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The purpose of the Bishop's Institute is to offer quality education at the local level for the training of priests, deacons and lay leaders and to provide continuing education for both clergy and laity. It plans also to provide educational resources for parishes within the Diocese to be of assistance to them in developing their various ministries and educational offerings within the parish.

In addition, the Institute will offer and promote retreats, speaker events and forums that bring outstanding speakers from the wider Church and from many different backgrounds here to our Diocese. Within the Episcopal Church at large, educational institutes on the diocesan scale tend to follow one of two models. Firstly, there are a few dioceses that have especially good institutes concentrating on ordination preparation or the development of lay leadership. Other dioceses have programs that primarily offer outstanding speaker forums and events. Our goal for the new Bishop's Institute is to endeavor to offer and combine features of both models.  

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A Day with Bishop howard and fr. steph britt

The bible in mayberry

Saturday, april 13
10am - 3pm

$22 per person, includes lunch

The purpose of the program is to explore and discuss the theological themes embedded in the episodes of one of America's all-time favorite television series The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968). Andy Griffith was a committed Christian (who won a Grammy in 1997 for gospel album calledI Love To Tell The Story). He smuggled the Gospel message into the episodes of his popular television series.

Bring your Bible for some fun. We will watch episodes from the television series and Fr Brett and Bishop Howard will offer Bible verses to explore in dialogue with each episode to ferret out the theology embedded in the episode.

This program follows on from similar enjoyable Saturday gatherings in 2017 and 2018 in which Bishop Howard led lay and clergy from across the Diocese in a day together hosted by the Bishop's Institute at our Camp and Conference Center.

Steph Brett is the Rector of San Jose Episcopal Church, Jacksonville. He has offered this workshop or teaching series at Kanuga Conference Center and also for the Diocese of Atlanta. Our Bishop John Howard, like Andy Griffith (1926-2012), is a native son of North Carolina.

*Enjoy a day out with your church. If you register five or more from your church the Bishop's Institute will offer a discount for your members. Contact Sue Engemann if you are interested: sengemann@diocesefl.org



The Bishop's Institute will host two lunches during Lent 2019. We are pleased to have two distinguished authors and church leaders to visit and talk to us and lead discussion with us. If you would like to attend either or both lunches, please register by clicking the links below, or with Sue Engemann in the Diocesan Office at: sengemann@diocesefl.org or 904-356-1328. It is helpful to have numbers attending for ordering lunch. The cost for lunch is $10. 

Tuesday April 2, 2019
The Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, PhD, DD
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana and author of four books including most recently
A Resurrection-Shaped Life,2018

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church,
1100 Stockton Street, Jacksonville, Fl 32204
12 noon- 2 p.m.

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Tuesday April 9, 2019
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cherry
Dean of King's College, Cambridge
author of many books including the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2011:Barefoot Disciple: Walking the Way of Passionate Humilityand the book he will share with us on forgiveness:Healing Agony: Re-Imagining Forgiveness

St John's Episcopal Cathedral,
256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, Fl 32202
12 noon - 2 p.m.

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