No upcoming dates planned.
ECCC faciliated Building the Continuum workshops throughout 2012 and 2013 at various centers, and has now shifted its focus to holding facilitation training events, so that directors and board members can learn how to facilitate the future-planning process for their own centers. Training events have been held at Camp Galilee in Nevada, Dayspring Conference Center in Florida and the Barbara C. Harris Center in New Hampshire. Directors from 18 centers have attended these trainings!
Take control of the future:
- A Future Planning program at your camp or center helps directors and board members proactively and creatively prepare for the next 5-10 years.
- The three-day/two-night Future Planning Facilitation Workshop equips directors to facilitate a Future Planning program with your staff, board or ministry leaders in your diocese.
- The training workshop provides the context, materials and training to facilitate this program with your own team at your own site.
Are you interested in attending a training workshop? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be informed of upcoming trainings.
The Building the Continuum Initiative empowers Episcopal camps and conference centers to proactively prepare for an uncertain future.
Inspired by the framing question: How might Christian lifelong faith formation over the next ten years affect the renewal and transformation of the Episcopal Church in 21st century America?, the initiative has been guided by three goals:
- To develop a shared language and understanding of the future of Christian formation in the Episcopal Church by creating four scenarios/narratives for the future.
- To guide the development of more comprehensive strategic planning and action that envisions multiple futures for Christian formation in the Episcopal Church.
At the kickoff "Summit" event in November 2011, seventy leaders from a variety of ministry settings gathered to envision the potential future shape of faith formation in the Episcopal Church.
Through a scenario planning process the participants identified significant forces affecting faith formation and determined two critical uncertainties that will have a significant impact on future directions, which, when placed on axes of extremes, create four scenarios/narratives to capture the possibilities for the future of faith formation:
Will the continuing evolution of technology enhance human community and connection or will technology diminish community and connections among people?
Will people become more engaged with the Episcopal tradition and mission in a technological world or more disengaged/detached from the tradition and mission?
Camps and centers who go through a Building the Continuum workshop consider how to operate within each scenario, and therefore how to prepare for success in each of them.
- Pre-Workshop Information (Project History and Intro to Scenario Grid)
- Sample Implications by Scenario: What does a successful camp/center look like in these futures?
- Future Uncertainties to Consider
- Asset Worksheet
- Creative Planning Guidelines
The future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed.
There are stories, data, anecdotes we all come across daily that speak to the impact of technologies on community, and individuals engagement with (or disengagement from) the mission and tradition of the Episcopal church. As we come across thought-provoking, interesting, or telling examples, we'll be posting them here.
- Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World (Bob Johansen)
- No robots in our homes, but many predictions about 2013 come true (Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times)
- The Future of Education Eliminates the Classroom (Marina Gorbis, FastCompany)
- SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World (Douglas Estes)
- Thy Kingdom Connected (Dwight Friesen)
- The Ancient Future Church (ECCC Annual Conference Keynote from Rodger Nishioka, PhD)
- A New Way to Network (Renee Brinks, American Way Magazine)
- Classroom Flipping: Two Colorado Teachers' Perspectives (Grace Hood, KUNC)
- The Future with Jennifer Egan, Jaron Lanier and Michio Kaku (Day6 with Brent Branbury: An interview about the way we communicate has shifted/will continue to shift.)
- The Rohr Institute's Living School for Action and Contemplation
- Are Sermons Becoming Obsolete? (David Murrow, Patheos.com)
- Teen Texting: New Report Shows They Send 60 Texts a Day (Huffington Post)
- Social Media: Differences in Experience (Jeremiah Sierra, ECF/Vital Practices)
- The Girl Who Inspired 'The Fault in Our Stars (NPR's Here & Now)
- Denominations Downsizing and Selling Assets in More Secular Era (New York Times)
- Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends (Pew Research)
Please share your own stories as well! To share something you've come across, please send summaries, quotes, links, photos or videos to ashleyATepiscopalccc.org.