A Message From Bishop Hougland

EDWM's June 2017 Restructure Meetings
Click to hear the Bishop's message about upcoming restructure meetings

The Restructuring Task Force will present its recommendations on staffing, budget and funding, canon changes and more at four different gatherings across the diocese. In the video above, Bishop Whayne Hougland explains why the input and support of Episcopalians across the diocese is imporant as we prepare to discuss and implement these upcoming changes.

Eastern Deanery
Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas, Battle Creek

Grand Valley & Lakeshore Deaneries
Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.  at St. Andrew's, Grand Rapids

St. Joseph Deanery
Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas, Portage

Traverse Deanery
Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Grace Church, Traverse City
Counseling Services in the Diocese

Body, mind and spirit are three words we hear as the cornerstones of health. Counseling and consultation for laity and clergy is available through EDWM's Pastoral Care and Counseling program. Located at St. Luke's in Kalamazoo, the focus of counseling includes stress overload, job loss, marital conflict and loss of a relationship.

The mission of the program is to support clergy, congregations and ministries of the diocese, as well as to strengthen and preserve family life, and prevent individual and family breakdown through counseling.

Dr. Ken Reid runs the program; he is a clinical social worker and has been with the program since 1976. He is professor emeritus of Social Work at Western Michigan University. He is also the author of " How Many Therapists Does It Take?: The Wit and Wisdom of Psychotherapy"

 For more information, contact Ken Reid by phone at (269) 381-4442.  Learn more on our website.

Good Shepherd Church, Allegan to host screening of "Bridegroom"

In observance of Pride Month,  The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Allegan ( click here for map) is hosting a free screening of the movie "Bridegroom" on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in their sanctuary. 

This documentary is about the tragic results of homophobia. It is an award-winning film from writer/producer/director Linda Bloodworth Thomason. It chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his same-sex partner Thomas Lee "Tom" Bridegroom, who died in a tragic accident. After Bridegroom's death, Crone found himself cut off and deprived of any legal protection. The film tells the story of their 6-year-long relationship, and the struggles Crone faced after Bridegroom's death, including the family not allowing Crone to attend the funeral of his life partner.

A free will offering will be taken to benefit Outfront Kalamazoo (formerly the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center). 

Al are welcome. The Church of the Good Shepherd is a welcoming and affirming Episcopal congregation, they are member of Integrity, the Episcopal branch of Believe Outloud.
First Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity

Members of the diocese are warmly invited to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, (click here for map), on August 11-12 for the "First Great Lakes Conference on Anglican Catholicity."

This conference is offered by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society of Catholic Priests in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada  and is designed to offer to laity and clergy alike some of the riches of the catholic stream of Anglicanism. 

The keynote speaker will be Father Martin Smith, former Superior of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and a former speaker at our own diocesan convention. Fr. Smith's address will be "Baptism and the Mystical Core of the Gospel: A Catholic Perspective." In addition to the keynote address, there will be offerings of worship in the high tradition of the church and a variety of workshops on practical aspects of the worship, devotional, and historical life of catholic anglicanism. Find out more and register to attend online here
Pilgrimage with the Bishop

In cooperation with EO Travel and Dr. Douglas Mohrmann, Bishop Hougland and his wife Dana are planning a pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine April 10-19, 2018, with an optional extension ( April 19-22), with room for 45 pilgrims on the journey.

The pilgrimage starts at a cost of $2,598.00. Airfare is additional, but airfare for all pilgrims will be arranged by Dr. Mohrmann. 

Interested persons can register via the web by clicking here.  There you enter the Tour Number HL18, Date 041018, Code E, and ID 57441. Any registration questions can be made directly to EO Tours at (800) 247-0017, referencing our tour ID number 57441. They will handle all registrations and issue billing statements.

Register by June 10, 2017 and receive $125 off!
Support camp
You Can Support Camp

Episcopal Youth Camp, held every summer in our diocese, strives to be a pivotal part of the formation of young people. We come together to form a Christian community as we play and pray, sing and share, and look outside ourselves to serve through outreach. 

We invite young people into a deeper relationship with each other and with God.

You can be a part of camp. From serving as camp staff for a week, or helping for a few hours with check-in, there are opportunities available for anyone who wants to participate in this ministry. We also need donations of snacks and financial support to help the campers who can't afford to attend. Click here to donate.

Have you registered your camper? Online registrations are open.
  • Senior Camp registrations are due Monday, June 5
  • Weekend camp are due Monday, July 17
  • Middle & Junior Camp are  due Monday, July 24
Click here to register.
Registration and Events 

The Domestic Missions Team is accepting registrations for the mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation July 7-15, 2017. Click here to register.

Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City is hosting Godly Play training June 9-11 at their church.  You can get details about times and locations for the training by clicking hereOr contact Grace Youth Director Donna Olendorf at youth@gracetc.org (231-947-2330, ex. 309). Registration closes May 31st.

Episcopal Church Women of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan will hold its 136th annual meeting at t he Church of the Mediator in Harbert ( click here for map) on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The speaker is Susan O'Brien, National President of the Order of the Daughters of the King, and the cost is $35. Questions can be directed to Marilee Roth at 269-313-1025 or email at  mroth@lakelandhealth.orgClick here to upload the registration form and flyer. The theme is "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart."
Bishop Hougland to Celebrate Ascension Day in Portage

A group of parishes in the Kalamazoo area has been discussing shared ministry. They decided at their last meeting to host a joint Ascension Day Eucharist on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 at St. Barnabas' Church, Portage (click here for map). All are welcome. Bishop Hougland will celebrate.
The congregations of St. Mark's, Paw Paw, Good Shepherd, Allegan, St. Stephen's, Plainwell, St. Francis', Orangeville, St. Barnabas', Portage and Trinity Church, Three Rivers have met several times over the past months to consider how they might share ministry resources based on a model used in the diocese of Northern Indiana.  Members of St. Paul's in St. Joseph, St. Paul's, Dowagiac; and Trinity Church, Niles are having similar conversations.
One bit of advice these congregations received recently is to find opportunities, like Ascension Day, for common worship and fellowship.
Following the Eucharist there will be an opportunity for fellowship (we ask that folks might bring a sweet or snack to share) and a very brief meeting to set future dates for on-going conversation. If you have questions or want more information please contact Canon Spaid at the diocesan office at wspaid@edwm.org.