New Leadership

With the 142nd convention behind us, some of our leadership boards are reshaping with new members. Here is a rundown of representation.

The Deaneries
Currently, the diocese is divided into deaneries, regional areas led by Deanery Chairs.  Click here for a list of Deanery Chairs.

Diocesan Council
The EDWM Diocesan Council acts as the diocesan convention in recess. Click here for a new Diocesan Council roster.

Standing Committee
The Standing Committee advises the bishop. Click here to see a list of Standing Committee members.

79th General Convention General Convention of the Episcopal Church
Click here for EDWM deputation to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, to be held July 5 - July 13 in Austin, TX. We have four clergy and four lay deputies, who will all attend the convention, as well as first alternates.
The ECW Outreach Booklet

At the 142nd EDWM Convention in Battle Creek November 4-5, we distributed the ECW Outreach Booklet. Thirty-eight congregations are featured in the full-color booklet.

Char Camfield, longtime president of the diocesan chapter of ECW, envisioned updating the outreach booklet, which hadn't been done since 2008.

It was important to her to acknowledge the contributions of parishes to their communities. It was important to her that new ideas be shared among parishes.  No matter how small the effort, seeds can be planted that might grow into wonderful undertakings in communities. 

Char said, "The seed planted today just might become a plant in another garden during the next season!"
- Char Camfield, 1938-2016

The diocesan office has extra copies of the booklet. If you would like a copy, please send a $5 contribution to the following

c/o EDWM
535 S. Burdick, Suite #1
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Click here to see the online version of the book.

The Vigil of Our Lord's Baptism
Service of Confirmation, Reception & Reaffirmation

Parishes in the EDWM are invited to register their candidates for confirmation, reception and reaffirmation on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Church of the Mediator ( click here for map).

The service will begin at 11 a.m. with rehearsal for all participants an hour before at 10 a.m.

A light luncheon reception will follow.

If you have questions about the service, they may be directed to the Church of the Mediator office at 269-469-1441 or email

Click here to register.

Additional 2017 Confirmation Dates
April 15, 2017 - The Great Vigil of Easter, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids ( click here for map).
June 3, 2017 - The Eve of Pentecost, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Beulah ( click here for map).
November 4, 2017 - Convention Eucharist and the Eve of All Saints Sunday, downtown Kalamazoo. 

For more information on confirmation, reception and reaffirmation, click here to go to our Confirmation page. There you will find diocesan-approved curriculum for preparation.
Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence: A Conference Facilitated by Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Bishops United Against Gun Violence will offer a three-day conference grounded in scripture, liturgy and theology. The conference will feature speakers and discussions on poverty, racism and gun violence, contextual Bible study, education and advocacy workshops and a prayerful procession to sites of gun violence on Chicago's South Side April 20-22, 2017 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Bishop Hougland is a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

Click here for more information  including registration information.
2017 United Thank Offering grant applications now accepted

Applications are now accepted for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants. The application forms are available here.

The focus for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants is Evangelism - Reconciliation: Following Jesus' way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation.

"This is the Jesus Movement and the United Thank Offering is a part of the Jesus Movement," commented Sandra K. Squires, Ed.D., United Thank Offering Board President. "Join us as the United Thank Offering continues its tradition of thankfulness by awarding grants for 2017."

Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

Job Opening: Community Development and Parish Administrator

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan is looking for someone to
provide a ministry of community development and engagement and to manage the administrative and financial responsibilities of the parish. The Community Development and Parish Administrator will work with parishioners and visitors, and the wider community to improve communication, use of church space by parish and community groups, support of church ministries and committees, collaboration with volunteers, financial management, phone and email support, and supplies and inventory management. The Community Development and Parish Administrator will be a resource person and a welcoming and responsive presence in our church office. For more information, click here for the position description and application. Applications due by January 6, 2017.

Saint Nicholas Day Celebration

at Grace Episcopal Church, Holland
555 Michigan Ave
Holland, MI 49423
December 10th
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Click here to register

This is a gathering with the Bishop for children of all ages celebrating St. Nicholas, one of our favorite saints. There will be activities and games, along with worship and an outreach project.
Did you know that St. Nicholas gave gifts to the poor? Please bring a gift of books that we can hand out to early readers.
Snacks & lunch will be provided.
It will be a great time to gather as our diocesan family to ring in the holiday season, and celebrate the season of Advent by remembering our Christian roots of charity and fellowship.

Please remember to register so we'll have enough food.
Bishop Hougland's Address to Convention
Click below to see exerpts from  Bishop Hougland's joyful address to the 142nd Convention.

Bishop Hougland's address to the 142nd Convention
Bishop Hougland's address to the 142nd Convention

During his address, Bishop Hougland showed videos from these parish ministries.
Albion Community Gardens, St. James Church
The Explore and Soar Reading Club, Holy Spirit Church, Belmont
Victims of Gun Violence Memorial, St. Thomas, Battle Creek
Two Churches, Kentwood

These videos demonstrate not only great ministries, but also how making simple videos can help inspire, motivate and inform people of the good news of your ministry.

More to come, including video exerpts from our keynote speaker's (the Rev. Eric Law of the  Kaleidescope Institute) presentation.

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