Finding our Voice:
Confronting the issues that divide and unite us “We should be having conversations just like this, all across the country. Sharing our ideas across the political spectrum so that we can be heard and find solutions to the problems that we
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Come Celebrate! Convention eucharist October 21, 2012 10:30am eastern
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Inside this issue... Page 2B Advocacy conference, Prayer cycle, Five Marks of Mission Page 3C Calendar, UTO, Transitions, Fall Retreat Page 4D Convention, Billboards, Engaging advocacy and service
Vol. 2, No. 10 October 2012
face as a country,” enthused one participant in a gathering in Marquette on September 15 at St. Paul’s Church. Members of various faith traditions joined with legislative and philathopic leaders to explore issues, advocacy and action for challenges in dental and medical care, education and end-oflife care. Sponsored by the diocesan Justice and Peace Committee, this conference will help to set the agenda for further action in the year ahead. One of the primary ways that the Episcopal Church in Northern Michigan lives out the fourth of the five Marks of Mission (see page 2B), is by conferences that encourage advocacy and action of our members as citizens. This conference was designed to help leaders and concerned
A panel of faith leaders shares their experience of issues facing our country. Left to right: Harvey Wallace, Kevin Thew Forrester, Nancy Irish, Rayford Ray, Tom Skrenes, ben Baldus (photo: Kayla West)
When the 117th annual Convention of the Diocese of Northern Michigan meets in Marquette on October 19-21, participants will engage with the theme “Body, Mind and Soul.” They will be assisted by Dan Hines, who will serve as chaplain for the convention, offering brief reflections on the theme through the weekend. He is the Ministry Developer for the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (formerly the Anglican Diocese of Cariboo). He describes himself as enjoying “ innovation, collaboration, and the ongoing experimentation with new and ancient forms of liturgy, music and technology. He is also interested in `the gathering center’ (with a nod to author Phyllis Tickle) and the mutual sharing between diverse faith traditions.” Thomas Brackett, the Program Officer for Church Planting and Redevelopment for the Episcopal Church, will be joining the convention long-distance during the Sunday morning convention session to talk about redevelopment and revitalization in our churches. This year offers a special opportunity to expand your knowledge of the ministry of service and advocacy (also known as diaconal ministry). The Council on Diaconal Ministry is offering a workshop prior to the beginning of Convention. It will take place from 2pm to 4:30pm on Friday, October 19. See side box for details and registration information. Registration will begin at 3pm on Friday at the Ramada Inn, and the business session will begin at 7pm. Following the example of previous years, delegates and visitors
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Diocesan Cycle of Prayer October 7 Episcopal Religious Communities, especially: Monks of St. Gregory’s Abbey [Three Rivers, MI]; Sisters of the Community of St. Francis; Brothers of the Society of St. Francis; Sisterhood of St. John Divine, [Toronto] A breakout group at the Justice and Peace conference discuss health care reform. (Photo:Kayla West)
Finding our voice, continued... citizen share their experience of four issues that engage our democracy: the health care system, low and no cost dental care, education, and end-of-life care. Participants and leaders alike shared stories and engaged one another with ideas for next actions to help make a difference. Michigan senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow each sent video messages of encouragement to those gathered. Levin reminded those gathered that in the same way that the nation came together in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, we need to come together today in the name of seeking justice. Stabenow reflected on the good work that many people are already doing, working together, and shared that she keeps
a reminder quote from Helen Keller on her refrigerator: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Rob Collier, President and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, offered stories and inspiration for people seeking to make a difference in their community. “We tell stories to one another to teach, persuade, and understand our life and context,” he said. He shared stories of the impact of giving in the state of Michigan, and the importance of helping people to understand that they can make a difference. “We want to include and involve every-
14 All diocesan committees, especially Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, Commission on Ministry 21 Diocesan convention 28 Northern Great Lakes Synod, ELCA (Tom Skrenes, bishop) For a printable Cycle of Prayer, go to www.upepiscopal.org and click on Resources on the yellow bar.
Five Marks of Mission Series October: To seek to transform unjust structures of society November: To respond to human need by loving service December: To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom February: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. March: To teach, baptize and nurture new believers How are you and your congregation living out the mission described in the Five Marks of Mission? The Church in Hiawathaland is focusing on one Mark per issue, telling stories of mission and ministry in the Upper Peninsula. Tell us your story! Contact Rise Thew Forrester at email@example.com
Tom Noren of Marquette General Hospital describes the positive changes the partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare will bring. (Photo: Kayla West) one,” he said. He especially emphasized the philanthropic impact of youth; each year youth in Michigan raise and give 2.5 million dollars. “We need to involve youth in the conversation and decision-making about their Michigan.” He went on to share stories of creative and innovative partnerships that are reshaping the response to needs in our state, such as the Double Up program that helps people receiving state food assistance to make use of farmers markets for produce, and the partnership that is helping families save for home ownership in a way that helps to make them successful home owners long term. Leaders from Jewish, Christian, and Unitarian Universalist backgrounds shared their experience with issues of health care, education, and end-of-life care. They told stories of making choices whether their child was sick enough to go to the emergency room when they had no medical insurance; of the ethical choices that our medical system presents as people decide whether the medical care adds to the quality of life or merely prolongs it; of how their faith tradition helps them make deci-
sions when faced with challenging issues. Harvey Wallace, Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University, and speaking from a Jewish faith tradition, said “Does Jewish law mandate universal health care? There are many different answers, but I think yes. We have an obligation to care for others with whom we live…there is a passage in Exodus that reminds us to be ‘kind to the stranger, for we were strangers in a strange land’.” Lutheran bishop Tom Skrenes (ELCA) and retired Lutheran advocacy director Ben Baldus reminded listeners to broaden the circle of care to include all in need: elderly, children, immigrants, and prison populations. A panel on legislative issues addressed the challenges of health care, dental care, education and end-of-life care. State Representatives Ed McBroom (R, District 108, Vulcan) and Steve Lindberg (D, District 109, Marquette) shared personal stories of family health care. Both Representatives affirmed the importance of working across the political aisle to work on solving the Continued on page 3B
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Meetings and Events All times Eastern OCTOBER 6-7 Affirmation Weekend 13 Epis Min Support Team 10:00 am 19-21 Annual Convention
St. Paul’s, Marquette Diocesan Office, Marquette Ramada Inn, Marquette
NOVEMBER 3 Episcopal Min Sup Team 10am-3pm 4 Episcopal Visitation 11 Episcopal Visitation 17 Hiawatha District Meeting 10am - 2pm
Diocesan Office Grace Church, Menominee Ontonagon Community St. Stephen’s, Escanaba
To have meetings included, call 1-800-236-0087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall retreat open to all The fall retreat which has been previously sponsored by the Women’s Ministry Council (previously the ECW) will be different this year. We will be collaborating with our Presbyterian sisters and brothers and working together to offer a Prayer Retreat to be held at Presbytery Point Camp on October 11th through 13th. Although similar to prior retreats in format, this will be open to men as well as women. Guest presenter will be Daniel Wolpert, currently pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Crookston, MN, and co-founder of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing. (MICAH, www.micahprays.org) Daniel is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree. He has authored “Leading a Life with God, the practice of spiritual leadership”
(Upper Room 2006), “Creating a Life with God: the call of ancient prayer practices” (Upper Room 2003) and co-author of “Meeting God in Virtual Reality:using spiritual practices with media” (Abingdon 2004) If interested in purchasing “Creating a Life…” it is available through Presbytery Point, contact Caron Christopherson at 906-869-2266 Registration will be limited to approximately 30, if you are interested contact Coralie Hambleton at 906-8692046, or Caron. Cost will be 100.00 we’ll once again be creating our amazing “Stone Soup,” and we’re looking forward to a new era of working with Presbytery Point staff.
United Thank Offering: Another way to transform, with gratitude
Representative Ed McBroom, Dr. Kirk Schott, Representative Steve Lindberg, and Dr. richard Armstrong speak on a panel for the Finding our Voice advocacy conference in Marquette. (photo: Kayla West)
Finding our voice, continued... issues, especially health care, before us. Doctors Richard Armstrong, of Newberry and Kirk Schott, of Ewen, spoke of the need for further health care reform. Armstrong is the president of Docs for Patient Care, a national organization working for the repeal of the Obama health care reform act (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), and he called for a greater voice from physicians in health care debates, and decried some possible consequences of the PPACA. Later in the day, Tom Noren, Chief Medical Officer of Marquette General Hospital, described the new partnership of Duke LifePoint Healthcare with Marquette General Hospital as a whole new system of patient care. “It’s not asking the patient what is the matter with you, but asking
what matters to you,” he said. Participants in the conference shared ideas, next actions, and responses to the four primary areas of the day: health care, dental care, early education, and end-of-life care. Presenters from each of the topic areas offered further information about events and needs, while participants had the opportunity to explore what they could do to take positive action.
The diocesan Justice and Peace Committee will develop an agenda of actions and advocacy leading out of the work of this conference. More information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. If you would like to be involved, contact the diocesan office at 906-228-7160 or email@example.com
Teena Maki Put Gifts into the Blue Box with thanksgiving, prayer and generosity, Take blessings out of the box for grants extending the Church’s faithfulness to God’s mission. At the ECW Triennial in Indianapolis, July 5-12, 2012, the United Thank Offering Board gave the annual report. There has been an Ad Hoc Committee formed from the National Church for the study of INC055. This took place over 3 years with representatives from the UTO Board as well as the Executive Council & the Episcopal Church. It formed into 3 committees: the history of the work of the women in the Episcopal Church—history & organizational, the theology of Thankfulness—Bible & prayer book, technology—sharing the story. The UTO board will remain part of the National ECW Board. A UTO representative will sit on the National Executive Board. The money received from the in-gatherings, will be funneled through DFMS. They also hold the trust funds for UTO.
For the granting this session, there were 103 grants received with 54 granted for a total of $1,713,806.95. There were 37 domestic grants, 6 companion grants, 9 international grants and 2 regional grants. These grants included funding for Health Ministries, leadership training, purchase of property for a day care program for Haitian refuges, nutritional programs, programs to educate to stop bullying, and many more to assist areas to improve their community or provide needed services. The mission of the United Thank Offering continues to be blessed in order to supply the money needed to change the lives of others. It’s through the Circle of Thankful People that the mission can continue to meet these needs and it’s through you placing the coins into the blue box for all your blessings & thankfulness. If you need information or supplies please contact me. Teena Maki, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transitions Deaths Jason Hunter Trinty, Gladstone Vince Reed St. Paul’s, Marquette
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Diocesan Convention plans, continued... Conitnued from front page... will be able to attend a variety of presentations and talks, including various outreach ministries, finance, fun and well-being, and General Convention. Two resolutions for changing diocesan canons will be voted upon. First, a change that allows congregations to choose to operate with a Vestry that is a “committee of the whole.” This allows a congregation to hold regularly scheduled meetings for the business and planning of the church, rather than elect a specific number people to sit on a vestry. Several of our congregations have received permission from the diocesan council to operate in this way, and they are finding it supportive. Secondly, leadership of the diocese have noted in the past that while our canons were changed years ago to reflect various aspects
of mutual and baptismal ministry as it is shaped in this diocese, some other aspects still need to be updated. A major missing part is the role of the ministry developer. Some changes are being proposed to bring our canons into line with the practices and language that we have developed over the years. Resolutions will be available at the diocesan website, www.upepiscopal.org. Convention will also address all the business that normally comes before it: electing officers and leadership, hearing reports and passing the 2012 budget. Packets have been mailed from the diocesan office to each congregation. The convention eucharist will be Sunday morning at St. Paul’s, Marquette, 10:30 am, 201 E. Ridge St. For more information, please contact Jane Cisluycis at email@example.com
Take Time for Self Care
The Council on diaconal ministry sponsored an evening of learning about self care on September 14 at St. Paul’s, Marquette, before the advocacy conference the next day. Participants learned about nutrition and self care, and created a reminder bracelet that outlines the foods that keep an advocate healthy. Above, Rayford Ray listens to Teena Maki describe nutrition reminders while Jan and Jere Fritsche start putting together their beadwork.
Send us your pictures!
A slide show is being created to showcase ministry in our diocese that shows the five Marks of Mission in action. Please send in your pictures of outreach events, Sunday School, mission trips and service work, projects that protect and preserve creation Email digital photos to firstname.lastname@example.org OR Mail photos to Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, attn: Rise Thew Forrester 131 E. Ridge St. Marquette, MI 49855
Giving for the Good News Each week we come together in our various Episcopal churches to sing, worship, pray, and serve. People come to grow, to share, to be a part of a faith community. We do not all share political, economic, family or personal opinions and backgrounds, yet we are bound by a covenant of love in our baptism. So many around us hunger for this kind of community, this kind of journey with others of like mind and spirit. How do we as part of the Body of Christ offer God’s love? How do we share our story and faith? The Communications Committee of our diocese is continuing a project to help us do just that: to share the Episcopal church with the many people who haven’t even heard of us. This Advent we will once again be placing billboards around the Upper Peninsula, to raise awareness of the welcome that we offer to all people. Will these billboards bring people to our doors? While some congregations have had people attend who are glad to say they saw our billboards, it is likely that what the billboards do mostly is raise awareness of the message of the Episcopal church in Northern Michigan, which many people have never heard of. We are seeking donations to continue our billboard campaign. Each billboard costs about $140 to make, and about $275 a month to rent the billboard space. Will you help with this project, to share the great gift that is the Episcopal Church in the Upper Peninsula? Thank you for your support. You can send your donation to The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, 131 East Ridge St., Marquette, MI 49855 Please note on your check that it is for advertising support.
Engaging advocacy and service: October 19 workshop planned
The Council on Diaconal Ministry is developing an afternoon of learning around diaconal ministry. Diaconal ministry is one of the names for what we are talking about with the Five Marks of Mission: “4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society.” All Christian communities are called to engage the world around them, seeking and serving the needs of those who are trampled down by life and circumstances. Each baptized person promises to act to further the reign of God, and each person has opportunities to do this ministry in their daily lives. The role of the deacon is to be an icon, a window, of what it means to be a Christian advocate for peace and justice. Diaconal coordinators’ role in the congregation is to facilitate the church’s action in
this ministry. On Friday, October 19, 2pm – 4:30pm, before the beginning of diocesan convention in Marquette, please join in an exploration and development of your baptismal, servant and advocate ministry. Registration forms and flyers coming to your congregation and the website soon!
Save the date! Women’s Winter Respite at Marygrove will be January 25-27, 2013
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This issue includes an article about the Finding our voice advocacy conference, diocesan convention and upcoming events.