Discernment Communities

Discernment Communities

Our Discernment Communities are 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 focus on discernment for the whole church. All participants are 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 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 continue to develop our team of facilitators. 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.

The information on this page is intended to explain the roles and practices of Discernment Communities. If you are considering discernment, you are encouraged to connect with your priest and carefully read the information on this page. If you have additional questions about Discernment Communities, email Derek Moyer (derekm@diocese-oregon.org).

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