Save the Date! Weaving Our Gifts: a Conference of Catechists, will be held the Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2023. We will be introducing a new format for this year’s conference, with both online participation and in-person events at satellite locations around the country.
CCTheo is pleased to announce that The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Weaving Our Gifts. She will address two issues of critical importance to our work with children: the place of children in our changing church landscape, and the intersection of children’s faith formation and addressing racism in the country and our churches.
Canon Spellers is an author, speaker, Episcopal priest and Canon to Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. She guides Episcopal efforts around evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. She is the author of The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline and New Hope for Beloved Community, as well as Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation and The Episcopal Way.
Canon Spellers has served as Chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops, directed and taught mission and reconciliation at General Theological Seminary, and served as a canon in the Diocese of Long Island. Before that, she founded The Crossing, a ground-breaking church within St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston that prioritized the voices of young people and people of color, and she has led numerous church-wide renewal and justice efforts.
Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, Canon Spellers now makes her home in New York City. Learn more about her work at www.churchcrackedopen.com.
Satellite Locations and Online Participation
Our format for Weaving Our Gifts 2023 will be to livestream keynote talks to satellite locations around the country, creating an opportunity for in-person meals, networking, discussions and breakouts. We’re seeking catechists to host these in-person satellite locations, whether in your home, atrium or church, to welcome nearby catechists, parents, assistants and others connected to the atrium. Hosts will determine how many participants they can host, plan group conversations, and offer refreshments to accompany bagged or pot-luck meals. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Catherine Maresca for more information.
Online participation will be available for those who cannot attend in person.
Registration fees will be waived for hosts.