Monthly Webinars

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Today, more than 16 million children in the United States live in poverty. Most of them attend public schools that are stretched, strained, underfunded, and ignored. It is not news to say that these children are not being well-served at school. This is not God’s dream. This is not a reflection of the Beloved Community justice-oriented Christians seek to build. These children need more, and we can do better.

If you or your congregation is seeking a way to build Beloved Community in your neighborhood, join us for this 75 minute interactive, live webinar exploring how partnering with public schools in your area can provide a focused, actionable way for your church to practice the way of love and live into the moral Christian mandate for a just and equitable society.

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with Rev. Jane Gould and Rev. Janie Walker moderated by AOC Director, Lallie Lloyd.

About the Panelists:

The Rev. Jane Soyster Gould has served as Rector at St. Stephen’s since December 2000 and in the Diocese of Massachusetts since her ordination in 1986. Currently St. Stephen’s has two active programs serving the school-children of Lynn including Kids in Community and an annual 4 week summer camp. They partner closely with the Washington S.T.E.M. public elementary school. In addition to caring for the people of St. Stephen’s, she is a member of the Boards of ECCO, MCAN, and PICO—our local, state, and national faith-based organizing entities. www.ststephensly

Rev. Janie Walker is the Co-Pastoral Director of the Richmond Hill an eccumenical fellowship center in Richmond Virginia. She also works as the Executive Director of the Micah Initiative a partnership of faith communities with Richmond Public Elementary Schools that mentors, tutors, and volunteers through its vibrant network of more than 125 faith communities and 23 schools so that every child believes, “I am valuable.” Micah is open to and represented by all faith communities http://micahrva.org/

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Join us for an interactive panel discussion about how congregations can create constituent minded, mutually affirming partnerships with schools and other organizations. Learn important questions your congregation needs to consider both internally and in the early stages of outreach and program development to build ministries that “work with” the neighborhood rather than “do for” people they are aiming to help.

About the panelists:

Heidi Kim is the Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation in the Episcopal Church.

Fran Early is the co-author of “Doing Good…Says Who?” a book exploring the impact of good intentions from the inside.

Marilyn Lee is the Executive Director of Loving Houston an organization in Houston, TX focused on advancing community transformation by helping churches serve local schools.

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Building a partnership with a public school is hard work. And it can be daunting to work with a committee at church to discern the best way for you to move ahead, face obstacles, and find a meaningful way to serve students and schools that is helpful and sustainable for both the congregation and the school. But the good news is, there are people in your community that can help you!

Join us for an interactive panel discussion to learn how your church can name and claim the assets you do have that will serve you as you build a partnership and where and how to reach out to other organizations and congregations in your area for support.

About the Panelists:

Tamara Plummer is the Asset Map Coordinator for the Episcopal Relief and Development Foundation. The Episcopal Asset Map is an online portal that highlights how local churches are active in their communities. As Asset Map Coordinator at Episcopal Relief & Development, Tamara has spoken to over 200 Episcopalians across the United States about their ministries. She sees potential for this tool to tell the stories of how The Episcopal Church can be “God’s hands in the world.”

Ansel Sanders Ansel is the President & CEO of Public Education Partners in Greenville County, South Carolina. Public Education Partners has a simple mission: to collaborate with the community, educators and elected officials to support and strengthen public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools.