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God's spirit is working among us every day in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, from the quiet orchards of Berrien County to the sandy shores of Petoskey and everywhere in between. Our members are eager to share the Light of Christ. Parishes and ministry groups in EDWM are welcome to submit items for this page. (Read news submission guidelines.) You may call us at (269) 381-2710 or click here to send us an e-mail. Important: To visit our online Calendar page, please click here now.

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Recent Diocesan eNews -
"The EDWM Communicator"

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How to Get On Our Calendar or Submit News to the EDWM Communicator:

Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to see featured on this web page? Is your local parish or organization planning something special in the coming weeks?

If so, please click here now to read our "Guidelines for Submissions to the EDWM Communicator" (PDF). Then e-mail your notice to the Diocesan Communications team at least two weeks in advance - click here now. Or call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

Anna Cushman "Cush" Memorial Fund

Anna "Cush" Cushman, an active member of the diocese, Cursillo and Education for Ministry, died December 28, 2016 from complications of C.O.P.D.

Anna was born December 10, 1937 in Erie, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Danford and Lillian (Cross) Cushman, and became permanently "Cush" in college. A leader and mentor all her life across a wide range of efforts toward greater justice and equality, Cush was deeply involved in the Episcopal Church, especially its peace and justice ministries, and also in the Education for Ministry program. On February 14, 2015, after 34 years together, she was united in marriage to Susan Fisher, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Anthony Fisher, Robert (Amy) Fisher, Paula York, Aszure (Matt) Isbell; 8 grandchildren, Teeya, Tamrah, Keegan, Alyssa, Shawnee, Adam, Olivia, and Evan; three surviving aunts, numerous cousins, and many close friends. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 7 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (click here for map). Interment will be announced at a later date.

As an active member of Education for Ministry (Efm), a memorial fund has been started in Cush's honor for scholariships to EfM. EfM participants study the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, Christian History, and Modern Theology and Ethics, and learn how to think theologically by practicing theological reflection within their small group. To learn more about EfM, email the coordinator Marissa Lee a

Click here to donate to the Anna Cushman Memorial fund.

The Eve of Our Lord's Baptism – Confirmation Liturgy


Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Mediator, Harbert, MI (click here for map).

The service will begin at 11 a.m. with rehearsal for all participants an hour before at 10 a.m. A light luncheon reception will follow. If you have questions about the service, they may be directed to the Church of the Mediator office at 269-469-1441 or email Click here to register.

Additional 2017 Confirmation Dates
April 15, 2017 - The Great Vigil of Easter, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids (click here for map).
June 3, 2017 - The Eve of Pentecost, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Beulah (click here for map).
November 4, 2017 - Convention Eucharist and the Eve of All Saints Sunday, downtown Kalamazoo.

For more information on confirmation, reception and reaffirmation, click here to go to our Confirmation page. There you will find diocesan-approved curriculum for preparation.

Diocesan Congregational Development Institute (D-CDI) Accepting Applications

The Diocesan Congregational Development Institute, DCDI, is a joint program of the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan. It is a leadership training program focused on developing the spiritual community and the organizational life of the congregation. The program is for both clergy and lay leaders who desire to transform their congregations by making them stronger, healthier, more rooted in the Anglican spiritual tradition, more responsive to God’s call for that community, and more effective in reaching out beyond their walls.

The program increases awareness of the character and culture of individual parishes. Utilizing a variety of learning methods and development theories, it is both practical and innovative as participants develop ministry projects with their communities. We invite you and other members of your parish to participate in these eight weekends over two years program.

The weekends for 2017 include the following: March 24-25, May 5-6, September 29-30 and November 17-18. The Institute weekends will be held at the R. A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. just south of Grayling on Higgins Lake (click here for map). The dioceses will cover the cost of meals and lodging for all the weekends, but we ask each participant to pay a $50 registration fee to cover the cost of the materials and text for the program. If the registration fee presents a hardship, (or if you have questions regarding the program) please contact Canon Bill Spaid or Canon Mike Spencer in your diocesan office.

Click here for a video that will tell you more about the program in the words of the participants:

We look forward to having you join us when we gather in March.

Click here to apply.

Examining Our Own Racism Training

Next Training
Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City (click here for map)

This workshop examines how and why racism persists in spite of the legal changes and integration that have happened in the last 50 years. Racism and other forms of discrimination have become less recognizable, embedded both in the structure of our society and in our unconscious biases. During the workshop we examine our own biases and role in the maintenance of a system of advantages and disadvantages based on racial and ethnic identities. Come prepared to engage in a dialogue with your fellow participants! 

The workshop is led by Dr. Ulana Klymyshyn and Dr. Cedric Taylor. Dr. Klymyshyn teaches "Racism and discrimination in America through dialogue" at Central Michigan University. She directed the Office of Diversity Education there from 1986 to 2012; part of her duties included developing and facilitating diversity training mainly for staff and faculty. 

Dr. Cedric Taylor is an assistant professor at Central Michigan University, where he teaches "Racism and Inequality" in the departments of Sociology, anthropology and social work.  Dr. Taylor is also exploring using art and video to teach about social problems.

EDWM requires that all parish and diocesan leaders participate in anti-racism training.

Registration information coming soon.

Bishop's Workshops

Bishop Hougland's annual set of workshops are now scheduled for 2017, with topics to be announced at a later date.

All are welcome. Bishop's workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Bishop's presentation starting at 10:00. The event is free and lunch is provided. We request at all parish leaders, including vestry members (and especially NEW vestry members) attend for the benefit of their role in the congregation.

Blue Arrow LeftGrand Rapids: Saturday, February 11, 2017, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids (click here for map)

Blue Arrow LeftKalamazoo: Saturday, March 4, 2017, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo (click here for map)

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Sign-up information will be available in January.

Manifest Young Adult Publication

EDWM's former Young Adult Missioner in Grand Rapids, Kellan Day, has vacated her position to attend The School of Theology in Sewanee, TN.

Before leaving for seminary, Kellan managed the publication of the young adult magazine, Manifest.

Manifest is printed and ready for distribution. Kellan Day organized and produced this project through a UTO young adult grant. The copies are available to be picked up at EDWM offices, and parishes will also have the option to pick them up at the Diocesan Convention in early November.

If you have any questions for Kellan, please email her at

In the meantime, you can read Manifest online by clicking here.

    ECW Outreach Booklet Now Online




The seed planted today just might become a plant in another garden during the next season!
– Char Camfield, 1938-2016

The ECW Outreach Booklet is now available online. It was the idea of the late Char Camfield, ECW president who died in September 2016, to update the booklet first published in 2008.

The book is a 48-page testimony of the outreach work of 36 participating EDWM parishes in the diocese. Complete with descriptions, anecdotes and full color pictures, the booklet is full of ideas about how to carry out outreach ministries in parishes big and small.

Click here to see the booklet online.

    From our Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer: The Rev. Mike Wernick

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy

Having grown up outside of Christianity (in a Jewish home and "framework"), I perceived what I later learned some therapists call "magical thinking." Televangelists would furrow their brows and shout prayers towards what they feared might be a disinterested God, and magical thinking said that if they prayed long enough, or hard enough, or with the right words, God would answer their prayers. But perhaps more importantly, perhaps what would improve the efficacy of their prayers more than anything, was an underlying orthodoxy––or right belief.

During the Avignon Papacy, for example, when there were three Popes (two in France and one in Rome), magical thinking pressured Catholics to figure out who the legitimate Pope was, because listening to the right one would ensure that you’d get into Heaven, and listening to the wrong one would send you straight to Hell. It was "right belief" that determined whether your teeth would gnash when you had no longer had any need of them. But even still, some denominations propose that not even right belief can ensure membership in the 144,000 elect who will be saved.

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    Parishes in Transition


Register for March 8th healing racism training Spring Clergy Day Outreach Booklet