Your Council of Advice, meeting in Wiesbaden in February, got started on the next phase of our life together in Europe. With the announced departure of our bishop after 16 years leading the convocation, Council embarked on a strategic plan to chart our course forward. We will miss +Pierre when he leaves in 2019, but he wants us to plan for the future. The strategic planning committee will work to have its report ready for the October Convocation Convention in Wiesbaden, paving the way for the Bishop Nominating Committee to begin.
Council also welcomed Archdeacon Walter Baer, who joined the staff in Paris recently and is working with Bishop Whalon on communications, ministry and pastoral support.
Council members also set the theme for Mission Sunday, which churches and mission congregations celebrate around Pentecost. This year, monies collected will go to the refugee programs of the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund (ERD). It is fitting, given that ERD over the years has given us significant support in our own efforts to help refugees and those in need.
The Council also met with the vestry of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Wiesbaden (pictured here). After the Sunday service in Wiesbaden, two Council members, Yvonne Cockcroft from Munich and Anne Swardson from Paris, met with interested parishioners. We explained how Council has a system to connect directly with members via liaisons. Those names and contacts will be posted on the web page shortly.