The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is comprised of nearly 8,000 people in 58 diverse communities of faith, including four seasonal chapels, throughout West Michigan. The Diocese of Western Michigan is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third largest Christian communion on Earth with about 80 million active members.
On August 13, 2017, our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland, Jr., and his wife Dana visited St. Christopher’s and celebrated our Sunday Eucharist. Bishop Hougland spoke about the exciting changes taking place in our Diocese, the details of which continue to be revealed and explained on the Diocesan Website (see the link below). He and Mrs. Hoagland also joined St. Christopher’s Vestry for Brunch and an informal discussion about issues facing our parish and the wider community. Here are a few photos taken during our service. See our Photo Page for more photos taken during the Bishop’s visit.
The 143rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
The 143rd Annual Convention of our Diocese took place on November 3rd and 4th, 2017, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. St. Christopher’s Lay Delegates Carol Isphording and Marilyn Zimmerman attended the event and reported back to our parish on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
The title of Bishop Hougland’s Convention Address and the theme of the Convention were “Getting Ahead of the Game”. Using the seal of the EDWM as a metaphor, the Bishop stressed the need for our Diocese to “reset our sails and restructure our Diocese” so we can function more positively and proactively in the future.
Accordingly, the two major Resolutions adopted at the Convention were (1) a restructuring of the Diocese from the current five Deaneries (with one Canon serving all five Deaneries) to an organization of three geographic Regions, each Region to be served by a Canon Missioner; and (2) a requirement that beginning with the 2018 Diocesan Convention, all candidates for election to diocesan committees/commissions/deputations must have completed an anti-racism workshop within the previous five years. In addition, it was strongly urged that Diocesan parishes promote attendance at Anti-racism Workshops.
Two of those workshops suggested by the Diocesan’s Healing Racism Team were: (1) Attendance of Trinity Institute’s 2018 Values in Action Conference, which will be streamed live at three parishes in the diocese on February 2-3, 2018, and/or (2) Participation in a four-week parish learning/discussion group that centers on the book, Holding Up Your Corner: Talking about Race in Your Community, by the Reverend F. Willis Johnson. More information about both of these options will be presented during Sunday Announcements and in our Parish Newsletter.
Other Convention business included a speech on the constancy of change by the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago, and updates on the work within our Diocese on: hurricane relief, mission work in the Dominican Republic, Plainsong Farm, the work of the Diocesan Healing Racism Team, the Episcopal Youth Ministries, and the United Thank Offering Ministry.
Below are a few photographs taken during the 143rd Convention and the Convention Eucharist held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo. A text of Bishop Hougland’s address and that of Keynote Speaker The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, Bishop of Chicago, are available by linking first to the Diocesan website (below) and once there, to the 143rd Annual Convention tab.
Click to visit the website for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan: http://EDWM.org