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Black History Month. Remembering Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Five-minute Video. This is the fourth and final video in a series remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video has been published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper.

Black History Month. Remembering Thurgood Marshall

Five-minute Video. This is the third in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Thurgood Marshall.

International Outreach Grant Program – IOG

One-minute read. Did you know that each year The Diocese of West Missouri sets aside funds to match financial gifts from parishes to worthy overseas causes? We call this the International Outreach Grant (IOG) program.

Black History Month. Remembering Absalom Jones

Four-minute Video. This is the second in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Absalom Jones.

Black History Month. Remembering Edward Thomas Demby

Five-minute Video. This is the first in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Edward Thomas Demby.

The [Mis]concept[ion] of Race

Two-Minute read. Learning transforms because it informs. February is Black History Month, celebrate in part by reading about the [Mis]concept[ion] of race, and open the way for conversation.

The Church Year

Four-minute read. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, and even if you are not, the changing colors of the robes the clergy wear, the names and reasons for the changing seasons can be quite mysterious. Especially confusing is the way the seasons move around the calendar seemingly at random from year to year. Well, here are some answers!

A Beginner’s Guide to The Book of Common Prayer

Six-minute read. Things I wish I’d been told when I first became an Episcopalian. The Book of Common Prayer can appear quite daunting at first. The good news is that with regular use it becomes very familiar.

Church Pension Group podcast series addresses well-being

Five-minute read. The Church Pension Group (CPG) has recently launched Choose Well, a new podcast series providing insights and suggestions on financial wellness, cultivating healthy behaviors, and leading a balanced life.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Two-minute read. Based on the inspiring true story, The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.

Blue Christmas

Two-Minute read. This year the words Blue Christmas might ring especially true to you as 2020 draws to a close. Perhaps you and yours can find solace in a Blue Christmas service that is reflective as well as healing and hopeful.

COVD-19 – Advent and Christmas worship planning

One-minute read. What has been learned about leading worship and music from six months of COVID-19 disruption? What is at stake theologically and pastorally? And perhaps most importantly, how are we being made new in this wilderness?

Kansas City police use violence against constitutional non-violent civil disobedience

Four-minute read. The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department used unconstitutional violence against non-violent persons protesting the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The non-violent protesters were engaging in acts of civil disobedience that are protected by the First Amendment. Laws that allow persons to be arrested for constitutional acts of civil disobedience that do not damage property, injure, or kill persons must be repealed.

With Malice Toward None

One-Minute read. With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds..to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. Read more about the With Malice Toward None initiative.

Fear

three-Minute read. Sometimes fear seems to hang in the very air we breathe. Whether as an emotional response to danger or an experience of awe, fear is formational.

The Social Justice Ministry of St. Mary’s, Kansas City, demands policing change in Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Four-minute read. The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has failed to control violent crime in Kansas City, and it has has unconscionably discriminated against Black American citizens of the City. Fundamental change (not defunding) is required to eliminate systemic racism and failed policies. Some of the requirements for change are listed in the article.

Faith and casting our vote

Four-minute read. Holy Scripture is very clear that we are not to put our trust in rulers (Psalm 146:3), though we can take our political beliefs seriously and with passion.

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).

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