Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
from our Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer:
The Rev. Mike Wernick

Having grown up outside of Christianity (in a Jewish home and "framework"), I perceived what I later learned some therapists call "magical thinking." Televangelists would furrow their brows and shout prayers towards what they feared might be a disinterested God, and magical thinking said that if they prayed long enough, or hard enough, or with the right words, God would answer their prayers. But perhaps more importantly, perhaps what would improve the efficacy of their prayers more than anything, was an underlying orthodoxy--or right belief.

During the Avignon Papacy, for example, when there were three Popes (two in France and one in Rome), magical thinking pressured Catholics to figure out who the legitimate Pope was, because listening to the right one would ensure that you'd get into Heaven, and listening to the wrong one would send you straight to Hell. It was "right belief" that determined whether your teeth would gnash when you had no longer had any need of them. But even still, some denominations propose that not even right belief can ensure membership in the 144,000 elect who will be saved.

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Wisdom and Reflections:
An invitation to the ECW Women's Fall Retreat,
Diocese of Chicago

Join ECW at the beautiful DeKoven Center in Racine, WI Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29.

Award-winning author and editor The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman will be joining them as retreat leader. The Rev. Lindsay has written several books. Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, results from a four-year study project as well as collaboration between Episcopal Church Women and Forward Movement. Bible Women provides opportunity to get reacquainted with their stories and time to reflect anew on their words and actions. Other works include The Scarlet Cord: Conversations with God's Chosen Women, and
The Spy on Noah's Ark: Bible Stories from the Inside Out. She enjoys finding and
sharing humor and grace in the Bible. Read her blog.

Special guest musician will be Jeannie McCabe from St. John's, Fort Smith, Arkansas.  In addition to providing music for our worship Sunday morning, Jeannie will conduct a music workshop on Sunday afternoon.

Diocese of Chicago leaders will include The Reverend Trilby Murray, ECW Chaplain, (Deacon, St. Thomas, Chicago and Sts. George & Matthias, Chicago), Susan O'Brien, national President of Daughters of the King (St. John the Evangelist, Flossmor) and Jane Forrest McCarron, former ECW president (St. Mark, Evanston)

Click here for online registration.
Click here for downloadable registration form and brochure.
Love Heals . . .
A Weekend with Becca Stevens,
Founder and President of
Thistle Farms

Becca Stevens, Founder and President of Thistle Farms, will be speaking at Christ Church, Charlevoix ( click here for map) on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The workshop is open to all and a light lunch will be provided.

Becca Stevens is many things; she is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, Episcopal priest, founder and president of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. In 2011, the White House named Becca a "Champion of Change". The Small Business Council of America honored her as Humanitarian of the Year in 2014, and CNN recently included Becca as a 2016 Hero!

To learn more about this event, click here for the flyer from Christ Church, Charlevoix.
Show Your Support for Humane Approach to Refugee Resettlement

Later this month, two prominent summits on refugees and migrants will take place at the 71st United Nations General Assembly. On September 19th, UNGA will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. On September 20th, President Barack Obama will host a Leaders' Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis, alongside co-hosts Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden, which will appeal to governments to pledge significant new commitments on refugees.

Episcopal Migration  Ministries encourages you to speak out on refugees. They will host a live webcast discussion on September 14th.

Refugee advocacy organizations have developed a postcard to be delivered to Congress and President Obama urging the U.S. to lead by example.

Sign the electronic postcard.(And please share it on social media)

Paper postcards can be downloaded here and mailed by September 12, 2016.

The Epiphanies Speakers Series

The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan through the Whitaker Institute is offering a three-speaker series featuring Stephanie Spellers, Cynthia Crysdale and Diana Butler Bass.

The first opportunity in the Epiphanies Speakers Series comes this month. Stephanie Spellers will be in East Lansing for an all day continuing education program to be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, East Lansing (click here for map) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28. This event is for clergy and interested laity and costs $75.

Registration, as well as information on upcoming speakers and dates, are available on the Epiphanies Speakers website by clicking here.

Dear Christians, Now What?
Jean Harvey, Retreat Leader speaks on racial reconciliation
Jean Harvey, Retreat Leader speaks on racial reconciliation

"Dear Christians, Now What? is a workshop with Jennifer Harvey sponsored by the Ecumenical Center for Christian Leadership in partnership with the Repairers of the Breach Coalition for Racial Justice and Healing. The workshop will be held October 13 from 9:30: am - 3:30 pm at St Francis Retreat, DeWitt, MI ( click here for map).

The recent public exposure of the ongoing racial pain, violence and separation that exists rightly concerns Christians of many different racial and ethnic identities in the United States. In this workshop, Jennifer Harvey will offer some under told stories as way of generating a conversation about the question "Now what?", an exploration of our racial identities as aspects of our development, and an overview of U.S. racial history and exploration of next steps for healing r acism in our world.

Early Registration Deadline: September 10 - $75
Regular Registration Deadline: October 3 - $90. 
Click here to register.
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Walk By Faith
2016 Daughters of the King Fall Assembly

The Diocese of Western Michigan chapter of Daughters of the King will hold its  2016 Fall Assembly and Retreat "Walk by Faith" on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Belmont (click here for map) from 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with coffee and tea available beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The assembly includes a healing Eucharist with laying on of hands by the Rev. Paula Durren, institution of the Rev. Paula Durren as diocesan chaplain for Daughters of the King. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Nurya Love-Parish, who will speak about her walk of faith "Treading Safely Into the Unknown. The 2016 Service Project will collect items for HOPE House, Sturgis Michigan. Items needd include toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, razors, and other basic hygiene products that do not include alcohol in them. Also, matching twin sheet sets, towels, kitchen items. Also, there will be a basket for freewill offerings to Plainsong Farm.

Please RSVP to MROTH@LakelandHealth.org no later than September 10th! Thank you.,

Reconciliation: Thanksgiving, Repentance, and Commitment
2016 LARC Retreat

The 2016 LARC Retreat will be October 4-6, 2016 at the Augustine Center of the Sacramentine Monastery (click here for map). This is the Lutheran year in the LARC cycle; they will welcome Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Click here for the flyer with all the details relating to the retreat.
2017 Young Adult and Seminarian Grant Application Process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants: 10 grants of $2500 for young adults (ages 19-30); and 10 grants of $2500 to seminarians (no age limit).

The focus of the grants is Evangelism and Reconciliation.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

More information, plus documents, is available here.

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