CREDO is a national program for clergy in the Episcopal Church. It is an eight day learning and growth experience based on reflection on the vocational, spiritual, health and financial dimensions of one's life as a priest. These conferences are sponsored by the Church Pension Group of the Episcopal Church and many of the expenses are covered by them.
An excerpt from conference literature explains: "The Latin word "credo" can be translated as "I believe", but it also has a much deeper meaning - "I give my heart." Participation in the conference will be holy work of your mind, heart, and spirit, Every aspect of the conference encourages this challenging and exhilarating endeavor."
Invitations to CREDO are sent to priests and bishops and, actually, a few thousand have attended these conferences since they began in the late 1990's. I have received invitations several times over the years. I have heard positive feedback, first-hand, from colleagues who have attended these conferences, including Stewart Pierson, who attended a couple of years ago, so this time I decided to accept.
There is quite a bit of "homework" one is asked to complete before attending, and this investment of time and energy has me already engaged in the reflective process. The conference arrangements clearly have been meticulously planned and the CREDO staff seem incredibly well organized. This conference will take place at Delray Beach, Florida, from May 6 - May 13. On Sunday, May 12, the Rev. Sherry Osborne, who lives in Charlotte, will be our supply priest.