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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.

Seeking Applications for Canon Missioners

From Bishop Hougland:

At our 143rd Diocesan Convention, the diocese unanimously approved a resolution designed to restructure the diocese into three geographic regions. This restructure intends to help us more fully engage our mission and purpose by driving us to be proactive in pursuing our mission and purpose.

We want all of our congregations to be vibrant, vital and thriving. To help us in the effort, we are seeking to hire one full time and one part time Canons Missioner to work with congregations in our northern and central regions. The Canon Missioner position description can be found here.

To apply, please send a cover letter of introduction, resume and if clergy, the Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) clergy portfolio to The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., IX Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan at

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.

Trinity Institute Offers Healing Racism Training to the Diocese

The Healing Racism Task Force is arranging for live video streaming of the Trinity Institute to be presented in locations around the diocese February 2-3, 2018. The locations will be Grace Church, Traverse City, St. Mark's, Grand Rapids, St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo and St. Mark's, Coldwater. Anyone attending both days of the conference will earn the Healing Racism training requirement.

Trinity Institute is an annual conference that equips clergy and laypersons for imaginative and catalytic leadership. Trinity Institute conferences present emerging and inclusive theological and social perspectives and engage participants in inquiry, dialogue, and reflection.

This year's conference is designed to foster a sense of connection and shared values, and features leading activists, theologians, authors, and experts on how to integrate core values into strategic and effective action, including the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, theologian, and mediator.

Attending both days of the streaming event will qualify as a healing racism credit required by diocesan policy for leadership. Registration forms, information about cost and meals will be available soon. Click here to see the Trinity Institute scheduled presentations.

Currently, St. Mark's, Grand Rapids (click here for map) is the only location in the dicoese with registration open. Click here for their flyer.

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2018 High School Lenten Retreat
High school students, please join us for a weekend filled with fellowship, fun, and food, and a journey through the heart of Celtic Spirituality, looking at how God is all around us, in everything we do and everything (and everyone) we see February 17-18, 2018 at Grace Church, Traverse City (click here for map). 

We will spend time learning about different prayer practices and different ways to worship God.

The retreat starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17 and concludes on the Sunday following Sunday Eucharist, which begins at 10:00 a.m.

Students attending are not required to have an adult mentor with them, but we welcome adult mentors who want to participae. All adults must have gone through the Safeguarding God's Children certification program and agree to be background checked.

Bring a warm jacket and winter shoes for a walk in beautiful wintertime downtown Traverse City.

Register by February 9th. The cost to register is $10; financial assistance is available. Click here to register.

Contact the following persons with questions:
  • Ms Gennie Callard, Bishop's Assistant for for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, (269) 599-5392 or
  • Mr. Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries, St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Churches of Grand Rapids, (616)304-7604 or
  • Fr. Joel Turmo, Rector of St. Timothy's Church, Richland at or (269) 203-5290.


Save the Date: Bishop's Regional Gatherings


The diocesan staff is busy working on planning the Bishop's Regional Gatherings - our annual educational workshops with the bishop and other diocesan leaders in the three region centers of our diocese: Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Traverse City.

Some of the possible topics you may see at the workshops include disaster preparedness, auditing, asset mapping, and racial reconciliation, though the workshop planning has not been finalized.

The Bishop's Regional Gatherings are a great place for new vestry members to come and learn more about the expectations of parish leadership, but they are open to anyone in our diocese who wants to learn more about how to make our congregations safer, more sustainable and welcoming.

The Regional Gatherings will be on the following dates:

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All Regional Gatherings begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by the bishop's presentation at 10:00 a.m. Lunch is provided. The day usually concludes around 3:00 p.m. with closing remarks. We hope to see you there!

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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.

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

Confronting Tribalism

We all need boundaries. We all need limits. Without them there’d be chaos and anarchy. Without them, entropy would get the upper hand, and the edges of both things and ideas would become so blurry, so homogeneous, that (like in one of those science fiction movies) it’d become increasingly difficult to tell “which of these things is not like the other.” That’s why, in both physical systems and in human relationships, some form of energy must periodically be applied to help them maintain their integrity.

ome boundaries are like one-gallon milk containers. Without them, milk would flood the bottoms of refrigerators. Some boundaries are like people’s front doors; you don’t cross the threshold without asking permission. And some are more arbitrary, like city, parish, county, state, and national boundaries.
Some limits are speed limits – though it seems that few follow them. Some limits are the highest level of decibels allowed in most residential areas, though that might be hard to know on the Fourth of July. And some limits are determined by age, like how old one must be to drive or vote or marry.

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