Diocesan Discernment Committee

Committee Charge
A Discernment Committee for the Diocese of Easton has been formed by the Standing Committee to answer the question:  What is the best way for the Church to proclaim the gospel of Christ, to celebrate the people’s ministries, and to grow the Church on the Eastern Shore of Maryland?

Prayer for the Discernment Committee
In this interim time, we pray for the Discernment Committee of the Diocese of Easton, that we may be genuine in our self-reflection, tireless in our commitment, patient in our discernment, loving in our communion, open in our discussions, imaginative about our future and daring in our faith. As we seek to welcome, instill in us your grace; as we seek to challenge, commit us to your mission; as we seek to inspire, fill us with your spirit. All this we pray, empowered by the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Discernment Committee Membership
Ms. Jo Merrill, Co-chair/Trinity Cathedral, Easton
The Rev. David Michaud, Co-chair/St. Peter’s Church, Salisbury
Mr. Rodney Dean/St. Paul’s by the Sea Church, Ocean City
Ms. Marilyn Garcia/St. Mary Anne’s Church, Northeast
The Rev. Mary Garner/St. Paul’s, Centerville
Ms. Susan Harwood (Standing Comm. liaison)/Christ Church, Denton
The Rev. Cuthbert Mandell/St. Mary the Virgin Church, Pocomoke City
Ms. Libby Rice/Emmanuel Church, Chestertown
The Rev. Henry Sabetti/Shrewsbury Church, Kennedyville
Ms. Kim Willard/Christ Church, Stevensville

Committee News
Convocation Meetings:
Below are links to the Powerpoint and  the word doc that contains the written presentation with slides from the convocation meetings in September/October 2014.
Who Are We? The Diocese of Easton Discernment Presentation – Powerpoint
Script and Slides from the Who Are We? Discernment Presentation – Word Document
Opening Remarks – bishop
Worksheet 1-Parish-Group

The Committee was formed by the Standing Committee in June and held its first organizational meeting on June 30.  The Committee will be meeting with Bishop Henry Parsley on August 1. The Discernment Committee will provide a status report on its work to the Standing Committee in October 2014 and will report to the Diocesan Convention in February 2015.

December 2014: At the December convocation meetings the Discernment Committee presented its findings from the fall convocation, parish and group discernment meetings regarding who we are now as the Diocese of Easton and whom we could become. Below is the link to the PowerPoint presentation given at the convocation meetings.
December Discernment Presentation

Report Submitted by the Discernment Committee
Report of the Discernment Committee