Virtual Annual Meeting 2020

Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Zoom Meeting has concluded. Highlights from the meeting below:

Program Booklet HERE

R&R: Rest and Reconciliation

  • Opening prayer ~ Welcome ~ Virtual Logistics
  • Greetings from Karen Patterson, National ECW President
  • Short business meeting
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Break with live harp music
  • Keynote: “The Center for Reconciliation: Confronting the Legacy of Slavery.”
  • Break ~ Music ~Prepare lunch
  • Noon Prayer: The Rev. Liz Habecker
  • Lunch in breakout rooms
  • Spotlight Stories from around the Province: honoring the lives touched by our ministries   
    • Amazing Grace: Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution Ministry: Stephanie Shoemaker
    • Dinner for A Dollar: Community Suppers in Connecticut: Allison Batson
    • ProGente Connections:cross-cultural partnership between Brazilian and American communities in Massachusetts: Lori Mills-Curran
  • Break with opportunity for informal conversation
  • Closing remarks and looking forward to 2020


Delores M. Alleyne immediate past Province 1 ECW President

Dear God, thank you for enabling us to come together for another year for the Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women Province 1. Thank you for everyone that has gathered in our first zoom meeting and gathering for Rest and Reconciliation and have protected them throughout the night and have enabled us to wake up this morning. Lord, thank you for the gift of life. If it were not because of your love for us, we would not be here today. Your unconditional love has enabled us to come to this place when we are healthy and ready to start our meeting.

This year as been a very stressful year we didn’t ask for. We’ve experience hardship we never imagined. Lord, there are so many people to pray for during this time. ECW sister we’ve loss, so many individuals that are sick with the virus and loved one loss to it. So many in need, so many requests. The world is filled with so much hate, injustices against people of color and gender violence. This can seem so overwhelming to us. Lord, Remind us that you can hear all the prayers, you can see all the needs, and you are a provider. Lord, as we face these uncertain times during this pandemic, may you use this time to grow us in our faith and understanding of you and each other.

May we have meaningful discussions that will help us to build each other up and glorify your name. For each mind and heart and each word said today is important to do your work for the betterment of ECW. May your Spirit move in our hearts, opening them to hear what each of us has to offer, drawing us always to consider what you would have us be and do in this time and place.

May we approach each other with respect and kindness. Guide our hearts and our minds in the spirit of fairness, right thought and speech.

Lord, create an environment of cooperation in this place help us to be one in the spirit. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Let us all say Amen.


Karen Patterson, National ECW President brought greetings.

Robert Rivest

Robert Rivest treated us to a Laughter Yoga session. Robert is an internationally admired performer and teacher. In addition to being a renowned comic mime artist, he is also an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, a gifted mindfulness teacher, a certified laughter yoga master trainer and an engaging public speaker. Read more about Robert HERE 

Below are the Presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting

The Keynote was “The Center for Reconciliation: Confronting the Legacy of Slavery.” Speaker: Julia Renaud at the Center For Reconciliation in Providence RI.

Spotlight Stories from around the Province

AMAZING GRACE : The Rev. Stephanie Shoemaker
Amazing Grace was started by a former Episcopal Chaplain at our RI Adult Correctional Institution (ACI). When the position was defunded by the diocese, Joyce Penfield continued to serve in a volunteer capacity, holding weekly services and teaching classes in “Houses of Healing,” and “Boundaries for Healthy Relationships” for the emotional and spiritual growth and maturity of inmates.

Dinner for a Dollar: Allison Batson

Dinner for a Dollar is a weekly communal supper that takes place at Grace and St. Peter’s Church in Hamden, CT, every Friday between 6:00- 7:00 pm, where all are welcome to come and eat. The suggested donation is $1.00 with a maximum of $5 for families. The meals are hot homemade and cooked by volunteers in the kitchen at Grace and St. Peter’s Church.

ProGente Connections: Lori Mills-Curran, Executive Director

ProGente Connections (PGC is the Metrowest mission hub of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. It is a coalition of Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian Church of America churches founded with one purpose: crossing boundaries of race, culture and economics in a region populated one-third by Brazilian immigrants. PGC supports the socially and linguistically isolated Brazilian community with volunteer-staffed English and Orientation to American Culture classes, children’s Portuguese classes, coaching for teacher credentialing, college access coaching and immigrant advocacy work. Much of our programming was underwritten by a 2019 UTO grant. Executive Director Deacon Lori Mills-Curran will share how PGC most recently has become a clearinghouse for pandemic resources as its immigrant population weathers “a perfect storm” of illness, unemployment and fear.

ProGente Connections  Power Point Slides

ProGente Connections PGC by the numbers summer 2020


Music: Susan Page Howland, Harp