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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

April 19, 2023

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • School for Ministry - Cancelled
  • Published Works
  • Episcopal News Service article on UTO White Shield Environmental Reparations
  • Cycle of Prayer

Read on for other announcements and the calendar!

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School for Ministry -- Cancelled


The School for Ministry gathering scheduled for later this month has been cancelled due to low enrollment. The Diocesan Council and Commission on Ministry will be talking soon about future plans for the School for Ministry. Please let the Rev. Steve Godfrey or the Rev. Harvey Henderson know if you have thoughts!

Published Works

Rev. Kim Becker, ND Northwest Regional Coordinator, has an essay in the newly-released anthology on Native identity: Unpapered: Writers Consider Native American Identity and Cultural Belonging.

This anthology is edited by Diane Glancy and Linda Rodriguez.

Click Here for More Information

North Dakota church plans prayer path, traditional garden as environmental reparations for Native Americans displaced 70 years ago by river dam project

Article from the Episcopal News Service:

Later this spring, after the snow melts and it’s warm enough to plant, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, White Shield, North Dakota, will begin construction of a prayer path to commemorate six Indigenous communities lost to the creation of Lake Sakakawea in 1953. The Missouri River, which runs through the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota, was dammed in a project that ultimately displaced over 1,700 Indigenous people – 80% of those who lived on the reservation – and the loss of the rich farmland they and their ancestors had cultivated for centuries. ...

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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 [email protected].

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 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
  • May 2: Clergy & Congregation Leadership Check-In; Zoom @ 6:30pm
  • May 2: Province VI Small Church Gathering; Zoom @ 7:30pm
  • May 4: dMST & Finance Check-In; Zoom @ 8:30am


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Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota


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