News Update 04-20-2023

New Spirit Update, April 20, 2023

In this issue: Bishop Bruce’s and the Union of Black Episcopalians statements on the shooting of Ralph Yarl, renewal of vows photographs, and lots more.

Righteous Anger

Three-Minute read. Love is something we do. We educate ourselves. We refuse to demonize those who disagree with us. We try our best to make our words and actions a witness to the world.

Register for Title IV training

The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri is hosting a Title IV training on April 28 and 29, 2023, at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael & St. George in St. Louis.

Introducing Zachary Phillips

Two-minute read. We are pleased to introduce Zachary Phillips, who joined the Diocesan Staff on April 18 in the three-quarter-time position as the Communications Assistant. Zachary will be responsible for assisting with website maintenance, email campaigns, social media, diocesan-wide events, and other events of interest to our members in West Missouri.

West Missouri Union of Black Episcopalians statement on the shooting of Ralph Yarl

One-minute read. The Union of Black Episcopalians chapter in The Diocese of West Missouri is saddened and outraged by the shooting of Ralph Yarl. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones, and stand in solidarity with the community that has been left heartbroken by this senseless act of violence.

Letter from Bishop Bruce on the shooting of Ralph Yarl

Bishop Diane writes, “I was shocked and appalled to hear of the circumstances surrounding the shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl a few days ago. I am heartened to hear that Ralph has been released from the hospital and is recovering from his wounds…”

2023 Renewal of Vows and Blessing of Oils

Two-minute read. On April 4, 2023, the clergy of West Missouri gathered at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral for a Holy Eucharist to commemorate the Tuesday of Holy Week, with a renewal of baptismal and ordination vows, and the blessing of Holy Oils.

All Things … Episcopal: Baptism

Three-minute read. In this episode, we introduce the podcast hosts, explore baptism — what it is and what it means to be baptized, and hear Justin Smith’s Baptism story. Justin is an active young adult at St. Mary’s in Kansas City, Missouri.

March issue of Lamplight

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

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