liturgies. He'll explain what is really happening at the altar, how our rites took shape, the importance of place and word and symbol in our worship, and why we do things as we do.
The Art of Narrative: Telling stories is a powerful tool for reaching others - to inform, explain, persuade, support, inspire and spread the faith. Sharing stories builds community. Moreover, perceiving our lives as stories helps us make sense of our history and our relationships, inviting us to deeper spirituality.. Participants in the Art of Narrative will gain practice in forming and telling stories.
The Greening of the Church: Representatives of Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light will assist congregations toward environmental soundness by helping participants track energy use and carbon footprint, install no-cost and low-cost projects and practices that reduce energy bills, update heating and electrical equipment, and locate rebates and financial assistance that help pay for sustainability projects.
Wardens Round Table: This annual seminar brings wardens together for peer-talk about issues unique to their canonical office and to learn from one another's experiences and insights, led by a seasoned moderator. This year's Round Table will include Mutual Ministry Review, as Canon Hannah Anderson guides wardens through the process vital to healthy congregational life.
To register for the Lay Leadership Institute, go to our website, www.nhepiscopal.org, click on congregations and click on Lay Leadership.