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When: Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018

Where: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Rd., Raleigh, NC

Holy Eucharist: The Rev. David F. Sellery, Canon for Congregational Mission, and

The Rev. Samuel Gregory Jones, Rector, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Been in a heated argument recently? Differing views about government, legislation, how children should be raised, how money should be spent, and a myriad of other subjects can easily escalate into hurtful and harmful words. This program will give you insight, understanding and tools to help you navigate today’s volatile topics ranging from family and religion to politics. We will also address some of the characteristics of our culture which seek to pull us from a peaceful heart, such as over-busyness, technology and the “I-can-do-it-all” syndrome.

Our guide will be the ancient and relevant 6th century Rule of Benedict, along with other contemporary voices of wisdom. Benedict lived in tumultuous times not unlike ours. He can help us learn to be a presence of grace and hope as we struggle with others over the issues and conversations of today. We can become peace-makers cen- tered in Christ, and in the process, receive the gift of maintaining our own sanity!

The Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine is a priest in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey and a nationally known retreat leader. She is the author of the Tenth Anniversary Edition: St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living (Morehouse 2015) and The Rule of Benedict: Christian Monastic Wisdom for Daily Living (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2016).

Raised in Minneapolis, Jane received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from Ohio State University, both in organ performance. Following an eighteen-year career with the Bell System and AT&T, Jane was ordained a priest in 1995, earning a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Jane served as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Livingston, New Jersey for 12 ½ years, leaving parish ministry in April 2008 in order to pursue a ministry of teaching and writing on Benedictine Spirituality. She currently leads retreats and workshops at parishes, monasteries and retreat centers, and is a Priest Associate at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey where she offers a weekly 7am Holy Eucharist, Evening Prayer and leads the Benedictines of Calvary, a spirituality group. Jane and her now-retired husband John live in Mountainside, New Jersey where they are serving staff to four family members — Ricky, Esperanza (Espy, for short), Nikki and Winnie – the resident cats.



Pledging To Make It All Possible

The constitution and by-laws of the ECW of North Carolina state, “To have voting privileges (at the Annual Meeting) a Church must have paid a pledge to the Diocesan Church Women’s budget for the current year.” These funds help to carry out the work of women’s ministries throughout the Anglican Communion, our country, our province and our diocese.

While our yearly gathering is open to all, those churches current with their pledge are entitled to send up to five voting delegates to Annual Meeting. Anyone belonging to a church that does not have an ECW and who would like to participate in the Annual Meeting as a voting member can pay $10.00 in the name of their church and be entitled to voting delegate status.

The diocesan ECW treasurer, Kathy MacLeod, has mailed statements to current pledging churches. Contact her at treasurer^ecw-nc#org or (919) 787-7012 if you didn’t receive your statement or have questions about it.

Communication with churches will be via electronic format. Requests for printed statements and/or documents will be available for $10.00 per year, beginning Thursday January 31, 2019.