Invite Welcome Connect Summit 2019

Invite Welcome Connect

Mark your calendars for the fourth Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held once again on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Join us June 12–14 as newcomers and seasoned practitioners from around the world come together to share ideas and learn more about this powerful ministry.

In addition to plenary talks and presentations, there will be workshops introducing first-timers to Invite Welcome Connect, and workshops for more experienced practitioners who want to further explore the theological truths and practicalities of each aspect of this ministry: Invite, Welcome, and Connect. The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, will preach.

Information on plenary speakers, workshops, and workshop leaders will be posted in the New Year.

Location: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

Single residential hall-style room: $395
Double residential hall-style room: $365
Commuter rate (no accommodation): $275
For travel information and nearby accommodations, visit our accommodations page.

Registration will commence at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12; and the summit will conclude at noon on Friday, June 14.

Rooms are located on the campus of the University of the South.

Meals are included with your registration.

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Participants at the 2018 Invite Welcome Connect Summit at the University of the South


This year's honored preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Hughes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Texas in Austin, and for 20 years she made her home in New York City, while pursuing a career in Human Resources as a corporate trainer, mostly in the hotel industry. While in New York she discerned a call to the priesthood and attended Virginia Theological seminary, earning a M.Div. in 2005. After a Lilly Fellowship at St. James’ Church in New York City, she was called to serve as rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Peekskill, New York. Most recently Hughes served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Hughes describes her ministry as one in which she helped others “discover the ways they are called to serve God and God’s people: supporting, encouraging, and empowering them to go and do what God created them to do." Hughes states, “Today’s church is not one that can rest on the past while waiting for people to come and ask about the faith. Instead God is guiding us to be active participants in the world. An important element of my ministry is to nurture and guide our capacity to build relationships with neighbors locally or on the other side of the globe.”

Upon her consecration on Sept. 22, 2018, Hughes became the first woman and African-American to serve as bishop of the Diocese of Newark.


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