Report from the Mission Training Conference in the Diocese of East Carolina
November 16, 2013
By Dr. Richard Taft
Posted November 21, 2013
An album of photographs from this event is available online here. Publications from the playground project described below are available here: Brochure | Booklet | Poster (printed poster size: 11.25″ X 17.75″)
Below is the 1998 Lambeth Conference Resolution II.3 establishing Companion Diocesan Relationships:
“The time has come for significant new initiatives in encouraging all dioceses to develop companion relationships across provincial borders as part of the process of developing the cross-cultural nature of communion.”
Thirty-three attendees from eleven parishes throughout the Diocese of East Carolina met on November 16th in Pine Knoll Shores, NC, at Trinity Center, the camp and conference center of the Diocese of East Carolina, to learn and share information about mission team trips to the Dominican Republic. A common theme prominent throughout each speaker’s presentation was that serving on a mission team builds relationships with others, and this is where we can find Christ.
Speakers included: Karen Carroll, an Episcopal missionary who lives in Santo Domingo and serves on the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic to coordinate all in-country logistics for mission teams; Bill Kunkle, Executive Director of the Dominican Development Group, who spoke on how this organization is coordinating the work of companion dioceses and mission teams to support the rapid growth of The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic; Rebecca Gibson and her daughter Rosa of Christ Church in Winchester, Virginia, who spoke about Vacation Bible School mission teams; and Richard Taft of St Paul’s, Greenville, who presented the planning process for medical mission teams. Carol Milam, from the Church of the Servant, Wilmington, presented a new and exciting diocesan-wide $28,000 playground project for the Professor Laura Morrow Episcopal Elementary school in Jimani, a town in the Dominican Republic on the border with Haiti. A construction team is already scheduled to go there in February 2015 to install the playground equipment and basketball court on a site next to the already-existing Episcopal school. And they have already raised over $14,000 towards this goal since August!
Richard Taft and the committee are developing mission teams now for 2014 and 2015. If you are interested, please email Dr. Taft at (firstname.lastname@example.org).