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What have you learned about yourself during quarantine?

Six-minute read. Sometime in March, all our plans dissolved into COVID-19. Did you get the opportunity to become the new person you were planning on from your New Year’s resolutions? How about a second go-around?

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.

Just how easy is it to give money to your church?

Four-minute read. Friction. It’s a marketing term used to describe all the little things we do (or don’t do) that make it harder for someone to buy a product, or in the case of our churches and ministries, make a donation. Let’s face it, if it’s too hard, it isn’t going to happen. So what are you going to do about it? Oh, and a minor rant (or two).

How the Episcopal Church works to shape public policy

Two-Minute read. As followers of Jesus, God forms us as we engage in civic responsibilities. The Office of Government Relations (OGR) represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. Find out more about the work of The Office of Government Relations.

The Supreme Court, Sexuality, and Romans 1

Five-minute read. Yesterday, In a 6-to-3 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and sex, also applies to gay workers. The ruling means that gay people can’t be fired simply for being gay. People are going to protest against this ruling, and they’re going to quote Romans 1 in the protest. So, rather than ignore it or pretend it’s not there, let’s just deal with those passages head-on, shall we?

Put on your @#$* mask

Six-minute read. Fr. Steve Wilson (Grace, Carthage) provides a heart-rending and personal insight into the plight of a priest during the current pandemic, and writes an impassioned plea for people to take wearing masks seriously.

The Joy of Worshiping … Online

Seven-minute read. Worship changed with an abruptness we’ve not seen before. On March 15, we were in our church buildings, on March 22, we were worshiping online. Read of Carolyn Thompson’s joy and hopes for future of online worshiping.

Welcoming? Or Not?

Ten-minute read. Part 5 on Deepening Your Relationship with God by Worshiping with Other Faiths. Is your church welcoming?

Fear Not

30-minute recording. A lot of us are scared about what is going on in our world today. Bishop Martin Field, Fr. Steve Rottgers, Mrs. Elaine Atkinson, Dr. Kathleen Jackson, and Fr. Jos Tharakan speak their minds and invite the listeners to enter into meaningful living in the midst of anxieties and fears.

Keeping Watch – Milwaukee Shootings

Two-minute Read. I am a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, group of more than 100 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Following shootings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 26, Bishops United Against Gun Violence released this message …

“Of These Years I Sing,” Premier at Hammons Hall, Springfield

Two-minute read. Composer and Episcopalian Carlyle Sharpe is known for exciting, yet beautiful sacred compositions which have been performed all over North America and Europe. He is also an active member of Christ Church in Springfield, Missouri.

Celebrations of Light

One-minute read. The Spiritual Wellness Team at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City put together this table-top display ‘Celebrations of Light.’

Traveling the Way of Love Episode 7: Learn

14 Minute video. Traveling the Way of Love, Episode 7: Learn, the final installment of the first season of the Way of Love video series.

Bishop Marty’s Sermon at the 2019 Convention Eucharist

23 minute video, and transcription. Bishop Marty’s sermon delivered during the Holy Eucharist celebrating the 130th Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Missouri on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Responding to Hurricane Dorian

Three-minute read. In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, and the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, Episcopal Relief & Development is giving assistance such as food, water, clothing, shelter and other emergency supplies to individuals and families affected by the storm.

The varied work of the Commission on Ministry

Six-minute read. The Commission on Ministry (COM) is a key part of the leadership and ministry of our diocese. Fr. Bill Fasel explains what the Commission on Ministry does.

Formed … and Transformed

One-minute read. We all need the opportunity to be formed and transformed as Christians. The Christian Formation Commision is putting together tools to help us.

Spiritual Complacency

Three-minute read. Mike McDonnell argues that we are in danger of letting our complacency put our Christian heritage and our faith’s future at risk.

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