I always have such a great time at my church’s annual Conclave. It’s historically been a gathering for the clergy to learn new things, share what’s working in the parishes, and recharge our batteries a bit. Conferences are always good for reminding us what made us excited about a thing to begin with, and Conclave is no exception. In the last several years, however, more and more laity have been attending Conclave, and it’s been a real infusion of energy and new ideas into it.
I’m very proud of the Johannite Church’s commitment to its members. We try really hard to make sure that the work we’re doing as a community benefits people in the real world, and not just online. Both parts are important, but, in my opinion, nothing beats coming together as a religious family and actually talking face to face. I actually miss active ministry quite a bit. Since Saint Martin’s Parish in NYC closed, I haven’t said mass in public outside of Conclave and a few times filling in for Fr. Donald at St. Sarah’s. There’s something very special about participating in the mass, and since the work Bishop Mansfield and Rev. Mr. Stewart have been doing on Temple Theology, the eucharist has taken on an even more profound significance.
Anyway, I’m excited to see where that work goes, but in the meantime, I made a vlog while at Conclave, and I hope it gives you an idea of what it’s like to attend. Maybe you’d like to join us next year in Denver!