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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

August 10, 2023

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • At the Threshold! 2023 Diocesan Convention
  • Owaŝte Wakaŋ: Sacred Healing, Antiracism and Racial Reconciliation
  • Safe Church Announcement

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. Please prayerfully consider one of the above open positions and fill out the nomination form.

Nomination forms are available by clicking the button below, on the Diocesan Convention webpage, or by contacting 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.

Nomination Form

Owaŝte Wakaŋ: 

Sacred Healing, Antiracism and Racial Reconciliation

Sept. 29-30, 2023 (Friday supper through mid-afternoon Saturday)

Prairie Knights Lodge & Casino, Standing Rock

Led by the Venerable Paul Sneve, Archdeacon, Diocese of South Dakota


The Reconciliation Committee of the Diocese of North Dakota invites all members of the Dioceses of North Dakota and South Dakota to gather for this important formation, which is required by The Episcopal Church for lay and ordained leaders. This program has been designed to address General Convention’s requirements and certification of attendance will be provided to all who complete the seminar.


Participants are invited to contribute $50, as able, to help cover the costs of the presentation, lodging, and food. Those able to contribute more are encouraged to do so. One night’s lodging and three meals are included. (Most of the cost of this program is covered by the diocesan budget.)


Register by filling out the below form or by contacting the Diocesan Office.

Registration Form

Safe Church Renewed - Up and Running

Our Safe Church commitment has been refreshed and renewed. Two revised policies have been distributed to all clergy, wardens and other congregational leaders with a message from our Provisional Bishop Tom Ely. 

There is a new safe church spot on the diocesan web page ( that includes links to the new policies, instructions for congregations about training and background checks and a number of resources including a page of frequently asked questions/answers (FAQ).  

Those with congregational leadership responsibilities are urged to review this information now and begin to activate the local efforts as described in the policies and instructions.  

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: August 19th-23rd

Bishop's Visitation: August 20th @ St. John the Divine, Moorhead


  • August 20: New Season of Ministry Task Force Meeting (Zoom); 6:00pm
  • August 22: Diocesan Ministry Support Team Meeting (Fargo); 11am
  • September 1: Sheaf deadline!
  • September 4: Diocesan Office Closed - Labor Day
  • September 5: Clergy & Congregational Leaders Meeting (Zoom); 6:30pm
  • September 5: Province VI Small Church Gathering (Zoom); 7:30pm
  • September 7: Diocesan Ministry Support Team Meeting (Zoom); 9am


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Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota


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