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Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence

A Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 21, 2022, at Grace and Holy Trinity. All are invited to attend in person or online.

West Missouri chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE)

One-minute read. It is time to begin the process of starting a UBE chapter here in our diocese.

The need for a UBE chapter in West Missouri has been discussed by various people off and on, and Bishop Bruce has strongly urged that this become a reality.

Education for Ministry – Where Are We?

One-Minute read. Participants and graduates of an Education for Ministry (EfM) program are sprinkled throughout West Missouri. Help the diocese learn more about your experience by participating in a very short survey.

Juneteenth — A personal reflection

Four-minute read. Stephanie Hasty reflects on Juneteenth, — June 19, the date that Major General Gordon Granger read General Order 3 to the people of Galveston, Texas. It was then, two years after The Emancipation Proclamation was signed, that every enslaved person in the United States was free and knew it.

Leadership Essentials – Human Resources

Where: Online
When: May 5, 7 p.m.
For: Church Administrators, Clergy, Senior Wardens, Bishop Wardens
Legislation, taxes, insurance, and pensions, are a few of the HR balls you may have to juggle. There is no doubting that the scope of things you need to be aware of to manage human resources is many and varied. Elaine Gilligan the diocesan Human Resource Administrator and Finance Assistant is here to help you.

New direct telephone numbers for diocesan staff

Two-minute read. The diocesan staff have switched to a new digital telephone exchange and system. This has allowed us to provide both staff based in the Diocesan Center, and remote staff with direct numbers which will automatically connect to them wherever they are working.

Spring Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Two Saturday Workshops: April 23 & 30, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Online
Who: Diocese-wide
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 as well as other forms of diversity present within the human family.

Leadership Essentials – Church Finance

Where: Online
When: March 24, 7 p.m.
For: Treasurers, Finance Committees, Clergy, staff and volunteers with financial duties

Join us for an informal discussion on church finances, and we’ll share what we’ve learned over the years and chat about how we can help. We’ll look at covenanted portions, the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, discretionary funds, audits, and anything else that you need help with.

Materiales para la Ofrenda del Viernes Santo

One-minute read. Estos recursos ayudan a explicar la misión de la Iglesia Episcopal en el apoyo de los ministerios de las cuatro diócesis de la Provincia de Jerusalén y el Medio Oriente, y la importancia de las contribuciones a la Ofrenda del Viernes Santo hacen posible este trabajo.

International Outreach Grant (IOG) Program, 50:50 donation match

Two-minute read. The Diocese of West Missouri has long maintained a strong conviction to support international outreach, specifically as defined by the Millennium Development Goals established by the Episcopal Church at its general convention in 2000. The intent is to reduce the number of people around our world who live in extreme poverty.

Easter: the Day of Fifty Days

An exploration of the theology and liturgical planning for Easter.

When: Wednesday, March 9, at Noon
Where: Online, Zoom meeting.
For: anyone involved in planning worship and liturgy.

Black History Month, Week Three. The Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris

Five-minute video. This is the third in the 2022 series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday for four weeks from February 10, 2022.

Introducing the Rev. Charles Everson, Vocations Missioner (part-time)

One-minute read. Bishop Bruce announced Friday, February 18, 2022, that Fr. Charles Everson, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, has accepted the appointed position to work alongside the Commission on Ministry and those in the process of ordination. 

Live Broadcast — Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration

90-minute video. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, a service celebrating Absalom Jones was held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. The service included recorded video messages from the Union of Black Episcopalians, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

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