January each year, the New Bishops and Spouses/Partners
Conference is designed for bishops elected in the previous calendar year and
their spouses to gather for five days of community building, reflection and
conference’s primary purpose is to assist
the participants in examining inherent transition issues as they experience a
new location, new expectations, and new responsibilities. Bishops begin
building relationships with other newly-elected bishops in their bishops’ “class.” Spouses/Partners form similar relationships with those
who are in attendance. The Presiding Bishop and spouse join the group for a
portion of this important transitional resource.
The conference provides “time out” for busy couples
and offers insights into the common life experiences shared by all bishops.
Faculty members share their personal experiences and discuss relevant research
Past participants have gained the following from this conference:
- Refined clarity with spouse after a very busy and stressful transition
- Relationships, resources, renewed confidence
- Knowledge about the rhythm of the House of Bishops and other events
- Commitment to renewed spiritual discipline
- Confidence in my role as spouse
- Commitment to renewed relationship with my spouse
- I’m not in this alone. We have a lot of support from the Episcopal Church.