Contents — March 2019

Spirit Volume 11, Issue 1.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

Lent, Worship in the Real World, Service in Africa, PSAs and News...

Five-minute read. There's a lot to read in this issue. Lent and rules of life, taking advantage of everyday situations for worship, some Public Service Announcements, working with the Peace Corps in Africa, and we have new clergy to introduce too.
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Keeping Watch

Lent and The Way of Love

Five-minute read. A reflection on Lent and the journey that is 'The Way of Love'.
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Features

Worship Opportunities Are All Around Us

Eight-minute read. Part four on Deepening Your Relationship with God by Worshiping with Other Faiths. Read More 

Unknowing Victims

10-minute read. Are you a victim? It's a crime that can be very hard for people to admit to being the victim of. For some it is because it is an embarrassing admission that they were duped, for others, it is because they don't even know that they are victims. Read More 

Preparing for the Inevitable

Five-minute read. Do you know how to handle your family's financial transactions?
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A Year in Africa - Preparations & Orientation

15-minute read. Continuing to show that ministry can take on many forms. In 2016 Julia Taylor signed up to spend a year with the Peace Corps in Uganda. Read More 

Have I Told You Lately?

Two-minute read. Recently I said goodbye to a longtime friend and co-worker. I’m not sure that we’ll meet again on this earth. Read More 

News

The Ordination of Jeffrey Neal Stevenson

Five-minute read. On December 12, 2018 Jeffrey Stevenson was ordained into the priesthood at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri.
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Meet Mother Terry Deokaran, All Saints' West Plains, Missouri

Five-minute read. On February 26, 2019 Mother Terry Deokaran was installed as rector at All Saints' Episcopal Church, West Plains, Missouri.  Read More 

Bishop's Day at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Two-minute read. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, hosted the northern Bishop's Day event on March 9 this year. Read More 

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Contents — December 2018

Spirit Volume 10, Issue 4.

In This Issue

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Keeping Watch

Bishop Marty's Address to Diocesan Convention

10 minute read. An abridged version of Bishop Marty's presentation to the Diocesan Convention, delivered on November 3, 2018. Read More 

Features

Christian Formation

One-minute read. New Christian Formation resources have been developed and are now available. Read More 

Apollo 8 at 50: In the beginning

five-minute read. On Christmas Eve 1968 the astronauts of Apollo 8 became the first people to orbit the Moon. Read More 

Equipped and Sent

five-minute read. An eight-month tenure at Holden Village, a Lutheran Community in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State has a lasting effect Read More 

We Are Members of One Another

15 minute read. Part three on Deepening Your Relationship with God by Worshiping with Other Faiths. What can we learn from how other faiths worship? Read More 

Three Months (30 Days) In India

15 minute read. Ministry can take on many forms. In 2015 Julia Taylor embarked on what she thought was to be a three month stay in India, working at the NRI General Hospital, Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, India with Project Hope. Read More 

Diocesan Convention

2019 Plan for Ministry

10 minute read. A copy of the slides presented by Tom Kokjer, Diocesan Treasurer to the 2018 Diocesan Convention. Read More 

Building Community in West Missouri

15 Minute video. People from across the diocese tell their stories of how diocesan grants and funds are being used in their ministries and outreach. View Video 

2018 Gathering Presentations

Five-minute read. Brief notes and useful links relating to the three Diocesan Convention Gathering presentations. Read More 

Diocesan Convention in Pictures

Five-minute read. The people and events of the 129th convention of The Diocese of West Missouri. Read More 

Youth

Bishop's Ball and Youth Awards 2018

Five-minute read. Christ Episcopal Church Springfield hosted this year's Bishop's Ball on Saturday November 3. There was good food, awards, and dancing to be enjoyed. Read More 

News

New Deacons

15 minute read. Five transitional deacons were ordained at the opening Eucharist of the 129th Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri. Find out more about them. Read More 

Fall Confirmations at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Two-minute read. Saturday October 20. Area Confirmations at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.  Read More 

Fall Confirmations at St. James, Springfield

Two-minute read. Thursday November 1. Area Confirmations at St. James, Springfield.  Read More 

Christ Church, Warrensburg Celebrates 150 years

Two-minute read. On October 28 Christ Episcopal Church Warrensburg Celebrated their 150th Anniversary. Read More 

Blessing Bags for Local Police

One-minute read. St. Stephen's Monett filled ten Blessing Bags for police to give to the homeless. Read More 

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Contents — September 2018

Spirit Volume 10, Issue 3.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

Of Sorrow, Of Joy

10 minute read. Sorrow in how people, and men specifically treat the people around them, and Joy at the celebrations of church life that we hold throughout the year within the diocese. Read More 

Keeping Watch

Epic Tales and the Diocesan Convention

8 minute read. What is an epic story? What makes an epic story epic? And how does that link to the Diocesan Convention? Read More 

Features

A New Curacy Program to Attract Younger Priests

10 minute read. In the next 3-5 years when one quarter of our seminary prepared priests will retire. The Diocese of West Missouri is actively seeking funding for a new Curacy Program to attract and retain younger clergy. Read More 


Courses for Licensed Evangelism and Christian Formation Roles

5 minute read. The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry has put together courses to prepare potential licensees in Evangelism and Christian Formation. Read More 


Clover House, providing space for healing and hope

5 minute read. Clover House is an oasis, providing healing and rest to young women sorely in need of a safe place to stay. Created by Saint Francis Community Services, the program provides restorative, residential care for female adolescent survivors of sex trafficking.  Read More 


General Convention in Pictures

10 minute read. There's been a lot of words written about the 2018 General Convention in Austin, Texas. Here are the pictures. Read More 


Five Tips for 'Gifts for Life'

5 minute read. Five personalized ways to support Gifts for Life and spread the word about the good work done by Episcopal Relief & Development. Why not create a ‘ripple effect’ of blessings? Read More 


The Sexual Immorality of Pornography

15 minute read. Pornography seems to have gained a certain amount of legitimacy and respectability. It's not unusual to hear someone (albeit jokingly) refer to their 'porn stash' or questionable online browsing history. The reality is that pornography can create ripples of pain and human suffering that spread out into the world. Read More 

Youth

New Regional Youth Ministry Coordinators

5 minute read. Meet our two new Regional Youth Coordinators, Krist Heuett and Meredith Seaton Read More 


Camp WEMO 2018

5 minute read. Here's a rundown on what happened at this year's Camp WEMO. Read More 


WEMO Youth at General Convention

5 minute read. Twenty-two youth and adults traveled to Austin, Texas when the diocesan youth attended this year's General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Read More 


MissionPalooza

5 minute read. WEMO Youth's MissionPalooza this year helped out at Wayside Waifs, Nourish KC, Operation Breakthrough, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Synergy, and Unleashed Pet Rescue. Read More 

News

NERM Day Out

1 minute read. NERM churches visit Warm Springs Ranch Read More 


September's Ordinations

5 minute read. Kim Taube and Warren Swenson were ordained into the priesthood on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Read More 


St. Augustine's Celebration of the Renewal of Ministry

5 minute read. St. Augustine's recently held a Celebration of the Renewal of Ministry. Read More 

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Contents — June 2018

Spirit Volume 10, Issue 2.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

Recharging Spiritual Batteries

Eight-minute read. A reminder not to forget to look after your volunteers (and yourself!) General Convention is almost upon us! That Wedding (and I have a whine.) Why you can expect to see more on Human Trafficking, and when May becomes June.  Read More 

Keeping Watch

A Message of Love

Five-minute read. The Presiding Bishop has handed us a gift in his Royal Wedding address, now it is up to us to make the best use of it. Read More 

Features

General Convention is Coming!

Ten-minute read. How General Convention works, and some idea of what to expect from the 79th Convention of The Episcopal Church. Read More 


General Convention 101

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has produced a handy pictorial guide to General Convention. Follow the links provided to see an online version of the guide, which you can download and print if you wish.  Read More 


Human Trafficking as It Relates to Slavery

Ten-minute read. Most Americans turn a blind eye towards slavery believing it only existed in the past. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Read More 


Saint Francis Community Services Reach Out to Youth in Kansas City

five-minute read. Working in partnership with the school district and with the nursing programs at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Metropolitan Community College, Saint Francis Community Services focus on prevention by identifying potential health problems before they grow more serious. That includes mental health issues. Read More 


Youth Ministry

Five-minute read.A look back at my first year as diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator plus an introduction to this summer's interns.  Read More 


How Can You Not Be Changed?

Ten-minute read. Part Two on Deepening Your Relationship with God by Worshiping with Other Faiths.  Read More 


Interview With Dean Peter DeVeau

Five-minute read. An interview with Dean Peter DeVeau, who recently concluded his ministry at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.  Read More 

News

An Extended Stay Safe House For Human Trafficking Victims

Two-minute read. We are ready to begin the next step in our plan: which is to open an extended-stay safe-house.  Read More 


Area Confirmations at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Two-minute read. Saturday April 7, 2018, Grace and 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.  Read More 


Area Confirmations at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage

Two-minute read. On Saturday April 21, 2018, Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage hosted diocesan Area Confirmations. Taking part were members of Christ Church, Springfield; Grace, Carthage; St. Nicholas, Noel; St. Philips Joplin and All Saints, Nevada. Read More 


Area Confirmations at Calvary Episcopal Church, Sedalia

Two-minute read. On Saturday May, 5 2018, Calvary Episcopal Church, Sedalia hosted diocesan Area Confirmations. Taking part were members of Calvary, Sedalia; Christ Church, Warrensburg; and St. Peter's, Harrisonville. Read More 


Roanridge Trust Award Grants Announced For Innovative Leadership Development Programs

Five-minute read. The Roanridge Trust was established by the Cochel family, who originally gave a working farm in Missouri called Roanridge to The Episcopal Church.  Read More 

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Contents — February 2018

Spirit Volume 10, Issue 1.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

Lenten Memories & Looking Forward to Bishop's Days

Five-minute read. Lenten memories and modern Lenten practices, plus Bishop's Days are on March 3 and 17. If you are a church leader, you should plan to be there.  Read More 

Keeping Watch

Death in Life and Life in Death

Ten-minute read. Death in life and life in death are fundamental to our faith. Read More 

Features

How Many Episcopalians Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Eight-minute read. How energy efficiency saved $1,200 at St. Anne’s last year.  Read More 


We are the Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Five-minute read. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a 133-year-old ministry to men in Episcopal and Anglican churches. Currently, the Brotherhood has over 4,000 members in more than 500 chapters. Read More 


What Are You Doing This Year?

One-minute read. Join us for this year's Book Study Challenge. Read More 


Eight Stories Of Recovery In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Harvey

Ten-minute read. On August 25, 2017, the most powerful storm to hit the state of Texas in more than 50 years pummeled the Greater Houston area. Hurricane Harvey. Tens of thousands of residents were devastated with major damage to property and homes. Read More 


The Origins Of The Saint Francis Foundation

Five-minute read. The Kansas priest who brought God’s redemptive grace to troubled boys. Read More 


Loving as Christ Loved the Church: An Apologia for Gay Marriage

Eight-minute read. Fr. David argues that the Good News of Christ Jesus — Good News for all people, gay and straight — makes no distinction between them when it comes to monogamous lifelong committed relationships. Read More 

News

Introducing The Rev. Mark Ohlemeier

Two-minute read. Mark Ohlemeier was ordained into the Sacred Order of Presbyters at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Read More 

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Contents — December 2017

Spirit Volume 9, Issue 3.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

What Happens At Convention Doesn't Have To Stay At Convention

Five-minute read. Why you should read about the diocesan convention and take an active role in the decision-making process.  Read More 

Keeping Watch

Called In. Sent Out.

Eight-minute read. Bishop Marty sets out his vision for the work of the diocese over the next year — Building a Community of Purpose.    Read More 

Features

An Advent Meditation

Five-minute read. What is the meaning of Advent?  Read More 


Convention Digest

Eight-minute read. A digest of events that took place and the official actions of the 2017 diocesan convention.  Read More 


Work Group Reports — Finance Team

One-minute read (unless you follow the links and study the budget!) A report on the work of the Finance Team.  Read More 


Work Group Reports — Goals Team

Five-minute read. A report from the Diocesan Council Goals Team. Read More 


Work Group Reports — Metrics Team

Five-minute read. The Metrics Team spotlights how Episcopal churches are changing and being challenged in West Missouri, and looks at how we can measure performance against our goals.  Read More 


Work Group Reports — Tools Team

Five-minute read. Our goal is to give people the feeling that we are one “parish of the whole” by expanding our interests, experiences, information, and Christian formation to lead us to increased interaction within the diocese. Read More 


Reflections on the Diocesan Convention

Five-minute read. A story of the mixed emotions encountered during the diocesan convention.  Read More 


Book Review: “Do This, Remembering Me”

One-minute read. This is a great book and every clergy person should read, mark and inwardly digest the wisdom that Colette Bachand-Wood has so succinctly shared with her readers.  Read More 

News

St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Independence — 50th Anniversary

One-minute read. It was a grand day. We invited folks from far and wide — really anyone who had ever been touched by the life, history, and ministry of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church ...   Read More 


St. Augustine's 135th Anniversary (1882-2017)

Five-minute read. On October 22, 2016, Edward L. Warner 3rd Rector of Saint Augustine’s Church spoke at the 135th anniversary of the church. The program included liturgical dancers and Choristers from the William Baker Festival Singers. Read More 


Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition Makes Plans to Begin a Safe House

Five-minute read. The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is now ready to pursue the second part of the dream they had at their founding: that of developing a safe house for women who have been trafficked.  Read More 


Area Confirmations at St. John's, Springfield

One-minute read. At an Area Confirmation service held in October members of St. John's and Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield were confirmed. Read More 


Area Confirmations at St. Mary's, Kansas City

One-minute read. At an Area Confirmation service held in November members of St. Mary's, Kansas City; Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs; Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City and Trinity, Independence took part. Read More 


Ordinations at the Diocesan Convention Eucharist

Ten-minute read. On the Evening of December 3, 2017, during the diocesan convention Eucharist service, Fr. Jonathan Callison was received into the Episcopal Church, and Larry Ehren and Kary (Karen) Mann were ordained into the diaconate. Read More 


Diocesan Youth Gathering and the 2017 Bishop's Ball

Five-minute read. What does the birth of Jesus mean to you? What was it like to be a disciple? How can we relate Jesus’ miracles to life today? What was it like to be there when Jesus was nailed to the cross? This year youth and volunteers sought to answer some of these questions at the Diocesan Youth Gathering. Read More 


Bishop's Shield Recipient - Duchess Wall

Five-minute read. Each year a special award is given to volunteers from around our diocese who have contributed significant and sustained leadership for which they were not compensated. Read about this year's recipient ... Read More 


Installation of Fr. Jos Tharakan at St. James', Springfield

Five-minute read. Pictures of Fr. Jos' Installation, and he's written about himself, so that you can read about St. James' new rector. Read More 


Installation of Fr. Jim Lile at All saints', Nevada

One-minute read. Pictures of Fr. Jim's Installation at All Saints' Nevada. Read More 

Promotion

Bishop Spencer Place

Bishop Spencer Place, an exceptional place in the heart of it all.  Read More 

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Contents – October 2017

Spirit Volume 9, Issue 2.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

New Spirit

Five-minute read. Welcome to the first 'online only' version of Spirit. Read all about it!  Read More 

Keeping Watch

Convention 2017

Five-minute read. Diocesan Gathering & Convention 2017 - our third in 366 days!  Read More 

Features

Reframing “Religion” from Belief to Belonging

10 minute read. The Jesus Movement arises from the sacred Gospel story in which we participate.  Read More 


Can Knowing Other Faiths Deepen Our Own?

10 minute read. Understanding friends from other faiths can enrich our own lives as Christians.  Read More 


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

10 minute read. 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.  Read More 


Discerning a Call: Deacons in Today's Church

10 minute read. What are deacons? What do they do? Where do they come from? And are you called to become a deacon?  Read More 

News

Bishop Kemper School Offers Resources and Prepares Deacons for Ministry

One-minute read. Workshop for anyone considering a calling to the deaconate.   Read More 


Food Pantry, Necessity Pantry & Christmas Toy/Winter Hats Ministry

Five-minute read St. Michael's, Independence - ministry now offers toys for children up through age sixteen.  Read More 


Absalom Jones Celebration at St. Augustine's, Kansas City

Two-minute read. Photographs of the Absalom Jones Celebration at St. Augustine's, Kansas City.  Read More 


Evangelism Workshop - Kansas City

Five-minute read. Photographs of the Evangelism Workshop at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.  Read More 


Evangelism Workshop – Springfield

Five-minute read. Photographs of the Evangelism Workshop at St. James' Springfield.  Read More 


Bishop Kemper School for Ministry and Nazarene Theological Seminary Enter into Articulation Agreement

Five-minute read. Bishop Kemper School for Ministry has formally entered an Agreement of Cooperation with Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri.   Read More 


Bishop Spencer Place Joins Saint Luke’s Health System

Two-minute read. Formalizing a 21-year affiliation, Bishop Spencer Place is now officially part of Saint Luke’s Health System.  Read More 

Promotion

Bishop Spencer Place

Bishop Spencer Place, an exceptional place in the heart of it all.  Read More 

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Contents – March 2017

Spirit Volume 9, Issue 1.

In This Issue

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Editor’s Letter

Evangelism Doesn't Have To be Hard

Five-minute read. Recently I've been given some examples and simple tips on how to be an Episcopal Evangelist.  Read More 

Keeping Watch

Awakening the Spirit in West Missouri

Five-minute read. Diocesan Council has been considering how the diocese should move forward, and we are preparing for Awakening the Spirit in West Missouri.   Read More 

Features

"Don’t be afraid to be people of love," Presiding Bishop Tells Pittsburgh Revival

10 minute read. This three-day event kicked off the Episcopal Church's plan to claim new life and change the world.  Read More 


Can Knowing Other Faiths Deepen Our Own?

10 minute read. Understanding friends from other faiths can enrich our own lives as Christians.  Read More 


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

10 minute read. 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.  Read More 


Discerning a Call: Deacons in Today's Church

10 minute read. What are deacons? What do they do? Where do they come from? And are you called to become a deacon?  Read More 

News

Bishop Kemper School Offers Resources and Prepares Deacons for Ministry

One-minute read. Workshop for anyone considering a calling to the deaconate.   Read More 


Food Pantry, Necessity Pantry & Christmas Toy/Winter Hats Ministry

Five-minute read St. Michael's, Independence - ministry now offers toys for children up through age sixteen.  Read More 


Absalom Jones Celebration at St. Augustine's, Kansas City

Two-minute read. Photographs of the Absalom Jones Celebration at St. Augustine's, Kansas City.  Read More 


Evangelism Workshop - Kansas City

Five-minute read. Photographs of the Evangelism Workshop at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.  Read More 


Evangelism Workshop – Springfield

Five-minute read. Photographs of the Evangelism Workshop at St. James' Springfield.  Read More 


Bishop Kemper School for Ministry and Nazarene Theological Seminary Enter into Articulation Agreement

Five-minute read. Bishop Kemper School for Ministry has formally entered an Agreement of Cooperation with Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri.   Read More 


Bishop Spencer Place Joins Saint Luke’s Health System

Two-minute read. Formalizing a 21-year affiliation, Bishop Spencer Place is now officially part of Saint Luke’s Health System.  Read More 

Promotion

Bishop Spencer Place

Bishop Spencer Place, an exceptional place in the heart of it all.  Read More 

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About

Spirit is the official online magazine of The Diocese of West Missouri. Spirit is published four times per year.

Publisher

The Rt. Rev. Martin S. Field

Editor

Gary Allman

Editorial Board members

Gary Allman, Communications Director
Angela Crawford, Communications Assistant
The Rt. Rev. Martin S. Field, Eighth Bishop of The Diocese of West Missouri
The Rev. Canon Dr. Steven Rottgers, Canon to the Ordinary

Submissions

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The deadline for content for the next issue of Spirit is May 20, 2019.

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