We are so excited to resume our Annual Meeting in person this year! Friends and guests of the Iona Collaborative, Iona Deans, diocesan staff, and facilitators are all warmly invited to join us for two days of learning and conversation at beautiful Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas.

In this season of rapid change for the world and the Church, high quality local formation is emerging as more important than ever. Here at the Iona Collaborative, we believe we do this vital work better when we do it together. Whether you are an experienced Iona dean, a colleague from an affiliated program, or just beginning to consider local formation for your diocese, there is something for you at the Iona Collaborative Annual Meeting. 

We will share resources and tips for program development, practice using exciting new tools for assessment and class planning, and celebrate the missional work bivocationally-led churches are doing all over the country. Please be our guests!

Schedule

Monday, June 13

3pm Registration Opens 

6pm Dinner

7pm Meet Your Colleagues! Introductions and Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 14

7:30am Morning Prayer in All Saints Chapel (optional) 

8am Breakfast

9am-12pm Workshop 1: Re-Imagining Clergy Formation: Introducing the Praxis-Based Assessment Matrix 

12pm-2pm lunch and free time

2pm-3pm: Annual Update

2pm-5pm Networking Conversations

6pm Dinner

7pm Plenary: The Future is Bi-Vocational: A Conversation with the Small Churches, Big Impact Collective

Wednesday, June 15

7:30am Morning Prayer in All Saints Chapel (optional)

8am Breakfast

9am-12pm Workshop 2: Beyond Tests and Essays: Using the Praxis-Based Assessment Matrix to Build Better Assignments

12pm-2pm lunch and checkout

Speakers

Keynote Panel from the Small Churches, Big Impact Collective will include:

The Rev. Stacy Williams-Duncan serves as the part-time Rector of Little Fork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville, VA and she is the founder and CEO of Learning Forte. While Stacy serves in multiple professional ministry capacities, she understands herself to have a single vocation of fulfilling her baptismal ministry as a co-creative priest who integrates teaching and learning, research and practice, and ministry and theological education within and beyond the parish, seminary, and digital contexts. Stacy and her husband, Joel, love to play with their boys (dogs), travel, and watch baseball.

The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles is a wife, mother, peacemaker, and part-time priest-in-charge of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Hurst in the Episcopal Church in North Texas. Allison spent the first six years of her ordained ministry working in churches in the Diocese of Alabama, followed by six years serving as Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Executive Director. Allison joined Forward Movement staff in May 2018 as editor of Grow Christians, an online community that helps parents foster faith at home through action and conversation. Allison is married to the Rev. Dr. Eric Liles, mother of two curious, independent children, and two joyful rescue dogs named River and Dasher.

The Rev. Rebekah Bokros Hatch lives in West Hartford, CT with her spouse and two children. Rebekah has worked in both parishes and schools, and currently works as part-time rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Simsbury, and part-time as the Interim Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. On a mission to harvest wisdom from small church leaders, Rebekah began hosting Small Church Chats with solo, mostly part-time clergy from across the country. These bi-monthly conversations have breathed life into her ministry as a small church leader and provided a space to flesh out the beauty and faithfulness of small church communities. In her spare time, you might find her reading, binging a British crime drama or playing the piano.

The Rev. Leyla King is an Episcopal priest lucky enough to serve as rector of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, for more than a decade. She is passionate about spreading the good news of vibrant and vital small church ministry. Alongside her half-time role at Thankful, Leyla has served as Visiting Instructor of Arabic at the University of the South, Sewanee, and Interim Director of Contextual Education at the School of Theology at Sweanee. A wife, mother to three young kids, and a proud Palestinian-American, Leyla blogs about her heritage, faith and ministry as The Thankful Priest.

Speaker for the workshops:

Halley Ortiz is a lawyer turned middle school teacher turned educational consultant in Austin, Texas. She has extensive classroom experience as a teacher and as an instructional coach. Halley has a passion for supporting her clients to develop robust and rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of adult learners. She is honored to have worked closely with parochial, non-profit, public and private entities to build curriculum and teaching/training practices that are meaningful and engaging for adult learners. Her focus is an objective-driven, learner-focused curriculum built with the needs of the student placed at the forefront. She also crochets. She is the daughter of a (retired) priest and member of St. James Episcopal Church, Austin. She received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas State University.

Annual Meeting Cost

The cost for a two nights stay at Camp Allen is $270 without transportation.

Registration and Getting to Camp Allen

Register for the Iona Collaborative Annual Meeting here: https://ep.campallen.org/EventProConnect/Registrations/Welcome.aspx

Our table will open at Camp Allen at 3pm on Monday June 13th and our final session ends at 12pm on Wednesday June 15th.

We recommend you book your flight to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. You can book rooms and shuttles directly through Camp Allen through the registration link above. If the online shuttle times are not convenient to your flight times, simply choose the shuttle time that is closest to your desired time. Camp Allen will adjust shuttle times to reflect your flight information once they have it. If your flight requires you to stay overnight on Wednesday, June 15th, we suggest you book a room at the La Quinta Inn near the airport and then take the appropriate Camp Allen shuttle to that location on the afternoon of June 15th. More information about this option is on the Camp Allen website.

If you have questions or need additional assistance registering through the website or booking a room at La Quinta for Wednesday, reach out to Katherine Buzzini.

What to Wear

The temperature in June at Camp Allen will be highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. Please plan to wear comfortable clothing that keeps you cool!