The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is honored to host the 40th Annual Conference of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations (NNECA).  Scheduled for May 4-7, 2010, at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, the event brings leaders together from local Episcopal clergy associations around the country. 

The event is titled "NNECA 40: Building Bridges."  There is no better city than the "City of Bridges" to host such an event.

Featuring keynote presentations, workshops, daily worship, and social and fellowship activities, the agenda provides an opportunity for members of the Pittsburgh Episcopal Clergy Association to showcase the great progress made here to advance our mission:  "Vibrant Episcopal Communities United in Christ."

On May 5th, the attendees are invited to attend the Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs game at PNC Park. Let's hope the Pirates make us look good.

This year's agenda features an impressive list of speakers including Dr. Diana Butler Bass, The Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly, The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter and The Rev. Dr. Todd Farley. A information and registration flier is available here.  A draft agenda is available here.

The goal of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations is to seek, serve, and proclaim Christ by leading clergy in the Episcopal Church into collegial relationships for education, self-care, advocacy, and spiritual growth.

About NNECA:

NNECA’s specific and primary purposes are to:

a) affirm the importance of the ordained ministry,
b) provide the mutual support that brings strength and growth,
c) enable clergy to use creatively their own power to help themselves, and
d) promote increased professional excellence.

In January 2010, the NNECA Board re-affirmed these purposes. In addition the board made a commitment to FASST as the primary values of NNECA. FASST is an acronym which stands for Fellowship, Advocacy, Support, Spirituality and Technology. The purposes and values are the guidelines within which each member association as well as the Board works. NNECA supports growth in faith, builds clergy collegiality, promotes the dignity of clergy and their families and provides effective advocates for clergy

The NNECA slogan “The Clergy Connection” sums it all up. NNECA strives to connect clergy throughout the Episcopal Church with each other and with resources. NNECA stands with clergy as we struggle to excel in the service of Christ and his people. None of us can make much of a difference if we go it alone. To make a difference, we need to work together.

Fore more information please visit www.nneca.org.

Clergy can register online by clicking here.