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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

July 13, 2023

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • At the Threshold! 2023 Diocesan Convention
  • Province VI ECW Gathering

Read on for other announcements and the calendar!

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Positions that are open for election:

  • 1 Lay Standing Committee term (3 years)
  • 1 Clergy Standing Committee term (3 years)
  • 1 Clergy Standing Committee term (2 years)
  • 2 East Region Council terms
  • 2 West Region Council terms
  • Secretary of Convention
  • Treasurer of the Diocese
  • 4 Lay General Convention Deputy Alternates
  • 4 Clergy General Convention Deputy Alternates


Position descriptions and nomination forms are available on the convention web page, or by emailing the Diocesan Office.


Hotel Information

The Convention will take place at the Baymont Inn in Mandan, ND.

           2611 Old Red Trail

           Mandan, ND 58554


To make a reservation, please call 701-663-7401. Mention the “Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota Convention” to be reserved in our room block.



Resolutions are due to the Diocesan Office by August 27, 2023. Please email them to the Diocesan Office. Those discerning whether to submit resolutions are strongly encouraged to prayerfully consider whether the resolution process is the best way to engage the topics being addressed, given the diversity and vulnerability of our diocesan community in this liminal time, and the focus of this year’s Convention on recommendations from the New Season of Ministry Task Force.

Congratulations to Amy Morrow, Diocesan Treasurer, and Josh Stalboerger as they celebrated their marriage on July 8, 2023!

Congratulations to Kristi Venhuizen, of St. Paul's in Grand Forks, for her appointment by Governor Burgum to a newly created judgeship in the Northeast Central Judicial District, based in Grand Forks. Kristi is a former Chancellor of the Diocese of North Dakota and the daughter of Ross and Donna Pettit. Donna currently serves on Diocesan Council and as chairperson of the Congregational Development Committee. 

Innocent Goodhouse-Mauai, Scarlett Goodhouse, and Chloe Gullikson sent this from the Episcopal Youth Event 2023 last week. A small, but mighty ND contingent teamed up with Minnesota. Can't wait to hear more!


Province VI Episcopal Church Women Zoom Retreat - July 22, 2023

2:00pm-4:30pm Central Daylight Time


1. Rev. Scott Afton - Responding to Addiction with Serenity, Courage and Wisdom

2.Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman—Strengthing our Spiritual DNA –The Courage of our Biblical Foremothers

3.The women of the Hmong culture will also be sharing how to make eggrolls. The recipe will be sent with the Zoom link if you want to follow along.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Diocesan Office and Jess will send you a registration form to fill out and send in to the Province VI ECW.

Open Road Fund

The Open Road Fund is a community resource granting $50 million to Black folks in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in order to create tangible pathways to liberation and prosperity. Stewarded by Nexus Community Partners and resourced by the Bush Foundation, the Open Road Fund aims to redistribute resources to present-day descendants of the Atlantic Slave Trade in an effort to build Black wealth within our communities. Applications are open until July 28, 2023. More information and application links are available here.

 WoDakota Appeal Update

Thanks to all who helped us surpass our $50,000 goal for the WoDakota Appeal. To date 46 number of people have donated $51,480. There is still time to contribute. If you would like to do so, please go to the diocesan website and click on the Donate button.

Cycle of Prayer

The Anglican and Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for Quarter 3 (July through September) 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 Ely in North Dakota: July 18th-August 1st

Bishop's Visitation: July 23rd @ Williston and Cartwright

Bishop's Visitation: July 30th @ Walhalla


  • July 13: dMST Meeting (Zoom); 9am
  • July 21-22: New Season of Ministry Task Force Retreat (Bismarck)
  • July 23: Diocesan Council Meeting (Zoom); 5pm
  • July 26: dMST Meeting (Fort Totten); 10am
  • August 1: Province VI Small Church Gathering (Zoom); 7:30pm
  • August 2: Convention Planning Meeting (Zoom); 6pm
  • August 10: dMST Meeting (Zoom); 9am


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Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota


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