New Diocesan Website Launches
Having overcome a COVID delay and after lots of hard work, the brand new diocesan website is now live! The new site boasts a cleaner design that reflects the updated visual identity of our diocese and a more intuitive, consistent site-wide navigation to help you find your way around with ease. We hope this fresh look and feel creates a better, more user-friendly experience.

Some of the new features include:
• Resource Library for Clergy, Church Staff, and Laity
• Virtual/Online Event Page
• Diocesan Convention Hub
• Latest News Around the Diocese

Moving forward, our website will continue to grow, showcasing our diverse ministries, events and people. Should you notice a broken link or have an update to suggest, please reach out to Holly Windham.  
COVID-19 Guidelines for Worship
Important Update: The State of Louisiana continues in Phase 3 of the plan to reopen businesses and public spaces. Based upon the Governor’s Phase 3 proclamation, as well as the most recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Louisiana Department of Health. Click here to view the updated Guidelines for Churches in the Diocese of Western Louisiana until further notice.

Stay in the know of the latest updates to diocesan and state guidelines by visiting the COVID-19 resource page on the diocesan website. Check back frequently as we will be updating this page as new developments occur.
Diocesan Staff Continue to Work from Home
Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 infection rates, the diocesan team will work from home. This is a small, but big change in keeping staff members safe and doing our part to slow the spread of the virus.

Diocesan Staff are accessible via email, phone, and online meeting platforms.
Diocesan Events
Virtual Series from Bishop Jake Continues Tonight!
Join Bishop Jake this evening for the final session in the four-part virtual series discussing the power of love in our everyday lives. Missed the previous sessions? Catch up by clicking the titles below.

October 22: Mending Broken Relationships

Each session begins at 6:00 p.m. CDT. Bishop Jake will discuss the week’s topic for about 20 minutes and then respond to questions and comments for the remainder of the hour. Everyone is invited, but there is limited space.

For the Zoom link click here.

The sessions are based on Bishop Jake’s book, A Resurrection Shaped Life. To learn more about the book, read reviews, or buy a copy click here. Bishop Jake donates all proceeds from book sales to ministries in the broader community such as Community Renewal International.
Calling all Youth Leaders for a Youth Leader Zoom Call!
Are you a youth leader, volunteer, or dedicated church folk tasked with the care and formation of youth? Join us for conversation & connection with other ministry leaders around the diocese. We’ll discuss fall plans, how we're connecting to youth in this particularly difficult season, and how we can better support each other in our ministries.

When? Tuesday, October 27th at 7 PM on Zoom
Who? all Youth Ministry leaders (lay & ordained, volunteer & paid) in our diocese
What? connection, sharing current activities, & the needs of our ministries
How? email Katie Chapman and request the Zoom invitation (please include your name and church).
Save the Date!
Virtual Diocesan Convention
February 20, 2021

This year has brought many changes to how we gather. To continue the best practice of protecting our neighbors, the 2021 Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. We understand that this is a big adjustment. But not to worry! The diocesan staff will be here to support you along the way. Stay tuned for details!
Around the Diocese
The Way of Love in Sulphur
Cindy Robertson, a postulant for ordination to the diaconate, is spearheading hurricane relief and recovery efforts in her neighborhood in Sulphur. With help from Archdeacon Lois Maberry and volunteers from St. Barnabas in Lafayette, residents in need can come to the Senior Center on Fridays to pick up supplies, fresh fruit, and homemade casseroles and cookies. The volunteers also offer a listening ear and words of encouragement to anyone who wants to talk and through these conversations can connect people who need additional help to other resources that are available.
Meet the DYC!
The Diocesan Youth Commission is a group of appointed youth and adult leaders who plan EYCWLA events, guide and shape the long-term vision of our community and ministry, and represent youth on the diocesan and regional level. This week we introduce you to two of our members: Eliana Bartlett and Sara Lewis; read more about these folks below.
Eliana Bartlett
Meet Eliana Bartlett, a college sophomore & 2 year adult member of the Diocesan Youth Commission. When Eliana isn’t studying at ULL, you can likely find her working as a server, taking artsy photographs, or adventuring with her friends. A secret fact about her is that she knows EVERY line of the Sponge Bob Movie & if she could switch places with anyone for a day Eliana says: “no one :) I love my life.”

Eliana finds God most in the supportive people in her life and her most favorite EYCWLA memory is from Happening. "Any moment from my Happening is extremely memorable, whether silly or heartwarming. One evening at dinner, I laughed so hard that I snorted banana pudding out of my mouth and onto my friend, which caused us to laugh even harder.”
Sara Lewis
Welcome Sara Lewis! Sara is a long time EYCWLA volunteer and serving her first year on the Diocesan Youth Commission. Sara loves asian food & Torchy’s tacos. Her favorite book is Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and she hopes to visit Scotland one day! About this year, Sara feels like we’ve been given a really great season of space and time to reflect and journey inward, and is really looking forward to hearing about everything people have learned about themselves. Her favorite EYCWLA memory come from last January: “We (the DYC) had a great “round table meeting” and I was literally blown away with the words and thought of our young people. Continually amazed is an understatement and I can’t wait for more."
Online Giving
Hurricane Relief Fund
Donations will directly assist churches, diocesan ministries/organizations, and local communities affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
For Congregations and Diocesan Ministries
Online giving remains available! The diocese is providing this service during the COVID-19 pandemic to help you stay connected to your congregation by providing financial support directly to it. When you give through this site, we will send your gift to the church that you designate. You can also give a gift to the Diocese so that the Bishop can respond to critical needs in Louisiana and beyond from his ministry fund. Know that we love you and that you remain in our prayers. Stay well. And thank you for your generosity!
Outside the Diocese
First-ever survey of race, sexuality and gender identity of Episcopal clergy is underway

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Bishop Owensby's Latest Blog Post
Fighting Words

In 1942 the US Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision limiting our right to free speech. The court's ruling is commonly known as the Fighting Words Doctrine. The justices saw no constitutional problem with prohibiting, and punishing the use...

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