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New Spirit Update, February 2, 2023

In this issue: A pastoral message from the Presiding Bishop, a message from the Presiding Bishop nominating Committee, Meet the Access for All God’s Children Team, and loads more. In fact, there’s so much you’ll need to browse through to make sure you haven’t missed anything. There’s news, feature articles, lots of announcements, events, plus messages for clergy and church administrators.

Meet the Access for All God’s Children Team

Eight-minute read. Seen and unseen. All manner of human disability is present in our communities. For those living with disabilities, barriers are everywhere. This Fall Bishop Bruce convened a group of persons living with disabilities to address the need we all have for making our churches accessible and accommodating. Our work is to assist the church in doing just that.

Lenten book discussion and reflection guide

One-minute read. This reading guide was developed to be used weekly during the five weeks of Lent in-between, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Spring 2023 Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Saturday, April 29, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church,706 Byers Ave, Joplin, MO 64801
Who: Diocese-wide.
The purpose of this workshop is to assist the diocese in eliminating the sin of racism. This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions, which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity and other forms of diversity present within the human family.

January issue of Lamplight

Three-minute read. The January issue of Lamplight, Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster program newsletter is available to read online.

Kurt Knecht and Forrest Pierce in Dialogue

When: Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 7 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. The event will feature an exchange of ideas about Islamic and Christian mysticism with a special focus on daily practices. The dialogue will be both verbal and musical. Forrest and Kurt have each written new music for the event that will be performed by soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson.

Online filing open for 2022 Parochial Report; due by March 1

Two-minute read. Online filing for the 2022 Parochial Report for all Episcopal Church congregations is now available. Reports must be filed by March 1. An email was sent to churches on Monday, December 7. Those who did not receive the email or need help with their login name should contact Emily Davenport for assistance.

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