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The Spring Clergy Conference will take place on Feb. 23-24, 2023 at Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center.
Clergy gather twice each year for this conference: once in the spring at the start of Lent on the Thursday following Ash Wednesday, and again in the fall, typically in October.
The Spring 2023 conference will commence with lunch at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 and end with the Eucharist with the Renewal of Vows and the Blessing of the Oils on Friday morning, Feb. 24. Lunch will be available afterwards.
If you have oil stocks for the Bishop to bless, please bring them as this typically takes place at the Eucharist at this Lenten conference.
The cost of the conference for all meals, conference fee and costs and a single room is $157 or $119.50 if sharing a double room. Commuters fee for those not staying overnight is $50 for Thursday and $25 for Friday.
There is scholarship money available. Please contact Bishop Howard directly or email the Rector of the Bishop’s Institute: [email protected]
All active clergy and retired clergy who are currently engaged in congregational ministry are invited.
Registration is open. To register, please click here.
Get to Know the Speaker
The keynote speaker leading the conference is the Rev. Heidi Kinner, Biblical archaeologist and Chaplain of Christ Memorial Chapel, Hobe Sound, Florida.
The Rev. Heidi Kinner was a very popular speaker at the clergy conference in October 2021 on Biblical archaeology. The theme of the Spring 2023 conference, building on the foundation of her previous visit, is ‘The Bible in the Art of the Holy Land’.
“Most of the famous Christian artworks were painted by people who had never visited the Holy Land, so they set their works in their own environments. On one hand, this reminds us that Jesus is with us, wherever we may be. On the other hand, it can distort our understanding of key passages, leading us, for example, to picture Psalm 23 in the green hills of England instead of the dry, chalky, arid region of the Arabah that leads to the Dead Sea. In our talks we will look at the work of artists who visited the Holy Land, placing Biblical events in their actual context, and consider how we can use their artwork to illustrate our preaching and teaching,” The Rev. Heidi Kinner.