News Update 03-02-2023

New Spirit Update, March 2, 2023

In this issue: Constable Grant awarded to Bishop Kemper School for Ministry and the Diocese of Western Kansas, The Final article in the Be SMART series, three Black History Month videos, our monthly Transitions update, and a lot more.

March & April Events for Church Leaders

One-minute read. We have two upcoming events that clergy with cures Bishop’s Wardens and other church leaders can share with their staff and volunteer leaders.

Gun Violence Legislative Advocacy Day

Three-minute read. The Diocese of West Missouri Peace and Justice Committee is teaming up with the Missioner for Gun Violence from the Diocese of Missouri to attend the lawmaker Advocacy Day for common sense gun legislation in Jefferson City. We would like to invite you and anyone in your parish who is interested in gun safety legislation to join us.

Transitions – February 2023

One-minute read. Details of the churches in transition and the clergy transitions through to the end of February 2023.

Black History Month. Michael B. Curry

Five-minute video. Watch the fourth and final video in the 2023 series recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the first African American to hold the position. As Presiding Bishop, Curry has been a prominent voice on social justice issues, and has advocated for marriage equality and immigration reform.

February issue of Lamplight

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

Document Library updates include a revised Intake Officer poster, Anti-racism training, and updates to the Constitution and Canons

One-minute read. The following changes have been made to the Document Library Page. The Intake Officer poster entry has been updated to refer to a new webpage where a revised poster can be viewed and downloaded. Intake Officer links, and links to Anti-racism training requirements have been added to the HR section. The Constitution and Canons entry has been updated.

Black History Month. Harry T. Burleigh

Five-minute video. This is the third in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Henry Thacker (Harry) Burleigh (December 2, 1866 – September 12, 1949) is a renowned American composer, baritone singer and was a life-long Episcopalian. He is known for his arrangements of the spirituals of enslaved African Americans, which he collected and transcribed during his travels throughout the South. his music has had a lasting impact on African American music.

Black History Month. Colin Powell

Seven-minute video. This is the second in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Colin Powell (April 5, 1937 – October 18, 2021), was a lifelong Episcopalian and an esteemed public servant who has had a lasting impact on global affairs.

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