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News from Province V - November 2022

Highlights of this edition:

  • Opening Prayers
  • Gender and Sexuality GC Resolution Round-Up
  • Creation Care Network Challenge
  • Young Adult Fellowship Application Open
  • ECCSR program application
  • Lay-Led Congregation Network - save the date
  • Episcopal Public Policy Network opportunities
  • Constable Grant - Updated info from Oct
  • New Book: Catherine Meeks
  • Episcopal Parish Network workshop
  • Leadership Coaching Project
  • Advent Resources
  • Guns to Gardens event
  • Networking Conversation
  • Affiliated Organizations
  • The Partner's Path
  • Episcopal Church Women
  • Historical Society of The Episcopal Church
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • United Thank Offering - events and grant
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Upcoming Events and Webinars

Opening Prayer

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

Land Acknowledgement Prayer

On this feast of gratitude, I/we begin by giving thanks for the people whose land I/we stand on: [one designated participant names the Indigenous communities]. May I/we be ever aware of the history of this place, the people who have loved its earth, their toil, and how we are bound to one another through our creation and belovedness. In our thankfulness for this current day, may we be aware of the truth of our history, the injustices that have occurred on this earth against those who first loved it, and the pains of the past that remain to this day. In this awareness, may our gratitude for Indigenous people make us committed to not repeating this history. Amen.

See more prayers from the United Thank Offering

Election Day Prayers

Nov. 8, 8 pm - 12 midnight ET / 7-11 pm CT

Join Election Day Prayers online Nov. 8, 8 p.m. to midnight ET

Tune in via The Episcopal Public Policy Network Facebook page or The Episcopal Church Facebook page for a U.S. Election Day gathering hosted by the Office of Government Relations. Special guests from around the church will offer 10-15 minutes of reflection and prayer at the top of each hour.

View here:

The Episcopal Public Policy Network Facebook page


The Episcopal Church Facebook page

Gender and Sexuality GC Resolution Round-Up

November 10, 2023, 7-8 pm ET / 6-7 pm CT

Inviting all people to join us for conversation about General Convention resolutions that focus on gender and sexuality. LGBTQ+ Caucus members Charles Graves IV and Jon Rania will share how and why the Caucus started and the good work it did during the 80th General Convention.  

Our Presenters:

Mr. Jon Rania (he/him), General Convention Deputy from The Diocese of Delaware, Co-Founder and member of the Planning and Design team of the LGBTQ+ Caucus. 

Rev. Charles Graves IV, Diocese of Texas

Executive Council Member & LGBTQ+ Caucus co-founder

Registration is required.

The Creation Care Network invites you to use this chart with your parish and diocese to encourage people to engage in the care of creation.

Download the .pdf.

Visit our network page

Young Adult Fellowship

Application Open

Plainsong Farm & Ministry seeks to cultivate connections between people, places, and God by creating a place that nurtures belonging and the radical renewal of God’s world. We do this through growing food for people and people for God. Plainsong offers farm-based education and farm-based faith formation for people of all ages. But nurturing young adults is at the heart of our work. 

Plainsong Farm is a living laboratory where young adults can experiment with how to pray, rest, belong, grow, serve, and play. Plainsong’s young adult fellows grow food for local pantries, help out with farm camp, host volunteers, care for the land, and share stories from the farm. This ten month fellowship program for adults, ages 21-32, offers immersive experiences and education in small-scale regenerative agriculture, spiritual practice, and communal living. 

Chavala, a 2021-2022 Fellow, and Nick, Plainsong's Summer Seminary Intern, reflected on their recent experiences at Plainsong Farm here and here

If you know someone who is longing for a supportive community in which to pray, belong, grow, rest, ask big questions, and play, please pass along the following information about Plainsong's 2023 January-November Fellowship. MORE INFORMATION HERE

We are accepting applications now! Please tell everyone you know!(particularly if they are 21-32 yrs old) 

Apply for the Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal (ECCSR) program

Check out a great retreat opportunity for clergy renewal.

  1. We are recruiting a MIDWESTERN REGIONAL COHORT – for pastors whose churches are within a 4-5 hour drive from Holy Wisdom.
  2. The cohort commitment is for ONE YEAR – with ongoing opportunities to participate in renewal events and conversations beyond their cohort year.
  3. We will be hosting THREE RETREATS during their cohort year:

        a. 8 days in the Summer of 2023

        b. 6 days in the Winter of 2024

        c. 3 days in the Summer of 2024

We look forward to receiving your responses to the questions on the application. To help us identify pastors for the cohort, we encourage you to consider writing up to 500 words – and no fewer than 250 words – per question.

Applications are open October 15 - December 31, 2022. If you would like more information, contact Nancy Enderle, or Scott Stoner,

Lay Led Congregation Network webpage

Episcopal Public Policy Network

Join EPPN!

The EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK (EPPN) is a grassroots effort of The

Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations to educate, equip and engage

individual Episcopalians in federal public policy advocacy, guided by the resolutions of

the General Convention and the Executive Council. To sign up for EPPN Action alerts

that come to your personal email AND to receive a unique code to listen in on the

fast-paced, 30-minute Zoom call every Thursday at 1 pm ("Weekly Network Calls"), register

here as an EPPN network member.

Take more action

Become an Election Activator

Constable Grant

There was an error in last month's newsletter.  Note the corrected dates.  (It's not too late.)

Applications are due by 11/11/22 to the provincial office for review. Email Heather.

The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the area of religious education. Read about the details and view the application.

The process in Province V:

  • Prepare your grant request in a word processing document, following the application form.
  • Submit your request to the Provincial office by Nov 11, 2022.
  • The Grant Review Committee will consider all applications and choose one to be submitted.
  • All applicants will be informed of the status of their application by Nov 15, 2022. The Provincial Coordinator and chosen applicant will work together to submit by the Nov 18, 2022 deadline.

The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning

A meditative guide for healing from racial trauma and committing to the lifelong work of dismantling racism. 

In this new book, Catherine Meeks shares highlights and insights from her life and offers a much-needed meditative guide for the weary and frustrated. By looking inward and at each other clearly, she argues, good people of all backgrounds can forge a long term and individual path to making a difference. With personal stories and thoughtful direction, she takes the reader on the trajectory from self-awareness to recognition of the past, to a new and individual way forward. 


“This is where the journey toward a ‘beloved community’ begins. And so, for all who truly want to get well from the pernicious disease that is racism, The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning is a must read."

—The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary


Available from any Episcopal bookstoreAmazonBookshop, or your preferred bookseller. 


List Price: $24.95 | Paperback | 9781640654761

Fund Management:  Defeating Confusion and Simplifying Church Books 

Wednesday, November 2nd, 3:00pm EDT

Presented by Episcopal Parish Network (previously EPPN)

Over the decades, many of our churches have received generous and faithful gifts for a variety of needs. Often these financial gifts are designated to a specific activity or undertaking - meaning the parish or cathedral created a fund to identify and restrict the use of these gifts. Some churches end up with hundreds of funds that the faithful have committed to the Church’s care and expect to be spent according to their direction.

Church treasurers, finance committees, and vestry members often take on governance roles with little or no experience managing donor designated funds and can find the management of these gifts challenging, if not unmanageable. Questions range from:

  • How do you account for all the funds created throughout a church’s long history?
  • Should we implement a gift acceptance policy?
  • What does a church do with small balances funds?
  • Are there tools available to provide visibility into funds?

Join our panel of experts from Chazin & Company to learn about fund accounting for churches and hear tips on how to clean up your designated and restricted funds and implement processes to ensure they don’t get out of hand again.  You will leave this session understanding how you can develop a full understanding of fund accounting and make your accounting easier and more transparent.  

Panelists include:

  • Karen Sprague - Director of Business Development, Chazin & Company 
  • Martha Huelsbeck - Talent Recruitment & Development Manager, Chazin & Company 

 Please register here:


Clergy Edition

Priests and Deacons across Province V are receiving individual support from our trained coaches. Let us help you move from coping to planning, from overwhelmed to strategic, from struggling with minutiae to refocusing on the big picture. Coaching helps settle into a new context, discern your next move, or reset work/life balance. 

* Find out more and explore coaching with a trained leadership coach!

* Trained coaches are available to ALL leaders – clergy and lay— in group, team, and individual contexts. If you are interested in being trained as a coach, reach out to Heather Barta at

*Will you be attenting your diocesan convention? We would love to send information flyers about coaching to you. Just contact Heather Barta at

Coaches are here to support you!

Coaches are available to ALL leaders – clergy and lay. You can be coached individually, create a group of people, or bring a team together for creating shared goals and plans. Any of them will offer an introductory session so you can together discern if you are a good fit. If you work in a rural area, you might qualify for free coaching. Find out more and explore coaching with a trained leadership coach!

For information on LCP Coach training or to discuss Coaching by one of the LCP Trained Coaches, visit this website or contact Province V Coordinator Heather Barta at or (989) 413-3229.

Advent Resources

Living Compass - Advent 2022 Devotional

Practicing Simplicity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind

See the full article with resources

If you know of other resources, please submit them to

Networking Conversations

Province V's work in the world is to "Connect. Network. Support." Networks exist for people to gather around areas of interest and share resources with each other. Sometimes, networks host webinars to share information and sometimes they develop new resources to support leaders in their local contexts. 

There are a number of networks meeting regularly and several that are just getting organized. Most network meetings last about 60 minutes. See their webpages or email their contact for more information.

For a full list of Networks and other Affiliated Organizations, visit the Province V website.

Anti-Human Trafficking

Note special date (to avoid election day)

Date of next meeting: Nov 1, 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Cheryl Gray, Ohio


November's Agenda:

  • Meet Ida and Magdelene House, Chicago
  • Learn more about the Blue Campaign and get resources to share in your parish, your community, and your diocese.
  • Next steps for the resolution from the Synod. See the full resolution here. We'll be speaking specifically about this part: 2) launch educational campaigns within each diocese and congregation regarding the nature of this problem and ways to combat it, (2nd resolved)

Our guest speaker

Ida Butler is the Executive Director of Magdalene House Chicago, Inc. (MHC), a home and enterprise for positive, personal change for women survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution, and addiction in the Chicagoland area. For women survivors, MHC promises the flexibility, advocacy, and humanity they need to heal and become leaders through its residential housing and justice social enterprise programs. Ida has over 30 years of leadership and management experience that includes early childhood educator, certified assessor, and trainer; church administrator and congregational consultant; finance director and business manager for nonprofit and for profit corporations; and human resources manager for special education and special recreation cooperatives. Ida is active in the Episcopal Church community and currently serves on the Vestry of St. Philip’s in Palatine, the Commission on Ministry and the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and as President of the Chicago Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Ida holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College and is also a licensed real estate broker and licensed insurance broker in Illinois. Ida has two adult children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, Ida enjoys being on the water and attending cultural arts events. To learn more about Magdalene House Chicago, visit


Date of next meeting: Dec 12, 11 am E / 10 am C

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Newland Smith, Chicago


Creation Care

Date of next meeting: Nov 14, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Contact: Heather Barta (while the convener is on sabbatical for the fall)


Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home

Learn more about Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home: A Call to Action for All Episcopalians, a great resource for your ministry.

Guest Speaker:

Deb Baker lives in N’dakinna, the unceded ancestral land of the Pennacook people, now called Concord, New Hampshire, where she's a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church and a Companion in the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. She works for Jesus in many ways: as volunteer coordinator for Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home in NH, as a volunteer with several climate and social justice groups, as a student of white privilege and antiracism trying to be a good ancestor to future generations, and in her day job at Concord Hospital. 

Dismantling Racism

Date of next meeting: Nov 3, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Margaret D'Anieri, Ohio


In our three month cycle of meetings (brainstorming, spiritual reflection, information and resources), October is a brainstorming and planning month. Join one another to suggest what you’d like to see in the future, what you need help with right now, and what you’ve learned recently. 

Intergenerational / All-Ages Worship

Date of next meeting: Jan 11, 3 pm ET / 2 pm CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Miranda Hassett, Milwaukee


We’ll be brainstorming all-ages worship ideas for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Bring your questions and your ideas!

Lay-Led Congregations

Date of next meeting: Nov 19, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

(no Dec meeting)

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Tammy Prather, Milwaukee


Migration Ministries

Date of next meeting: Nov 15, 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT

Zoom: (password: 5)

Conveners: Silvia Huth, Michigan and Jack Lloyd, Chicago


Episcopal Migration Ministries’ 2023 calendar to feature Kelly Latimore icons

Episcopal Migration Ministries is teaming up with renowned iconographer Kelly Latimore to create an inaugural monthly calendar featuring depictions of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons.


The 2023 calendar includes a newly commissioned triptych for EMM—titled “Build a Longer Table”—featuring the holy family and representations of individuals served by EMM throughout its 80-plus-year ministry.

Read the full article to learn how you can get your calendar.

EMM Meeting info

Episcopal Migration Ministry hosts an Asylum and Detention Ministry Network that meets virtually on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Ministry Network’s collaborative work and conversation focus on best practice-sharing in areas of direct service, organizing, advocacy actions, Christian formation and worship resources, and community education to protect asylum, promote humane and dignified alternatives to detention, and to support asylum seekers and those harmed by the immigration detention system. Register to attend meetings here.

Ministry in Resort Communities

Date of next meeting: Dec 13, 11 a E / 10 am C

Zoom link: (waiting room)

Convener: Dave Penniman, Western Michigan


We are changing from monthly meetings to quarterly meetings - still by Zoom.

Feel free to invite others who are serving amid the opportunities and challenges in Resort Communities.

Recovery Ministries

This network is on hiatus.  Look for more information in 2023.

Date of next meeting: 

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Debbi Rhodes, Northern Indiana


2023 Gathering - Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

April 26-29, 2023

"From Basement to Sanctuary, Recovery and the Church"

Barbara C Harris Conference Center, Greenfield, NH


Suicide Prevention

Date of next meeting: Nov 16, 12 pm E / 11 am C

Zoom link: (password 5)

Convener: Kathy Mank, Southern Ohio


Out of the Darkness walks will be held across the country this fall. Check out the general information and then find your state's AFSP page for details and dates for your area.

988 - Call, Text or Chat to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Main webpage

This number will continue to work: 1-800-273-TALK – Talk Save Lives.


Coordinator: McKenzie Knill, Eastern/Western Michigan


Young Adult / Campus Ministry


Date of next meeting:  Nov 17, 12:30 pm E / 11:30 am C

Zoom link: (password 5)

Convener:  Matthew Lukens, Michigan


Affiliated Organizations

There are a number of organizations affiliated with the Episcopal Church and working across Province V. This groups have a "structure" that is more organized than a network. They have resources and information that is useful in your local ministry contexts.

For a full list of Networks and other Affiliated Organizations, visit the Province V website.

Partner's Path (for Clergy Spouses)

See the full newsletter here (Oct 30)

Upcoming events:

Gratitude as Self-Care with Rev. Heather Melton

November 7th, 2022 (7:00pm CST) 

Registration is required.

Third Sunday Yoga

6 pm CT

Registration is required

Episcopal Church Women

See full newsletter here (Oct 29)

Upcoming Event:

Serving with Radical Hospitality

Workshop November 12, 2022. 1:00 Eastern

What is Radical Hospitality? Maybe not what you think? It is not always inviting strangers into your home! This workshop, based upon The Episcopal Community’s Vows and The Rule of St. Benedict, we will delve into this topic with lots of information and lively discussion! Come away with new ideas of what Radical Hospitality is and how you might find yourself serving! Learn More About the Workshop

Presented by The Episcopal Community

Speaker: Christina Butterworth, CSD

Historical Society of the Episcopal Church

Episcopal Peace Fellowship


Join Episcopal Peace Fellowship as we gather to pray Compline weekly via Zoom. We meet every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) with EPF friends, chapters and members across the country praying together.  Open to all, come join us in prayer and thanksgiving. The Zoom link to attend is here:

Topic: EPF Compline

Time: 08:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Every week on Tuesday, until Nov 22, 2022


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 7614 5441

Passcode: 863435

One tap mobile

+16699006833,,81776145441#,,,,*863435# US (San Jose)

+13462487799,,81776145441#,,,,*863435# US (Houston)

The link to the service bulletin is HERE

United Thank Offering

Subscribe to the newsletter

click here

November Gratitude Challenge!!!

Download this resource for ideas about practicing gratitude

November Webinar: Becoming Beloved Community from an Indigenous Perspective

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. Eastern

Panelists will share about how their ministries—some supported by UTO grants—help reconnect or restore Indigenous practices within those communities. Join to hear stories and discussion of how we can heal historical, environmental, and personal trauma through reconnecting humans to creation. Register here.

Christmas Cards Orders Now Available

Are you looking for a way to express gratitude for your loved ones this holiday season? Look no further - the UTO Christmas Cards are here!

  •  UTO will mail cards on your behalf for a minimum donation of $10 a card or
  • Order a pack of 10 blank cards for a minimum donation of $50, which will be sent to you

This year, we have two options for granting someone the gift of gratitude:

All cards ordered by December 14 will be mailed by December 16, but the earlier you request your cards, the earlier you will receive them! For more information and to order cards, click here.


United Thank Offering invites 2023 annual grants

Five webinars will provide info, answer questions

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board is pleased to announce the availability of its 2023 UTO Annual Grants, with a focus on the worldwide incarceration crisis. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus.


Grant application deadlines:

  • 5 p.m. ET Jan. 6, for Anglican Communion partners
  • 5 p.m. ET March 10, for dioceses of The Episcopal Church.


More information—including criteria for applicants, sample budgets and timelines, and helpful hints—as well as application and other forms are available online in English and Spanish.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Pastors and Disasters

Episcopal Relief & Development’s Pastors and Disasters: A Toolkit for Community-Based Disaster Resilience is a resource manual and workbook of practical tools designed to strengthen our partners’ efforts to respond more effectively to the increasing severity and frequency of disasters, especially within the context of local Anglican or Episcopal churches and organizations. 

By following the link below, you will hear from those who participated in reimagining the Toolkit. They share their insights, stories and case studies on how it has helped them and their communities. 

Read the full newsletter

Upcoming Events and webinars

Province V Executive Board

Do you have questions about Province V? Would you like to be more involved in planning the events that are offered at the provincial level? The Executive Board of the Province meets monthly on fourth Fridays at 10 am via zoom.

Contact your diocesan representative to the Executive Board:

Canon Jane Cisluycis, Northern Michigan President

The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire, Vice President

Ms. Adrienne Dillon, Missouri, Secretary

Ms. Rebecca Elfring-Roberts, Chicago, Treasurer

Ms. Louisa McKellaston, Executive Council Representative

The Rev. M.E. Eccles, Executive Council Representative

Ms. Laura Jackson, Chicago

Ms. Maddie Madden, Eastern Michigan

The Rev. Marlene Hogue, Eau Claire

Ms. Chris Eggert-Rosenthal, Fond du Lac

Ms. Lesley MacKellar, Indianapolis

Dr. Edie Wakevainen, Michigan

The Rev. Matthew Buterbaugh, Milwaukee

Ms. Betty Bowersox, Missouri

Mr. Christopher Hillak, Northern Indiana

Mr. Rick Stanitis, Northern Michigan

The Rev. Rachel Harrison, Ohio

Mr. Edward Lasseigne, Southern Ohio

Ms. Jan Goossens, Springfield

Ms. Joanie Smith, Western Michigan

Heather Barta, Province V Coordinator

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