Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace

February 26, 2014

Next month, lay people, clergy and bishops from across the Episcopal Church will gather for Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Event to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence, a three-day event with presentations, workshops, and panel discussions examining the Christian call to work for peace in a violent world.

Hosted in Oklahoma City by the Diocese of Oklahoma, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace has been planned by a team of leaders from the Dioceses of Atlanta, Chicago, Connecticut, Louisiana, Los Angeles, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Southeast Florida, Washington, West Texas, and Wyoming and the Episcopal Church Center offices of Federal Ministry, Government Relations, and Communication.

With sessions on advocacy, education, liturgy and pastoral care, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace will provide ideas and practical resources for Episcopalians who want to renew their commitment to the Gospel call to make peace. "As Christians, as Americans, as leaders we need to recognize violence in our society, and renew our commitment to the Gospel," noted Bishop Ed Konieczny of the Diocese of Oklahoma. "It's our responsibility and our calling to make peace in a world of violence."

"This conference could not be more timely as we, as the Episcopal Church, work to bring peace, healing and wholeness to the communities around our diocese," said the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, director of networking for the Diocese of Chicago and member of the event planning team. "I'm looking forward to learning about how others engage and respond to a variety of issues from gun violence to trauma. I'm also looking forward to being inspired by others as we tap into our collective source of hope in Christ." Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop Lee, Archdeacon Elaine Bellis and CROSSwalk intern Sarah Jordan will represent the diocese at the conference.

Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace will begin on Wednesday, April 9 with dinner and an opening plenary session presented by Konieczny and Bishop Eugene Sutton of the Diocese of Maryland. The conference will conclude on Friday with a trip to the Oklahoma City Memorial and a Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori preaching. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is also expected to briefly greet the assembly on Thursday.

Registration is now open for the event, which will take place at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK.

More information on the conference, including a detailed list of workshops, is available here. Register online here.