Enbridge's Line 5 Oil Pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac
& more on EDWM creation care

The emerging vision of our diocese, laid out in the Diocesan Council resolution created in 2015, indicates that "caring for creation ... addressing the needs for food, water, shelter, and racial reconciliation and justice" is a priority for West Michigan Episcopalians. For that reason, our diocese has joined the other three Michigan dioceses to oppose the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. Line 5 is a 645-mile, 30-inch-diameter pipeline that travels through Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, originating in Superior, Wisconsin, and terminating in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. 

Church leaders representing all of Michigan's 202 Episcopal parishes have now endorsed resolutions calling for Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac to be shut down unless Gov. Rick Snyder guarantees their safety.

In a resolution signed Feb. 18, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan implored Snyder to use his executive power to protect the "integrity of creation."

"We fellow stewards of the gift of creation, strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth," the resolution, signed by Bishop Whayne M. Hougland Jr., reads. "By sustaining the life of the earth, we work toward justice and peace among all people."

Enbridge, a Canadian oil company,  pumps an estimated 20 million gallons of oil  between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas per day. It has recently been discovered the line  has protective coating defects in 19 places.

The diocese is calling on Snyder to limit the amount of oil passing through the pipeline to no more than 300,000 barrels, or about 12.6 million gallons, per day until "an independent panel of experts has verified that Line 5 is safe."

"A powerful message is now asking the governor to act now to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill," said Gary Street, a resident of Cheboygan County and church member who assisted the Diocese in drafting the resolution. "As people of faith we are stewards of God's creation and Bishop Hougland's leadership on this issue is critically important."

Episcopal Dioceses in Michigan, Western and Northern Michigan have endorsed similar resolutions, all citing the state's authority over the Straits pipelines under a 1953 easement agreement with Enbridge. Additionally, 67 local cities, townships, counties and tribal organizations have endorsed shutting down Line 5 oil through the Straits.

Climate Change

Bishop Hougland joined a coalition of two dozen bishops opposing a March 28 executive order signed by President Donald Trump rolling back Obama administration regulations on carbon emissions and other regulations designed to combat global warming.

Bishops from across the Episcopal Church have continued to sign on.

Episcopal Church Leadership Positions

Nominations are now being accepted for various Episcopal Church positions, committees or boards that will be elected during the next General Convention.

The Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee for Nominations for General Convention has issued a call for nominations for five positions. Elections will take place at the 79th General Convention, to be held in Austin, TX, Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018.

Nominations are accepted for the following committees/boards:

Trustee, The Church Pension Fund
Member of Executive Council
Member of General Board of Examining Chaplains
Trustee, General Theological Seminary
Member of Disciplinary Board for Bishops
In Celebration of Mother Earth

Adult Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment, a retreat center in South Bend, IN that focuses on adult, mature approaches to concerns of life, faith and religion is sponsoring a workshop called "In Celebration of Mother Earth," a workshop led and facilitated by Bude Van Dyke. Bude is a gifted musician, songwriter and is currently serving as Spiritual Director for a large regional residential outpatient addiction treatment company.

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The Ordination of Sister Diane Stier 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. Sister Diane Stier  to the Sacred Priesthood  in  Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
Saturday, May 27, 2017    2:00 p.m.
Emmaus Monastery,  10154 Pine Grove Road, Vestaburg, Michigan,  ( see map )

Your prayers and presence are requested.
Clergy: Cassock, Surplice & Red Stoles
Reception to follow.

The Liturgy of Parting

The Rev. Michael Ryan, Rector of Church of the Epiphany, South Haven, and Mary Moore, Senior Warden, led the congregation in a liturgy of parting on February 26, in preparation for Fr. Michael's sabbatical leave. Funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, Michael's journey includes visiting intentional communities in Ireland, Scotland and England, as well as selected retreat sites.

While he is away, the congregation is engaging in another kind of pilgrimage, including study of the book " The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within," led by Jay Freel Landry, pastoral assistant at St. Basil Catholic Church in South Haven. We are also visiting other churches, and have two parish retreats planned to consider pilgrimage as a community.

Fr. Michael has a blog, which can be found here. He returns to South Haven June 11.
Episcopal Youth Camp - Early Bird Special for 2017

Register your camper by Easter Monday, April 17th, and receive $50 off the cost of camp.

Camp Dates and Locations
Senior Camp: June 18-24 a t Cran-Hill Ranch (near Big Rapids) for those entering high school - grades 9-12.
Middle Camp:  August 6-12 at Camp Newaygo for those entering 6th-8th grades in middle school.
Junior Camp:  August 13-19 at Camp Newaygo for those entering 3rd-5th grades.

Weekend Camp:  July 21-23 at Cran-Hill Ranch (near Big Rapids). For all ages. Also known as "Family Camp." Minors must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Leadership Camp  ages 13-18
Counselors in Training  open to ages 16-18 (not out of high school) during Middle Camp Aug. 6-12 at Camp Newaygo.
Leaders in Training  ages 13-16 during Junior Camp Aug. 13-19 at Camp Newaygo

The Cost of Camp

Youth Camp  (senior, middle, junior): $395 - or $345 with the $50 "Early Bird" deduction
Weekend Camp: $50 per person
Leadership Camp: $335.

All supplies and activities are included with the registration cost. We encourage parishes, organizations within parishes and family members to help offset the amount the individual has to pay. We are committed to keep camper fees as low as possible.  About half of the cost of camp is underwritten by the Diocese of Western Michigan's yearly budget and we receive grants from individuals and institutions around the diocese. We are also grateful to the Bishop Whittemore Foundation for partnering with us and helping to support and sustain EYC.  Click here to learn more about financial assistance.

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.

The Great Vigil of Easter will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church, Grand Rapids. Parish administrators and clergy may register candidates here.

"Examining Our Own Racism," the diocesan anti-racism required curriculum will be held in Traverse City on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Lunch is provided and cost is $20. Click here to register.
A Time to Teach, A Time to Preach, and A Time to Heal

The St. David's chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician is holding a Healing Conference at St. David's Episcopal Church in Lansing on Saturday, May 13 (click here for map)

The day will begin with registration and introductions from 9:00 to 9:30, followed an hour of "quiet time." The program will consist of viewing and discussing three short video programs provided by OSL entitled "Believe That God Heals Today," "How Do I Receive Healing?" and "Spiritual Habits for Healing." The program also includes Holy Communion, with the Rev. David Pike preaching, and a time of prayer ministry for those who wish to receive it. The registration fee of $10 includes lunch. For more information and/or registration, contact Jerry Williams at 517-882-4142 or jerrywill42@comcast.net.