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News from Province V - October 2022

Highlights of this edition:

  • Opening Prayers
  • Plant a Tree!
  • Underground Railroad Conversation
  • Episcopal Parish Network
  • Deep Green Church
  • Proulx book event
  • Gratitude and Difference
  • Constable Grant
  • Book: Planned Giving
  • Clergy Spouses
  • Leadership Coaching Project
  • The Way of Love VBS
  • Networking Conversation
  • Review all of the options - and see some of the time change
  • Affiliated Organizations
  • Historical Society of The Episcopal Church
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • The Great EpisGOpal Race
  • United Thank Offering Grant info
  • Women's Ministry Events
  • Upcoming Events and Webinars

Opening Prayer

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis

Plant a Tree!

During Lambeth, the bishops launched The Communion Forest!

The Anglican Communion: Working together

The Communion Forest: Practical, symbolic and an act of hope

  • Safeguarding the integrity of creation, and/or sustaining and renewing the life of the earth
  • Helping with afforestation and preserving biodiversity, providing habitats, protecting ecosystems and removing some carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

A symbol of:

  • Our commitment to God’s creation
  • Our commitment to the Anglican Marks of Mission

General Convention Resolution C015 states

Resolved, That the dioceses of the Episcopal Church pledge to support the Communion Forest initiative, to be launched at the Lambeth Conference 2022, to plant trees, practice reforestation and regenerative agriculture, protect forests and other plant communities across the Communion.

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Underground Railroad Conversation

October 25, 8-9 pm ET / 7-8 pm CT

This note is an invitation to open a conversation around the Underground Railroad, its role in US history and how that can inspire and challenge us in today’s culture.  

Here is a registration for a zoom link to an initial gathering of those who want to meet with others across the Church. If you have an interest in The Underground Railroad and/or the various abolitionist movements and would like to collaborate, please join us.

Contact:  Ellen Bruckner, Coordinator of Province VI

Registration is required.

Read full introductory letter

Episcopal Parish Network

Event registration opens on Oct 3!

(EPN was previously CEEP)

Oct 8&9


A dynamic workshop event to form disciples of Jesus Christ who live out good news for ALL creation. Join us for this exciting weekend of presentations, workshops and worship to deepen your understanding of the theology that underpins our work of creation care.

The event will be led by Dr. Collin Cornell and the Rev. Jerry Cappel, members of the Center for Deep Green Faith.

In-person registration is closed, but you can watch the live-streamed event.

See all of the details.

Annie Proulx with Sarah Stillman: Wetlands and the Climate Crisis

Livestreamed event:  October 6, 6:30 - 7:30 pm ET / 5:30-6:30 pm CT

The Library Lion and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize reveals the history of wetlands, their ecological role, and what their systematic destruction means for the planet.

Brimming with the same reverence for nature as her fiction, Annie Proulx’s new book is a compact history of the world's wetlands and the vitally important yet little understood role they play in preserving the environment—by storing the carbon emissions that greatly contribute to climate change. Charting the history of human interaction with these crucial natural resources, Proulx lays bare the frightening reality of wetland destruction and what it means for the planet and our survival. She speaks with The New Yorker staff writer Sarah Stillman.

Information and registration

Gratitude and Difference

A webinar from United Thank Offering

October 18, 12 pm ET / 11 am CT

What if we understood that unity doesn’t mean uniformity? What if we saw each other's uniqueness as valuable, as something to be grateful for? What would it feel like to be welcomed as you are without folks trying to change you? What would it feel like to be received in a congregation as a gift? Join us as we explore Lakota concepts of difference, ability, and community. We will discuss how our differences are what protect us and the dangers of uniformity.


Constable Grant

Applications are due by 10/24/22 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 October 24, 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 October 28, 2022. The Provincial Coordinator and chosen applicant will work together to submit by the November 1, 2022 deadline.

A guide to planned giving

Planned gifts are typically the largest gifts received by a charity and can transform religious organizations and congregations to become more sustainable, impactful, and vibrant entities for decades to come. This book provides practical advice to build a successful planned giving program and will be useful for anyone involved in stewardship.


“Having an active planned giving program is more important than ever for faith communities to thrive, grow, and plan for the future. I commend this valuable resource to all lay and clergy

religious leaders who are looking for guidance and inspiration in launching a program in their own local contexts.”

—Donald V. Romanik, President, Episcopal Church Foundation


Available from any Episcopal bookstoreAmazonBookshop, or your preferred bookseller. 


List Price: $29.95 | Paperback | 9781640654761

Clergy Spouses - meet "the Partner's Path"

Are you a clergy spouse or know someone who is?  Check out this great resource.  And share with your friends.

The Parner's Path:  Connection, Support & Soul Care

We support spouses of Episcopal clergy through community building, education, resources, and soul care, so that you might flourish in your community and in the world.

Read the latest newsletter or learn more

Share Coaching at your convention

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.

Registration is required.  

There is a monthly meeting to which you are invited.  The full list is available here.

Thank you to Province I for sharing this resource.

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


Use the Blue Campaign to get resources to share in your parish, your community, and your diocese.

September newsletter


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

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Newland Smith, Chicago


Clergy Spouses

Date of next meeting: Dec 12, 6pm CT/ 7 pm ET

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Charles Zaucha, Chicago


Creation Care

Date of next meeting: Oct 10, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

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


Dismantling Racism

Date of next meeting: Oct 6, 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: Oct 12, 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: Oct 15, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

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


The network has moved to a bi-monthly meeting schedule, and there will be no meeting in October. Instead, we suggest that you attend a good webinar on an immigration issue you want to know more about and tell us about what you learned at the November 15 network meeting. One possibility: A recorded webinar about "Family Separation in the Biden Era" by the National Immigrant Justice Center. Click here to find out more about this and other NIJC webinars you can watch at your convenience.

We invite everyone in Province V who is interested in helping to address immigration, refugee and asylum issues to be part of our network of mutual support. We can accomplish more by working together!

We also encourage you to join Episcopal Migration Ministries' Asylum and Detention Network. (See information below.)

The Episcopal Church has been actively concerned with the rights of refugees and migrants since the United States opened its borders to the first waves of immigrants from war-torn countries in the 1930s. For a brochure summarizing the Episcopal church's immigration-related programs and policies, click here.

EMM Meeting info

Next meetings: Sept 28, Oct, 26, 12 pm ET / 11 am CT

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

Date of next meeting: Oct 11, 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT

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: Oct 19, 12 pm E / 11 am C

Zoom link: (password 5)

Convener: Kathy Mank, Southern Ohio


Suicide Prevention Act

Write your senators and encourage them to pass this! Click here for a prepared letter and easy submission form.  (Yes, it talks about September being Suicide Prevention month, but you can still submit the form and to reach out to your senators.)

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

Interim Coordinator: Stacy Alan, Chicago


Campus Minister Retreat

Oct 18, arrive about 4 pm - 20, done after lunch, 2022

Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI

Registration is open! Contact Stacy Alan to register.

website for the monastery

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.

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

The Great 

EpisGOpal Race

NEW DATE - Oct 14-23

Information and Registration

The United Thank Offering and Episcopal Migration Ministries are teaming up to bring you the 3rd Annual Great EpisGOpal Race! Grab your sneakers and join together in gratitude to race your way.


Building on 20 years of partnership, UTO and EMM are coming together for the 2022 Great EpisGOpal Race. Through this race, we hope to promote the practice of gratitude for our bodies, environments, communities, and neighbors. The funds raised from this race will support EMM’s Neighbor to Neighbor initiative and the 2022 UTO Ingathering. Neighbor to Neighbor is a program offered by EMM, which was founded through funding from a UTO grant. Neighbor to Neighbor directly trains and provides support to faith communities who serve as community sponsors for their new neighbors. Anytime between Oct 14-23, choose your preferred mode and distance and race for good. You can bike a 10K, run a half marathon, or skate a mile—the options are limitless. Let’s race together in gratitude!

United Thank Offering Grant

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.

Women's Ministry

Event: Diocese of Chicago

Women's Fall Retreat

DeKoven Retreat Center

Come Away to a Quiet Place and Rest

October 21-23

Details and registration

In person registration ends Oct 9.

Virtual registration ends Oct 15.

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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