2018 Clergy Day Apart
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Location: The Community Center at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
The Clergy Day Apart is for all active clergy serving in ministry in The West Ohio Conference.

Resilience: From Staying Alive to Flourishing in Anxious Times is our theme for the 2018 West Ohio Clergy Day Apart offered Thursday, March 8 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at The Community Center at Reynoldsburg UMC in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Additionally, the Day Apart will offer a time to worship together, visit with colleagues, explore health and wellness options, and enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch prepared by the chef and staff of Reynoldsburg UMC.   
  Guest Speaker:
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie

Bishop Huie will be our guest speaker for the day. She serves in ministry with the Texas Methodist Foundation in the area of Leadership Formation, following twenty years as a Bishop. A noted speaker and experienced leader, Bishop Huie will bring a spirited and a spirit-led conversation to what it means to flourish in ministry, especially during these anxious times within our culture and within our denomination. 
  Guest Preacher:
Bishop Michael Coyner

Bishop Coyner will be our guest preacher for the day. His sermon is titled “Avoiding Icebergs and Other Obstacles to Effective Ministry" and is based on Isaiah 30:19-21. Bishop Coyner is the author of three books from Abingdon Press: Making a Good Move: Opening the Door to an Effective New Pastorate, Prairie Wisdom: Reflections on Life in the Dakotas, and The Race to Reach Out: Connecting Newcomers to Christ in a New Century.
  • 9:00 am: Check in & Hospitality
  • 9:30 am: Opening Worship, Bishop Mike Coyner "Avoiding Icebergs and Other Obstacles to Effective Ministry"
  • 10:20 am: Session 1, Bishop Janice Huie "Clergy Resilience"
  • 11:20 am: Breakout Groups
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 pm: Resources for Clergy Health & Wellness
  • 1:30 pm: Session 2, Bishop Janice Huie "Congregational Resilience"
  • 2:30 pm: Closing Worship with Communion, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer
Breakout Groups:  

  1. “Sabbath Hacks” - Kirsch Hall
Led by Rev. Dr. Dan Gildner, United Seminary Dean of Chapel
Sabbath time for many clergy is easier said than done. How can you allow for a more robust Sabbath time?  Join colleague Dan Gildner as he leads a practical conversation around ways to create space for Sabbath practices as well as some suggestions for a life grounded in Sabbath rest and reflection.
  2. A Service of Healing - Youth Room
Led by colleagues in Extension Ministry
Sometimes we all feel depleted, burdened, sad.  Ministry brings us into places where grief is real, or situations carry trauma.  Clergy may experience cumulative grief in ministry. Join West Ohio colleagues who serve in chaplaincy as they lead us in a time to put our burdens down, to be still, and to know we are not alone.  This service will include anointing with healing oil as well as times of prayer.
  3. “Just Breathe” - Meeting Room C
Led by Rev. Amy Aspey, Deacon, Short North Church 
During times of stress, we often find ourselves literally and figuratively holding our breath.  Finding ways to integrate mindful breathing into our lives is life-giving for our mind, body and spirits.  This experiential workshop will explore practices for finding our breath through meditation, prayer and gentle movement.  These practices can be done anywhere and don't require anything but a willingness to breathe.
  4. Prayer Room - Meeting Room B
Perhaps you just want some space to be quiet and listen.  The Clergy Day team will have a room open for contemplation and prayer. We will offer scripture, books, paper to journal, and an altar to allow you time to be “still and know I am God”.  
Contact: tmccoy [at] (Tim McCoy, Episcopal Office Administrative Coordinator)