Discernment Communities

Discernment Communities

Our new Discernment Communities will be a regular space for diocesan-supported discernment for all members of our Church. While this is the primary space where one may explore a call to ordained ministry, these communities will primarily focus on discernment for the whole church. All participants will be invited to situate their own discernment in the context of how God’s Spirit is calling the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon to new life together. To that end, we want to specifically invite laypersons in our diocese to consider participating and clergy to help identify laypeople who may benefit from participating.  

Those considering participating as discerners should be in regular communication with the priest in charge of their community, and applications need to be endorsed by both the vestry (by a two-thirds vote) and the priest of the sending community. 

We are gathering a team of facilitators now. If you are interested in being trained as a discernment facilitator, please contact Derek Moyer to learn more about the commitments and requirements for that role.

Applications from discerners are due by December 22. Discernment Communities will meet January-July in 2023.

The information on this page is intended to explain the roles and practices of Discernment Communities. Derek Moyer is offering several virtual information sessions in October and November, and registration links for those sessions are below. If you are considering discernment, you are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, or if you have additional questions about the Discernment Communities, email Derek Moyer (derekm@diocese-oregon.org).

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