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The 143rd EDWM Convention

Getting Ahead of the Game

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites Kalamazoo, Michigan November 3-4, 2017

Bishop’s Welcome to the 143rd EDWM Convention My Dear Sisters and Brothers, I greet you in the Name of God and welcome you to the 143rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. This year’s convention theme is “Getting Ahead of the Game.” We have entered a pivotal juncture in our life together as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement in Western Michigan. Over the next two days we will consider a restructuring proposal over a year in the making. This proposal seeks to build on the emerging vision we have begun pursuing over the last two years. Its purpose is strengthen our congregational capacity into vibrant, thriving communities. This restructuring proposal is the next logical step in an organic, ground-up process we began four years ago, to respond to the Spirit’s movement among and within us. Please join me in thanking the members of the Restructure Task Force for their diligent, competent and faithful work. We must also thank the members of your Diocesan Council and Standing Committee who spent extra time and energy working together and prayerfully considering this proposal. Thanks to all of you who participated in interviews, meetings and presentations regarding this work. Your engagement was integral to the shaping of the final proposal. This has been a true diocesan-wide team effort, and points to a shifting diocesan culture – one that appreciates and recognizes the need for shared, prayerful and collaborative efforts. I am very happy to welcome the Rt. Rev. Jeffery D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago as this year’s keynote speaker.

Bishop Lee is a son of this diocese from St. John’s Church, Sturgis. I have greatly benefited from Bishop Lee’s counsel and wisdom in my brief tenure. He is a highly-respected member of the House of Bishops and widely-recognized across the Episcopal Church as a dynamic and impactful preacher, speaker and leader. I am confident we will benefit from his experience leading the diocese of Chicago through significant structural change. Welcome home, Jeff! As I traveled the diocese this year, I sensed a growing optimism and strengthening hopefulness among you that is positive and joyful. The Spirit is leading us and we are bravely following. As we go forward, little glimpses of grace are sprouting up all around us, showing us the Kingdom of God has indeed come near. We have so much to be thankful for my friends. Enjoy your time together. Peace,

+Whayne The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr. IX Bishop The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan

Table of Contents

Agenda............................................................................................................................................4 Who’s Who......................................................................................................................................7 Morning Prayer..............................................................................................................................8 Noonday Prayer........................................................................................................................... 13 Nominations........................................................................................................................... 15-19 Resolutions.................................................................................................................................. 21 Reports....................................................................................................................................22-32 Looking Ahead to 2018...............................................................................................................33 In Memoriam........................................................................................................................ 34-35

Agenda Friday, November 3, 2017 8:00-10:00 a.m. Registration 9:15 a.m. New Delegate Orientation 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 10:15 Opening and Introductions Business Session 11:15 Bishop’s Address 12 Noon Noontime Prayer Lunch 1:00 Keynote Address The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago 2:30 p.m. Business Session Election and Affirmation Appointments Budget Review 4:00 p.m. Presentations 4:45 p.m. Announcements 5:00 p.m. Adjourn 7:00-9:00 p.m. Dance Party – the Glens at the Radisson

Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 a.m. Convention Eucharist with Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo, MI see next page for map/directions/parking/rehearsal information Noon Lunch, Radisson Arcadia Ballroom 1:00 p.m. Business Session Resolutions Courtesy Resolutions Presented 2:30-3:00 p.m. Bishop’s Closing Prayer & Adjournment

Please note: times are estimates only and subject to change.


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The Convention Eucharist All Saints’-tide Convention Eucharist with Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4th. Those who will be participating in the convention Eucharist should arrive at St. Luke’s for rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. The Convention Eucharist is a short walk away from the Radisson, however if people choose to drive, the parking lot on the west side of the church belongs to St. Luke’s and is available. The parking lot on the east side of St. Luke’s is a city parking lot and the meters are NOT monitored on Saturdays so you may also park there. Following the Eucharist, a plated lunch will be served at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at 12 noon before reconvening diocesan convention at 1:00 p.m. Please see a member of diocesan staff if you have questions.

Connect Wifi is available Friday and Saturday in the Radisson Arcadia Ballroom for attendees of the 143rd EDWM Convention. Name: DioceseKZoo Password: Diocese2017

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Join Us for the Convention Party

Bishop Hougland will host a convention party Friday, November 3rd from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Glens at Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites A DJ will play the music and a cash bar (including juice, beer, wine and liquor) will be available, as well as snacks. Stop in to say hello or stay for the whole party!

Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurants Downtown Kalamazoo is a great place for dinner! A list of restaurants can be found by visiting or by downloading the Downtown Kalamazoo Mobile App, which includes an interactive business location and parking map. Some local favorites: • • • • • • • • • •

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Blue Dolphin (Greek) Casa Bolero (Latin, Carribbean) Central City Tap House Comensoli’s Italian Bistro & Bar Fandango Tapas Bistro Food Dance fuze kitchen & bar Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. Harvey’s on the Mall

• Kalamazoo Beer Exchange • Mangia Mangia • Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill • Old Dog Tavern • Ouzo’s European Grill • Rustica • The Wine Loft • Union Cabaret & Grille • Webster’s Prime • Zazios

Interested in breakfast before Convention Eucharist on Saturday morning? Consider the Blue Dolphin, Food Dance, Burdick’s, the Studio Grill, Water Street Coffee Joint, the Crow’s Nest, Mackenzies’ Bakery, Theo & Stacy’s, or Sarkozy.

Social Media We welcome your cell phone pictures. Please send them to if you’d like to share! The bishop invites and encourages you to employ social media to bring news of the 143rd EDWM Convention to your congregations at home, in real time. Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan is on Facebook and Twitter. The official Twitter hashtag of the Diocese of Western Michigan is #edwm. Bishop Hougland is @edwm9 and the diocese is @WMichEpiscopal. 6

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Chancellor & Credentials Chairperson Bill Fleener, Jr., St. David’s, Lansing Constitution/Canons Chairperson

Bill Fleener, Jr., St. David’s, Lansing

Convention Secretary

The Rev. Canon William J. Spaid, EDWM

Treasurer Assistant Treasurer


Dispatch of Business

Ivan Egnatuk, Trinity, Marshall Dave Croal, St. Mark’s, Coldwater Bill Fleener, Jr., St. David’s, Lansing Janet MacKenzie, Epiphany Church, South Haven

Nominations/Elections Chairperson

Mike Paulin, St. Mary’s, Cadillac

The Rev. Wayne Nicholson, St. John’s, Mt. Pleasant

Resolutions Chairperson

Convention Committee Chairperson

Joanie Smith, Grace Church, Holland

Exhibitor Chairperson

Anne Davidson, St. Mark’s, Coldwater

Registration Chairperson Assistant to Registration Chair

Jane Puvogel, St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo Bill Hanson, St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo

Staff The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., Bishop The Rev. Canon William Spaid, Canon to the Ordinary Molly Ettwein, Bishop’s Executive Assistant Genevieve Callard , Assistant to the Bishop for Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries Tammy Mazure, CPA, CGMA, Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Benefit Administration Catherine Rhodes, Finance Assistant Kay Hanson, Volunteer Extraordinaire Karmel Puzzuoli, Communications Assistant Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan


Morning Prayer The Commemoration of Richard Hooker


Friday, Nov. 3rd

All stand as they are able at the officiant’s invitation. The Invitatory and Psalter Officiant Assembly

Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia. Officiant People:

The mercy of the Lord is everlasting. Come let us adore him.

Venite Psalm 95:1-7 All say together. Come, let us sing to the Lord; * let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, * and his hands have molded the dry land. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. * Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: come let us adore him. Psalm 19:1-11 Caeli enarrant 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament shows his handiwork. 2 One day tells its tale to another, * and one night imparts knowledge to another. 3 Although they have no words or language, * and their voices are not heard, 4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, * and their message to the ends of the world. 5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; * it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course.


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6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again; * nothing is hidden from its burning heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; * the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. 8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; * the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; * the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, * sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. 11 By them also is your servant enlightened, * and in keeping them there is great reward. At the end of the Psalms, say together: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. The reader introduces the lesson saying A Reading from 1 Corinthians 2:6–10,13–16 Among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” -these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. After the Lesson the Reader says Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. People Thanks be to God. The First Song of Isaiah Ecce, Deus Isaiah 12:2-6 Surely, it is God who saves me; * I will trust in him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, * and he will be my Savior.

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Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing * from the springs of salvation. And on that day you shall say, * Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; Make his deeds known among the peoples; * see that they remember that his Name is exalted. Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, * and this is known in all the world. Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, * for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. The Apostles’ Creed Officiant and People together, all standing I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Prayers The people stand as they are able Officiant People Officiant

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.

Officiant and People Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen. Then follows the Suffrages: V. R. V.


Show us your mercy, O Lord; And grant us your salvation. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

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R. V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R. V. R.

Let your people sing with joy. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; For only in you can we live in safety. Lord, keep this nation under your care; And guide us in the way of justice and truth. Let your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Collect of the Day, Collect for Richard Hooker O God of truth and peace, you raised up your servant Richard Hooker in a day of bitter controversy to defend with sound reasoning and great charity the catholic and reformed religion: Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. A Collect for Fridays Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen. A Collect for Guidance Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Then, the Prayer for Mission is added: Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The General Thanksgiving Officiant and People: Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. Officiant:

Let us bless the Lord.

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Thanks be to God.

The Officiant concludes with the grace Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21


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Noonday Prayer Officiant People

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and People Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Psalm 126 In convertendo 1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, * then were we like those who dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, * and our tongue with shouts of joy. 3 Then they said among the nations, * “The LORD has done great things for them.� 4 The LORD has done great things for us, * and we are glad indeed. 5 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, * like the watercourses of the Negev. 6 Those who sowed with tears * will reap with songs of joy. 7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, * will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. At the end of the Psalm, all say: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Officiant: People:

If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Thanks be to God.

The Officiant then begins the Prayers Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan


Officiant and People: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Officiant People Officiant

Lord, hear our prayer; And let our cry come to you. Let us pray. Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Free intercessions may be offered including thanks for the meal we are to receive. We will observe a moment of silence for those remembered In Memoriam.

Grant, O Lord, that our fellowship may be the revelation of your presence, and turn our daily bread into bread of Life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The service concludes as follows Officiant People


Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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Nominations For Standing Committee and Province V Synod Representatives Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the elected council of advice to the bishop on matters of congregational life and ministry, including church vitality, property issues and ordination. It also serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority in the absence of the bishop. • •

Two Lay 3-year term One Clergy 3-year term

Title 1, Section 6.01. Composition: “ …In 2015, and every third year thereafter, two members of the clergy and one adult communicant in good standing, shall be elected by the annual Convention for terms of three years as terms expire. No person in the ordination process may serve on the Standing Committee. Vacancies shall be filled at the next annual Convention by election for the remainder of the unexpired term, in addition to the positions elected as provided, above.”

Lay Nominees, Standing Committee Martha Bartlett St. James, Pentwater

I am a life-long Episcopalian. Along the way, I have been encouraged by singing in a 60-member junior choir, worked three summers at a church camp, become an Associate of the Sisters of St. John the Divine (Canada), and joined congregations in New York and Michigan where I have lived. After college, I moved from Rochester, NY to Detroit, MI to join the Teacher Corps. I taught elementary grades in the Detroit Public Schools for five years. During that time I was a volunteer at Crossroads, the outreach ministry of the Cathedral in Detroit, and in 1976 joined the full-time staff as Assistant Director, becoming Director in 1995. At Crossroads, those who were homeless, unemployed, and underemployed taught me that often hard work, fine character, and good intentions do not put food on the table. Advocacy is as crucial as assistance and the Church, we who follow Jesus, can offer both. When my husband Steve (a priest) and I moved to Coldwater in 1999, I

served as the director of Family Promise, a shelter serving families who were homeless in Branch County. Again, there was lots to learn from the families and from the volunteers, who like the volunteers at Crossroads, are the heart and soul of these ecumenical ministries. Since retiring in 2014, Steve and I have lived in Shelby, Michigan. In retirement, I have time to serve on the Standing Committee and have a variety of experiences to bring to the conversations and decisions the Standing Committee is called to undertake. Current Parish Committees, Offices • Vestry Member and Junior Warden, St. James, Pentwater Current Diocesan / Provincial / National Church Committees, Offices • Lay Member - Standing Committee - since July 2017, completing another’s term • Diocesan Jubilee Officer - since January 2107 Previous Church Work (Parish, Diocesan, National) • Diocese of Western Michigan - Bishop Search Committee - 2012 • Diocese of Michigan - Commission on Ministry, Cathedral Chapter, Vestry Member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul

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Lay Nominees, Standing Committee, continued Dave Croal St. Mark’s, Coldwater

At the diocesan level I have been a member of the Diocesan Council for 7 years, the last two as vice president, I am a member of the finance, insurance and apportionment review committees and I am assistant treasurer of the diocese. For the past year I have been deeply involved as part of the Diocesan Restructure Committee. As a current member of the Standing Committee (appointed to fill a term for 2017), I have been able to bring perspectives from my service at the parish and diocesan council level as well as over 20 years of management experience of an international company. I would like to continue to do so. I have a very good working relationship with the bishop and staff, and feel comfortable contributing my assessment and suggestions to them on matters with which I am involved.

I was raised in the Lutheran church and found (or perhaps was found by) the Episcopal Church when I was in college. Audrey and I have been married 40 years this October, live on a lake, enjoy entertaining friends and family and traveling when we can. We have been members of St. Mark’s since we moved to the area over 14 years ago. During our time here I have served the parish in several positions including co-chair of the worship committee, co-chair of the parish life committee, member of the Endowment Board, member of the audit committee, and budget committee. I served on the vestry for 10 years: one as member, two as junior warden and 7 as senior warden, including a year of transition in 2013. I am active in worship serving as a eucharistic minister, worship leader, lector, and intercessor. For the past 9 years I have been the mentor/trainer to our acolytes. I am also committed to my community having gone through the chairs of our local United Way and served a year as president of the board.


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Current Parish Committees, Offices • Co-Chair Worship and Parish Life Committees • Eucharistic Minister • Worship Leader • Acolyte Mentor/Trainer • Lector • Intercessor Current Diocesan / Provincial / National Church Committees, Offices • Member of Standing Committee • Vice President of Diocesan Council • Member of the Restructure Committee • Member Finance and Insurance Committees • Member of Apportionment Review Committee • Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese Previous Church Work (Parish, Diocesan, National) • Junior and Senior Warden 9 years • Parish Endowment Board 7 years • Delegate or alternate to Convention 5 times • Elected by Eastern Deanery to Diocesan Council 2 terms • Finance Committee of the Diocese 6 years

Lay Nominees, Standing Committee, continued David A. Hawley-Lowry Grace Church, Holland Current Diocesan / Provincial / National Church Committees, Offices • National Altar Guild, 2nd vice president • Episcopal Youth Camp (EYC) Counselor (since 2009) • Diocesan Altar Guild President (2009 to present) Previous Church Work (Parish, Diocesan, National) • Diocesan Council (2009-2015) • Vestry Member, Grace Church • Education for Ministry (EfM) 2008-2012 at St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids • Bishop Search Team (2010-2012) • Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) (2011, 2014, 2017)

I was raised a cradle Episcopalian in New Jersey and baptized in All Saints, Leonia. My wife Ruth is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and has a passion for social justice. We met on a blind date and a year later were married and moved to the South Side of Chicago where she pastored and our two children, who are now in college, were born. My work includes being a Facility Manager at St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids, Tabernacle Church in Grand Rapids (Alger Heights), and Holland Museum. I also previously served as Facility Manager at St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids for 14 years. I love to cook, entertain, and spend time at home with our three dogs. Current Parish Committees, Offices • National Altar Guild Board 2012 to present, 2nd vice president 2015 to present • Education for Ministry (EfM) Mentor 2014 to present at Grace, Holland • Episcopal Youth Camp (EYC) Counselor (since 2009) • Diocesan Altar Guild President (2009 to present)

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Clergy Nominee, Standing Committee Rev. Dr. Randall Warren St. Lukes, Kalamazoo Randall R. Warren has been a priest for 28 years. His M.Div. is from Seabury-Western and he has a D.Min. in pastoral counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Notre Dame. He has served as a parish priest, hospital chaplain, hospice chaplain, deacons’ school instructor, and diocesan staff member. His hobbies are pottery and sewing, and he has an amateur scholarly interest in Jewish exegesis of biblical texts. Current Parish Committees, Offices • Rector, St. Luke’s Kalamazoo • Independent Congregational Development Consultant Current Diocesan / Provincial / National Church Committees, Offices • Member, EDWM Finance Committee Previous Church Work (Parish, Diocesan, National) • TEC Title IV Education Committee • Nathan Network Board Member • Provincial Synod Representative

Nominate an Outstanding Woman from Your Congregation EDWM’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is busy planning ways to honor the women of our EDWM parishes. This year we are adding another tradition of honoring our women, and we hope you will participate. The ECW Board would like to honor the women who give so much of themselves to our communities. We are asking each parish to consider nominating an Episcopal woman whose life reflects her Christian values using her God-given talents. The ECW Board will then select one of the submitted nominees to be recognized as the Distinguished


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Woman of the Diocese of Western Michigan. The winner will be honored at a ceremony at the next national Episcopal Church Women’s triennial meeting July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, TX during General Convention. Women can be involved in many ministries: acolytes, altar guild, choir, Daughters of the King, ECW, education, evangelism, greeters, hospitality, inreach, intercessors/lectors, global missions, outreach, prison ministry, vestry, United Thank Offering, visiting homebound/pastoral care, etc. We as women wear many hats, and we are all “Episcopal Church Women.” Questions can be directed to Kay Hanson at or by phone at 269.323.8515. More information can be found at

Province V Synod Election Category: Province V Synod The Province of the Midwest (Province V) is an association of Episcopal Church dioceses in the Midwest region working to advance the Church’s mission through regular consultation, mutual support, formation and development, and sharing in the governance of the Episcopal Church. One of nine geographical provinces of the Episcopal Church, Province V covers most of six states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri (eastern), Ohio and Wisconsin, within which are 14 dioceses. These 14 dioceses are home to over 220,000 lay persons and clergy, and 844 congregations. The governing body of the province is the Provincial Synod, which meets every three years, bringing representatives from each member diocese together to take action on items of interest to the dioceses in the Midwest. Between Synod meetings the Executive Board handles the business of the Province. One Clergy (3-year term) Two Lay (3-year term) Section 5.02. Provincial Synod Every three years the annual Convention shall elect by ballot one member of the clergy and two adult lay communicants in good standing to serve as Diocesan representatives on the Provincial Synod for a period of three years. At the same time one member of the clergy and two adult lay communicants in good standing shall be elected to serve as alternate Diocesan representatives on the Provincial Synod for a period of three years. One representative, either clerical or lay, must be a deputy to General Convention.

Rev. Cindy Nawrocki St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids

Current Parish Committees, Offices • Healing Prayer Team • Congregational Development Team • Discernment teams • Anti-racism team Current Diocesan / Provincial / National Church Committees, Offices • Diocesan Council • Province V Peace and Justice Officer • Province V Representative to the TEC Executive Council on Anti-racism and Reconciliation • Lower Peninsula Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force • Domestic Missions Coordinator

I have been a life-long Episcopalian. I was ordained to the Diaconate in 2003. My husband and I have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. I have served in numerous positions in the diocesan, provincial and Episcopal church levels. My passion is healing racism and my work reflects that. I retired from the State of Michigan in 2002 and served as a hospital chaplain for 11 years after my ordination. I am a trained Spiritual Director.

Previous Church Work (Parish, Diocesan, National) • Standing Committee • Commission on Ministry • Anti-Racism Committee • Province V Synod Representative • General Convention Deputy

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Hurricane Relief About Our 143rd EDWM Convention Eucharist Offering

Each year, we designate a special offering for our Convention Eucharist (see details about this service on p. 5). This year, we have chosen Hurricane Relief through Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) to receive our offering. Hurricane Maria’s path over the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean brought significant hardship, with the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season emerging as one of the most destructive in history. ERD is working with local Church partners to respond to this devastating hurricane season, and continues to address urgent needs in communities at home — from Texas to Florida to Georgia — that have been impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. “We have been in regular contact with our partners in the affected areas,” said Abagail Nelson, ERD’s Senior Vice President of Programs. “Even as we face enormous communication challenges in some areas, we know our church partners have a deep presence in their communities which allows them to quickly and effectively respond and care for people. We are supporting them in this critical work.” Your offering at the Convention Eucharist will go to the Hurricane Relief Fund, which helps Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance for those affected by these unprecedented storms. In addition, ERD has reached out to church partners after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the central part of Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, causing major damage and destruction in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Morelos and Puebla. It struck on the 32nd anniversary of an earthquake that killed over 5,000 people in 1985. Individuals who would like to be more personally connected to ERD’s mission can contact Ms. Juanita Woods at to become a volunteer representative for ERD in your parish, diocese or seminary. More information about ERD is found at or by calling 1.855.312.HEAL (4325).


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Resolutions To the 143rd EDWM Convention On Anti-Racism Training for Elected Diocesan Committees/Commissions

Resolution on Diocesan Restructure submitted by EDWM Restructure Team, commissioned by the 141st EDWM Convention

Be it resolved, that this 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Western Michigan require that, beginning with the 2018 convention, all candidates for election to diocesan committees/commissions/deputations will have completed an anti-racism workshop within the previous five years.

Be it resolved that this 143rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan do the following:

submitted by the Western Michigan Healing Racism Committee

1. Previous conventions of this diocese have mandated that parish leadership, both clergy and lay, participate in anti-racism workshops. 2. General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2015 mandated that all leadership in parishes, both clergy and lay, participate in anti-racism workshops or trainings. 3. To fulfill the Emerging Vision of the Diocesan Council, which states we will work for racial reconciliation within our diocese.

Constitution and Canons Text Correction submitted by the Rev. Joel Turmo

Be it resolved that this 143rd EDWM Convention address the incorrect references in the Constitution and Canons. It appears that during previous edits of the of the Constitution and Canons errors in numbering occurred. This resolution seeks to correct the errors. See example below.

1. In the place of our current Deanery structure, establish three geographic Regions those being the Northern Region, based in Traverse City, the Central Region, based in Grand Rapids, and the Southern Region, based in Kalamazoo. 2. Populate these Regions according to the map included in this resolution giving Standing Committee authority to adjust Regional boundaries and membership as deemed necessary. 3. Recommend to the Bishop the addition of three Diocesan staff positions, those being one Canon Missioner for each Region. 4. Recommend to the Bishop the expansion of the Diocesan Communications position to full-time. 5. Recommend to the Bishop that the current Canon to the Ordinary transition to the Canon Missioner for the Southern Region, if he wishes. 6. Transition the Diocesan Council to a membership composed of: a. 15 members, 4 elected from each Region with each member serving a three-year staggered term, and 3 nominated at the Bishop’s discretion and approved by Council, each serving a one-year term b. Ex Officio Members of Council will remain: the Bishop, the Bishop’s Assistant for Finance, the Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer, the Chair of Finance Committee, the Chancellor of the Diocese, the Clerk of Council (non-voting unless a member of DC) Canon Missions as added will also be Ex Officio Members of Council. At each table, you will find three copies of the canon changes that accompany this resolution, the recommended map of regions, and the full structure report, which is also found on the diocesan website at

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Reports To the 143rd EDWM Convention Benzie County Baby Pantry

submitted by Archdeacon Marilou Schlotterbeck The Benzie County Baby Pantry was established on June 20th, 2003 in the parish hall at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Beulah. From there it moved to a shed that was placed behind the church. Soon that became too small, and plans were made to build a bigger pantry. We received a grant from the Bishop Whittemore Foundation and we borrowed some money from the Church Endowment Foundation. We also received donations from the community. The $72,000 building went up in 2014 and it is completely paid off. The pantry is a free service to all parents with children ages 0-5. We serve anyone who needs our help. Most of our families are from Benzie County, north Manistee County and southern Grand Traverse County. We are open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Items available: diapers, pull-ups, wipes, baby food, snacks, cereal, juice, sippy cups, lotions, shampoo, bath, clothing, underwear, socks, bibs, blankets, quilts, sheets, shoes/boots, winter wear and baby equipment. We also do “new baby” bags with things to help mom start out on the right foot. We have a drop-off site for off hours that is always open. Archdeacon Marilou is a car seat technician and receives a grant from “North Shore Safekids,” which she took her training from, to receive car seats to have available at the pantry. Deacon Marilou attended many of the community organizations to present the concept of the pantry and solicit help. The support from the community is overwhelming at times. It continues to support us 14 years later. There are

times when we feel the money is drying up and here comes another check from a fundraiser or someone who wants to help. Stormcloud Brewing Co. even held a fundraiser for us, using the slogan “Have a beer for Jesus.” It worked. We were packed. Almost $1,000 was raised. The volunteers at the pantry consist of parishioners. They are required to do a mandatory training on how to serve the underprivlidged and have compassion for those less fortunate. They are dedicated and very welcoming to our neighbors. We have a plaque in our pantry for all to see which is from Galatians 5:22-23, which is a reminder to all what we are about. We serve between 40-50 neighbors on a monthly basis with new families coming in every visit. Our future goals for the pantry is to do an add-on behind the pantry. This will consist of a huge room that will display the equipment we have to offer (instead of having to put it away every time we are open) and a place to serve lunch once or twice a month. We hope this will help our neighbors to communicate to each other and have a place to rest and eat. The policy of the Baby Pantry is: 1. Treat families with respect and dignity 2. Take an active interest in their infants and toddlers 3. Model kind and caring ways of being with children 4. Interact with encouragement to increase parents’ self-esteem and feeling of worth. The Baby Pantry was given the very prestigious award of Jubilee Ministry by the National Episcopal Church. We also host a Christmas Party each year for our families. This consists of toys left over from the “Toys for Tots” Christmas Store which St. Philip’s has hosted for the past 17 years. We serve over 700 children during the holidays, making sure they have a gift under the tree. We also accommodate those who need community service whether it is court-ordered or high school mandatory, we open our doors to help those who need it.


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The Commission on Ministry submitted by the Rev. Michael Ryan, Chair

In the Diocese of Western Michigan, the Commission on Ministry oversees the discernment of people to Holy Orders and establishes guidelines and programs for formation for every order (lay, deacon, priest) of the church. It also guides people through the ordination process. The Commission on Ministry (COM) is established by Title III, Canon 2 of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. According to that canon, every diocese must have a committee or commission consisting of priests, deacons, and lay persons whose function is to assist the Bishop in three distinct areas: 1) In the implementation of Title III canons related to ministry. 2) In the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons. 3) In the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment for readiness thereof. During the past year, we have interviewed three aspirants pursuing postulancy to Holy Orders; one for the priesthood and two for the diaconate. In all cases we recommended them for postulancy. We have conducted one candidacy interview and recommended this person for candidacy to the vocational diaconate. We have also interviewed and recommended three vocational deacons for ordination to the priesthood. This year’s work load is typical in that the largest portion of our time is spent with people who are discerning a call to ordained ministry. That said, we continue to offer support, provide resources to, and endeavor to guide all baptized christians in our diocese.

In last year’s report we committed ourselves to communicating earlier and more effectively with the Standing Committee and the Bishop on cases in which aspirants for ordination come to us with life experiences, skills and educational credentials that require a modified path to ordination. Such cases are increasing given the closing and merging of Episcopal seminaries and the profile of those entering the process. To this end we formed a working group of Commission and Standing Committee members which reviewed specific cases and established parameters for what constitutes the fulfillment of requirements for ordination when the required skill, certification an/or practice is met through means not envisioned in the Canons or the ordination process of our diocese. Looking ahead to 2018, the Commission has begun investigating other, more relationally oriented, processes for how we discern with people in the discernment process. We are especially interested in exploring how annual postulancy retreats might be designed to produce a more relational outcome. We understand that the postulancy retreat was at one time used by our diocese, and we invite and will seek the advice and counsel of former chairs and members of previous Commissions on Ministry. Respectfully submitted on behalf of your sisters and brothers on the Commission. Grace and peace, The Rev. Michael J. Ryan, Chair

The Commission on Ministry Ms. Virginia LeDare Cox, St. John’s, Mount Pleasant The Rev. Michael C. Fedewa, St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids Mr. Michael Hirt, Holy Spirit, Belmont The Rev. Darlene M.S. Kuhn, St. James, Albion The Rev. Michael J. Ryan, Epiphany, South Haven The Rev. Rick Schark, St. Mark’s, Coldwater Ms. Mary Simpson, St. Andrew’s , Grand Rapids Mr. Charles Thomas, Trinity, Three Rivers

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Dominican Republic Diocese Companionship Program submitted by the Rev. Beth Drew Greetings! 2017 has proven to be a year of change for the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic, and our diocese as well. At the time of this convention, I will be representing Bishop Hougland in Santo Domingo, D.R., to celebrate the seating of their new bishop, Moisés Quezada Mota, who follows in leadership the Rt. Rev. Julio Holguin. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to represent Western Michigan in this important ministry. On June 18th of this year 12 missioners set out for Mosovi to assist with repair and installation of necessary components of a water system for that village. There is no source of potable water for this small village and the Bishops of the DREAM Project have committed to seeing this project to its fruition. This year has seen solar panels installed to run an independent electrical system that will power the pumps and purification equipment. We also assisted in installing a security fence around the perimeter of the roof of the church, painting the gazebo roof and base, which was the first church, and pouring concrete walkways. The youth missioners have prepared a short video clip for you to enjoy and see our progress. The multigenerational trips continue to be invaluable in building relationships within our diocese and those of the Dominican people we serve. We are so very fortunate to have within us a generation of young Episcopalians

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that are committed to serve. They also represent us in exemplary fashion. They are true ambassadors of Christ. The spring rains and the recent hurricanes have proven to be a great challenge to our friends there. Both San Simon de Apostal and Davina Gracia churches were utilized as shelters during the storms. Mosovi remains isolated as the bridge leading back to the village, born during the sugar cane era, has been washed out. Water is carried to them via motorcycle, mule and horseback, and also collected from rain. Please continue to hold them in prayer as all of the island nations continue to recover and rebuild from the devastating storms. The dates for the 2018 trip are June 16-23. We will again be traveling to Puerta Plata and will continue our work with the water system in Mosovi. Please visit the DREAM website, or contact Deacon Beth Drew at for details on how to apply. I hope to see you on a trip soon!

We believe that hunting and fishing are sacred activities, and with that premise our goal is to help connect local hunters and anglers who have harvested from God’s abundance, with people who are food insecure. The primary way we accomplish this goal is through encouraging local fishers and hunters to share portions of their harvests, with local and vetted programs and churches who are engaged in feeding people. If you’d like to hear more about this ministry or would like help figuring out how you and your friends (and/or parish) can participate, please contact us. or rector@ More next page.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer submitted by the Rev. Mike Wernick

I attended my third LARC Conference two months ago (at the end of September); again, at the Augustine Center in Petoskey. The Lutherans, Anglicans, and Roman Catholics take turns hosting the conference each year, securing a speaker and planning worship for what is the longest day (Wednesday), since Tuesday and Thursday are half-days. This year’s speaker was The Rev. Martin Smith, who many of you will remember, spoke at our 2014 Diocesan Convention about Trinitarian language which helps us welcome

people into the mystery of creation, into union with Christ, and into an “experiment” with the Holy Spirit. At this year’s conference, titled Exploring ‘One Baptism’, Our Role in the Reunion of Spirituality and Mission, Fr. Smith remind us that in the great commission of the Risen Christ –– to immerse people everywhere into the experience of the Father, and the Son and Holy Spirit –– depth of spiritual experience and the impetus to mission are intimately united. But we are the heirs, he said, of a long standing split between spirituality and mission which has tended to associate deep spiritual experience with the inner pursuits of a minority; and mission with the extroverted activity of the church as institution. Our conversations revealed some ways in which we can heal that split, and forge a baptismal spirituality that responds to the contemporary yearning for depth, and gives impetus to mission, grounded in the eros, the desiring of God.

since (through Called to Common Mission) I was the most Lutheran clergy they had, I was invited to preside at Table for our morning Eucharist. Also to this ecumenical end, and as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I am increasingly aware of both an honoring of our unique characteristics, and a softening of our sense of being right (at the expense of others who have been made to be wrong). Just this past Sunday, there was a historic Ecumenical Prayer Service at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Grand Rapids, presided over by both the Most Rev. David Walkowiak (Roman Catholic Bishop of Grand Rapids), and the Rev. Craig Satterlee (Bishop of the N/W Lower Michigan Synod). And implicit in this prayer service, we can see healing taking place. There may never be complete agreement between Christian denominations on all issues of Christology, orthodoxy, orthopraxy, church polity, and more; but we continue to realize that because what we believe (theologically) informs how we behave –– what we believe does in fact matter. But what we believe ought never compromise our baptismal vows to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. And so in our Interfaith efforts, we also strive to respect those who have embarked on different faith journeys as well. After all, diversity was never meant to be divisive.

Naucratius – West Michigan is a network of individuals (religious and otherwise) in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan.

God yearns for us and desires us. God is a lover. And one example that Martin cited was the Song of Solomon, a singularly unique genre of literature that’s been included in the canon of scripture. Nowhere in the entire piece is God ever mentioned, but oozing from every verse is God’s desire to arouse us, to love us; and as a result, for us to become aroused arousers, as the embodied Christ was. This allows us to more fully appreciate the deep immersion of our baptism and the new life it gives. And it gives us the freedom to experiment in the Holy Spirit into new and uncharted ways of doing church, of being in relationship, and healing the world. And Thursday, September 28 was a fine expression of God’s desire that we be One. It was the “Lutheran Day of Worship,” but the N/W Lower Michigan Synod’s Ecumenical Officer was unable to be with us as planned, and

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EDWM Daughters of the King Report submitted by Marilee Roth, President

The current Diocesan board for the Order of the Daughters of the King consists of Marilee Roth, President; Lois Weed, Vice President; and Jeannine Totzke, Secretary Pro Tem. The Treasurer recently resigned leaving us with this position open. All Presidents from the chapters sit on the board along with any appointees: Jan Anderson, Junior Daughters Chair; Ellen Schrader, Bylaws Chair, and Penny Campo-Pierce, Nominating Committee Chair. The Reverend Paula Durren serves as our Chaplain. We currently have 10 chapters in the diocese. All chapters that have fallen below the required number of 3 dues paying members prior to May 2017 have officially been disbanded at the National level and need to have their charters returned to the National Office. Chapters and membership numbers as of May 2017 are: Traverse City, Grace, St Clare of Assisi Chapter (18) Ludington, Grace, Julian of Norwich-Ludington Chapter (6) Grand Rapids, St Andrew, Ruth Chapter (18) Benton Harbor, St. Augustine, R Bruce Wheeler Chapter (3) Harbert, Mediator, Lambs of God Chapter (11) Three Rivers, Trinity, Eva Chapter (8)

Sturgis, St John, Light of Christ Chapter (3) Elk Rapids, St Paul, Mother Teresa Chapter (2) * Newaygo, St Mark, St Lydia Chapter (7) Mt. Pleasant, St John, Julian of Norwich Chapter (12) Daughters at Large (10) *Will be disbanded in 2018 if membership does not go up to the required 3 members. On September 23, 2017, the Diocesan Fall Assembly was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and was hosted by the Ruth Chapter. Our Triennial theme has been “Walk by Faith” and we had the honor of having Deacon Beth Drew speak to us about her walk of faith that led her into her current ministries. We also had a healing Eucharist with laying on of hands with the Reverend Paula Durren presiding. Our 2017 Service Project was to collect items for the Kid’s Food Basket in Grand Rapids. A special Spring Assembly will be held on April 28, 2018 to elect new officers for the next triennial. Bishop Whayne Hougland is scheduled to be with us as our speaker and we look forward to hearing about his walk of faith. As Daughters of the King, we pray daily, serve faithfully, and evangelize by trying to live lives that are loving, liberating, and life-giving in our relationships with God, each other, and with the world.

EDWM Episcopal Church Women Board Report

submitted by Pam Chapman, Marilee Roth, Kay Hanson, Ruth Smith, Gail Donovan and Tammy Mazure, Ex-officio At the May 20, 2017 meeting of the EDWM ECW Board the following board positions were appointed: President - Pam Chapman, Vice President - Marilee Roth ( also represents Daughters of the King), Secretary and Assistant to the Treasurer - Kay Hanson, Missions & Outreach Chair - Ruth Smith, United Thank Offering Chair - Gail Donovan, Treasurer - Tammy Mazure. On April 28 the Province V ECW Annual Meeting was hosted by the Board at St. David’s Church, Lansing. LeLanda Lee lead the conference sessions on the theme of “Am I My Sister’s Keeper?” The Rev. David Pike presided at Holy Eucharist. Attendees donated $371, gift cards and many items requested for the SIREN Women & Children Shelter. The 2017 ECW Annual Meeting was held May 20 at the Church of the Mediator, Harbert. Annual meeting special offering was given to UTO. The Keynote speaker was Susan O’Brien, the National President of the Order of the Daughters of the King. The Rev. Karen Joy Kelly presided at Holy Eucharist. Led by board member Gail Donovan, our ECW has pro-


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moted the United Thank Offering. As of October, a check for $3,067.10 was sent to National UTO collected from donations from EDWM parishes. The ECW Board sent a request to all parishes in the diocese requesting a nomination of a woman from the parish to be honored in the diocese (see p. 18). The board will choose one of the nominated women to be recognized as the Distinguished Woman of the Diocese of Western Michigan. The woman will be honored at the 2018 National ECW Triennial Meeting in July in Austin, TX. At Triennial the woman’s picture and nomination write-up will appear in a booklet with honored women from all dioceses. The board will host a luncheon in 2018 to honor all parish-nominated women in our diocese. Site and time for the luncheon will be decided in 2018. We are thankful for all of God’s blessings upon our ECW and our Diocese. Our goal is to continue God’s work in our diocese and the world by serving all people.

Pastoral Care and Counseling Services in the Diocese submitted by Kenneth Reid, Ph.D.

Body, mind and spirit are three words said to be the cornerstone of health. Counseling and consultation are available through EDWM’s Pastoral Care and Counseling Program. Located at St. Luke’s Church in Kalamazoo, the focus of counseling includes stress overload, job loss, marital conflict, loss of a relationship, and personal growth.

from the diocese. The fee for service is comparable to that of social agencies in the community and based on the individual’s ability to pay.

The mission of the program is to support clergy, congregations, and ministries of the diocese as well as to strengthen and preserve family life, and prevent individual and family breakdown.

Ken Reid, Ph.D. a licensed social worker and marriage & family counselor, has been with the Program since 1976. Professor emerita of Social Work at Western Michigan University, he has written extensively on counseling including: How Many Therapists Does It Take: Wit and Wisdom of Psychotherapy and Social Work Practice with Groups: A Clinical Perspective.

Self-sustaining, the program receives no funding

Dr. Reid can be reached at (269) 381-4442.

Join Bishop Hougland in THE HOLY LAND April 10-19, 2018

With Bishop Hougland and his wife Dana, the tour will be led by Dr. Douglas Mohrmann, Assistant Professor of Religion; Co-Director of Honors Program at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids and member of Grace Church, Grand Rapids, who will serve as our tour director. Dr. Mohrmann has led numerous such pilgrimages over the years and has done a masterful job organizing our 2018 Pilgrimage.

The dates of the tour are April 10-19, 2018 with an optional extension of April 19-22 in Jerusalem. On this 10-Day journey you will visit all the major sites, such as the Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and more. Registration information, detailed information on costs, and contact information to the trip planner is available on our website at

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Plainsong Farm

submitted by the Rev. Nurya Love Parish

This is Plainsong Farm’s second year of operations and our first written report to the diocese. We began in 2016 on property owned by the family of a priest in our diocese, the Rev. Nurya Love Parish. Rev. Parish is one of our co-founders; God called her to farmbased ministry starting in the early 2000’s and she serves as our Executive Director. Partner co-founders are Michael and Bethany Edwardson, a young couple who felt called to start a farm connected with the church. They serve as farm managers. The vision for Plainsong Farm is to develop a farmbased discipleship ministry growing food for people and people for God. In our first two years we have made significant progress toward this goal. Plainsong Farm is now a small farm and charitable food ministry offering seasonal outdoor worship and occasional on-farm educational programs. Online, we partner with Forward Movement on the Grow Christians website (, for families practicing faith at home) and host the Christian food movement website (, for reflective practitioners at the intersection of Christian faith, food systems work, sustainability and health). We receive no funding from the diocese, but the diocese has served as our fiduciary since 2015. In 2017, we executed a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the diocese which provided the use of the property to the diocese for this ministry at no cost through 2020. (In 2020 we expect to begin to transition ownership of the property to the ministry.) In 2017, the farm and our charitable food arm grew significantly, we began seasonal worship on the farm, the Christian food movement guide became a web-


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site, and we added two new partnerships: one with Honoré Farm and Mill in California to plant heirloom wheat for communion bread and one with Life Around the Table in North Carolina to complete an adult education curriculum helping churches connect food and faith. This is in addition to our existing partnerships with local food pantries (North Kent Connect and North End Community Ministries) through which we distribute the shares of our farm’s harvest dedicated for our community’s emergency charitable food ministries. Due to significant interest in our work, our Executive Director spoke in North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio as well as here in Michigan. Our work is in three concentric areas. First, we work to renew the health and resilience of the land through regenerative agriculture. We are working with our local watershed agency to be a demonstration site for agricultural best practices. Second, we work to renew the health and resilience of our local community through programs for environmental education and farm-based Christian formation. And finally, we work to renew the health and resilience of the church through catalyzing and connecting a Christian food movement. Life around the table Christ sets for us includes attention to our daily bread and mindfulness about how food impacts Creation. In all these ways, we grow food for people and people for God. We will complete 2017 with a research trip to Adamah Farm in Connecticut, a model program which hosts young adults for three-month fellowships integrating spiritual practice and sustainable agriculture. We hope to begin a program of this kind in the near term, and ask for your prayerful support. To learn more about the farm, visit or see our exhibit, where your congregation may sign up to be notified when shares of heirloom wheat are available to provide your communion bread. Participants pray for the soil before Plainsong Farm’s heirloom wheat planting this fall, in partnership with the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff, a priest from California and the founder of Honoré Farm and Mill. Heirloom plants were grown during earlier periods in human history, but are not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Some small-scale American farmers are growing ancient wheat varieties—lower in gluten than modern kinds—and millers are crushing wheat the old-fashioned way, for healthier results.

Healing Racism Team submitted by the Rev. Cindy Nawrocki The past year we presented workshops at each of the Bishop’s Leadership Days and three day-long workshops were offered across the diocese. These were led by two professors from Central Michigan University. Attendance was good and those who attended received certificates. The focus of the workshops was to raise awareness of our own racism and what we can do to change. Many of the parishes are doing book studies to increase our knowledge and to encourage parishioners to take action or to change their perspectives. We will have bibliographies available at convention with suggestions for book studies or for individuals. We will be having speakers come during 2018 and these sessions will be offered in ways that will make it available to the greatest number of attendees. The first of these speakers will be F. Willis Johnson, a Methodist minister from Ferguson, Missouri. He will be speaking at St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids on April 28, 2018. His book, “Holding Up Your Corner, Talking About Race in Your Community” is the book we suggest for use across the diocese. It has a leader’s book, participant’s books and DVD to encourage discussions. We will have copies of the book available for purchase at convention. We continue to work with our partners in the dioceses of Eastern Michigan and Michigan through the Lower Peninsula Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We are in close conversations with the Episcopal Church Committee on Anti-Racism and Reconciliation. Our goal is to help people to become aware of the cost of the sin of racism to our society as a whole and to our church in particular. We strive to build the capacity in individuals and parishes to do the work of racial reconciliation and healing racism. We pray that all of the members of the diocese will be able to participate in a workshop or hear one of our speakers. If not, we pray that you will get one of the recommended books and start a discussion group. EDWM Healing Racism Committee Rev. Sue York Joyce Henry Cindy Nawrocki Wendy Wenner Dana Hougland

Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church invites friends to its

English Service and Sudanese Meal Sunday, December 10, 2017 Eucharist begins at 1:00 p.m. Meal follows. at Mayflower Congregational Church 2345 Robinson Rd SE in Grand Rapids

Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church invites our friends into fellowship with us as we celebrate the Eucharist in English. All are welcome. Our children are an integral part of our faith community and take an important role in the Eucharist, so please feel welcome to bring children with you. After the service, we break bread together. Our food fundraiser features traditional South Sudanese dishes like akop, atulmokic, anjera and more. This food sale is a fundraiser for Sudanese Grace, and helps to support the mission and ministry of our growing congregation. You may bring your own plate but it is not required. You may purchase these foods to take home. Contact the Rev. Zachariah Char at if you have questions about the food sale or Sudanese Grace. Additional donations may be sent to the diocesan office with a note saying it is intended for Sudanese Grace. We hope you will join us! Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan


United Thank Offering

submitted by Gail Donovan, United Thank Offering Diocesan Coordinator

The United Thank Offering ministry has remained the same since its founding - recognize and give thanks to God for your daily blessings big and small, put a few cents into your Blue Box, and share your blessings through thank offering grants that support mission and ministry around the world. Throughout September, the Church celebrated the 165th birthday of Julia Chester Emery, one of the beloved early leaders and role models of lay women in the Church. The following paragraphs about Julia, the Women’s Auxiliary, and the early history of the United Thank Offering are excerpts from an article on the UTO website that was written by Elizabeth Campbell, Province VI Representative to the UTO Board. It includes quotes from A Short History of the Triennial Meetings of the Women of the Episcopal Church by Anne Bass Fulk and used with her permission: “Julia Chester Emery was born September 24, 1852 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In the Emery family, Julia’s mother, three sisters, and two brothers who were Episcopal priests, actively participated in the establishment and work of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (the legal name of our Episcopal Church). The 30th General Convention in 1871 gave the Board of Missions permission to organize a women’s society. On January 1, 1872, Julia’s sister, Mary Abbott Emery, became the first corresponding secretary, serving until she married in 1876. Julia then took over Mary’s work of writing letters to clergy, the “Women’s Work” monthly column in The Spirit of Missions, and all the other responsibilities of administration, education, and travel for the Auxiliary. Letters to Mary and Julia from bishops and clergy tell of

the many missions, churches, and schools made possible by the work of the Auxiliary in the United States and throughout the world. “By the time of the 1886 General Convention, the Women’s Auxiliary was contributing a significant amount of funds for missions. Ida Soule, a devoted churchwoman and friend of the Emery sisters, counted the offering after the Triennial Meeting Communion Service. The total was only $82.71. She suggested that the membership would give more if they knew how the money was spent. Julia encouraged Ida to write about it in a letter to print in the ‘Women’s Work’ column. Ida wrote it, suggesting it would be ‘our Thanksgiving Offering,’ and the letter was printed. For the 1889 ‘Thanksgiving Offering,’ money to be raised was designated for a church in Alaska and a year’s salary for a missionary in Japan; the offering was $2,188.64, enough for both. By 1913, the Thanksgiving Offering was $303,496.66, supporting 175 women workers and providing $20,000 for buildings.” Julia served 40 years as secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary. She died January 9, 1922 in New York City. In 1997 Julia was honored by the entire Church and is now remembered in the Liturgical Calendar on January 9. Our 2016 diocesan United Thank Offerings ($4,317.31) helped fund 35 grants which were distributed in 2017, including one to St. James, Albion. The $20,744 grant enabled them to purchase a tractor and attachments for developing and maintaining three Albion Community Gardens plots. A large crowd of people from the Albion community gathered to celebrate as Bishop Hougland blessed the new tractor and the garden plots scattered throughout Albion. In keeping with a tradition that dates backs to Julia’s day, United Thank Offering also provided funding as a gift for our missionaries serving overseas. It’s time to start planning if your church is going to apply for a 2018 UTO grant. Please contact me at so I can assist you with the application. The grant criteria and application will be available the first Friday in December at united-thank-offering.


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Youth Ministries

submitted by Gennie Callard, Bishop’s Assistant for Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries

EDWM Youth Ministries, which includes youth events, Safeguarding God’s Children, summer camps, formation education, Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) and youth delegations to convention, had a remarkable year. We studied, practiced, and lived “The Jesus Movement” this year throughout all of our events. We continue to find partnerships in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in creating opportunities for our youth. Retreats We connected with Tall Turf Ministries for our November 2016 high school event (right after last year’s convention). Tall Turf Ministries work out of the Grand Rapids to promote diversity and help people live into the “Beloved Community” by examining current and historical racism in our culture. We were so pleased with their program that we invited them to lead an event for middle school students later this month. Our second high school event was the annual Lenten Retreat hosted at St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids. It was facilitated by Mr. Jeff Brown, youth minister St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids, and The Rev. Joel Turmo, rector of St. Timothy’s, Richland. The theme was centered around pilgrimage and retreat. Bishop Whayne came and spoke to the group about his time on El Camino de Santiago and we experienced the Stations of the Cross. Spring Training Our connection with Eastern Michigan continued with our spring camp staff training held at Camp Newaygo. About 40 staff members came together to share ideas and learn new skills from Jalisa Danhof of Camp Newaygo. Jalisa will also be leading our fall retreat for formation leaders and educators around the Diocese. Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) In July seventeen high school students and 4 adults traveled to the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (affectionately known as E.Y.E.) in Oklahoma City. We flew with (of

course) the Diocese of Eastern Michigan. After the event our delegate came together to rest and debrief the experience. If you haven’t seen the video they put together, you must. What an amazing group of young people we have in our Diocese! Put 2020 on your calendar for the next EYE. Episcopal Youth Camp Camp was, again, a success, thanks to the amazing dedication of our staff. The previous position of assistant director was split into three positions: program director, activities director and staff counselor. Having three distinct roles allows us to better care for and mentor our staff, enabling them to grow in their ministry. These three serve under Gennie Callard, our camp director. We also have weekly health directors, who continue to get high marks from our State of Michigan inspector! Episcopal Youth Camp includes senior camp, for youth in high school, middle camp, for youth in middle school, and junior camp, for older elementary (3rd to 5th grades). We also offer Weekend Camp, which is an option for those unable to attend a week of traditional camp, and is inter-generational. We worship around the campfire, enjoying homemade meals thanks to amazing volunteers, hang out with life-long friends and make new ones. In 2017, nearly 50 people from Sudanese Grace, Grand Rapids, joined us at Weekend Camp, along with 15 from St. Peter’s-by-theLake, Montague, and another 20 from parishes around the diocese. This diversity in our group demonstrated the depth and breadth of God’s kingdom to all in attendance. Did you know all of our staff are volunteers? They give up a week of vacation or paid work to become part of this community. They save our diocese over $60,000 for the summer (typical average salaries for camp staff). We pay approximately $310 per camper, which is below the industry standard. We gratefully receive grants from the Bishop Whittemore Foundation and donations from parishes. A percentage of our costs are in the diocesan budget. Because of this, we are able to keep the price of camp low. continued on p. 32

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Specifically, that cost is between $345-$395, whereas the American Camping Association states the average cost is approximately $600 a week. We also appreciate the contrubutions of our EDWM parishes, some of which help the children of their congregation with partial or total scholarships to camp. This past summer, Bishop Hougland was working in the northern region of the diocese, and he was able to come to both middle and junior camps for a day. At junior camp (3rd-5th grades), he celebrated the Eucharist with the Rev. Paula Durren. When he got to the prayer of consecration, he looked at us and said “take eat,” and everyone joined in saying “This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” It happened without prompting. It had never happened before, and it didn’t happen after that. But this is what can happen when young people are part of the community, when they hear the words regularly, when they know their voices matter. The Holy Spirit is truly present in our diocese!

Highlights from our children and youth ministry • We spoke three languages. English, Spanish, and Dinka were being spoken amongst the young people (Dinka is the language of South Sudan). • We traveled over 1,300 miles to get to one of the youth events. • We served approximately 335 people at various Eucharist services. • Approximately 120 people were certified in Safeguarding God’s Children. • We collaborated with the Diocese of Eastern Michigan for two of our events. • The youngest person at a “youth” event was 2, and the oldest was 86.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Grand Haven will host trainings for Journey to Adulthood and Godly Play November 10-11, 2017. Godly Play: On Saturday, November 11th, a Godly Play Foundation trainer will hold a 6 hour workshop specifically on the roles of the storyteller doorperson. Anyone interested in learning this Montessori-based method of facilitating children’s learning is invited to register. The registration fee is $75 and includes light breakfast and lunch Thursday. The training runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To support each member of the circle, participants are required to be present the entire training. J2A: Those who work with teenagers are encouraged to consider Journey to Adulthood training. The Journey to Adulthood training provides a general overview of the entire “Journey to Adulthood” program, acquaints participants with a better understanding of the theology and developmental theories that support J2A, and offers practical, hands-on advice about program organization, lesson plans, activities, classroom management and much, much more. There will be an introduction to the program Friday evening, November 10, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for those not familiar with the curriculum. The training will commence Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is $50/person. If you have questions or comments, please contact the St. John’s Children & Youth Coordinator, Reyna Masko, at 616-842-6260, ext. 28, or St. John’s is located at 524 Washington Avenue in Grand Haven.


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Looking Ahead To Future Diocesan Events 2017 Middle School Retreat with Tall Turf Ministries November 11-12 Richland, MI Open Enrollment for active clergy and lay employees for health insurance November 3-20 The Ordination of Michael Wood December 9, 2017 St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo ELCA “The Gathering” (for high school students and young adults ages 18-25) December 27-30 Lansing, MI 2018 Confirmation Liturgy - Vigil of our Lord’s Baptism Saturday, January 6th Grace Church, Grand Rapids Bishop’s Workshop – Kalamazoo Saturday, February 10th St. Luke’s High School Lenten Retreat February 17-18 Location TBA Bishop’s Workshop – Grand Rapids Saturday, February 24th – St. Mark’s ELCA Charge (youth event for middle school students) March 16-18 Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City Bishop’s Workshop – Traverse City Saturday, March 24th – Grace Church Confirmation Liturgy – The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, March 31st – St. Paul’s, Muskegon Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting Saturday, May 5th – Christ Church, Charlevoix Confirmation Liturgy – The Eve of Pentecost Saturday, May 19th Emmanuel Church, Petoskey Episcopal Youth Camp – Senior Week (high school age) June 24-30 Cran-Hill Ranch

Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic June 16-23 Puerta Plata, D.R. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church July 5-13 Austin, Texas Weekend Camp – All ages & families July 20-22 Cran-Hill Ranch Episcopal Youth Camp – Middle School August 5-11 Camp Newaygo Episcopal Youth Camp – Elementary School August 12-18 Camp Newaygo 144th EDWM Convention & Confirmation Liturgy November 2-3 Lansing, MI

DCDI Weekends March 9-10 May 4-5 September 28-29 November 16-17

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In Memoriam Remembering

the faithful departed

October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017

O God, the King of saints, we praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; for the blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. James Church, Albion Elizabeth “Betty” Cromas Church of the Good Shepherd, Allegan Marilyn Kay Zimmerman Church of the Resurrection, Battle Creek Mary Jo Conley St. Thomas Church, Battle Creek Catherine Patricia Osborn Edith Hankey Lockwood Susan Lynn Reynolds St. Augustine’s, Benton Harbor Vernon Lawrence Peachey St. Andrew’s Church, Big Rapids The Rev. Richard Emerson Shinn Church of the Nativity, Boyne City Kathryn Gilbert St. Mary’s Church, Cadillac Bonnie VanHulst St. John’s, Charlotte Alma Stahl


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St. Paul’s Church, Dowagiac Maxine Downey Donald D. Jenkins Kimberly Plucienik Schaus

St. Paul’s Church, Greenville Hilda Sorvari Marie Butler Melanie Bedore

St. Paul’s Church, Elk Rapids Patricia Burch

Emmanuel Church, Hastings Kenneth Raymond Radant Harriet Jean Kimmel Robert Edward Thoresen Connie Mae Belles

St. John’s Church, Fremont Michael Fotis, Jr. John Riters St. John’s Church, Grand Haven Ruth Booth Harry R. Wojahn Sr. Lollie Fletcher Iva Graham Ginny Hallead St. Andrew’s Church, Grand Rapids Wayland L. “Bud” Biddinger Brent Douglas Chesley Stewart Charles Freelove Alice Freelove Bruce Patten Roy Stram Russell P. Posthumus Gerald L. Lindquist Paul F. Nelson Harrison “Skip” Smith St. Philip’s Church, Grand Rapids Gerald D. Redwine

Grace Church, Holland Stafford Warwick Keegin Eskill Corneliussen Kenneth Paterson Shirley Swaney Erma Bruggink Vivian Cook Norman Bryce Cobb Thomas Kelly Edna Nash Anna De Kraker Millie Gallaway St. Luke’s Church, Kalamazoo David Flentje Mary Louise Waldo Joyce Sandelin Dr. Ernst Briesach Susan Schau Charles Large William Larson Dr. Donald May Jane May Dr. Patrick Littlejohn

St. David’s Church, Lansing Mary L. Nye Jon Nye Phyllis E. Pinkston Diane Gifford Janie Kay Byers Esdeane L. Osgood Lois Summers Richard E. Otto, Jr. Ora Gail Runcie Brenda Runcie Sandra L. Myers Peggy Spitler Scottie Lee Joseph Manson Charles Guenther Roger A. Loveland Holy Trinity Church, Manistee Shirley Gould Betty Noteware Renee Fitzgerald Holland Capper Carol Fox Susanna Edgar Trinity Church, Marshall Calvin Connelly Lou Dickson Deborah Sullivan Georgia Koyl Wanda Wass Jerry Gilbert

St. Timothy’s Church, Richland Dorothy Morris Arleta Wizki Eleanor Van Streain james Strate William Morris Steve Murphy Kathleen Casper Thomas Woodworth David Carrigan

St. John’s Church, Mount Pleasant Timothy Brockman St. Gregory’s Church, Muskegon Martha Ann Craigie Donald F. Snyder Robert A. Morse Shirley Elaine Sechen Julia Fugate St. Paul’s Church, Muskegon Nelson Phillips Sarah Ward St. Mark’s Church, Newaygo Robert G. Frederiksen Iris Lou Tift Hulst Davidson St. Mark’s Church, Paw Paw Bobbie Bush St. James Church, Pentwater Barbara Dill Gwillim Emmanuel Church, Petoskey Andrew “Jim” Braidwood St. Barnabas Church, Portage Anna “Cush” Cushman

Church of the Epiphany, South Haven Louis Lawnin Crawford St. Paul’s Church, St. Joseph Sharon Finch Fielding Finch Rienhold Fecho Mickey Thomas Marie Spitzer Karen Taylor Hadley St. John’s Church, Sturgis Phyllis Catherine Brown Della E. Bassett John A. Cook William Douglas Trinity Church, Three Rivers Terry E. Quinn Molly C. Higgins Carol B. Boulette Grace Church, Traverse City David Dixon Ruth Ann Steiger Seguin Jo Marston Collins Genevieve Johanna Fagerstrom Donna Elysabeth Bursian Susan Ann Mertz Philip David Miske Gerald Henry Hudson Hallen Thomas Baird

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