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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.

Bishop's Workshops
 

Bishop Hougland's annual set of workshops are now scheduled for 2017.

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

Blue Arrow LeftTraverse City: Saturday, April 1, 2017, Grace Church, Traverse City (click here for map).
Click here to register.

Click here to download a flyer to post on your church bulletin board.


Lent Recommendations: Fierce Conversation and the Five Marks of Love
 

Bishop Hougland is recommending the book , Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time, by Susan Scott, recommended to him by Bishop Jeff Lee of the Diocese of Chicago. It is considered, "a guide to tackling your toughest challenges and enriching relationships with everyone important to your success and happiness through principles, tools, and assignments designed to direct you through your first fierce conversations with yourself on to the most challenging and important conversations facing you."

For large and small group formation, we are recommending people in the diocese again turn to the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE). Their 2017 Lent program is called "5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked at Christ's Own," and provides free videos, thought-provoking questions and activities to help you examine and reflect upon the ways in which God's mission expresses itself in and through us. Participants will look for signs of God's presence and activity in our lives. How to sign up: Downloadable materials are free for participants and facilitators, for adult and children's groups. Those who sign up will also receive daily video offerings. Click here to sign up to participate.


When Did I See You Hungry: A Lenten Youth Retreat
 

This overnight event will take place Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, March 5 at 11:30 a.m. at St.Andrew's, Grand Rapids (click here for map).

This year's theme is "When did we see you hungry?" We'll explore the charitable food system and how feeding the hungry is part of our Lenten journey. Youth groups from around the diocese have participated in previous years as we take this opportunity to explore together the season of Lent, through worship, prayer, workshops, Bible study, and discussions. There will be free time as well. All meals are included. The cost per participant will be $10.

Please contact Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries for Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth (St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Episcopal Churches, Grand Rapids) with any questions you may have: jeffatgrey@gmail.com or (616)304-7604. Online registration and payment options are available by clicking here.


The Great Vigil of Easter – Confirmation Liturgy

 

Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, MI (click here for map). Rehearsal begins at 4:30.

A reception will follow. If you have questions about the service, they may be directed to parish administrator at standrew7887@sbcglobal.net.

Click here to register.

Additional 2017 Confirmation Dates
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.


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 kellanday@gmail.com.

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