Convention Theme & Guest Speaker


Finding a Place in a Displaced World


Keynote Speaker: Mary Foster Parmer, Director of Invite Welcome Connect

Mary Foster Parmer is director of Invite Welcome Connect at the Beecken Center in the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She is past director of the Gathering of Leaders, a national leadership gathering of young Episcopal clergy. Parmer has served as lay deputy to four General Conventions of the Episcopal Church, and she currently serves on the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches.

Invite Welcome Connect, created by Mary Parmer and developed first in the Diocese of Texas, is now a ministry of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.

Invite Welcome Connect is a  ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church’s hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Invite Welcome Connect has circulated throughout the Episcopal Church and, to date, has been presented in 50 dioceses, at three Episcopal seminaries, and in three universities. Invite Welcome Connect has also been presented among the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and to the Anglican Church in Canada.  





Workshops will take place on Friday, November 1 during registration from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. There is no additional cost and anyone interested is welcome to attend.
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