Episcopal Diocese of Utah
January Newsletter
Second Edition
January 21, 2020
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Liturgical color is green
Elector Committee Convenes and
Elects Nominating Committee for Bishop Search
The Elector Committee convened at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah to perform the canonical task of electing a nominating committee to serve in the selection of a new Bishop. The electors broke into two caucuses separating clerics from the laity to elect four clergy members and six lay members as per the canons. Those elected are:

In the photo above, front row, from left to right:
The Rev. Kathalin Walker, St. David’s, Page AZ
Mary McEntire, St. Luke’s, Park City, UT
Rhonda Dossett, St. Paul’s, Salt Lake City, UT
Back row, from left to right:
Mike Mitchell, St. Jame’s Midvale, UT
Atem Aleu, All Saints, Salt Lake City, UT
Rick Stevensen, St. Stephen’s, West Valley City, UT
The Rev. Christopher Szarke, St. James, Midvale, UT
The Very Rev. Tyler Doherty, Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City, UT
The Rev. Michael Carney, St. Elizabeth’s, Whiterocks, UT
William Downes, Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City, UT

Ultimately, the nominating committee will select finalists for the 12th bishop of the diocese.The January convocation formally starts only the fifth time the diocese has been in an election process for a new bishop. Previous to 1971, Utah was in a Missionary District and bishops were selected for our diocese.

Standing Committee President Nancy Tanner says she was pleased and moved by the prayerful way in which the electors served the diocese and the greater church at this transitional time. She says now the search process is really underway. The Process will take nearly two years before we will have a new bishop to follow the 11th Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi. Bishop Hayashi announced his retirement/resignation, but will continue to serve as diocesan bishop until December, 2021
Visit New Bishop Search Website for Information on Search Process
A new website dedicated to the Diocese of Utah Bishop Search is up and running. It can be found by visiting utahbishopsearch.org . This site will be the resource for all information throughout the process, including forms, surveys, news and videos.

A link to the Bishop Search Site is also available in the banner at the top of the diocesan website.
Methodist Clerics Meet with Diocesan Clerics at ECCU
Clerics of the United Methodist Church joined Episcopal Diocese of Utah clerics as part of a
continued dialogue between the two churches.

The goal of a 2006 General Convention
resolution was to establish talks and prayer that could lead to an eventual full communion
relationship between the two denominations.

A study proposal for full communion was approved by the two faiths in 2018 under the title “A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers in the Healing of Brokenness. The proposal and subsequent talks have led to several meetings on a regional basis among church leaders, clerics and other interested persons. The luncheon meeting at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah was one of those meetings.
The Fund for the Diaconate: Is this New to You?
from The Rev. Anita Miner
The mission of The Fund for the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church “is to be a channel of God’s grace in enabling the diaconate to flourish - one deacon, one ministry, one community at a time.” We do this by helping deacons - men or women who have lost their source of income, have mounting medical expenses, need medications or have encountered other life issues in sustaining a dignified, basic standard of living. By applying for grants, deacons in need may receive assistance from The Fund for the Diaconate.

The Fund began in 1927 by a group of Episcopal Deaconesses, who set aside
a small amount of money for their future needs. It was first called The Retiring Fund for Deaconesses of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The Board of Directors meets twice a year in New York City and considers grants for approval. For more information about The Fund, please visit our website at www.fundfordiaconate.org or email the Rev. Deacon Anita Miner, a member of the Board, at anitacatron@gmail.com.
Retirement Party for The Rev. Steve Andersen Attended by Many Well-Wishers
Clerics, the diocesan staff and friends offered a fond farewell for The Rev. Steve Andersen January 10th at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah. The now retired diocesan Chief Financial Officer has announced plans to retire for much of the year in Mexico with his wife Myrt. The priest said he was touched by the good wishes and that the last 10 years have been blessed.
Diocesan Youth Ministry Update
The next Go Monday youth event will be February 10th at All Saints Church, in Salt Lake City. Doors open at 5:30 for social time and program starts at 6:00 until 8:00 pm, pizza will be provided. We are following along with the program developed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry called "The Way of Love". Please join us for food, fun, music and good conversation! 

CAMP TUTTLE 2020 SCHEDULE: The Summer Camp Tuttle Schedule for 2020 is posted on our Camp Tuttle Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/camptuttle/  and our Camp Tuttle website at  www.camptuttle.org . Registrations will open in 2020.
Utah Epodcopalians Talk about Being Involved with the Utah Legislature
The new episode of Utah Epodcopalians talks about a current event in our state - the legislative session. This episode features two special guests who discuss the importance of being heard in the legislature by staying informed on current issues. The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, who is always an advocate for gospel values at the state capitol, discusses with Nancy Appleby. She is a devoted Episcopalian who has been a voice for the voiceless at the state capitol for many years.  

The episode is available for listening now - just click here.
Diocesan Book Group
The Diocesan Book Group meets every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ECCU. Everyone is welcomed! The group is studying "A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of Faith," by Timothy Egan. Please read chapters 3 & 4 for book group on Monday, January 27.

For more information, please contact Ernie Hale by email or text (801-532-6406 or erniehale@gmail.com) if you have any other suggestions or ideas.
Winter Retreat at Camp Tuttle

Saturday February 1st at 12:30 p.m. to
Sunday, February 2nd at 12:30 p.m.

Come and join a fun overnight winter retreat up at Camp Tuttle, with sledding and snowshoeing for youth in grades 6-12! Carpooling is strongly recommended, drop off and pick up will be at the fire station parking lot located near Camp Tuttle. We will be snowshoeing into camp and kids are welcome to bring their own sleds. Registrations open soon. 
Rooted in Jesus

Tuesday, January 21 -
Friday, January 24 2020

The Rooted in Jesus Conference in Atlanta, Georgia is here! Pre-conference workshops begin today, with the full conference schedule beginning Wednesday, January 22nd. . 79 people from our diocese will attend the conference.

The representatives from our diocese  will come together with Episcopalians from throughout the wider church to talk about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, stewardship, communication and more.