From our Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer: The Rev. Mike Wernick

Confronting Tribalism

The Rev. Mike Wernick writes eloquently in this piece about how we become aware, as we grow older, of the underlying divisions and diversity among us, and how that awareness inherently divides some of us, to our detriment.

"Many churches are caught up in a kind of denominational tribalism, asserting their own inherent rightness, above and beyond all others. Global insistence that we are right and others are wrong is killing us." - the Rev. Mike Wernick

Click here to read the article.
Sudanese Grace Carwash Fundraiser
On June 17th, Sudanese Grace Episcopal Sunday school will launch a fundraising car wash. 

The venue will be Holy Trinity Episcopal  in Wyoming (click here for map) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per a car and  50% of proceed will go to diocesan youth camp scholarships.

Questions about Sudanese Grace? Contact the Rev. Zachariah Char at
Fall Prevention is June's Safety & Health Observance

Have you ever fallen down stairs, tripped on a cord, or slipped on a rug? One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to injuries such as broken bones and other health problems. Often times the hazards contributing to falls can be easy to fix.

June is National Safety Month and we ask all members to help reduce the risk of falls.

Here are a few steps to prevent falls at home:
  • Exercise regularly to get better balance, coordination, and strength (this can be gentle exercise and can even be done seated on a chair) 
  • Have eye exams at least once a year
  • Get up slowly after you sit or lie down
  • Wear sensible shoes inside and outside the house. Avoid slippers or going barefoot
  • Use a nonslip mat or self-stick strips on tub or shower floor
  • Pick up or move things you can trip over, like cords, papers, shoes, books
  • Fix loose handrails, or install handrails on both sides of stairways
  • Have good lighting
  • Keep often used kitchen items in easy-to-reach cabinets 
Other safety tips:
  • Keep emergency numbers in large print near the phone
  • Put a phone near floor in case you fall and can't get up
  • Think about wearing an alarm device that will bring help in case you fall 
Learn More
A Home Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
Lower Your Risk of Falling
Simple Tips To Prevent Falls

Do you have a question about a health topic? Contact Health Ministry volunteer Eva Jerome at
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Rev. Lily Marx Ordination to the Priesthood

By the Grace of God,  and with the Consent of the People of God, t he Right Reverend Whayne M. Hougland, Jr.,  Bishop of Western Michigan,  will ordain
 the Rev. Lily Esther Marx
  to the Sacred Order of Priests  in  Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
  Saturday,July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at  St. Gregory's Episcopal Church  ( see map )
Your prayers and presence are requested.
Clergy: Cassock, Surplice & Red Stoles

Luncheon reception to follow at
Verdoni's Event Center
211 W. Seaway Drive       Muskegon, Michigan 49440

Camp News

Episcopal Youth Camp is seeking male cabin counselors for Middle and Junior Camps in August. While camp enriches the faith lives of the children who attend, it is a little known fact that staff find themselves blessed by the experience as well. Those who serve on staff return year after year for this experiences. Please consider serving on the staff!

Middle Camp (middle school ages),  August 5-12
One male cabin counselor needed.

Junior Camp  (grades 3-5), August 12-19
Four more cabin counselors are needed, without which, the camp will be unable to run the Leaders in Training portion of the camp.

To volunteer for these positions, contact Gennie Callard, Bishop's Assistant for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries at (269) 381-2710, ext. 13 or

The Episcopal Youth Camp has well over 110 campers, and the registration deadline for the younger camps are still over a month away (due July 24). See registration information here.

Prayers Appreciated! Senior Camp begins this Sunday near Big Rapids. See prayer suggestions here.

Events and Updates

Traverse Deanery Restructuring Task Force will present its recommendations on staffing, budget and funding, canon changes and more at four different gatherings across the diocese. In this video, Bishop Whayne Hougland explains why the input and support of Episcopalians across the diocese is important as we prepare to discuss and implement these upcoming changes. This meeting will be this  Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at Grace Church, Traverse City (click here for map).

Plainsong Farm had originally planned to begin its Summer 2017 Sabbath at the Farm Series in June, but has changed the start date to July 9th. Click here for more information on Sabbath at the Farm.
Online Focus Group for Part-time Clergy of Small Congregations 

July 18, 2017   3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  EST

This focus group discussion is for part-time clergy of small Episcopal congregations. As the median Average Sunday Attendance of Episcopal Churches is 60, "small congregations" are those who have an Average Sunday Attendance of less than 60.

The purpose of this focus group is for ECF program staff to listen to the critical challenges that part-time clergy of small congregations face in the areas of strategic planning, leadership, and financial resources. ECF program staff wish to learn what are the areas of greatest need, what types of resources would be most helpful, and what are existing sources of support for part-time clergy of small congregations. The structure of this one hour conversation will be a combination of poll questions and discussion.

As the purpose of this focus group is to hear from part-time clergy of small congregations, we ask that you only register if you fit this category. ECF is limiting the size of each focus group to twenty people in the hopes that this will allow for group discussion. Click here to register.