News Update 02-16-2023

You are invited to join the Episcopal presence at KCPRIDE 2023

Three-minute read. In the Summer of 2023, the Episcopal Church will once again make herself known as a welcoming and safe place for LGBTQiA folks and those who love them. There are at least three ways you and your church can get involved.

Recording & Photographs – Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration

Three-minute read, 110-minute video. Photographs and video of the 2023 celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. This year’s celebration included guest preacher the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and St. Augustine’s liturgical dancers.

New Spirit Update, February 16, 2023

In this issue: Meet two of our new Transitional Deacons, ERD’s response to the earthquake in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria , Photos of the Absalom Jones celebration, an update on the new diocesan budget process, and so much more.

Be SMART: Recognize the role of guns in suicide

Two-minute read. The fourth step in the Be SMART program is “R” Recognize the Role of Guns in Suicide. Firearm suicide is uniquely lethal — 90 percent of suicide attempts using a gun end in death and half of suicides in the US are gun suicides.

Recording — January 2023 Stewardship Annual Campaign Webinar

53-minute video. Watch this recording of the January 2023 diocesan Stewardship Commission’s Annual Campaign webinar where they shared best practices, reflected on recent stewardship campaigns from around the diocese, and took a first look at planning for 2023’s pledge drives.

Year-Round Stewardship Webinar

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 7 p.m. — Online. Join your diocesan Stewardship Commission for a webinar in which we will share a variety of activities to provide stewardship education and bolster the idea of giving not only money but also the time and talent without which our parishes cannot function.

Black History Month. Pauli Murray

Seven-minute video. This is the first in the 2023 series of videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Pauli Murray (November 20, 1910 – July 1, 1985), She was an architect of the civil-rights struggle — and the women’s movement. Why haven’t we heard of her?

El Comité Permanente Conjunto de Candidaturas abre las candidaturas para cargos, comités y juntas de la Iglesia Episcopal

Two-minute read. El Comité Permanente Conjunto de Nominaciones invita a los miembros de toda la Iglesia Episcopal a postularse para los cargos eclesiásticos que se enumeran a continuación. La fecha límite para presentar candidaturas es el 15 de abril. Las elecciones tendrán lugar en la 81ª Convención General en Louisville, Kentucky, del 23 al 28 de junio de 2024.

Bishop Bruce Tests Positive for COVID-19

After feeling slightly under the weather for a few days, Bishop Bruce tested positive for COVID-19 today, Friday, February 10, 2023. As a result, she is unable to travel to California next week as planned. This trip has been rescheduled to the week of March 19, which will require some “reworking” of her schedule.

2023 – Renewal of Vows and the Blessing of Oils

Join Bishop Diane, the clergy and people of the Episcopal churches of West Missouri on Tuesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. in a Holy Eucharist celebrated to commemorate the Tuesday of Holy Week at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.

West Missouri on the move

Three-minute read. It’s all well and good to discern vision and mission statements. What matters is where we go with them. The diocese’s two primary leadership bodies, the Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee, met February 3 – 4 to take those next steps.

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