Official seal of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
The 142nd EDWM Convention
November 4-5, 2016
McCamly Plaza, Battle Creek, MI

Plans for the 142nd Convention of the Diocese of Western Michigan are well-underway. Whether you're a delegate, alternate, clergy or simply interested in the way our churches work together as a diocesan community, there will be a lot of opportunities to learn and participate with your presence, real or virtual.

The official hashtag of diocesan events is #EDWM. The Facebook page of the diocese is found here and our Twitter handle is  @WMichEpiscopal. The Bishop's Twitter is @edwm9.

All convention materials and information is found on the diocesan website's convention page.

Upcoming deadlines
  • The hotel room block at McCamly Plaza, Battle Creek will be open for reservations through October 4, 2016. After that date the negotiated room rates will expire and all reservations will be subject to the regular room rate which is usually significantly higher.  All reservations for this block of rooms need to be made by phone directly to the McCamly Plaza reservation desk at (888) 622-2659.
  • Nominations of lay and clergy are being taken for the Standing Committee and the 79th General Convention in Austin, TX in 2018. Click here for the form. The nomination process will close on October 15th.
  • Episcopal Church Women is compiling an Outreach Booklet with detailed descriptions and photographs of the outreach ministries of churches in the diocese. Click here to make a submission on behalf of your congregation. The plan is for books will be distributed at convention, if they are ready in time.
  • This year, our speaker for convention is the Rev. Eric Law, who will give several presentations in the course of the convention. Because of time constraints, committee leaders will not be allotted time to come to the podium and speak to the assembly. As an alternative, the bishop is allowing groups to show two-minute videos that feature their ministries, as an alternative to speaking. Please contact Karmel Puzzuoli at kpuzzuoli@edwm.org for more information. Videos need to be submitted by October 13th.
  • Another alternative to speaking at the podium is to write a report on your group's activities for the past year Reports to the 142nd convention are due to Karmel Puzzuoli at kpuzzuoli@edwm.org by October 10, 2016 if they are to be printed in the convention booklet.
  • Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation will take place during the Convention Eucharist on Saturday, November 5th at St. Thomas, Battle Creek (click here for map). Baptisms can also be performed upon request. Click here for more information.
 


EDWM Fall Youth Retreat
at Camp Tall Turf (click here for map), Walkerville, MI
November 12-13, 2016
Click here to register

How do we go about creating a "beloved community"? Where do we start?  How do we explore God's call for reconciliation? What does that even mean?!?  Join fellow youth from throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan for the weekend to explore the following:
  • Examine race and racism, and how our history and current race relations are connected.
  • Learn what God has to say about reconciliation and how we can be part of His work
  • Be reminded that we are all made in the image of God and he wants us to be in loving relationships with each other
  • Realize we are stronger when we are working together in community, despite our differences
We also have fun outdoor activities planned...like campfires and canoeing (weather permitting, of course)!

Dr. King said this:
"But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of people."

These words were uttered more than 50 years ago, but sadly the same thing could be said today. Looking at recent events in America, it seems like we need understanding and reconciliation now more than ever.

Registration deadline: November 1st. The cost to register is $10, but financial assistance is available.  Questions? You can contact the following people:
Green Light for Bexley Seabury
Enhanced Master of Divinity Program

Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, today received authorization from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to offer an enhanced, low-residency Master of Divinity (MDiv.) program at its new Hyde Park/Woodlawn campus beginning with the January 2017 term. Bexley Seabury previously offered a residential MDiv. program in Columbus, Ohio. Like the seminary's Doctor of Ministry and Diploma in Anglican Studies programs, the Bexley Seabury MDiv. is already accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Bexley Seabury's shift to a low-residency MDiv. makes it possible for students to pursue seminary without having to relocate, leave their jobs, or disrupt ministerial and other responsibilities. Read more.

Five Things You Should Know About the Diocesan Council Meetings
of June 18, 2016 & September 10, 2016

The Diocesan Council is comprised of a diverse group of people, both clergy and laity, from across the diocese who function as "the diocesan convention in recess" with the responsibility to oversee the implementation of the decisions made by the convention, work with staff and volunteers to monitor the ongoing life of the diocese, and to act on behalf of the convention in between meetings.

June 18, 2016
  1. The Diocesan Council discussed the progress made working with the Diocese of Michigan for training and planning for future reconciliation work in Healing of Racism. 
  2. The Council prioritized the resolutions from General Convention and provided guidance for ensuring that they are directed to the proper entities and that the wishes of the General Convention are addressed.
  3. The tools that Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) developed for a Spiritual Gifts Inventory are being studied. More information and details will follow. This is one of the goals which emerged from the Town Hall process we engaged in as an entire diocese.
  4. The Council also moved forward to address the number one Diocesan Goal, that of a plan to improve communication across and within the diocese. A decision was reached to hire a consultant to assist us in this planning.
  5. The Diocesan Council has been engaged in a process to update and restore the Resurrection Garden, and bids are being reviewed for this work.
September 10, 2016
  1. Members of the Diocesan Council are working to further study the ERD map and tools for a Spiritual Gifts Inventory for all churches within our diocese.
  2. A consultant has been hired on a contract basis to study our current communications in the diocese and to provide, by the first of the new year, recommendations for improvements and a new communications policy. 
  3. The Council is exploring the possibility of a Young Adult and Campus Ministries Commission to meet another of our Diocesan Goals, that of involving more young adults in our mission and ministry.
  4. The Council is interested in establishing a closer working relationship with the Standing Committee and is exploring the best way to do that.
  5. The proposed budget to convention 2016 was reviewed and passed unanimously. 
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The First Annual Lay Preaching Intensive

The First Annual Lay Preaching Intensive, directed by the Rev. James Croom, is a short course on preaching designed to support lay ministers and all others wishing to gain skills necessary for presenting sermons in our smaller congregations.

This class will be held Monday, October 17-23 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming, MI ( click here for map). The cost is $25 per student.

Included in the syllabus will be the following:
  • Lessons on vocal production and presentation techniques.
  • Techniques for reading.
  • Coaching on liturgical theatric skills-working with individuals to eliminate idiosyncrasies in speech or presentation.
  • Lessons on "Actors' Exegesis." How to engage scripture and prepare for sermons.
  • Developing the Four Page Sermon.
Click here for a full press release that includes class description and schedule, prerequisites and biographical information about the instructor.

Formation Ministries Luncheon

Those who teach Sunday school and lead other formation activities within their parishes are invited to a Formation Ministries Luncheon on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming ( click here for map).

This is an informal time for folks who do education and formation in their parishes to meet and talk about what they do.
(ordained and lay, paid staff and volunteers). Bring your lunch, and beverages and dessert will be provided. Free event. Send Gennie Callard an email at gcallard@edwm.org to let her know you'll be there or text her at 269-599-5392


ECW Remembers Char Camfield and JoAnn Redman

Episcopal Church Women in the EDWM are mourning the loss of two of their leaders. 

JoAnn Redman, active in Daughters of the King and ECW and a member of St. John's, Mount Pleasant, passed away on September 9, 2016.

Char Camfield, president of ECW and member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, died September 11, 2016. The ECW Outreach Booklet will be dedicated in her honor.

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.
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan Sponsors Screenings
Traces of the Trade, A Voyage of Realization and Reconciliation

The Justice & Peace Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan will host a screening of a documentary film that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America. 

Screening & Discussion Sessions:
Thursday, October 6 - 7:00 pm at Northern Michigan University in Marquette
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 6:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houghton
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:30 pm (central) at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Iron Mountain
Sunday, October 9, 2106 - 2:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church, St. Ignace

For more information, call 906-228-7160 or send an e-mail to: diocese@upepiscopal.org.

Click here for more information.

The Recovery Commission
Following the death of Mr. Tom Palermo of Baltimore who was killed in an accident involving the former bishop suffragan of Maryland, Heather Cook, the Church has taken a new look at our policies and attitudes on alcohol and other addictive substances and behaviors. If you or someone you know has an interest and would like to be involved in this ministry of awareness and education, please contact:
Fr. Carlton Kelley, Interim
Grace Church, Traverse City
(231) 947-2330
rector@gracetc.org

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