2018 Clergy Conference


Ocean Shores, Washington

May 6 - 9

Registration for Clergy Conference 2018 at Shilo Inn, Ocean Shores, is now open.

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See "Important Information" below for making hotel reservations or if there is a need for scholarship assistance.

2018 Clergy Conference Presenters


The Very Rev. Tracey Lind

Through the Looking Glass: The Spiritual and Pastoral Lessons of  Dementia from the Inside Out

The Very Rev. Tracey Lind is a newly retired Episcopal priest and city planner whose ministry has included work for social and environmental justice, interfaith relations, sustainable urban development, arts and culture, and progressive theology.  Most recently, Tracey's  ministry has extended to include the spiritual insights and lessons she has gained from a life complicated by dementia.

On Nov. 8, 2016 (Election Day), Tracey was diagnosed with early stage Frontotemporal Dementia. This diagnosis hasn't stopped her from fully immersing in what life has to offer -- and what she has to give. From October to December last year, she was invited to speak at seven European churches in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. 

For 17 years (2000-2017), Tracey served as Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a thriving and diverse urban congregation, a center for arts and music, and a gathering place for those devoted to Cleveland and its future. Trinity Cathedral is part of Trinity Commons, an award-winning, environmentally sustainable, urban campus developed under Dean Lind's leadership. During her tenure, Dean Lind also led the establishment of Greater Cleveland Congregations and a number of other faith-based and civic initiatives. She also is the author of Interrupted by God: Glimpses from the Edge.

From 1989-2000, Tracey was Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Paterson, New Jersey, where she led the effort to revitalize a large, multicultural urban congregation and establish the St. Paul's Community Development Corporation. Prior to entering seminary, Tracey worked for a decade in nonprofit management, city planning, and community organizing.  She continues that work as a board member of a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Episcopal Church Pension Fund, Judson Retirement Services, and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Tracey is an alumna of the Columbus School for Girls. She holds a bachelor's degree in urban studies from the Honors College at the University of Toledo, a master's of community planning from the University of Cincinnati, and a master's of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Tracey has received numerous recognitions, including:  The Human Rights Campaign Equality Award, The YWCA Woman of Achievement, Cleveland State University Leadership Award, Community Shares Social Justice Award, National Council of Churches Circle of Names Award, Columbus School for Girls Alumnae Award, and Union Theological Seminary's Unitas Distinguished Alumni/ae Award.

Tracey is a renowned preacher who has spoken in a variety of national pulpits, including the Chautauqua Institution. In the summer, she serves The Chapel of St. James the Fisherman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. In 2014, she presented a widely viewed TEDx Talk entitled "How I Met God in a McDonald's."  She is an exhibiting photographer, an enthusiastic folk musician, an avid gardener, and an adventuresome hiker, cyclist, sailor and traveler. Tracey and her spouse Emily Ingalls live in an environmentally sustainable home overlooking Lake Erie in the heart of Cleveland.

To learn more about the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, to read a selection of her writings and view some of her photographs, please visit  www.traceylind.com.


Women of Color Rise Up and Raise the Floor

Women of color in the church have played a particular leadership role in proclaiming that the kin-dom of God is here. This presentation seeks to provide a theological / scriptural framework and a praxis that draws connections between the women who followed God's call in the Hebrew Bible, the women who helped lead the Jesus Movement in the first century, and the women of color of this generation who continue their tradition. Participants will leave with a new understanding of women in the Bible, and practical ways based on community organizing principles to implement these theological frameworks in their daily ministry.

The Rev. Maria Elizabeth Munoz (Liz)

Maria Elizabeth Munoz is a Chicana activist priest who has served churches in Los Angeles and Chicago. Liz is Godly Play teacher and trainer, a bilingual preacher, community organizer and activist who enjoys interweaving all these spiritual disciplines in the formation of saints of all ages. She recently moved to the Bay Area where she is completing her DMin thesis on bilingual preaching, working on planting Godly Play en Español programs in the surrounding areas and looking for ways to become actively involved in holy mischief.


Yesenia Acosta Cruz

Yesenia Acosta Cruz is a multitalented, strong, proud, Puerto Rican woman church leader.  She is a mother, wife, sister, community leader, the de facto deacon of Nuestra Señora de las Americas and holds the professional title of parish administrator because badass miracle worker is not an official job description.




Physician-Aided Dying - a Pastoral Conversation for Clergy

Physician-aided dying presents a special challenge for clergy when patients who are considering it ask for pastoral advice. With the baby boomers coming into their older years, such requests are likely to become more frequent. This presentation will provide an opportunity for clergy to reflect on and prepare for this reality.

James W. Green, PhD

Jim taught anthropology at the UW for nearly 30 years. His interests included comparative religion, specializing in end of life practices in various cultures. This led to the publication of Beyond the Good Death, the Anthropology of Modern Dying in 2008. Now retired, he continues to mentor students. He completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Harborview Hospital and attends Saint Mark's Cathedral.



Phillip J. Haas 

Philip is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Practitioner-in-Residence in the Masters of Health Administration Program at the University of Washington. Until retiring in 2012, he served as Network Market Head for Aetna Life Insurance Company with responsibility for network management and provider relations for Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho.  He previously held positions as Administrator-Payer Relations at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, as Executive Director of Virginia Mason Health Plan, and as President/CEO of First Choice Health Network. He serves on the boards of directors of Pacific Vascular Inc. and the Cathedral Foundation of the Diocese of Olympia. He has served on the governing bodies of Group Health Cooperative, the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans, the Washington Vaccine Association, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, First Choice Health Network, and the Washington State Health Insurance Pool.  He received his B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and is a Life Fellow in  the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He attends Saint Mark's Cathedral.


Music & Worship

Lacey Brown, M.M.

Lacey Brown is a percussionist, singer/songwriter, teacher, and worship leader/ curator from Seattle, WA. She holds a B.A. and a M.M. in Percussion Studies. When she's not playing the drums, you can find her plucking away at her guitar, singing, recording, and songwriting. Lacey is the Music and Worship Director at Church of the Apostles, where she has the joy of designing worship with the community, directing music, composing and arranging. She will lead music and worship at this year's Young Adult Festival at General Convention in Austin, Texas.


Important Information


REGISTER HERE:  https://2018-clergy-conference.eventbrite.com

COST: The cost for the conference is $200. This cost includes up to 3 nights lodging, your meals and the conference. Spouse/partner registration includes the same. Please be sure that you call the hotel to make your room reservations (see below).  Even though you register for the conference, this does not inform the hotel of your reservation.

SCHOLARSHIPS: If there is a need for a scholarship, please contact the Canon to the Ordinary, Marda Steedman Sanborn before registering.

LODGING: To make your room reservations, please contact Shilo Inn Ocean Shores at 360-289-4600, indicate you are attending the conference for the "Clergy Conference of the Diocese of Olympia." The cost of the lodging is included in the $200. The Shilo may request a credit card for incidentals. All rooms are Ocean View. The Shilo Inn is also pet friendly.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Ven. Gen Grewell at 360-280-5593 or ggrewell@ecww.org.