October 24, 2019

In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.”

Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world? For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” The framework – The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life – outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with this one. By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn - Learn - Pray - Worship - Bless - Go - Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world.

(Excerpted from An Invitation to the Way of Love , 2017. The Way of Love is our theme for the 145th Diocesan Convention.)

The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church
October 24
Celebration of New Ministry with St. Andrew's, Grand Rapids and the Rev. Molly Bosscher at 7pm.
November 2
Confirmation at Diocesan Convention. Register Candidates.
November 14
Celebration of New Ministry with St. John's, Sturgis and the Rev. James Lively at 7pm.
November 16
EYC hosts a going away party for Gennie Callard, former Assistant to the Bishop for Children and Youth Ministries at Camp Newaygo, 1-5pm.
November 23
Safeguarding God's Children Training hosted by St. Mark's, Grand Rapids from 9-12pm. Registration .
Dec. 7-8
Advent Retreat at Plainsong Farm for high school and middle school youth. Info and registration.
February 7-9
The Gathering youth event for high schoolers and young adults in Kalamazoo. Info and registration.
March 20-22
CHARGE youth event for middle schoolers at the Great Wolf Lodge. Info and registration.
May 8-20
Journeys of Paul - Pilgrimage through Greece. Info and Registration.
July 7-11
Episcopal Youth Event in Washington, DC for high school-aged youth and adult leaders. Info and Application.
EDWM in the NEWS
"Eastern Michigan elected the Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland Jr. to serve as bishop provisional of the diocese during their annual convention on Oct. 19, 2019..."
"' Every person deserves to be recognized. They lived. They loved. They worked. They deserve to be remembered,' said Mother Mary Perrin, rector at the St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church ..."
Bishop Hougland Elected Provisional in Eastern MI, to Serve Concurrently in Western MI
Vote officially kicks off 3-5 years of conversation
The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan voted to officially elect Bishop Hougland as their bishop provisio nal on Saturday, kicking off 3-5 years of conversation around deepened relationship, shared resources, and more between our two dioceses.

This next step is the result of nearly two and a half years of conversation, kicked off by the resignation Eastern Michigan's former bishop. Following a series of regional and diocesan-wide meetings, the Diocese of Eastern Michigan voted last Fall to invite the Diocese of Western Michigan to consent to the nomination of our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland, to serve as bishop provisional. In the Spring, after a series of meetings on the western side of the state, our Diocesan Council and Standing Committee voted unanimously to accept the invitation

Click here to view photos from Eastern Michigan's convention, including a passing of the crozier.
Click here to view the Bishop's announcement letter.
145th Diocesan Convention:
Registration Deadline is TOMORROW!
The deadline to register for the 145th Diocesan Convention is tomorrow, October 25th.

The convention will take place November 1-2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All information about registration, accommodations, business meeting, etc. is available at www.edwm.org/convention.

Emmanuel, Hastings Celebrates New Solar Panels
Plug-in celebration took place in Hastings
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings gathered with their community this week to celebrate the installation and "plug-in" of their new solar panels.

The 1863 church building now includes 62 rooftop solar energy panels as part of the congregation's commitment to steward God's creation through renewable energy. The installation will supply over half of the electric needs of the church and is part of the result of a relationship with Michigan Interfaith Power and Light.
Church of the Mediator, Harbert seeks a full-time Rector. View the listing.
St. Christopher's, Northport seeks a part-time Rector. View the listing .
Emmanuel, Petoskey seeks a full-time Rector. View the profile.
Building a Collective Voice of Moral Leadership
Hosted by Michigan Interfaith Power and Light
Michigan Interfaith Power and Light will host their 12th Sustainability Conference on Friday, November 8th at Marygrove College in Detroit. This event gathers leaders to  learn from front-line groups,  share stories about experiences and initiatives from across the state, and  connect with each other across denominational and faith divides.

The theme for this year's presentation is Building a Collective Voice of Moral Leadership and will feature keynote speakers Frank Ettawageshik and Shimekia Nichols.

Workshops will include: 
  • Listening to Evangelical Voices on Creation Care and Climate
  • Welcoming Strangers: Faith Communities Supporting Immigrants and Asylum Seekers
  • Soil and Humility: Reflections on Agriculture and Community
  • Solar Energy: Stewarding Decentralized Power Generation
  • and more

Safeguarding Training
Required training to be offered in person
St. Mark's, Grand Rapids will host a Safeguarding God's Children training on Saturday, November 23rd from 9am-Noon. The training costs $5 and registration must be completed before November 18th. Click here to register.

Click here to learn more about Safeguarding, including policies and training requirements, and to register for the online course.
Journeys of Paul Pilgrimage in Greece
Join the pilgrimage May 8-20, 2020
Join Bishop Hougland and other pilgrims from around the Dioceses of Western and Eastern Michigan in Greece next Summer as they walk in the footsteps of Paul.

The deadline to register is November 8th. Click here to learn more, including pricing, airfare, itinerary, and more.
October 27
Katherine Elise Plier in concert at Good Shepherd, Allegan at 6pm.
November 2
University of Michigan Men's Glee Club will perform at Christ Church, Charlevoix at 2pm.
November 3
Christ Church, Charlevoix celebrates 125 Years with a service using the 1892 Book of Common Prayer.

Second Annual Joy Huttar Memorial Recital featuring organist Dr. Thomas Gouwan at 3pm at Grace, Holland .
November 9
Holy Spirit, Belmont ECW's Christmas Delites (crafts, baked goods, silent auction).
November 10
Organist David Schout in concert at Good Shepherd, Allegan at 6pm.
November 26
Feeding the Soul of the City concert hosted by St. Paul's, Muskegon featuring Lee Murdock, "The Christmas Ship" (folk guitar) at 12:15pm.
December 7
Winter Songs & Carols at Grace, Traverse City featuring Manitou Winds at 7:30pm. Free will offering to benefit community lunch program.

31st annual Cookie Walk at St. Mark's, Paw Paw begins at 9am with raffle and cookies and crafts for purchase.

St. Nicholas Day Craft Bazaar from 10-4pm at St. David's, Lansing . Artists and crafters welcome - contact Andi Flitton .
December 31
Blood Drive with the Red Cross at St. Paul's Muskegon from 10-3pm.
Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2020
St. Paul's Muskegon is organizing a pilgrimage to Ireland and the Isle of Iona - "In the Footsteps fo St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columba". For information, contact the Rev. Mary Frens at 231-519-2792.

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