Missional Voices National Gathering 2019
The 2019 Missional Voices National Gathering brings together church leaders, seminarians, church planters, entrepreneurs, artists, and everyday innovators to discuss innovative ministries and missional communities both within and outside of the traditional church context.
Episcopal seminarians receive discounted registration. Please contact us for more information.
Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal - 2919 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
Nicole BarnesExecutive Director, Jericho Road Housing Initiative
Nicole Barnes has served as the Executive Director of Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative since March 2012. As Executive Director she leads operations and the organization’s major program areas. Ms. Barnes has over twenty-two years of experience as a leader in development, specifically, working to address the needs of public and affordable urban housing. Before joining Jericho Road, Ms. Barnes served as Local Area Director of the Builders of Hope (BOH) New Orleans office where she oversaw organizational operations. Prior to BOH, she served at the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) for seventeen years. During her tenure HANO, she held various leadership roles, including: Vice President of Homeownership Programs, Executive Director of the HANO Resident Loan Corporation, Director for Resident Economic Development Initiatives and HOPE VI Community Supportive Services Program (CSS) Director.
Ms. Barnes serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Governors for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA). She is graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, and holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Southern University of Baton Rouge. Ms. Barnes’ passion for this work comes from her deep love and commitment to the disadvantaged and underrepresented community in New Orleans.
Maria BautistaMissioner, Texas Southern University
Maria Bautista Vargas is the Missioner Associate for Houston Canterbury, where her focus is developing an Episcopal presence at Texas Southern University and San Jacinto Central. Prior to working with Houston Canterbury, Maria was working as a Community Organizer with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO), as well as the Youth Group Coordinator for Epiphany Episcopal Church. Maria was also a teacher assistant at Bethany Methodist Weekday School and a Camp Counselor for City Camp in Philadelphia.
The Rev. Canon Debra Andrew Maconaughey
The Reverend Canon Maconaughey works in the community with children, nonprofits including Independence Cay, and KAIR, and her support of Trinity Cathedral as it undertook a seven-year restoration following damage sustained during Hurricane Wilma.
Reverend Canon Maconaughey chairs the boards of Independence Cay and KAIR and her work with children includes The Hammock House, a recent addition to the St. Columba Campus. The Hammock House offers a variety of activities for children and youth including free after-school programs and summer camps. The Hammock House benefits from the Florida Keys Celtic Festival, founded by St. Columba. The Festival brings the best of Celtic culture, entertainment, food and drink to the Florida Keys and proceeds benefit The Hammock House.
The Rev. Samira Izadi Page
The Rev. Samira Izadi Page is the founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace.
Gateway of Grace is a ministry that mobilizes Episcopal and other churches to bridge sociocultural gaps, and remove the fears, anxieties and spiritual apathy that stand in the way of Christians connecting with refugees. Gateway partners with more than 50 congregations to adopt refugee families upon arrival, and provides job readiness, language and other trainings.
On Wednesday nights, Gateway of Grace hosts Grace Community, providing a space for fellowship, prayer, worship, a meal and Bible study for Christian refugees who fled persecution in their home countries, and Muslim refugees who are interested in learning about Christianity. The community includes refugees from 16 countries — including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Syria — and six religious backgrounds.
The Rev. Peggy Scott
The Rev. Peggy Scott, Diocesan Program Coordinator for Prison Ministry, helps coordinates and runs theChurch of the Transfiguration, a community of Episcopalians connected in ministry at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (otherwise known as “Angola”). The ministry is sustained by both lay and ordained volunteers, who visit the prison to conduct worship services, teach classes, and most importantly, to make manifest the love of Christ by reaching out to build relationships and show concern for “the least of these” (Matt 25:40).
Cameron VivancoCo-Founder of Education = Hope
Cameron Graham Vivanco is the Co-Founder of Education=Hope, a micro-scholarship program which exists to provide for the education of those in desperate and difficult places (www.educationequalshope.org). Originally from NC, she has been in full time lay ministry for 23 years focusing on the voids that come with poverty, especially in the areas of education and leadership development. E=H started in Quito, Ecuador, where Cameron and her husband and three children serve as SAMS missionaries and has grown from helping one 15 year old girl finish third grade to serve over 2000 students in five countries (Ecuador, Costa Rica, Haiti, Rwanda and Kenya). She also runs Hope on the Ground, a short-term teams program which supports the E=H students and their families. She started ministry in 1995 as the youth coordinator at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, in Spartanburg, SC and has been full time on the mission field for 18 years. She is a graduate of The University of the South, Sewanee, TN and holds a certificate in youth ministry from the Institute for Professional Youth Ministry. Cameron's passion for her work comes from a desire to live out her faith so that students know that Jesus makes life better and makes us better at life.
MV19 schedule: full details coming soon!
Thursday, June 13
What gifts do our communities offer? What assets exist in our neighborhoods? Where is God already working among us? When individuals and parishes go through disasters, they learn to view their communities in new ways. Leaders from Episcopal Relief & Development will guide us through some practices to help us do that same
Friday, June 14
Six innovative voices will share their stories, and then we will reflect together on where we see God at work in those stories. We'll hear from people leading parishes, refugee resettlement agencies, campus ministries, a worshipping community inside a prison, and more.
Saturday, June 15
This is where we get to practice what we've learned. On Saturday, leaders from around the church will guide us through hands-on learning sessions where we get to learn tools and strategies to help us in our communities
What You Can Expect
- To hear short, narrative talks from great thinkers in The Episcopal Church.
- To understand why The Episcopal Church should be open to new ministry ideas.
- To explore various communities already in place.
- To discuss why church planters and other leaders feel called to this work.
- To engage in a gathering rooted in worship, praise, and the Eucharist.
- To engage with dynamic voices responding to the Spirit's movement within the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.
- To network with other leaders from across the Church.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does registration include housing?
No, housing is separate.
Additional hotel information will be available soon.
Will there be food?
Registration includes lunch on Friday. Information on additional meals will be available soon.
What about parking?
Information on parking will be available shortly before the Gathering.
Are refunds available?
If you are unable to attend, contact us and we can work out a refund or transfer your registration to someone else.
Full refunds are available up to one month before the gathering (May 13)
A cancellation fee of 50% of registration costs will be applied for cancellations received between 29 to 10 days before the gathering (June 3).
No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 10 days before the gathering.