Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity
Christians in The Episcopal Church and The Anglican Church of Canada are warmly invited to the Second Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity. The Conference is geared toward both laity and clergy who would like to grow in their knowledge of the catholic heritage of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. It will be held on August 16–17 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven, MI. Please join us for this time of worship, study, and spiritual growth drawing from our rich heritage.
Keynote Address from Dr. Elisabeth Kincaid: "Anglo-Catholicism and the Common Good."
NOTE: On Saturday, the same set of workshops is offered during each workshop session so that you may choose the three from the list below that interest you the most.
FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 16
5:00pm ~ Registration Opens
6:00pm ~ Sung Evening Prayer
6:30pm ~ Dinner (Provided) and Welcome from Fr. Jared Cramer, Convener of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society
7:30pm ~ Keynote Address from Dr. Elisabeth Kincaid
9:00pm ~ Sung Compline & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
8:00am ~ Coffee & Danish available
8:30am ~ Morning Prayer
9:00am ~ Workshops (choose one)
10:30am ~ Free-time for Fellowship & Conversation
11:00am ~ Solemn Eucharist, Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Timothy Cutler, and Thomas Bradbury Chandler, Priests
12:30pm ~ Lunch (Provided), Debrief Conversation on Liturgy Offered during Lunch
1:30pm ~ Workshops (choose one)
3:30pm ~ Workshops (choose one)
4:30pm ~ Evening Prayer and Depart
Each workshop will be offered three times on Saturday, at 9am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm.
• "Spirituality of Icon Writing" Fr. Brian Coleman – An introduction to the spirituality of icon-writing with a demonstration of basic practice.
• “Demystifying Episcopate Searches," Fr. Matthew Cowden, Candidate in the Recent Episcopal Election of Northern California — Views on the current process for discerning those called to episcopal orders from one who journeyed the path.”
• "Decently and In Order," Fr. Jared Cramer – Preparing well-executed liturgy through customary, vergers, and well-trained laity.
• “The Diaconate," Ms. Alicia Hager — Contemporary concerns with restoring the full and ancient order of deacons, a view from someone who walked the path.
• "Taking Jesus to Work," Dr. Elisabeth Kincaid — An exploration of basic scriptural themes crucial for developing a theology of Christian vocation in the workshop, as well as providing practical resources for teaching on these themes at the parish level.
• “Baptism & Pure Water," Fr. Dan Scheid — Catholic spirituality at work responding to the Flint water crisis.
Also during the workshop time, members of the Society will be available by appointment for short sessions of Spiritual Counsel or the offering of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You may sign up for those times when you arrive at the Conference.
Conference Lodging & Travel
Those attending the Conference who wish to lodge overnight in Grand Haven are encouraged to book your rooms early as August is a very busy time in our community, right here on the shores of Lake Michigan. There are several hotels available in Grand Haven and Spring Lake, and also in surrounding cities of Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Rapids.
Grand Haven, MI, is 45 miles from the Grand Rapids airport.
A nominal conference fee of $100 per individual ($170 per married/partnered couple) secures your registration, and covers the cost of your dinner on Friday, your lunch on Saturday, and the Conference offerings. Those only wishing to attend the Friday evening dinner and keynote may pay a reduced cost of $65, per person.
EARLY BIRD registration is currently open, discounted to $90 per individual ($160 per married couple). Early bird registration closes on Sunday, April 21. After that, the normal registration rate will apply.
If that fee would be prohibitive, you are invited to contact your local priest or the Convener of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society, Father Jared Cramer, at
. Some limited scholarships are available. If you would like to make a gift of a conference scholarship, donations may be sent to the Great Lakes SCP, c/o St. John's Episcopal Church, Grand Haven, MI, 49417. Our desire is for any Christian who wants to attend this conference to be able to do so.
If you would like childcare for the Conference, it is provided free of charge. Please just indicate accordingly below.
$100 – Regular Rate Individual
$170 – Regular Rate Married Couple
$65 – Friday Evening Dinner & Keynote Only
What is your name?
If a spouse or partner is registering with you, what is her or his name?
What is your home congregation? (For example, St. Swithun's, Detroit)
What is your e-mail address?
What is your spouse or partner's e-mail address?
Do you anticipate being present for the dinner at 6:30pm on Friday night?
If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate here:
Do you require childcare?
No, thank you.
Yes, only on Friday night.
Yes, only during the day on Saturday.
Yes, on both Friday night and during the day on Saturday.
If using childcare, please indicate the number of children and their age below.
As we seek to plan rooms, which of the workshop offerings do you think you will likely attend? (You can select up to three).
"Spirituality of Icon Writing" Fr. Brian Coleman
“Demystifying Episcopate Searches," Fr. Matthew Cowden
"Decently and In Order," Fr. Jared Cramer
“The Diaconate," Ms. Alicia Hager
"Taking Jesus to Work," Dr. Elisabeth Kincaid
“Baptism & Pure Water," Fr. Dan Scheid
Take a 30 minute slot for private Spiritual Counsel with a member of Society.
Take a 30 minute slot for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a member of Society.
How will you be paying the registration costs?
Check made out to "Great Lakes SCP" and mailed "c/o Fr. Cramer, St. John's Episcopal Church, Grand Haven, MI 49417"
Credit Card or PayPal (link will be sent to you after you complete registration)
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