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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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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.

ECW Outreach Booklet Update

Episcopal Church Women is collecting entries for the updated ECW Outreach Booklet, which hasn't been updated since 2008.

New booklets will be printed this fall and distributed to the attendees and delegates of the 142nd EDWM Convention in Battle Creek, MI November 4-5, 2016. 

The reason the booklet is being updated is because it is important to acknowledge the contributions of parishes to their communities. New ideas can be shared among parishes. Crossing denominational boundaries develops other relationships in communities. No matter how small the effort, seeds can be planted that might grow into wonderful undertakings in communities. 

Does your congregation do any of the following:

  • Give to UTO?
  • Contribute to young members going to camp?
  • Arrange meals for the homebound?
  • Shop for someone who is unable to do so?
  • Participate in Crop Walk?
  • Provide transportation to medical appointments?
  • Participate in Christmas projects for the less fortunate?
  • Support a mission?

The list is endless and we are sure your parish, whether alone or with other churches in your area, offers outreach and much more. Small or large, we would like to hear from you.

Please submit narratives in a maximum of 500 words. The booklets will be available at our diocesan annual meeting in November.

Click here for a sample page from Church of the Good Shepherd, Allegan. This will give you an idea of what kind of information and photos we are seeking.

Click here for the submission form.

Questions? Contact Char Camfield by clicking here now, or Helen Little by clicking here now.

Diocesan Convention – November 4-5, 2016, Battle Creek


The Convention Secretary has issued the Call To Diocesan Convention.

Convention, at McCamly Plaza in Battle Creek, MI (click here for map), will open on Friday, November 4th at 10:00 a.m. with morning prayer. The convention Eucharist will be Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, with confirmation, reception and reaffirmation

The Rev. Eric Law, founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, is the keynote speaker. The mission of the Kaleidoscope Institute is to provide resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities.

Registration information, convention business and other important information can all be found on the convention page.

Examining Our Own Racism Training

Next Training
Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo (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.

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Election Engagement

“If we who are Christians participate in the political process and in the public discourse as we are called to do — the New Testament tells us that we are to participate in the life of the polis, in the life of our society — the principle on which Christians must vote is the principle, Does this look like love of neighbor?"

– Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, March 2016

The 2016 election in the United States remains the top of the news in media outlets, and it is inevitably a topic in personal conversations. To provide education about the election as well as assisting in being prepared, The Episcopal Church has developed an online toolkit with a webpage that outlines how individual Episcopalians and congregations can participate in the electoral process through a number of nonpartisan activities.

A faithful commitment to political participation aligns with our Baptismal Covenant’s promise to “strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.” There are several ways you and your congregation can answer the call to faithfully engage in the electoral process. This page is dedicated to assisting you in navigating some of the important issues in this election season such as addressing poverty, protecting voting rights, and engaging in civil discourse. 

The Episcopal Church policy recognizes voting and political participation as an act of Christian stewardship, calling upon congregations to engage in conversation on public policy issues, to develop voter registration and issue education campaigns, and to advocate to counteract threats to voting rights. Possible non-partisan activities are: engaging young adults who are eligible to vote for the first time; hosting a candidate forum; advocating for voting rights legislation; and hosting Get Out The Vote campaigns. Learn more

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

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