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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 -
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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.

Examining Our Own Racism - fulfills requirement

Examining Our Own Racism workshop will be held Saturday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church (click here for map). Lunch provided. The workshop is $20/person.

This training fulfills Episcopal healing racism training requirement required by parish leaders. 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.

Click here to register.

The Order of Naucratius 2016 Big Lake Charity Fishing Tournament

The Reverends Christian and Jodi Baron of Grace Church, Holland wish to invite you to the 2nd annual charity fishing tournament on June 18, 2016 at 5 a.m. beginning at the Holland State Park Fish Cleaning Station (click here for map). There will be a cash prize for biggest fish as well as raffle/door prizes and more.

Last year The Order of Naucratius - West Michigan donated hundreds of pounds of locally harvested fish from God's Creation which Community Action House Community Kitchen was able to turn into meals for hundreds of hungry Hollanders. The Order of Naucratius is an organization of hunters and fishers who share their harvests with those who are hungry.

Register by May 18th to receive a free t-shirt!

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Blue Arrow LeftClick here to register your team (up to three members) for this tournament.
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Contact Austin Baron by clicking here now for more information. The Order of Naucratius- West Michigan, is a network of individuals (religious and otherwise) of The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, operating under the 501(c)3 of Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, MI. The tournament is sponsored by Big Lake Brewing, Herman Miller and Grace Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Youth Camp 2016

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan values the presence of young people in our midst, which is why we offer camp every beautiful western Michigan summer! We invite the youth of our diocese, their friends and family to join us as we enjoy the beauty of God's creation, the fellowship we share in worship and song, and the joy of recreation in games, art, and outdoor activities. There's something for everyone at Episcopal Youth Camp!

Camp Dates and Locations
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Blue Arrow LeftWeekend Camp July 22-24 at Cran-Hill Ranch (near Big Rapids). For all ages. Also known as "Family Camp." Minors must be accompanied by an adult family member.
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More information
Go to the camp website and learn more.
Click here to register, or to learn more about registration.
Click here to download the new staff application.
Click here to download the returning staff application.
Click here to download the camp brochure

EDWM Progressive Youth Mission Trip June 20-24

Congregations of the diocese, clergy and parish leaders are asked to encourage their high school-aged youth to consider the EDWM High School Progressive Mission Trip June 20-24. This local mission trip is a journey of pilgrimage and discovery. The group will travel to various west Michigan communities in the diocese to serve the Episcopal churches of those communities in their ministries. Activities will change based on the needs of the ministry, but examples include painting, yard work and general maintenance. Our accommodations will be in four different churches. The end of the trip will feature a fun day at Michigan's Adventure amusement park in Muskegon. Each day we will have time for fun, for the study of scripture, for service and for group conversations.

Applicants may register here! Deadline for registration is May 15, 2016. To make this mission trip possible, we ask that all participants make a $75 deposit to support participation in the mission trip, but please don't let financial concerns prevent you from registering. Financial assistance is available. Questions? Contact the Rev. Joel Turmo of St. Timothy's Church, Richland by clicking here now or Director of Youth Ministries, St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Churches of Grand Rapids Jeff Brown by clicking here now.

Mission Opportunity in Grand Rapids this summer
  Grace, Holy Cross, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Churches in the Grand Rapids area are collaborating on a mission project with Family Promise Partners in Housing of Grand Rapids. Family Promise - Partners in Housing helps to purchase and restore manufactured homes so they become affordable places where families can be proud to live. The homes are rented to carefully-chosen families with a stable income who are currently homeless. After 12 months the family can buy the title to the home if they have paid their bills and kept up the home inside and out. Funds have been raised to rehab three mobile homes and will collaborate with the EDWM domestic missions team. Volunteers are needed for the various stages of refurbishment for three homes to be purchased. The refurbishment will start in May and continue over the summer. For more information, contact Kellan Day at Grace Church by clicking here now.

Exciting Diocesan Summer Reading Camps in 2016!

EDWM Reading Camps are part of our mission and ministry to children who are struggling readers. The camps are an inviting and comforting setting in which children are assisted in moving from non-readers to readers who enjoy books!

The camps this summer are at St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo, St. James, Albion, and Benzie County, Traverse Deanery. If other parishes in the diocese would like to learn more about hosting a reading camp and joining in this ministry, they are welcome to send a representative to a training session for all teachers of this summer’s camps, to be held at St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on May 14th. Please join us to find out what this week-long camp entails.

We also would invite donations of a specific book for this summer’s camps. Our theme is legends of Michigan, and we’d so appreciate 40 copies of the book The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin (available on Amazon and in book stores). If many people would just buy one book and send it to me by May 1st, we could include this in our camp’s reading activities this summer! (Joanie Smith, Coordinator Reading Camps, 553 Gidley Dr., Unit E, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417). Thank you!

God bless our diocese and God bless our children!

Mission to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
EDWM mission trips to Pine Ridge, South Dakota often involve building bunkbeds and outhouses for the residents. On this trip, the work will be less physical and we encourage older people to feel welcome to participate. The 28,000-38,000 people on the reservation live with 80-90% unemployment, a per capita income of $4,000, a teen suicide rate four times the national average, eight times the national rate of diabetes, and a life expectancy that is the lowest in the nation. All of these things contribute to a great need. Our mission work is done in partnership with Re-Member, an organization that in addition to helping raise awareness of conditions on the reservation, to feed, clothe, shelter and heal those who are marginalized by society, they help us to learn about and to respect indigenous culture and spirituality. Contact the trip director Carol Abbott by clicking here now. To register, click here.

Bishop's Golf Outing • July 9, 2016

The Bishop's Open will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Shamrock Hills Golf Club starting at 2:00 p.m.

It is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start, and teams play 18 holes. It is $65 per person, or $260 per team. Cost includes greens fees, cart and lunch."Holy shots" (a.k.a. Mulligans) are $5/person. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Register your team!
Click here to sponsor a hole for $50.
Want more info, including organizers' contact information? Click here for a flyer.

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

The Freedom of Exodus

Whew! Holy Week is behind us. And winter is behind us too. And as the weather warms, we become freed from the tyranny of Michigan winters. Freed from the boundaries of
our heated homes. Green stalks reaching upwards are freed from the confines of the dark, cold earth. And animals are freed from their dens and burrows, and perhaps their hibernation. Springtime is a kind of freedom from the death of winter.

And I refer to the Freedom of Exodus because it was one of our Easter Vigil readings. In the Book of Common Prayer, it’s one of the required readings when there are only two readings; and in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (which we also use here at Two Churches) it’s one of the four readings which are not omitted when one chooses from among the twelve options.

I refer to it because the Freedom to which the Exodus describes is crucial. It is critical. But it’s not just something that happened to "them" way back "then." It’s something
that’s been happening since then, to their descendants (in fact, to all people).

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    Parishes in Transition

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