Mountain Grace Conference

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New Seasons In Appalachia

“Rooted together through Communications”

September 12-13, 2014

Morehead Conference Center
Morehead, KY 

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Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Workshop Descriptions

About Our Presenters

Hotel Information

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(Conference cost: $80 full conference, Friday only $35; Saturday only $50)

Conference Agenda

Friday, September 12

5:00 -6:00PM     Welcome Reception/Registration

 6:00 –7:00 PM                 Dinner

 7:00 PM             Keynote Address –  The Rev. Cricket Park

Church Demographics; The Generational Differences

 Saturday, September 13

8:30 – 9:00 AM         Registration (Continental Breakfast items)

9:00 -10:00 AM       Welcome/Keynote Address -Ms. Mary Brennan

Shout, Whisper, or Text: Proclaiming the Good News in the Age of Information Overload

10:15- 11:30 AM        Breakout Workshops:

“Social Media and Websites”

“EfM- The New Online Adventure”

“Civil and Holy Conversations”

“Understanding the Generational Differences”

11:45 AM -1:00 PM           Lunch

1:15- 2:30 PM         Breakout Workshops:

“Social Media and Websites”

“Creating Videos that Work”

“Civil and Holy Conversations”

“Understanding the Generational Differences”

 3:00 PM                 Closing Eucharist

The Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn – Celebrant  (Bishop, Diocese of Lexington)

The Rev. Stephen Cuff- Preacher  (Rector , All Saint’s , Portsmouth, OH)


 Topics – Workshops-Speakers


Understanding Church Demographics: the Generational Differences –  The Rev. Cricket Park


The Rev. Cricket Park

The Rev. Cricket Park serves as associate rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio. Despite the fact that many studies indicate that the percentage of persons attending church is shrinking, and the group called the “Nones”  ( no affiliation with an organized religion) is growing, there are many churches which are experiencing folks labeled as “GenXers” ( 40-55) and “Millenials”   (25-40) attending either traditional parishes, emergent churches, or intentional communities. Along with the “Boomers”(55-75), who are also involved in this variety of expressions of church, the generations bring a wide spectrum of world view. They differ in their approaches to how to live and manage communal life.  Cricket has recently been studying these differences and will share some of her insights with us.



“Shout, Whisper, or Text: Proclaiming the Good News in the Age of Information Overload”–  Ms. Mary Brennan

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Mary Brennan

Mary Brennan serves as Mission Communication Officer for the offices of The Episcopal Church in New York City. A native Atlantan, Mary spent 22 years as producer/writer with Turner Broadcasting before her call to work at the Church Center in 2006. Currently, she works with staff officers, dioceses, congregations, and networks to tell the stories of mission and ministry through video, social media, and print.  The keynote will focus on using tried-and-true storytelling methods to cut through today’s communication chaos and ensure the Gospel message is heard.




Social Media and Websites- Presenters- Vikki Meyers and The Rev. Laurie Brock

Vikki and Laurie will be giving an overview and information on the essentials of having an effective internet presence for parishes and other church groups.  The will take a look at social media, websites and blogs as a way to conduct outreach and get the message out about the ministries we are all involved with.

EfM- The New Online Adventure- Presenter- Karen M. Meridith

Karen will share information about the Education for Ministry program, which began nearly 40 years ago with the “vision of enrolling a few hundred students” and now reaches thousands across the globe and across online media. Meridith will offer an overview of the four-year, 34-week/year program, now also on-line. Although most students participate in the traditional program, a growing number of individuals have found the online alternative better fits their needs.

Civl and Holy Conversations- Presenters— Kay Collier McLaughlin and The Rev. Marshall A. Jolly

Kay and Marshal will give us and introduction to ‘Holy Conversations’. ‘Holy Conversations’ is the name given to a process which models civil dialogue around any content.  The process was designed to teach respectful listening and truthful expression of personal experience and opinion which can lead to peaceful and productive interaction among people with differing life experiences and opinions.  The theoretically based process is led by teams of trained facilitators.

Understanding Generational Differences- Presenter– The Rev. Cricket Park

Following on the keynote address, Cricket will engage workshop attendees in conversation about how to cross some of the intergeneration divides when communication between generations is affected by the differences in world view and life management.  Where do we look for the bridges that connect us and come to understand what the differences in world view might be and how they came to be?

Creating Videos that Work!- Presenter- Alex Haralson

Alex will give some quick lessons in knowing how to create and publish videos to use on your Church websites and/or Social Media sites. Video publishing sites such as Youtube and Vimeo have some of the greatest reach for younger audiences. Alex will share the “ins and outs” of not only making videos but how to get them on the internet.


 About our presenters…

laurie brockThe Rev. Laurie Brock serves as Rector of St. Michael the Archangel in Lexington, Kentucky. She is co-author and contributor to several books, most recently Where God Hides Holiness (Church Publishing). Active in social media ministry, she blogs at and is a contributor to the online ministries of Forward Movement, Lent Madness and Fifty Days of Fabulous, as well as various other online resources. She is an avid horse woman and loves Alabama football, Kentucky basketball, and good barbecue.

vikkie meyersVikki Myers is the communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. In her six years with the diocese, she has seen many changes in technology, marketing and social media and the struggles of our churches to keep up and to adapt to changing forms of community and relationship. With a background in information technology (IT) and change management, adapting to changing technology is in her DNA. With experience serving on the board of an agency for counseling and psychotherapy, relationship and communication are central to her professional and personal life. These, along with a love for the Church, form a platform from which grows her love for all forms of spreading the Gospel and God-relationship – digital and otherwise!

karen meredithKaren Meridith has been the Executive Director of Education for Ministry since 2010 and Associate Director of the Beecken Center since January 2014. An EfM graduate and mentor in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, she is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Episcopal Divinity School and currently working toward a Ph.D. in practical theology at Boston University. “I consider myself a practical theologian. I am most interested in faith in action and faith on the ground, so one of the things I love best about my work is being part of the vast web of interdependent relationships that extend Education for Ministry well beyond this mountaintop…”.

kay laughlinKay Collier McLaughlin PhD is Deputy for Leadership Development and Transition Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, She is the author of Becoming the Transformative Church: Beyond Sacred Cows, Fantasies and Fears and Big Lessons from  Little Places and is a Senior Trainer for the Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations.  She holds  a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology with sub-specialties in group dynamics and development, life transitions and bereavement.

marshall jolly

The Rev. Marshall A. Jolly is Priest-in-Charge of Grace Episcopal Church in Florence, Kentucky. He earned a BA in American studies from Transylvania University and a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Anglican Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. His areas of interest include American church history and Christian social engagement. His sermons and other writings have been published in a variety of journals and preaching commentaries.

alex_headshotAlex Haralson is a youth minister and award-winning producer/director with nearly 20 years’ experience in TV, film, and video production.  Before working in youth ministry, Alex worked full-time for the in-house production unit of Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Network, DIY) and has since worked freelance with credits on other cable networks and in independent film productions.  Currently serving as Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of East Tennessee, Alex also produces video projects for the Diocese, as well as other dioceses, and offers training workshops to help others create meaningful and effective videos for ministry.

Hotel Information

The following  is a list of  some hotels in the area (average prices are $80-$110 per night; (Call hotel directly to make your reservations):

Hampton Inn, 500 Hampton Way, Phone: 800.462.7866

Holiday Inn Express, 110 Toms Dr.,

Phone: 800.315.2624

Comfort Inns and Suites, 2650 KY Hwy 801N

Phone: 800.228.5150

Super 8, Phone: (606) 784– 8882

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