FORMA 2023 | Called to Covenant
FORMA 2023 | Called to Covenant
January 17-19, 2023
Join us onsite in Alexandria, Virginia and online (see full schedule for online offerings)
Forma Annual Conference
The Annual Conference is an opportunity for Forma to encourage and develop Christian educators, inside and outside the Episcopal tradition, to grow in how they educate and minister. This year, our theme is "Called to Covenant." Our four plenaries will be focusing on how we are called, through Micah 6:8, to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God."
Individual Registration Cost
Click here to register!
Onsite - Early Bird Registration (August 1-September 15) - $350 *There are a limited number of Early Bird tickets available
Onsite - General Registration (September 16-January 1) - $375
Pre-Conference (onsite, three options) (August 1-January 1) - $75
Online - Registration (see full schedule for online offerings) - $150
A block of rooms has been reserved at The Westin in Old Town Alexandria. The nightly rate is $160, which does not include breakfast.
The Westin is .5 miles from the King St-Old Town Metrorail Station and about a 20-minute drive from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Click here to reserve a room at The Westin with the Forma Annual Conference rate.
Click here to register a diocese!
Diocesan Packages start at $2,100, which is 20% off the regular cost of 5 onsite + 5 online registrations and includes:
- Ability to host affinity group/informational gathering (Wednesday or Thursday from 9:00-10:00AM ET)
- Ability to be included in marketing materials in welcome packet
- Name listed on conference webpage
- Sponsorship profile set up in the app - features allow people to contact you for a mtg or additional information
The Diocesan Package includes 5 onsite and 5 online registration codes. Additional registration codes may be added to this package at a 10% discount off the regular price.
Pre-Conference offerings will take place on Tuesday, January 17th from 9:30-3:30PM at Virginia Theological Seminary. Participants have three options to chose from:
- Operationalizing the Baptismal Covenant: From Personal Discipleship to Mutual Ministry (200 tickets available)
- Music That Makes Community Paperless Singing Workshop (30 tickets available)
- Understanding Suicide Risks, Warning Signs, and Strategies for Prevention (50 tickets available)
For descriptions of each option, click here.
The most up-to-date conference schedule, including information about plenary speakers, can be found here.
This year's conference will offer twenty-nine workshops! Read descriptions here.
The Conference Committee will be following COVID-19 rates carefully in the weeks prior to the Forma Conference. Based on COVID rates at the time of the event, participants may be asked to: 1. Show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test upon arriving at the conference. 2. Take a rapid COVID test before traveling to the conference. 3. Wear a mask during the conference except when eating, drinking, or presenting.
Conference & Diocesan Sponsors
Sign up to sponsor the 2023 Forma Annual Conference here!
Sign up for diocesan package here!
Office of Evangelism and the Way of Love from The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Relief & Development
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Inc
Episcopal Parish Network
Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers, Inc
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Office of Global Partnerships, The Episcopal Church
Basic Sponsor Plus
Godly Play Foundation
Music that Makes Community
Sewanee | The University of the South
The Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES)
Episcopal Church Foundation
Faith Formation Department of The Episcopal Church
Church Pension Group
Trinity Wall Street
Virginia Theological Seminary
Diocese of California
Diocese of East Tennessee
Diocese of Indianapolis
Diocese of Long Island
Diocese of Michigan
Diocese of North Carolina
Diocese of Northern Michigan
Diocese of Oklahoma
Diocese of Olympia: The Episcopal Church in Western Washington
Diocese of Southern Virginia
Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Diocese of Texas
Diocese of Washington
Diocese of West Missouri
Diocese of West Tennessee
Episcopal Church in Colorado
The Diocese of East Carolina
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
2023 Forma Annual Conference Schedule
Tuesday, January 17 (onsite at Virginia Theological Seminary)
- 9:00am Forma Pre-Conference (onsite only)
- Note: Pre-Conference Registration will begin at 9:00am in Addison Academic Center at Virginia Theological Seminary (click here for map of VTS). All Pre-Conference offerings will run from 9:30am-3:30PM.
- 4:00pm Conference Welc…
Local Food Recommendations from Josh Brown
Find reviews & photos from the Alexandria food scene from Lifelong Learning's Operations Manager, Josh Brown, on Instagram @mostlyjustf00d!
Breakfast & Coffee
- Table Talk - Feel like a local in this relaxed diner that sometimes gets busy during peak breakfast/brunch times. Recommend the garbage omelette. *Closest to The Westin
- Toastique - Hea…
Register to attend the 2023 Forma Conference online here!
We are excited to partner with Learning Forte to offer a robust experience for online conference participants! Learn more about our partnership in the video below.
- 4:00pm Conference Welcome & Opening Plenary (live & reco…
2023 Forma Conference Speakers & Preachers
Bishop Deon Johnson | Opening Plenary
Deon Kevin Johnson was born and raised in Barbados. He immigrated from Barbados to New York at the age of 14. After receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History and an Associates degree in Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH (2000), he went on to earn a Master o…Read More »
2023 Forma Conference
Travel, Accommodations, & Local Food!
Forma has arranged airline discounts for those attending the onsite conference in Alexandria, Virginia. To receive a discount, contact the following airlines directly via phone or website and book a flight during the following dates. Promo codes apply to arrivals and departures to and from Washington, DC (DCA),…Read More »
2023 Forma Conference Workshops
The workshops for the 2023 Forma Conference are listed below in alphabetical order. This year, two workshops per time slot will be available online. The online workshop options are italicized.
A Space for Grace: Pathways from Brokenness to Beauty
Robert T. Phillips
A Space for Grace: Pathways from Brokenness to Beauty invites you on a journey to re…Read More »
2023 Forma Pre-Conference Options
The 2023 Forma Pre-Conference will take place on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 (click here for map of VTS). Registration begins at 9:00AM and Pre-Conference offerings run from 9:30-3:30PM. Lunch is included in the Pre-Conference registration fee. There are three options to choose from.
Operationalizi…Read More »