Altar Guild Retreat
Due to COVID-19, this event will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new date.
Do you really know the theological role of altar guilds? Does performing your parish’s altar guild duties occasionally feel more like only a job, or that you’re simply performing a task that is often stressful, rather than being a fun and spiritual experience? Have you wondered the reason for some of the things we do, wear or have in the Episcopal Church or, as an altar guild member, wondered why you do it the way you do (but have been afraid to ask)? Could your altar guild function better as a team whose members enjoy working with each other and with its clergy? Have you ever wished to reach out to those on other altar guilds to discuss how they do things, what they have found most helpful in solving a problem, or just to get to know them? Here is your chance to get the answers to these and other questions, and to have a fun and spiritual day with members of other altar guilds in the diocese. The day will end with a Eucharist to which you are invited to bring any linens needing disposal that will be burned during the liturgy.
Our facilitator is the Rev Bill Livingston.
Bill has been an adjunct priest at St. Philip’s since retiring from full-time ministry in 2011. After working in public mental health services for 23 years, he attended seminary in Austin, TX, and was ordained as a priest in 1999 in the Diocese of Mississippi, where he served as parish rector and, following Hurricane Katrina, as Canon Pastor-Missioner providing support to clergy and clergy families and to 12 damaged/destroyed parishes. Since 2009, Bill has served parishes in the Diocese of WNC as full- and part-time interim rector. He is an emotional well-being staff member of CREDO and a consultant and trainer on emotional and spiritual recovery after disasters for Episcopal Relief and Development. He also advises vestries and parishes on visioning, transition, stewardship, conflict resolution, and mutual ministry review.