Questions about the Congregational Journey? Email the Rev. Deacon Deborah R. Drake and Merica Gellerman, Conveners.
How do we go on a journey together to discern what God is up to in our neighborhoods and join God there?
This is the core question of our journey together as a diocese and the primary focus for the congregational journey. Simply put, on this journey the “goal” is to discern what God is up in our neighborhoods – all the places where we work, play, live and worship – and join God in that work. Along the way, we deepen our relationship with God, one another, and our neighbors and learn new habits, values, attitudes, and practices.
The Congregational Journey is led by the laity. Congregations journey together with other congregations in a Cohort. Each congregation is guided on the journey by a small lay team called a Guiding Team. Each Guiding Team is assigned a Companion to travel along for support and encouragement.
You are invited to step onto this path of discernment – to join with other congregations in sharing stories of God’s presence, and participating in the transformation of lives for the sake of God’s mission.
Going Local and Listening Excursions
Since March 2014, congregations have journeyed together in Going Local. In March 2017, the first practice on the journey, Listening, was introduced in the form of a three month “Listening Excursion.” After this initial period of exploration, congregations move together on the Going Local journey. A narrative introduction to the journey of joining God in the neighborhood (Going Local) can be found here.