Diocesan News

Diocesan Website Updates

One-minute read. The diocesan websites are continually updated. This short post provides details of some recent updates that have taken place.

Una Carta Pastoral

Los dos obispos de La Iglesia Episcopal in el este Estado, el Reverendissimo Martin S Field de Missouri Occidental and el Reverendo Deon Jackson (obispo-eligido de Missouri Oriental) han escrito una carta del apoyo, agradecimiento, desafío y oración a todos los Episcopales en Missouri.

Introducing Jamillah Duckett

Two-minute read. We are pleased to introduce Jamillah Duckett, who recently joined the Bishop’s Staff in the half-time position of Events Coordinator.

Weekly Reflection – Fourth Sunday of Easter

15-minute video. Welcome to Bishop Marty’s seventh reflection in this series. This week he talks briefly about returning to church and what that may look like while we maintain physical distancing. In this week’s reading, he talks about the Good Shepherd and God’s love for us no matter what.

Weekly Reflection – Third Sunday of Easter

19-minute video. We’ve changed our recording schedule so that you can view the weekly reflections in a more timely manner. This week, Bishop Marty talks about the planning behind returning to worshiping in our churches and Spiritual Communion.

Weekly Reflection – Second Sunday of Easter

19-minute video. This Sunday’s Gospel, John 20:19-31, allows us to compare and contrast the disciples’ self-isolation behind a locked door in Jerusalem, and our self-isolation from COVID-19. What came next for them was remarkable. What happens next for us might also be remarkable if we can ensure that what we do; comes from God, is for God, and is done with God.

The Rt. Rev. John Clark Buchanan 1933 – 2020

One-minute read. Believing in the Communion of Saints and the Resurrection to Life Everlasting, I ask your prayers for The Rt. Rev. John Clark Buchanan, 6th Bishop of West Missouri, who passed into Larger Life the evening of Wednesday, April 15, at his home in South Carolina.

Bishop Marty Issues New Pastoral Direction to the churches of West Missouri

One-minute read. This Pastoral Direction is published in the interest of public health and supersedes all earlier pastoral directions. All congregations and parishes should abide by this Pastoral Direction for the foreseeable future. It will be lifted as soon as possible.

Weekly Reflection – The Triduum

18-minute video. This week Bishop Marty discusses the Triduum; Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and reflects on how this time of physical distancing makes us yearn for our times of closeness, fellowship and corporate worship.

Weekly Reflection – Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

18-minute video. This week Bishop Marty reflects on Lenten fasting, and our continued fasting with love through physical distancing; the events of Holy Week, the diocesan-wide Easter Vigil and where is God?

Weekly Reflection – Fifth Sunday in Lent

18 minute video. In this week’s Reflection, Bishop Marty offer thanks for all the creative ways in which the leadership of our churches has responded to our need to change, plus news about the Easter Vigil.

Weekly Reflection – Fourth Sunday in Lent

15-minute Video. Welcome to the first in a series of weekly videos in which Bishop Marty reflects on the week’s events and the week to come. In this first video he discusses the unusual situation in which we find ourselves and reflects on the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Additions to the Pastoral Direction on the Diocesan COVID-19 Response

Three-minute read. Updates and clarifications to the March 16 pastoral directions. Bishop Marty’s response to request for further information and guidance following the publication his pastoral directions on March 16. Note: this Direction has been superseded.

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