June 18, 2020
A statement from the Diversity and Reconciliation Commission
One-minute read.
 Following a meeting held on June 10, 2020, West Missouri’s Diversity and Reconciliation Commission issued a statement, which can be seen at the link below. Also included are links to some recommended resources.

Deon Johnson consecrated as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
One-minute read.
On Saturday, June 13, 2020, Deon Kevin Johnson became the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri in a small service at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.

Inaugural Great EpisGOpal Race
One-minute read.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) invites all to support the 2020 Ingathering by joining them in gratitude, grabbing a pair of sneakers, and racing your way in the Great EpisGOpal Virtual Race.

The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission to hold book study sessions online
Two-minute read.
The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission has had to postpone its workshops due to COVID-19. To continue our work until we are able to come meet together in person, you are invited to join with us in online book study sessions.

The Cross – June 2020 Issue
One-minute read.
The June edition of The Cross, the magazine of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, a worldwide ministry to men and youth in the Episcopal and Anglican communion is available to read online.

The Supreme Court, Sexuality, and Romans 1
Five-minute read.
On June 15, in a 6-to-3 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and sex, also applies to gay workers. The ruling means that gay people can’t be fired simply for being gay. People are going to protest against this ruling, and they’re going to quote Romans 1 in the protest. So, rather than ignore it or pretend it’s not there, let’s just deal with those passages head-on, shall we?

Be the change you wish to see in the world
One-minute read.
If you’ve been spending the last week wondering how to be a positive force working towards a world where pain and suffering isn’t caused by a fellow human there are answers.

Art As Meditation
One-minute read.
Can we paint our way to peace and awareness? Maybe so, because it’s not about skill or a frameable finished product. It’s all about the process.

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Online worship & prayers
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of all we know about. If you know of others, please let us know."
Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

The COVID-19 webpage to provides links to all the key resources you need.

What's Happening
On Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. God willing, Melissa Roberts George will be ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests. The service will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Youth Events
July 10-12
   Go Outside! A Self-guided Retreat, Online.
July 20-24
Digital MissionPalooza. Online.
Church Events
June 27
Ordination of Melissa George to the Sacred Order of Priests. 2:00 p.m. Livestreamed on YouTube.
July 3
Diocesan Office closed.
External Events
June 25
Meetings
June 20
Central Deanery, Online. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
July 7
Finance Committee, Online. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July 8
Diversity and Reconciliation Commission. St Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
July 17
Commission on Ministry. Online. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Deadlines
July 1
July 17
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Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inserts

Several bulletin inserts and posters are available in the article linked to below.

Inserts from The Episcopal Church

These weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church, and may be of help to churches with limited time and resources to prepare weekly bulletins.

In Case You Missed It
Episcopal Church Women accepting scholarship applications through Friday, July 17, 2020
One-minute read.
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) have scholarship opportunities available to women who are at least twenty-three years of age, a member of a parish or mission in The Diocese of West Missouri and who are studying for the diaconate or priesthood.

Looking Ahead: General Convention planning 2021
Three-minute read.
A letter to Episcopalians from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español.

Photo Gallery – Prayer for Racial Justice
19 pictures.
Photo gallery of the June 3, Prayer for Racial Justice event held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

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