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A Word to The Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Ten-minute read. A Word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and is also the text of his sermon at The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, which met virtually September 16, 2020.

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

2019-2020 Bishop’s Ball Awards

Three-minute read. For the past 14 years youth, their families, clergy, volunteers, and others have gathered to celebrate the previous year at the Bishop’s Ball. Unfortunately, we were unable to reschedule the Bishop’s Ball this year. There was still some celebrating to do though.

News Update September 17, 2020

In this issue: The 2019-2020 Bishop’s Ball Awards, welcome Mother Melissa, the Diversity and Reconciliation Commission to hold another book study series, more meetings than you can shake a bishop’s crozier at, and much more.

Parenting with Mindfulness Small Groups Forming Now!

One-minute read. Hats off to the 100+ people who engaged with the Parenting with Mindfulness weekend workshop. Now, you can follow up by participating in a small group!

News Update September 3, 2020

In this issue: News of Fall Area Confirmations, Book Study-“Just Mercy”, Episcopal Relief & Development supports response to hurricane Hanna, Parent your way to a rich family life, and much more.

New Administrative Website

One-minute read. When the current diocesan website was first built over six years ago it had a couple of dozen pages or so. Now it has grown to over 270. With all that growth, the content has become more difficult to find and increasingly difficult to manage and update. This summer we have started work on moving all the administrative content to office.diowestmo.org.

Book Study-“Just Mercy”

Three-minute read. The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission of The Diocese of West Missouri has successfully completed its first book study using “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Thirty-six individuals and the entire Vestry of Calvary Church, Sedalia participated in this enlightening and powerful discussion over Zoom.

Fall Area Confirmations

One-minute read. Area confirmations are going to be looking a bit different this year. How different? We are still working that out… Four Area Confirmation services planned between now and early December.

Episcopal Youth Event canceled/EYEx Planning Underway

Two-minute read. The Episcopal Church Department of Faith Formation, in collaboration with the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) planning team and Episcopal Church leadership, announced today that the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will not be convened this triennium due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Episcopal Relief & Development supports response to hurricane Hanna

Two-minute read. Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas as it provides emergency assistance in response to Hurricane Hanna in the Rio Grande Valley. The diocese is supplying food, household supplies, and access to medical support for undocumented families and other vulnerable communities.

News Update August 21, 2020

In this issue: It may be a day late, but there is lots to read. The 131st Annual Convention of the diocese, remodeling at St. Philip’s, Parenting with Mindfulness, wisdom in small groups, what have you learned about yourself during quarantine? Lesson, sermon, and bulletin resources for churches and groups, and much more.

News Update August 6, 2020

In this issue: The devastation in Beirut, two diocesan conventions in 2020, going beyond coping – parenting with mindfulness, and much, much more.

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.

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.

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.

Timing for the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church uncertain. Decision due in the Fall.

One-minute read. A letter to Episcopalians from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. “In the event that we cannot convene safely in person from June 30 to July 9, 2021, we will postpone the 80th General Convention to 2022…”

Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

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