News Update 08-06-2020

Diakoneo Magazine August, 2020

Eight-minute read. The latest issue of Diakoneo, the magazine for deacons is available to read online. In this issue: Deacons respond to COVID-19, a brave space for racial healing, who were the deaconesses?

Devastation in Beirut

One-minute read. Like many of you, I am aghast at the news coming out of Beirut, Lebanon. The huge explosion in the city’s port area claimed many lives and injured many, many more.

Going beyond coping, parenting with mindfulness

Two-minute read. Parents, grandparents, caregivers – grab a donut, coffee, and slippers and join us in an online Parenting With Mindfulness Workshop on Saturday, September 12. This workshop, the first of a new series of Wellness Gatherings, will provide practical information to take parenting beyond coping and lead to understanding.

Episcopal Church House of Bishops July 2020: A Word on Protest and Federal Policing

Four-minute read. The House of Bishops met virtually July 28-29, 2020. The following statement was adopted on July 29. While the situation on the ground in Portland has changed, the bishops believe it is important to share their statement about protest and policing.

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Two Diocesan Conventions to be held in 2020

One-minute read. On Wednesday, July 29, the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Council met to discuss this year’s 131st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri. At the meeting, it was agreed to call a short Special Convention of the Diocese on Saturday, October 3, at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. The Special Convention will pave the way for an online Annual Convention on Saturday, November 7.

Witnessing to the God of Life

Five-minute read. Bishops United Against Gun Violence has composed a letter to the Church and our society regarding the alarming spike in gun purchasing and gun-involved violence during the time of the current pandemic.

Diocesan office staff return to working from home

One-minute read. Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 numbers in the Kansas City Metro area, members of the Diocesan Staff once again have the choice of working from their homes or from the Diocesan Center.

You Are In Good Company

Two-minute read. If you find being a follower of Christ in today’s world hard – you are in good company. This is not new, people have been facing challenges like those we face today since the beginning of Christianity.

Check out our Christian formation resources

One-minute read. Need help with Christian Formation? There are lots of published formation related articles to help you. Take a moment to check them out.

Race and Diversity Resources for Adult Christian Formation

One-minute read. As Christians affirm the dignity of every human being; that all are created in the image of God and all are beloved. Here are some resources that can be used to spark conversation and understanding on this complex subject.

MissionPalooza @Home Day 1 All About Pets In Need

Every year at MissionPalooza we take a small group of teens and adults to volunteer at various pet shelters in the Kansas City area. Last year we spent time at both Unleashed Pet Rescue and Midwest Animal Resq. While at these shelters we spend time cleaning cages, engaging with the animals through playing and walks, and one of the biggest projects, helping with the laundry. Pet shelters go through an enormous amount of washing. We also take time to bake dog treats and make blankets. The dog treats are super easy to make, and most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry.

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