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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.

Restructure Meetings

The Restructuring Task Force, comprised of representatives from the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council and the original Restructuring Task Force, will present its recommendations on staffing, budget and funding, canon changes and more at four different gatherings across the diocese. In a video message to the diocese, Bishop Whayne Hougland explains why the input and support of Episcopalians across the diocese is imporant as we prepare to discuss and implement these upcoming changes.

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Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas, Battle Creek
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Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's, Grand Rapids
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Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas, Portage
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Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Grace Church, Traverse City

The Great Parish Swap

After receiving some helpful feedback from participants of the Great Parish Swap last year, we have made some changes to this event, which encourages parishes to "swap" members of their congregation on a designated Sunday, in order to facilitate partnerships, inspire ideas and experience different styles of worship.

The Great Parish Swap will be held in June, over the entire month, making the flexibility of multiple weekends more convenient for our congregations. Parishes will pick the Sundays they visit and provide hospitality. We have made every attempt to matches parishes to their neighbors in their regions.

Letters were sent to each parish contact on March 16, 2017 with contact information and instructions for how to proceed with planning.

Here is a digital list of parishes and their swap matches.

Questions? Contact Gennie Callard at (269) 381-2710, ext. 13 or

The Eve of Pentecost – Confirmation Liturgy


Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation will be held on June 3, 2017 – The Eve of Pentecost, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Beulah (click here for map). Rehearsal for the service will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be a reception following the service.

Those interested in booking accommodations in the Beulah/Crystal Lake area may email the Rev. Christian Baron at

If someone from your parish desires to be baptized on this day, please e-mail Bishop Hougland's assistant, Molly Ettwein, at or call the diocesan office at (269) 381-2710, ext. 14, so arrangements can be made.

Click here to register.

Reading Camps 2017

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is again excited to announce READING CAMPS 2017! We have two camps this summer and the children involved will have a chance to experience the joy of reading and improved reading skills as well as field trips and fun!

St. James Episcopal Church in Albion is collaborating with the Albion Recreation Department to provide a Summer Dreams Program for children 5-12 from June 19-August 11. The children will enjoy reading about Michigan legends, myths, and Indian culture. They will also swim in the school pool, go to the Schuler Arts Center, and visit the Whitehouse Nature Center. The camp will serve 50-60 children, and Mother Darlene will be assisted by Albion College students in working with the students!

St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Beulah is again having their reading camp at Benzie Valley Elementary School and they are expecting 20-30 children ages 7-11 from July 10-14. The children will be reading books about Michigan wild animals and going on field trips to see as many of the animals as possible. They’ll read about bears and wolves and bats and other creatures great and small!

Once again we would like to request that churches in the diocese help us by purchasing a few of the books we need and sending them to St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Hiway, Beulah, Michigan 49617. The books can be purchased at any book store or on Amazon. The titles we would like are by Sandra Markle: What If You Had Animal Feet? and What If You Had Animal Hair? and Wolverines. It would be such a gift to the children in our diocese if these books could be provided for them!

For more on EDWM Reading Camp, including videos, click here to go to our Reading Camp page.

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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