Bishop’s Day at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, hosted the northern Bishop’s Day event on March 9 this year.

Gary Allman Two-minute read.   Resources
Josh Trader leading a discussion on creating a safe church. Bishop’s Day at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Image credit: Gary Allman
Canon Steve Opens The Day – Bishop’s Day at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Image credit: Gary Allman

Gary Allman is Communications Director with The Diocese of West Missouri

Fall Confirmations at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Gary Zumwalt Two-minute read.   Resources
Saturday October 20. Area Confirmations at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Image: Gary Zumwalt

On Saturday October 20, 2018, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City hosted diocesan Area Confirmations. Taking part were members of Calvary Episcopal Church, Sedalia; Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City; Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City.

Those Being Confirmed

  • Calvary Episcopal Church, Sedalia: Stephanie Ellen Hull.
  • Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City: Russell Suhr, Norman Todd.
  • St. Mary’s Kansas City: Clarence Franklin, Jr., Chad Hunter.
  • Church of the Redeemer: Travis Whetstine, Julieann Hunter.

Those Being Received

  • St. Mary’s Kansas City: E.L. Darling, Michael Ritzel.
  • Church of the Redeemer: Virginia Blevins, John Blevins, Shelli Pierjok.

Gary Zumwalt is a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs. He volunteers his time and talents to document diocesan events in pictures.

Area Confirmations at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Donna Field Two-minute read.   Resources

On Saturday April 7, 2018, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, hosted diocesan Area Confirmations.

Image: Donna Field

On Saturday April 7, 2018, Grace sand Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City hosted diocesan Area Confirmations. Taking part were members of St. Andrew’s, Kansas City; Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City; St. Mary’s Kansas City, St. Peter & All Saints, Kansas City; and Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs.


 

Those Being Confirmed

  • St. Andrew’s, Kansas City: Malcolm Bagwell Trigg, Harrison Arthur Gloe, Genevieve Pryatt Hyatt, Alexander James Buck, Emma Elisabeth Angilan, Kristen Leigh Jordan-Hyde, Andrew S. Kim, Phillip H. Park,
    Madalyn Vause.
  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City: Nick Smith.
  • St. Mary’s, Kansas City: Raja Reed, John Stanks, Erica Janel, Hayden Heverling, David Higdon, Alisyn Arness.
  • St. Peter & All Saints, Kansas City: Morris F. Dearing (Moe), Jo N. Dearing.
  • Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs: Alexandra Witte, Nicholas Witte.

Those Being Received

  • St. Mary’s, Kansas City: Christopher McQueeny.
  • Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs: Arla Witte, Bob Simpson.

Those Being Reaffirmed

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City: Jeri Hatteberg.

Please note that you can click/tap on any of the above pictures to see a bigger picture. You can also download print quality images from the diocesan Flickr page.

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Area Confirmation – Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City

Gary Zumwalt Five-minute read.   Resources

On Sunday May 21 Episcopal Church of the Redeemer hosted the diocesan Area Confirmations, and two baptisms were performed Image credit: Gary Zumwalt

On Sunday May 21 Episcopal Church of the Redeemer hosted the northern diocesan Area Confirmations. In addition to the confirmations, reaffirmations and receptions, two baptisms were performed.

Those Baptized

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City: Charley Ann Lewis, Ronald Max Posey, Jr.

Those Confirmed

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs: Brady Blankenship, Shea Blankenship, Devin Conn.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Harrisonville: Caitlyn Adams Costner.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City: Ian Ebert, MacKenzi Hedge, Ethan Olsson, Matt Olsson.
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City: Michael Anthony Garcia, Payton Louis Maggart, Parker Thomas Stevens.
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City: Kevin Burns, Liam McKeown, David Patt.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City: Charlotte Baker, Lauren Allen, John Benson, Marin Carnes, Thomas Gogel, Luke Holliday, Ruth Holliday, Fiona Junger, Leo Messer, Caroline Reynolds, Jenney Ryan, Edward Sih, Scott Robertson, Norman Todd, Maren Womble.
St. Peter & All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City: Alexander Joseph Rankin.
Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty: Levi Anderson, Vivian Anderson.

Those Received

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs: Lynn Jandt.
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City: Kathleen Boyle Bond, Brian Patrick Harris, Amy Joan Posey, Patrick Vescovo.
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City: Michael Figueroa, Yvonne Figueroa, Leticia Porter.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City: Nate Burman, Nicole Burman, Lester Cornelius, Christopher Cornelius, Patricia Hardin, Janolin Higgins, Ellen Junger, Donna Long, Elizabeth McHenry, Jared Miller.

Those Reaffirmed

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kansas City: Williams Harold Henry.
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City: Jim Martin, Linda Martin.

Gary Zumwalt is a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs. He volunteers his time and talents to document diocesan events in pictures.

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Special Convention

Gary Allman Five-minute read.   Resources


Channing Horner reports on the work of the Communications Tools Team. Image credit: Gary Allman

On Saturday June 3, 2017, The Diocese of West Missouri held a Special Convention to discuss and approve the remainder of the 2017 Plan for Ministry (budget).

The morning session included reports from Bishop Marty and four teams established by Diocesan Council: Goals, Metrics, Communications Tools and Finance.

The afternoon session saw a completion of the team’s reports, followed by small team breakouts to provide feedback on the previous session. This was followed by discussion and voting on the one resolution and its five pre-filed amendments before convention.

All the slides presented at the convention can be seen by following the links in the Resources section below. Please note that the text is ‘as provided’ and that Resolution #1, Amendment 1-B was further amended from the floor during convention. Further details can be found in the draft minutes of the special convention which are also available from the links below.

Gary Allman is Communications Director with The Diocese of West Missouri.

Saint John’s Bible Presented to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

An anonymous donor has made a gift of the entire seven volume heritage edition of the Saint John’s Bible to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The Very Rev. Peter DeVeau 10 minute read.   Resources

St. John’s Bible at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Even as unfounded fear accompanied anticipation of the year 2000 (recall the hype around Y2K), the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota commissioned a work of sacred art in 1998 to mark the dawn of the new millennium. Their desire to create an enduring work of beauty was realized when a team of artists and calligraphers under the direction of Donald Jackson, principal scribe to Elizabeth II of England, copied and illuminated the Saint John’s Bible. It was a lifelong goal for Jackson to complete a fully illuminated manuscript of the Holy Scriptures. This intersection of monastic community foresight and the imagination of a dedicated artist resulted in an exquisite work that will be admired long after our lifetimes.

An anonymous donor has made a gift of the entire seven volume heritage edition of the Saint John’s Bible to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. This exact replica copy of the original 1,127 vellum pages of the Saint John’s Bible is the first illuminated manuscript of the entire Bible and Apocrypha created since before the Reformation. In a spirit of ecumenism it uses the New Revised Standard Version translation of the Bible. Unlike our usual Bibles in which the Apocrypha is bound separately, the “inter-testamental” books of the Apocrypha are interspersed within the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) according to Roman Catholic usage.

Since November 2015 the Cathedral participated in A Year with the Saint John’s Bible, when it was entrusted with the care of two strikingly beautiful exact replica volumes: (1) the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles and (2) The Pentateuch, or Torah, comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Funding for this exhibition was made possible through a gift in memory of former Senior Warden, Charles N. “Pete” Seidlitz, Jr. A gift from the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation provided resources for creating a secure and attractive space for display of the Bibles in the former cloakroom outside the Common Room and opposite the Cathedral Bookstore.

This is a work for our times. In commissioning the creation of the Saint John’s Bible the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota specified that its illuminations would reflect the contemporary world. Sprinkled throughout the illuminations contained in the Bible are direct references to the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A satellite image of the Ganges Delta is used in a panel illuminating day three of the first Creation Story in Genesis. The double helix of DNA is incorporated in the brightly illuminated genealogy of Jesus that opens the gospel of Matthew. An image of the Twin Towers rendered in gold leaf adds depth to the illuminated page interpreting the breadth of divine forgiveness contained in Luke’s parable of the Prodigal Son. Forms borrowed from other traditions such as Jewish and Koranic art, Middle Eastern and South Asian textiles, and prayer mandalas adorn its pages. This is a work that acknowledges the plurality of our times.

Luke Anthology, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart and Sally Mae Joseph, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Milkweed and Butterfly, Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
In keeping with long-standing illuminated manuscript tradition, the flora and fauna depicted throughout the Saint John’s Bible are native to Collegeville and the northern Great Plains of North America. For example, the page containing the longer ending of Mark’s gospel depicts a stalk of common milkweed displaying the full life cycle of the endangered Monarch Butterfly.

The Saint John’s Bible is a significant addition to the art of the Cathedral and helps fulfill the Cathedral’s mission as a resource center for the Diocese of West Missouri and the Kansas City community. A group is being convened to develop policies and guidelines for sharing the Bible with other churches and institutions. After the other five volumes are delivered to the Cathedral in February (Historical Books, Wisdom Books, Psalms, Prophets, Letters and Revelation) a celebration is planned featuring speakers from St. John’s University, Collegeville to lecture on this masterwork and its creation.

The monks intended that the Bible be shared, used liturgically, and handled. It is designed to allow for both a visual and tactile experience. Viewers can leaf carefully through the pages, provided one has thoroughly washed hands with soap and water to remove oil and grime. As much as possible since November 2015 an open page of the Bible related to the day’s lectionary readings has been displayed at the front of the Cathedral nave during services. The Bibles are used in adult formation. Their images serve well for contemplation in visio divina, an amplification of the Benedictine practice of lectio divina, the intentional and prayerful listening to Scripture. In the Easter season one of the books was loaned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for use during the Great Vigil of Easter and at Pentecost. An area high school borrowed them for a program in the school’s library.

Genealogy of Jesus, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.
All rights reserved.

The beginning of A Year with the Saint John’s Bible at the Cathedral in 2015 was accompanied by great fanfare and ceremony. It was Kirkin o’ the Tartans Sunday when a large number of Scottish Presbyterians were in attendance. It was also the penultimate Sunday of the Church Year when the Collect of the Day used is:

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Following the praying of the Collect that day, the Gospels and Pentateuch were carried in procession by two men in kilts, accompanied by bagpipers, drummers, and a flock of children. One of the book bearers’ parents had made a significant donation to the St. John’s monks to help pay for the creation of the Bible. This was our Christian take on the Jewish observance of Simchat Torah, the day that marks the end and beginning of the annual cycle of Torah reading when the sacred scrolls are carried during the synagogue liturgy. It was also a visual reminder that a Bible in the English language was placed in “every church and chapel of the realm” as a first act of the Sixteenth Century Reformation in England.

Creation, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We at the Cathedral are looking forward to sharing the hand-written and colorfully illuminated pages of the Saint John’s Bible, lively resplendent in gold leaf, with our sister congregations in the diocese. This is a lasting resource that presents a living Word to inform and shape our faith especially as we navigate these changing and unsettled times.

The Very Rev. Peter DeVeau, has served as Dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral since 2012.

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Evangelism Workshop – Kansas City

Photographs: Gary Zumwalt Five-minute read.   Resources

On Saturday, February 18, around 140 people attended the diocesan Evangelism Workshop held at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.

The Workshop was led by Carrie Boren Headington, the Presiding Bishop’s Consulting Evangelist for Revivals.

Evangelism workshop led by Carrie Boren Headington, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. February 18, 2017
Image credit: Gary Zumwalt

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