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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

April 6, 2023

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • School for Ministry - Register today!
  • Good Friday Offering
  • Cycle of Prayer - Quarter 2 uploaded to website

Read on for other announcements and the calendar!

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School for Ministry

Last Call for

The North Dakota School for Ministry

April 28-30 (Friday evening to Sunday lunch) 

at Maryvale, near Valley City


This is our primary resource for formation for shared ministry in our congregations and diocese and all who are engaged in church leadership or curious about it should consider attending. Most of the cost is covered by a grant.

Friday evening will include time for community building & story sharing.


Saturday will begin with Lectio-Divina based prayer led by Christie Iverson on behalf of the Reconciliation Committee, and feature four courses to support leadership in the church:

  • The Torah - Dr. Sean Burt
  • Anglican/Episcopal History and Ecclesiology - The Rev. John Floberg
  • Pastoral Ministry - The Rev. Robert Hoekstra
  • Sacramental Theology - The Rev. Harvey Henderson


There will also be time for discernment with members of the Commission on Ministry, especially for people who may be considering ordained leadership roles.


Sunday will provide time for reflection and integration of learning and Eucharist.


Register now at our website.

Please spread the word! The deadline is April 16, but it would be very helpful to have registrations sooner. We need at least 10 students!

School for Ministry Registration Form

Published Works

Fr. Jamie Parsley's Latest Poetry Book Is Accepted for Publication

Fr. Jamie Parsley, Rector at St. Stephen's Fargo, was recently notified by Kelsay Press that his latest book of poetry, Salt, was accepted for publication. This is Fr. Parsley's 15th book of poetry and it chronicles the grief he experienced after the death of his mother in 2018.

Rev. Kim Becker, ND Northwest Regional Coordinator, is the April author in Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day is a devotional booklet of daily reflections published by the Episcopal Church. You may see hard copies of It in your church, and it can also be found online. Forward contacted Rev. Becker and asked her to submit daily devotions for April. To read the daily devotions online, go to

Altar at All Saint's, Minot on Palm Sunday 2023

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for

Good Friday Offering to support ministry in

Jerusalem & Middle East

As The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering enters its second century, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites bishops, congregations, and supporters—in his annual Lent letter—into “that selfless way of living” demonstrated by Jesus of Nazareth on the cross.

First gathered in 1922, the initial Good Friday Offering was an intentional response of The Episcopal Church to support Anglican ministries in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East that were impacted by the devastation of World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic, and social and political unrest affecting Armenian Christians, among others throughout that region.

A lifeline of hope in times of genuine need in years past, the Good Friday Offering continues to support churches, medical programs, and schools today.

Read the full article here.

Youth and Young Adults

Ministry Developer


The Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota seeks an innovative, inclusive, resourceful person of faith to teach, guide, and support clergy and lay leaders in creating ministry that develops middle-school and high-school youth and young adult spirituality and community within congregations and in wider communities, including college campuses, throughout North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Gifts and skills needed include strong communication skills; social media; blogging; podcasts; emerging media; high motivation; and a “try-on” personality. Must be able to work with and nurture different age groups in various cultural contexts, including Native American and New American, and to offer adult and youth leaders support, encouragement, and resources. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. This position is for an initial term through December 31, 2025, with longer-term potential. Location of residence is flexible; frequent travel throughout the diocese is expected. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Click Here for the Job Description

New Season of Ministry Survey

Greetings from the members of the New Season of Ministry Task Force! After recommendations from the Diocesan Discernment Task Force, our diocese has made some changes in the last few years including increasing cohesive communication, rebuilding relationships, addressing racial healing and reconciliation, youth and young adult ministries, diocesan leadership and administration, and looking to new models of congregational leadership and ministry. As we are now discerning options for our long-term future, the New Season of Ministry Task Force (NSMTF) wants to hear from you about how things are currently going in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. Please share your thoughts on the following questions. Members of the Task Force will be visiting congregations in the Diocese to follow up on this survey. To find the survey, please click here.


If you have any questions please email the Task Force co-chairs, John Baird and Carmine Goodhouse.

New Season of Ministry Survey

Cycle of Prayer

The Anglican and Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for January through March and April through June, is available on the diocesan website, in both PDF and Word versions, so you can include these prayers in your weekly worship.

If there is an edit needed to the Cycle of Prayer, please email the Diocesan office.

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All times are Central Time

Bishop Tom in North Dakota - April 18-25

  • April 9: Easter Sunday
  • April 10: Diocesan Office Closed - Easter Monday
  • April 11: School for Ministry (Ministry track); Zoom @ 7:00pm
  • April 14-15: Reconciliation Committee Retreat; Bismarck
  • April 16: New Season of Ministry Task Force Meeting; Zoom @ 6:00pm
  • April 20: dMST & Finance Check-In; Zoom @ 8:30am
  • April 20: School for Ministry (Scripture track); Zoom @ 7:00pm
  • April 21: dMST Meeting; Minot @ 9:30am
  • April 21-22: Diocesan Council Meeting; Minot
  • April 23: Bishop's Visitation - All Saint's, Minot
  • April 28-30: School for Ministry; Maryvale


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