TLC: Talk, Listen Connect: Next Session – November 11, 2021

We Shall Be Changed: Conversations for Leaders in the Post Pandemic Church

IMEC is offering five opportunities for conversation using the book We Shall Be Changed: Questions For the Post Pandemic Church edited by Mark D.W. Edington. Click here for a short excerpt in PDF prepared by Church Publishing.

As Edington points out in his introduction, two viruses changed life in the past year and a half.  The deadly COVID 19 respiratory virus resulted in untold death, fear and isolation. The virus of racism became front page news when George Floyd said “I can’t breathe. “ Edington describes these events as “two simultaneous pandemics linked by the deprivation of breath.” (p. xi)

The TLC group will follow the format designed by Edington to look at five areas of particular concern to the Post Pandemic Church. For each zoom meeting, participants may choose to read a short essay written from differing perspectives and voices that respond to the conversation topic. Or, participants may participate in the TLC group without having read an essay. 

TLC will meet on zoom for one hour on the second Thursday of the month – October through March (omitting December) at 1:00 pm Eastern time.

Click here to send an email request for a zoom link.
Be sure to include your name, email address, current place of service.

October 14:     Distancing and Deepening  

November 11  Liturgy and Longing

December        no meeting

January 13      Hard Choices and Helpful Hands

February 10    Inequality, Marginalization and Renewal

March 10        Leadership—Challenge and Change

Here’s a link to to review the book using the 30 day free trial if you are not already a subscriber:

Persons of Color IMEC IMN Annual Conference Scholarships

IMEC Needs Your Help!

Please copy and send this information to someone for whom a scholarship might be of use or to someone who knows such a person.

The Board of IMEC (Interim Ministries in the Episcopal Church) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for colleagues who are People of Color to attend the Virtual 2021 Interim Ministry Network Virtual Annual Conference. 
The IMN Annual Conference is the best opportunity for networking, continuing education, and building supporting relationships as an ecumenical and interfaith community of intentional interim clergy.  IMEC is the professional association of Episcopal priests and laity who are committed to intentional interim ministry in service of congregations in leadership transition.

 Eligibility:           Be an Episcopal priest who is a Person of Color

  •  Be serving in an interim position or is in their own transition having completed an interim appointment and seeking their next interim appointment.
  • Be an IMN member or willing to join to access the conference. 


  • Completed an IMN training course toward certification as an Intentional Interim within the last two years.
  • Be an IMN member or willing to join to access the conference. 

The scholarship covers the conference fee balance after the candidate commits by paying the $50 registration fee deposit.  This year, conference presentations will be available after the conference to accommodate scheduling.  This is a non-competitive scholarship.  We will fund as many qualified applicants as resources allow and have set aside IMEC resources to do so. 

 How to apply:    Send an e-mail of interest to The Rev, Dr, William Carl Thomas, President IMEC with the following information:
              Parish serving or last parish served
              When and where you attended IMN training 

What happens next:  Once your expedited Virtual 2021 IMN Annual Conference scholarship application has been approved, two things happen, in parallel.  IMEC will send your information to IMN so they know to expect your registration. You will go to the Virtual 2021 IMN Conference registration page and register, submitting with a $50.00 deposit and IMN membership, if needed.  IMN will provide you and IMEC with a confirmation of registration and invoice for the balance. IMEC will send payment to IMN directly.
For more information or questions, please contact Bill Thomas at 252-876-6841.

How to support this project:
Forward this announcement to any colleagues who might qualify or to Transition Officers and bishops who might know someone.
Contribute to the scholarship fund, through the IMEC Donations button on our website.