Page 1

VOL. 4, ISSUE 1 • SPRING 2013 Remembering Bishop McGehee: 1923-2013

School’s Out All Saints, East Lansing


The Record/Spring 2013

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

TABLE OF CONTENTS The Record 4800 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-1399 Phone: (313) 833-4425 The Record is a quarterly magazine for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. Vol. 4, Issue 1 Spring 2013

The Reverend Michelle Meech Ministry Developer

The Reverend Canon Lisa A. Tucker-Gray Canon to the Ordinary

Karen Robinson Executive Director Whitaker Institute

Canon Jo Ann Hardy Diocesan Administrator

Eric Travis Missioner for Youth and Young Adults Mark Miliotto Director of Finance Kara Chapman Accountant

Rick Schulte Diocesan Communications Editor, The Record Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

Diocesan News

Call to Convention, Whitaker Institute, Page 6 Renewal of Ministry, Diocesan Calendar, Page 7

Bishop Coleman McGehee: 1923-2013 A look back at his life, Page 8 Photos from Requiem Eucharist, Page 9

Afterschool program at All Saints, East Lansing, Page 10

The Rt. Reverend Wendell N. Gibbs Jr. Bishop of the Diocese

Beth Rowley Assistant for Program and Administration

Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr., Page 4

Cover Story: More than Fun and Games

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan Episcopal Church Center 4800 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201-1399 (313) 832-4400 • Toll Free (866) 545-6424

Sue McCune Executive Assistant Office of the Bishop

Sermon at St. Luke’s, Allen Park

Building a School in Liberia

Christ Church, Dearborn in it for the long haul, Page 12

Opinion: A Place for Young People Church has provided many opportunities, Page 14

Opinion: Guns in the City

A real-life look at who’s using guns and why, Page 15

Learning More About RUACH

The importance of sharing what we do well, Page 17

Book Review and Recipes Page 18

Found on Facebook Page 19 How to Subscribe to The Record: Email Editor’s Note: You may have noticed The Record magazine has arrived a few weeks later than usual. This is because we wanted to provide timely coverage on the life of Bishop Coleman McGehee, including pictures from his Requiem Eucharist and where to make memorial donations in his name. The next edition of The Record will be available in June.

The Record/Spring 2013



Make Jesus your savior, not worldly items or ideas The first Sunday in Lent, and year after year after year, we hear the story of Jesus being driven into the wilderness and tempted. It is so easy to spend our time just thinking about Jesus being tempted, and in some way, being warmed in our hearts that our Lord and savior was tempted in the same ways we are tempted. So we don’t feel alone. But I think there is a deeper level to the temptation Jesus experienced that might lead us to some understanding of the temptations that we can experience. Jesus went into the desert and didn’t eat for 40 days, or a long time. When that period of time was over, he was starving. I don’t know about you, but a whole day with nothing to eat, and you’re starving at the end of the day. That could be a long time. Maybe not 40 days, but that’s long enough. And when you’re hungry, all sorts of things come to mind. Imagine, if you could take that sense of hunger after one day and make it a week. Take that sense of hunger from one week and make it two. Take your sense of hunger from two weeks and make it three. And we’re only halfway there. Let’s stop at three weeks of being absolutely famished. The mind does amazing things when we’re hungry. I spent three weeks in the hospital once, and what they fed me might as well been nothing. Because after three weeks, I was famished. And you do begin to wish that little dish of Jell-o might turn into a big sheetcake. Or maybe, that little dish of broth… might just turn into a steak. Oh, if we had the power to do that. Jesus went through that. And remember, we’re only at three weeks of being starved. Jesus went 40 days, a long time.


“The point is, our desire for personal power and our desire for control makes us worship ourselves. It makes us idols of ourselves. We don’t care what God has to say.”

The Evil One, who came to him and said, “You could command that stone to turn to bread, and you could no longer be hungry.” What kinds of temptation are within us when we are hungry? And not just hungry for food, but perhaps hungry for attention, hungry for response, hungry

to the world. Sometimes being alone can make us hungry for the presence of others. What kinds of temptations enter our hearts and our minds when we have true hunger? It is at that moment that Jesus teaches us that we do not live by bread alone. We do not live by simple

The Rev. William Hale welcomes Bishop Gibbs to St. Luke’s, Allen Park.

The Record/Spring 2013

pleasures alone. I am not one of those people that like to gamble. And yet, people are always suggesting to me that I go to the casino. I thought, wow, what a waste. I’m not going to gamble anyway. But how many people have you seen sit in front of a machine…and expect something to come out of the bottom? …And they sit and they sit and they sit. The former mayor of San Diego lost over $1 billion. Her hunger for more made her believe the pleasure she was receiving, by sitting at the machine and watching the numbers, or throwing the dice, or watching the roulette wheel go around, that pleasure was enough to satisfy her. And yet, it never did. When Jesus said “we do not live by bread alone,” it also means we do not live by simple pleasures alone. Rather, we live by what comes from God for us. Trust in God, Jesus is telling us. Don’t let our mind play tricks on us. Don’t try to satisfy yourself by yourself; let God in. And let God give you what you need. Only then is true hunger satisfied. Then, Jesus is taken and shown all the countries of the world. Every prince’s house. And the Evil One said, “If you worship me, I’ll give it all to you.” The temptation of power. The temptation of power. And if that doesn’t prove Jesus is human, to be even shown the temptation of power, then nothing could, because power is one of those temptations that we humans give into on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be power over great countries of the world, or power over a committee. Even power over a diocese, even though one might have it. It could simply be power over our own lives – also known as control. We Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

like to be in control. That’s power. We want to control our lives, where we go, how we worship, how we interact with others, how others interact with us. Oh, do we exert power then. If someone doesn’t do what we expect, our words become power. Even our actions can become power. Did anybody see on the news, there was a mother traveling on a plane with a young child. And the child was crying. Who hasn’t been on a plane or a close space where there was a child who was crying, and you want the child to stop? But you don’t reach over and slap the child, especially if it’s not yours. And this man, after uttering terrible and powerful words, telling her child to shut up, reaches over and slaps the child. We humans want power. We like to exert it on others, because it somehow makes us believe we have control of all our surroundings. But what does Jesus say? Worship the Lord your God and serve only him. The point is, our desire for personal power and our desire for control makes us worship ourselves. It makes idols of ourselves. We don’t care what God has to say. We don’t care what God offers. We’re in control. Really? So, we made the sun come up this morning? I don’t think. We make the sun go down at night? Not the last time I checked. We control high and low tides? Not in any book I ever read. Yes, there are things that we can do that interfere with, or try to exert control over, those things God has ultimate control over. But that is not worshiping our God alone. That’s worship of power. Personal power. Power offered to us as evil, not as good. Jesus says, put your heart in God’s hands. Worship God. Not the things of this world. Somewhere later, in our observance of Lent and as we get closer into Holy Week and closer to Good Friday, we’re going to hear Jesus say to Pilate, “You have Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

“Rely on God, yes. Give yourselves over to God, yes. Surrender all that you are and all that you have to God, yes.”

no power but that which is given to you from above.” If we could remember that, then the temptation to have control over ourselves and everyone else might actually go away. So after being turned back twice, the Evil One takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and says, I know you can’t be resist this. Scripture says if you were even close to getting hurt…God would send legions of angels to make sure you don’t even get a stubbed toe. I have to confess, there have been a number of times where I have stubbed my toe on a very hard, immovable piece of furniture, and has said a few things other than ‘send legions of angels.’ Haven’t we all? Wouldn’t we love to have angels come and make sure we never do that? Jesus says, don’t tempt God. Don’t put God to the test. Don’t

think that you can outsmart God. Don’t put yourself in a situation to suggest that if God really loves me, God will take care of me. Don’t test God that way. Rely on God, yes. Give yourselves over to God, yes. Surrender all that you are and all that you have to God, yes. But, don’t go test God and run across the train tracks with an oncoming train and if it gets too close and say, “God will help me.” Really? Why? Because you say so? It sounds a little like falling back into that last temptation. Power over God? If having power over yourselves and others around you is bad, Jesus suggests trying to gain power over God is…forget it. You see, this whole thing about temptation is, yes, to give us a sense that Jesus understands the temptations that come our way. Yes, he does. He’s been there. He

The Record/Spring 2013

also gives us some hints of how we can walk away and be faithful in that turning back. Let us give ourselves to God. Let us not have control over people and things. Don’t allow simple pleasures of this world to control you, but rather, look to God for everything. Count on God. Trust in God. Believe God. Stop looking for something on this earth to save you. Because the savior has already been here. And it is Jesus Christ. As we go through these days of Lent, let your savior be Jesus. Not bread, or pleasures, or power, or even the sense that you can test God. Let it be Jesus. Amen. Bishop Gibbs gave this sermon during a February visitation to St. Luke’s, Allen Park.


NEWS Register now for May 4 Ministry Fair The annual Ministry Fair takes place May 4 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with walkup registration beginning at 8 a.m. The fee is $15; a boxed lunch is an additional $8. Checks payable to “Diocese of Michigan” may be mailed to Ministry Fair, Diocese of Michigan, 4800 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201. Congregations are encouraged to bring their entire church leadership team. A wide range of topics will be covered, including organization, finance, liturgy, music, youth issues, communications and many other topics. Contact Beth Rowley at or (313) 833-4421 for more information.

holding the position for six years. A 2005 graduate from EfM, Mackey became an EfM mentor in 2007. In addition to EfM at St. Andrew’s, Ann Arbor, she is also a choir member and lector. Mackey has been a delegate to diocesan convention, served on a rector’s search committee and is a member of the board of Oasis Ministry. Those interested in Education for Ministry are encouraged to contact her at

Call to Convention: Presiding Bishop to appear The Marriott Detroit Hotel at the Renaissance Center will host the Diocesan Convention Oct. 2526. We will welcome as our special guest the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who will join us for the convention and will preach at the Friday-night convention worship service. Questions may be directed to Canon Jo Ann HarMost Rev. Jefferts Schori dy, Diocesan Administrator, at or 313-833-4422 or the Rev. Canon Saundra Richardson, Secretary of Convention at You may also find updates on the diocesan website (

Fineout appointed archdeacon of diocese The Rev. Deacon William Fineout has been appointed Archdeacon for the Diocese of Michigan. His territory will generally cover the western region of the diocese. Archdeacon Fineout has served as a deacon in the diocese since his ordination in 2008, serving at St. Paul’s, Lansing. He is also chaplain for the local chapter of The International Order of St. Luke the Physician, in addition to being a board member of the Lansing-based Open Door Ministries day shelter. He is also a Whitaker Institute facilitator/instructor for deacons in formation “Archdeacon Fineout will assist Archdeacon Rev. William (Keith) Mackenzie and me in the oversight and pasFineout toral care of deacons,” Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. said. “I am very honored that Bill has accepted this appointment and ask you to join me in congratulating him as he accepts this new responsibility.”

Mackey named EfM coordinator Dr. Barbara Mackey of Ann Arbor has been appointed as the new coordinator of the Education for Ministry for the Diocese of Michigan. She replaces Donald Wiggins, who stepped down last year after

Planning ahead for 2014 and ‘15 The recent Executive Council meeting in Baltimore produced the announcement of these upcoming events: Episcopal Youth Event is set for July 9-13, 2014 in the Philadelphia area. The General Convention will be June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City.


Whitaker Institute More information on these events and other programs offered through Whitaker Institute may be found at or by calling (313) 833-4412. Whitaker Celebration, Wednesday, June 12. Have you taken a Whitaker Institute class this year? Mark your calendar for Whitaker Celebration, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. This is a celebration of students’ achievements and a recognition of all programs of the Whitaker Institute. For more information, please contact Karen Robinson at Lay Education Courses Worship Leader, April 6, St. John’s, Royal Oak. This fulfills requirements for licensure as a Worship Leader. Worship leaders are lay persons who regularly lead public worship within their parish. Each participant is required to have the permission of their rector to take the class. (Rector may email permission to Worship Leader licenses will be granted after class work is completed. This class is offered again on May 25 at St. Stephen’s, Wyandotte


Preacher, April 11, Holy Faith, Saline. This fulfills requirements for licensure as a preacher, (a lay person authorized to preach, only under the direction of their congregation’s clergy person). Each participant is required to have the permission of their rector to take the class. (Rector may email permission to Preacher licenses will be granted after class work is completed. Jan Fletcher’s Exploring Exodus, April 10, St. Barnabas, Chelsea. This six-week, Wednesday-evening class will look at the story of Exodus and bring students face to face with the God who saves, the God whom Jesus calls Abba. Worldviews Seminar, June 17-22, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Christ Church, Dearborn and other locations. This seminar is designed to introduce students to the foundational information about the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions.

The Record/Spring 2013

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan


Two Renewals of Ministry took place recently to usher in the new year. On Jan. 15, Grace Church, Mt. Clemens, celebrated with a familiar face – the Rev. Susan Bock – holding a new title of rector. She previously served as priest-in-charge, working with both Grace and the now-closed St. Gabriel’s, Eastpointe. Two weeks later, St. Mary’s-inthe-Hills, Lake Orion, formally welcomed the Rev. Laurel Dahill, who accepted the church’s call to become its new rector. The Rev. Canon Lisa Tucker-Gray provided the sermon at both celebrations. Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. presided over each celebration.

Evenings of celebration Diocesan Calendar April 13-14 Nightwatch Cathedral Church of St. Paul April 17-19 Clergy Retreat Capuchin Retreat Center, Washington Twp. April 20 Contemporary & Social Issues St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. April 26-28 Happening #12 St. Paul’s, Brighton April 27 Safeguarding Workshops St. Michael & All Angels, Lincoln Park 9 a.m. May 4 Ministry Fair Cathedral Church of St. Paul 9 a.m. Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

June 4 Deans Meeting St. Michael’s & All Angels, Cambridge Junction Noon

May 9 Confirmation St. Luke’s, Ypsilanti 7 p.m. May 11 Diocesan Council St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. May 18 Safeguarding Workshops All Saints, Pontiac 9 a.m. Confirmation St. Paul’s, Jackson 11 a.m. May 25 Worship Leader St. Stephen’s, Wyandotte 10 a.m. June 1 Confirmation Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills 11 a.m.

July 27 Diocesan Picnic Emrich Center, Brighton

June 12 Whitaker Institute Celebration Cathedral Church of St. Paul 6:30 p.m. June 22 Ordinations Cathedral Church of St. Paul 11 a.m. June 29 Diocesan Council St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. July 1-15 Camp Compassion Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic July 26-29 Bass Lake Festival Fairview, MI

The Record/Spring 2013

Times, dates and location subject to change.



Bishop McGehee remembered as progressive leader both in the religious and secular world The eighth bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, the Rt. Rev. H. Coleman McGehee, died March 14 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Pontiac. He was 89. He was elected bishop coadjutor of the Michigan diocese in May 1971, replacing the retired Rt. Rev. Richard S. Emrich two years later and serving as bishop until 1990. During that time, McGehee soon became known for his commitment to justice and human rights. He spearheaded the movement that eventually created national church canons to open ordination to women. In 1977, the Rev.

Meredith Hunt was ordained the first woman priest for Michigan. McGehee, along with Detroit Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and the late Rabbi Richard Hertz, co-founded the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. He also founded the Economic Justice Fund (now known as the Opportunity Resource Fund), which loans money to small businesses that offer affordable housing to the poor and supports programs that help the advantaged. He was also a friend to labor unions. His efforts included joining locked-out Detroit Free Press and Detroit News workers on the

picket line in 1995, when he was 72 and had been retired for five years. McGehee was born in Richmond, Va., and came to the ordained ministry via engineering, military service and the practice of law. At one time, he was Virginia’s deputy attorney general. After service during World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1947. He earned a law degree at the University of Richmond in 1949. Five years later he entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary of Virginia, graduating in

1957. Prior to coming to Michigan he was rector of Immanuel Church on the Hill in Alexandria, Va., from 1960-‘71. McGehee is survived by his wife, June; their daughters, Lesley and Cary; sons Alex, Harry and Donald; and four grandchildren, Cary, Neil, Caitlin and Casey. A Requiem Eucharist was held March 23 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit. The body was cremated, followed later with a private committal of the ashes. The Rev. Harry Cook contributed to this report.

“The man was a lawyer before he was a priest or bishop, and some of his sermons occasionally had the ring of a closing argument to a jury as he tried to persuade his listeners to take the biblical mandate for justice seriously and to stop doing churchy business as usual.” The Rev. Harry Cook, former editor, The Record • “He was truly a people person who was matchless in compassion and devotion. His convictions about justice and peace went with his concern that not only the church but society, too, should respect the dignity of every human being.”

Bonnie Anderson, former president, Episcopal General Convention House of Deputies. • “I’m not alone in saying that I could not have had a more supportive bishop as I struggled with discernment of a vocation in the Church, or a better model for ministry which raised a prophetic voice concerning the pressing issues of his day. It has always been a privilege to have his friendship.” The Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop, Diocese of Indianapolis


REMEMBRANCES “As I am saddened by the news of the death of Bishop H. Coleman McGehee, I am acutely aware that the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Michigan have lost a committed Christian and a faithful leader. As the 8th Bishop of Michigan, Bishop McGehee also had the privilege of hosting, on behalf of the diocese, the General Convention in 1988. There, the church was emboldened by his witness for economic justice.” Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. • “Coleman was one of the Episcopal Church’s true prophets, a friend and bishop who stood with us in the struggle against apartheid. I was honored to know Coleman and I am saddened at his passing.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, South Africa • “Coleman was my friend. He was also my mentor who was an example for me on how to be a minister in the church. Coleman was a person who understood the Gospel message to build God’s reign now.” Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit •


The Record/Spring 2013

The family requests donations made in memory of Bishop McGehee be designated to one of the following: * Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, 9200 Gratiot Ave., Detroit 48213. * Opportunity Resource Fund; 7700 Second Ave., Suite 608, Detroit 48202.

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

Requiem for a Bishop

The Rev. Harry Cook (top left) delivers the sermon, attended by many clergy and a wide range of people who came out in support of the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan. Among the participants were Bishop Stewart Wood (ninth Bishop of the Diocese), greeting the Rev. Meredith Hunt (the first woman ordained, by Bishop McGehee). Also in attendance was Bishop Catherine Waynick (Diocese of Indianapolis) and Bishop Todd Ousley (Diocese of Eastern Michigan).

Photos: Susi Stiles and Rick Schulte

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

The Record/Spring 2013


s e m a G & n u F More than OUTREACH

Afterschool program at All Saints, East Lansing gives young people a safe, comfortable place

By Rick Schulte Asia Pratt, a Michigan State University junior, sits at a table near the entrance, where she monitors the registration sheet. The rules are simple: Sign in if you’re visiting, sign out if you’re staying. “It’s a place that’s a judgmentfree zone,” said Pratt, one of many volunteers on duty. “They feel safe here and they can chill. Everyone can be themselves. “Even some of the kids who have after-school programs, they still come here. The turnout depends on the weather sometimes, but it’s better that they’re here. It’s a good place for a lot of the kids to stay for a while.” The truth is, if the Teen After School Center program hosted by All Saints Church, East Lansing did not exist, young kids would simply find someplace else to go. And that is a troublesome thought. Some young people (in middle school through high school) would have an empty house greeting them for a few hours. Maybe their house, or someone else’s house. There are also the woods close to a nearby school. Also unsupervised. And now, it’s easy to see the potential for trouble. No matter what type of kids you’re talking about, the opportunity for making bad decisions exists in those after-school situations. So All Saints offers a safe haven for teens. Despite the fact it takes place at a church, this isn’t about sitting in a circle, with a guitar and tambourine serenading young people with “Michael Row


A little bit of everything is available to all young people active at the Teen After School Center, hosted by All Saints, East Lansing. Table tennis provides a popular outlet for the teens, but a warm after-school meal and computer access are also greatly appreciated, too.

the Boat Ashore.” It’s a somewhat (but not overly) structured program tailored toward what the young people like. “Obviously, this is a church set-

ting,” said the Rev. Andrew Shirota, who runs the afterschool program. “So at first, kids were very skeptical. They were probably thinking, ‘Are they trying to

The Record/Spring 2013

convert us?’ or maybe we’re trying to evangelize them. But soon, they realized this is not Christian formation, this is outreach.” What makes the program so successful is the fact it’s geared towards the needs of the young people, rather than making the teens conform to what’s best for the organizers. The fact that more than 100 teens are registered for the program (nearly an even split among boys and girls) shows that young people are noticing what’s available at All Saints. “They live a highly structured life in school,” Fr. Shirota said. “They don’t want a structured environment. Instead of imposing our ideas, we formed a student council.” Comprised of seven students, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

The Rev. Andrew Shirota oversees the program, which has more than 100 young people registered. “I actually learn so much from them,” he says. the group talks about what works, chaos. Video games, music, comwhat doesn’t and the needs of the puter access, air hockey, table program going forward. With a tennis and, of course, food are small grant from the Diocese, the among the many options for young people use some of that young people. money to budget and plan. Some guests live nearby. OthIt has truly been a learning ex- ers are school-of-choice students perience for them. who live in Lansing, but attend “We allocated $700 for the stu- East Lansing Public Schools. For dent council because I wanted some, the meal is a really big deal. them to gain a sense of owner- For everyone, the chance to get ship with the program,” Fr. Shi- comfortable, relax and hang out rota said. “And they responded with others means even more. well. The treat it like it’s their “This is the kind of place where program, in part, and really are you can really visit with friends a part of things. So it’s important and do stuff,” Arbab said. “You they do well.” can’t really talk between classes, Previously, young people could there’s not much time for that show up just down the road at the at school. There’s so much to do Hannah Community Center for here, though. after-school activities. But a lack “And here, people can make of funding ended that, leaving an relationships, among friends. afternoon void in East Lansing. No matter what the religion, There were some opportuni- we come here and talk together ties at a nearby public library for about life and things that are imteens, but it was a heavy burden portant to us.” to place on the library for five Fr. Shirota’s presence means a weekdays. However, a few days great deal to Arbab. at All Saints and a few days at the “I think of him more as a library works well for everyone. friend,” Arbab said. “He’s here “This is fun. There’s lots to do, and he’s a priest, but he’s also a as you can see,” said Mobin Arb- friend.” ab, 16, speaking over music blarFor teens like Arbab, having ing from a Wii dance game. “But someone who can be a soundfor me, I need to study English, ing board is important. Fr. Shiand being with people my age, rota agreed. While he said the that’s a perfect way to do that, purpose of talking to young men too.” like Arbab is not to recruit new One of the more noticeable Christians and churchgoers, the things about entering the base- idea of simply doing the right ment hall at All Saints is the thing and also showing the capanoise. It’s a friendly, controlled bilities of a church community is

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

“And here, people can make relationships, among friends,” says Mobin Arbab, 16, one of the regular attendees at All Saints.

promising. He likened it to “Celtic formation.” “We’re not there for formation, to turn them into something,” Fr. Shirota said. “But it shows who we are.” What it shows a crowded church hall on a Monday afternoon is this. The spaghetti is good, possibly the best thing some people will eat all day. The games are fun, sure. But the interaction among fellow teens is what makes the games fun. Even for those who simply want to gather in clusters and tell stories about what happened in school, or sit in quieter groups doing homework or visiting, all are gathered at a church, feeling safe and comfortable, and feeling like they are a part of something good. “I dance with them, I speak their language,” Fr. Shirota said. “We want to be with them. And believe it or not, the kids ask a lot of questions. About religion, about life.”

The Record/Spring 2013

Judging by the attendance numbers, the teenagers feel comfortable coming to All Saints. More important than the numbers, however, is the comfort enjoyed by the young people. “A lot of times, I have kids come to me and tell me they’re having a bad day,” Fr. Shirota said. “They need someone to talk to, to talk them through and let them know things will be all right. It’s good that we’re here to provide a place where they feel safe and comfortable enough to talk like that.” They’ve also provided a great deal for Fr. Shirota. Last year, 67 students showed up and presented him with a cake on his birthday. As anyone who deals with them knows, getting that many teens together for such a gesture is a sure sign that they like where they are. They don’t have to come to All Saints. But they choose to. “That brought me to tears,” he said. “I actually learn so much from them.”



Lofty Goals

Christ Church, Dearborn takes on challenge of building a church school in Liberia By Rick Schulte Being a self-described ‘type-A’ person, Erika Morrison had been more accustomed to jumping into a project with the expectation of seeing it through to a successful (and reasonably quick) conclusion. She still plans on it working out well. But it’ll be on the project’s terms, not her own terms. Christ Church, Dearborn embarked on a mission to help create a new school at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in rural Paynesville, Liberia. While it would be ideal to complete the project more sooner than later, Morrison understands the time element is something that cannot be controlled. “There, putting the shovel in the ground is their first asking of support,” said Morrison, offering a little insight into the culture of Liberia. “It was something they had a hard time grappling with. But they just believe that’s what they’re meant to do. God is guiding them toward this.” The faith of the members of Good Shepherd will be rewarded, over time, by the Dearborn church. The relationship began four years ago, when Daniel Pawa emigrated from Liberia, finding his way to Dearborn. Pawa, who was fortunate enough to win a visa ‘lottery’ to gain access to this country, was able to send for his family to join he and his wife. That, in itself, was no easy task, given the expense of simply getting the visas (they’re not free), then flying each family member to America. Over time, Pawa became an ac-


The contingent from Christ Church, Dearborn gets a warm reception from the locals representing the Episcopal Church of Christ the Good Shepherd in Paynesville, Liberia.

tive member at Christ Church. As it turned out, the church was also trying to find a good way to use its sizable unrestricted funds (funds which are available for different types of programs or projects). As time went on, those funds needed to be earmarked for a specific project – otherwise, they would go back into the general operating fund for Christ Church. Pawa had a good idea of what to do with the money. So he pitched it: Helping to fund a new school at Good Shepherd. “This is a project they’ve been

working on for years at Daniel’s church in Liberia,” Morrison said. “He was on the vestry, sang in the choir and was a very involved parishioner. So he put a proposal in. “(Our) vestry was excited, but worried about getting bogged down with how to spend the money there. Simply getting the money in the right hands was important.” The Western world and the way of life in developing nations like Liberia are two different things. Helping halfway across the globe involves much more than simply writing a check; without doing

The Record/Spring 2013

all the legwork, it wouldn’t be the best possible stewardship of the unrestricted funds. So, the details for the project were drawn up. That’s how Morrison – who has an architecture background – came on the scene. She helped smooth out the rough concept for the school so it could be properly presented in the funding application process. Eventually, funding for the project was approved. Initially, $10,000 was transferred to Good Shepherd as more of a goodwill gesture. However, to fully get an idea of what would be needEpiscopal Diocese of Michigan

ed, several members of Christ Church traveled to Liberia in January to learn more about the project and community, and how best to approach the project. But why Liberia? Why send money overseas when there is always something that could be funded domestically, or even locally? That’s something the Rev. Terri Pilarski addressed to her congregation during a sermon in January. “In the end the answer was simple,” the rector said. “The Vestry wanted this project to be about more than just money, they wanted it to be about building a relationship between that community and us. We just didn’t know how to do this. “The Vestry was uncertain how to manage the money aspect because it can be complicated to send money into Africa. Certain safeguards need to be in place to ensure that the church actually receives the funds. We were advised that sending too much money into Africa all at once could be problematic and destabilize the economy. So the Vestry determined that the solution to gain answers for all of our questions and concerns was to send a delegation over to listen and learn.” Morrison was part of the delegation. It proved to be an eyeopening experience. “It was just amazing,” Morrison said. “That’s the best word to describe it. The people are extremely hospitable and very friendly. They’re obviously in great need. They’ve been thru a civil war, so they know what it’s like to be down, but they also know education is the way up and the way to improve the quality of life.” The Dearborn delegation learned more about the people of Paynesville. Through the course of discussion, everyone came to the conclusion that simply ordering products in Liberia – while sounding simple enough – really wasn’t the way to go, due to the glut of inferior, low-quality items Episcopal Diocese of Michigan


The ground-breaking ceremony at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, with Edwina Simpson (left), Bishop Jonathon Hart (Bishop of Liberia), Erika Morrison, Daniel Pawa and the Rev. C. Letombor Paasewe (rector, Good Shepherd).

On their first Sunday back from Africa, the Dearborn delegation proudly wears their Liberian attire.

produced in China. “You can get a lot of products from China in Liberia,” Morrison said. “But the quality is far worse than anything you’ll ever see here. It has to be something that will last.” The challenge is not finding items here that would be of value in Liberia. The challenge is actually finding a way to transport those items there. In fact, it would be ideal if the Christ Church delegation finds a way of piggyback-

ing its items with a separate shipment of items sent to Liberia. “We’re hoping there are corporations out there that do that, who send giant containers of goods overseas,” Morrison said. “Finding that would really help bring this together.” The school itself would house students from kindergarten through grade 12, with one class per grade (each housing between 35 and 40 students). The fourstory building would also make

The Record/Spring 2013

use of existing structures, such as using the church for assemblies and for worship service. In addition, the hope is to eventually build a smaller science lab as part of the complex. While excitement continues to grow over Christ Church’s involvement with the new Good Shepherd school, it comes with one caveat. “Bishop Gibbs told us, ‘This is a project they started. We are helping them with it. We’re not there to make them do it the American way’,” Morrison said. “And he’s right, it has to be done their way.” For Morrison, getting involved initially wasn’t that big of a deal. As time went on, however, she was hooked. “I’ve come to know the Pawa family quite well,” she said. “So it was a case of being glad to do it. But as it got closer, the vestry got more interested and Terri asked me if I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to go.” The Good Shepherd delegates met their American visitors at the airport, giving them a very warm welcome. The guests also learned about the world from which the Pawa family came. “Outwardly, they are very clean, hygienic,” she said. “They live in this dusty red clay dirt. And they leave their house with crisp, ironed white shirts. I can’t even get my own clothes that white. And they don’t have electricity. They’re a very proud people.” They’re also a people that, no matter what the circumstances, are accustomed to finding a way. They find a way to keep their shirts white. And, no matter what the building issues, they’ll find a way to get their new school built. “We asked them at one point… if the vestry doesn’t want to fund this, what will you do? And they said, ‘We’ll still build a school. It’ll just take longer.’”



What church has provided, through the eyes of a teen-ager I have been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church since I was born. For as long as I can remember, Trinity has felt like a second home to me. I have learned a lot and Trinity has guided me every step of the way through my faith life. I think the most important thing I have learned is this: Belief and trust in God not only makes my life feel much more fulfilling and purposeful, but also leads me to try to give to others. I suppose I’ll give a little summary of the vast community Trinity has provided for me. As a small child: I was a shepherd carrying a sheep in the Christmas play (I suppose that could be considered my first play, because I’m currently very involved with my school theater); I sang for the junior choir; went to the church Halloween parties; went with my church family to Detroit Tigers games; was junior acolyte for five years and a team leader for three years; helped my father direct the traffic at the Strawberry Festival; went through Sunday school here (Rite 13, J2A and YAC); went with my friends to camp at Gordonwood, Michi-lu-ca, and Spring Hill; was a member of the Lego Robotics team; and participated in the pancake supper and fish fry, all to help pay for what I would consider the climax of my experience here at Trinity, the mission trip to Costa Rica. Even all of this I consider is a gross understatement of what I believe this church has provided for me. I am not exactly sure if this could be considered irony, but I never found my faith more tested or more wanting than when I studied religion at my Catholic high school. We would read lines from the Bible about talking don-


keys and I couldn’t that enjoyed playing help but feel that I piggy back. But still I had heard more refelt there was something alistic fairy tales. I in the back of my head don’t think there is telling me that maybe I any doubt that, in was just making it all up my school and in in my mind, and it was my whole generaholding my back from Chris tion, there is a prehaving a closer relationWepler vailing feeling ship with God. that God is just I found the ana myth, or even swer I was looking “Hope is if he does exist, for this school year believing that he never affects when my class went our lives. Many on a senior retreat. when we die, we are content just One of the speakers will be able to go saying the mornthere put succinctly to heaven and see ing prayers over into words a conthe announcecept that I had been all those who we ments and never trying to grasp for a have loved and thinking about it long time: “It’s betagain. ter to live in hope lost, and will live Sadly enough, that God exists eternally with I kind of felt the than in the despair God. Despair is same way for a that He does not.” while. I guess I In other words, it believing that wanted God to is better to believe death is just the do something in the wonderful other-worldly to world where God end. Zip, nada, no prove himself to exists and that all more.” me. At the very of our good deeds least, a ray of have meaning, light would have rather than a world come down from the cross while of randomness. It’s better to beI was praying and an angel would lieve that life, family, friends, pop out, hit me in the back of the food, air, time and talents are all head and say “though shalt be- gifts from God that shouldn’t be lieveth in God…th.” wasted, rather than believe all of I carried this opinion for a long these things just happened and time and, in part, I still do. It’s not life is a pain. Hope is believing because I have never experienced that when we die, we will be able God, either. I can absolutely say to go to heaven and see all those for certain that I experienced who we have loved and lost, and God’s presence on my mission will live eternally with God. Detrip to Costa Rica. There, we re- spair is believing that death is just furbished a local school and told the end. Zip, nada, no more. stories and played with the school With this idea in mind, my kids and the kids at an orphan- faith is no longer just a question age. I know I saw God in every of “do I believe donkeys can talk;” tree I planted at that school and faith is a question of whether I in the happy eyes of every orphan want to be an optimist or a pesThe Record/Spring 2013

simist. I realize I’ll never stop having doubt, it’s part of what makes me who I am. But I never have to be ashamed when I think that what the priest says is a little farfetched (no offense) because it’s not about the details, it’s about the much greater and wonderful reality of a God who loves each and every one of us for who we are, with all of our good and all of our bad. For me, doubt isn’t a problem; it’s an opportunity to renew my belief and tell myself, “God, I want to believe in you!” I have honestly been a lot happier with this philosophy than how I felt before. With this newfound belief, I have tried to give back to those who I think have helped make me who I am. I helped mentor the Lego Robotics team, even after I was too old to be on the team, I am a proud member of my school’s National Honor Society, which is about scholarship, leadership, character and service, and I have just finished a year as the youth representative to our church vestry. The latter was especially fascinating because I was able to see firsthand all of the wonderful things that Trinity is involved in that I never knew of before. However, I am a work in progress and God knows it. I still kind of want Moses and Elijah to come down in brilliant white clothes and maybe speak to me, too, but I no longer need that. I am grateful for everything Trinity has done for me, especially for helping me find my own faith. This is an excerpt from a sermon given by Chris Wepler, a 17-year-old and member of Trinity Church, Belleville.

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan


In Detroit, guns and fear often go hand-in-hand

My first scare with a gun as not to alarm him. The apartcaught me completely off guard. ment smelled like bad body odor. Empty bottles of cheap A person in my comvodka lined the one munity took a headwall and the person first dive into a deep we came to see was at depression, finding least 30 pounds lighter solace in nothing but a than the last time I bottle. The depression saw him. His drunken had become so severe stupor was disturbing that someone close to Matthew enough, along with him came to me for Bode his anger at us for insupport and to investerrupting his day. He tigate what was going on in his apartment. lifted up the pillow No one had heard from him for where he had been laying and reweeks and we went to find him vealed a black handgun. While I in the bright sunshine of an early know very little about handguns, afternoon. We heard no response I knew it carried at least a few after knocking, so we opened the rounds in the clip. Thankfully his door with a key, making sure to severe drunkenness had taken make as much noise as possible away any physical or mental abilEpiscopal Diocese of Michigan

ity to use it. Guns are a part of life in Detroit, and in all of our major cities. After 12 years doing work in this city I love, very little about guns is shocking. Even after living in four different neighborhoods, all considered safe, it is not uncommon to hear gunshots, mostly young people shooting into the air as a cheap form of fireworks and entertainment. When I recently approached a neighbor and told him my house would be empty for a week while on vacation, he made it clear he would be protecting it with his shotgun. What can a person say but, “thank you�? As the debate about gun control and regulation escalates this

The Record/Spring 2013

year, the reality of gun life in our cities has not surfaced in the largest media outlets. Fear of guns and fear of gun owners tend to dictate the boundaries and terms of our discussions. What if we stopped living in fear? Not long after I came out of the closet as a gay person to one of the congregations I served, a very mentally unstable person threatened me over the phone. Twenty minutes of rambling, psychotic messages were left on the church voice mail, including a gun threat. She was certain that someone would be bringing a loaded gun to the next church meeting. The police and a lawyer Continued on Page 16


Continued from Page 15 friend diffused the situation. In our world, guns are most often used to intimidate, threaten and create fear. Faith and wisdom lead us away from fear and into confidence. The roots of all of the major religions lead us to find peace in God and one another. Of course, true faith and wisdom are not ignorance or naivety, walking into dangerous situations without an understanding of that danger. Rather, they are a counterbalance to the irrational nature of fear and its cousins, ignorance and hatred. Guns, and especially assault rifles and high magazine clips and all the related weapons that go with them, are sold on a

OPINION premise of fear, ignorance and strapped. A gun, however, would hatred, depending on America not heal my fear, but increase it. to empty our individual and col- Fear makes people dangerous. lective wallets. Gun manufacturIt would be irrational and ers want us to be afraid. Our fear, impossible to gather up all the especially of one another, makes guns and destroy them. It is far them more rich. too late for that. Still, we must More guns do not create more acknowledge that the cold, imsafety. If there was a gun on me personal nature of firearms helps the day I was carjacked, I would us remain cold and impersonal not be alive today. An addict with one another, and allow us needed a fix and my car and to threaten those whom we fear, my wallet would get him closer almost completely devoid of conto what he needed. The broad science. Most guns are for people daylight boldness of his offense who are afraid. They are afraid of rocked my world for weeks. The the uncertain and uncontrollable small revolver in his hand re- nature of life, and in America, we mains burned in my mind. Some- work to control everything. how, the federal debate about The first gun I fired was put guns has yet to speak to this reali- in my hands by my grandfather. ty. Gun advocates would want me It was a shotgun for game birds

and I was about 17 years old. That lesson taught me about respect for the weapon, safety for me and others and how not to be afraid of something with which I was not familiar. The lesson was about a gun. Now, in this time, let the debate be about people, that we may respect each other, build safety for all of us and not be afraid of people with whom we are not familiar. Guns do not allow us to achieve these goals, and in fact push us backward toward fear. No civilization has ever survived on fear. The Rev. Matthew Bode is rector at Spirit of Hope, Detroit. This originally appeared as a freelance contribution online in the Huffington Post.

A word to the Church: Godly leadership in the face of violence Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Your House of Bishops has gathered in retreat from March 8-12 at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. The theme for our days together has been “Godly Leadership in the Midst of Loss.” We have heard moving reflections on loss in the wake of: the shootings in Newtown, Hurricane Sandy, the ongoing struggles in Haiti, historical trauma experienced by Native Americans in South Dakota and physical illness. Being together in conversation, prayer and common worship, we have shared the reality of new life in the resurrected Jesus who has overcome death and redeems our losses. Our time together has brought us to a new place of recognition with respect to how violence infects, and affects, our lives. We have considered how the reality of violence in


our world, our society, our churches, our homes, and ourselves alienate us from God and each other. And we repent that we have too often neglected to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. In this Lenten season we pray: “Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty.” (From the Litany of Penance for Ash Wednesday, Book of Common Prayer, p. 268) We particularly grieve those killed by senseless gun violence in the many contexts from which we come. We lament and have cried over the widely reported mass shootings in this country, recalling tragedies like Aurora, Oak Creek and Newtown. We are outraged by the too often unseen and unacknowledged daily massacre of our young people in cities such as Chicago, Newark, Baltimore, Port-auPrince, and Tegucigalpa. This car-

nage must stop. As bishops of The Episcopal Church we embody a wide variety of experiences and perspectives with respect to firearms. Many among us are hunters and sport-shooters, former members of the military and law-enforcement officers. We respect and honor that we are not of one mind regarding matters related to gun legislation. Yet we are convinced that there needs to be a new conversation in the United States that challenges gun violence. Because of the wide variety of contexts in which we live and our commitment to reasoned and respectful discourse that holds together significant differences in creative tension, we believe that The Episcopal Church can and must lead in this effort. In fact many in this Church are already doing so, for which we thank God. • The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in a retreat setting, recently issued this statement. At our ordinations as bishops we

The Record/Spring 2013

pledged to “boldly proclaim and interpret the Gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience” of those we are called to serve. (BCP, p. 518) We call all Episcopalians to pray and work for the end of gun violence. We commit ourselves to lead a new conversation in our nations as to the appropriate use and legislation of firearms. And we further commit ourselves to specific actions to this end. Praying and working together we can be instruments of God’s restoring and reconciling love for the whole world. Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

Ashes to Go The Rev. David Glaser of St. Barnabas, Chelsea administers a blessing on Ash Wednesday just off M-52 near Interstate 94. Approximately 20 vehicles stopped for Ashes to Go, which took place during the morning rush.

Standing up and proclaiming what our churches, programs do well O God of unchangeable power and eternal might: Look favorably upon your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The Book of Common Prayer, Good Friday Liturgy There are signs of renewal throughout the Diocese of Michigan – new expressions of ministry, new ways of formation, new explorations towards the heart of God. As individual communities and as a collective household we are rediscovering ancient forms of spirituality expressed in new and life giving ways. A renewing spirit is active and Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

alive in our common life that calls us in to fresh expressions of our faith. From outreach programs that transform cities in Jackson to community gardens in Detroit, we the people of the Diocese of Michigan are living into our mission to “go make disciples of all people” in all corners of the diocese. The RUACH Project seeks to highlight the different ministries and new forms of mission that are thriving within out several

communities as a way of inspiring and challenging each other to live more fully into our calling. Transformation isn’t always in big and audacious ways but is often small, quiet and gradual. Our trust that God is working for the transformation and renewal of the church comes from the understanding that our best years as communities of faith lie ahead of us and not behind. We cannot move forward in the mission of Christ without understanding our heritage but we cannot be stuck in a “glorious past.” The RUACH Project invites us to look towards the future ministry into which God is calling the church. This may mean that some of the ways we have always done things may have to die in order for resurrection and new life to take place. Everything we need to be vibrant, life-giving communities has already been given to us by a loving Creator, our challenge is to harness the many gifts present in our communities for the 21st century. As a way of better understanding the different ministries

The Record/Spring 2013

present in the diverse communities that make up the Diocese of Michigan, each week on the RUACH page of the Diocesan website you will find a “profile” of a different parish or organization within the Diocese of Michigan. These profiles can be used as bulletin inserts, visitor guides or simply as a way of getting to know another congregation in the Diocese. We encourage you to share those profiles, to contact the parishes highlighted to learn more about their outreach and ministry. In the coming weeks liturgical resources (prayers of the people, collects, Eucharistic Prayers etc.) will be added to the RUACH page. God is doing a new thing in the Diocese of Michigan, and we are called to let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.




“Love is a Canoe” offers a second chance

A story of love, marriage, and Meanwhile Peter Harmon has a classic self‐help book sounds arrived at a crossroads in his like my ticket out of the slush own life. His wife has died after and gloom into a sunny, peaceful a debilitating illness that plunged world. But that’s not exactly the her into early dementia. His girlticket Ben Schrank has friend wants to move given us. to California to be with Emily Babson, the her married daughprotagonist, is a smart, ter. He’s fairly honest articulate young womwith himself, and adan who lives in New mits the aphorisms in York City with her his best selling book husband Eli. As the didn’t force him to be Dawn novel opens they are a faithful husband or McDuffie on their way to a party even a good provider. that involves a contest Yet he agrees to a pubto see who has made licity campaign that the most delicious pie. “We don’t offers a couple with marital probhave to win,” says Emily. “We just lems a chance to spend a day with want to make a yummy pie…” Eli, him, paddle around in the same on the other hand, says, “I want canoe that inspired his book, and to see forks go in the mouths and get expert advice on how to save swoons happen.” I was worried their faltering marriage. Interalready and this was only page ested people are invited to write 7. She wants pleasure and team- letters to Peter, who will select the work. He wants praise and con- winner himself. Emily is so filled quest. Emily’s special talent is the with conflict and worry she engift of assigning the right label to ters the contest, and before very anything that needs to be named. long, she and Eli are on their way Yet she has trouble naming what’s to Millerton, New York, for their wrong with her marriage. afternoon with Peter Harmon. When Emily was a teenager, she To describe the results of that managed to survive her parents’ meeting would be to say too divorce by reading and re‐read- much. Ultimately, Peter Harmon ing a self‐help book entitled Mar- rewrites his book to reflect what riage Is a Canoe. Schrank’s novel Emily and Eli have taught him. includes many excerpts from the The last sentence in the novel is self‐help book, and a reader soon Peter’s preface to a new edition understands why Emily can’t of his book. Instead of clinging shake these metaphors. Peter to simplistic advice, Peter echoes Harmon, author of Marriage Is a Saint Paul. Love is patient; Love is Canoe, describes a world where a kind. … Love gives you another fragile but tough watercraft with chance. one man, one woman and maybe Reviewer Dawn McDuffie is a a kid or two inside it can survive freelance writer and a member of every obstacle. Emily knows life the Cathedral Church of St Paul, is complicated, but she still be- Detroit. lieves the book can help her. She suspects her husband is sexually involved with Jenny, a bright young woman from L.A. Eli denies everything, but for Emily his denial doesn’t ring true.


Time to think Spring As we ease into Spring, it’s a good time to start thinking about meals more suited to warmer days after a long Winter. We present Shari Spencer, executive for the Emrich Retreat Center, Brighton. Her experience as a chef and her work with preparing the food served at Emrich is known by people throughout the Diocese of Michigan, making the entire experience of visiting Emrich even more enjoyable. Honey Mustard Chicken Breast 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 1 jar of honey 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar 1 tablespoon dry mustard 2 chopped green onion 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Shari Spencer

Sauce: In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of honey, vinegar, dry mustard, green onion, Dijon mustard, thyme and oregano. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Score the chicken on both sides. Place in a prepared oven bake pan, top with half the honey mustard sauce. Bake, turning once, using the rest of the honey mustard sauce and finish baking, total about 45 minutes. Please note: Honey Mustard recipe is very good for dipping sauces as well. Springtime Daffodil Cake 1 box of vanilla cake mix 1 orange for orange peel 4 drops food coloring Prepare the cake according to box, split in half. In one half, add the food coloring and 1 teaspoon of grated orange peel. In a sprayed angel food cake pan, spoon in the batter alternately; bake according to the box. Let cool totally. Place on serving tray. The Glaze: 1-1/4 cup confectioners 3-4 tablespoons orange juice yellow food coloring optional Decorations: Colored large gum drops, cut into flower petals decorating the top of the cake. Use spearmint leaves for the leaves of the flower. This is awesome to bring in Spring! If you have a seasonal recipe or recipes you’d like to share for the next edition of The Record, let us know at or mail to The Record/Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, 4800 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201. Please leave a contact number if you mail a recipe.

The Record/Spring 2013

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

It’s Sunday morning and a new face appears in the pew:

How does your church welcome newcomers?

Peter Trumbore: Well, we’d most likely catch them at the door before they make it to the pew and offer them a warm greeting along with the Sunday bulletin. Typically a member of the parish will sit next to or behind newcomers to help them with the logistics of juggling prayer book and hymnal if they are unfamiliar with our service. Afterwards our vestry greeter will welcome them again as they exit the sanctuary, ask them to sign our guest book and invite them to join us for coffee hour. At coffee hour people will make a point of saying hello and chatting, with an eye toward being welcoming and friendly but not overwhelming. And finally, if they left a home address in the guest book, someone from the Evangelism Committee will stop by their home later on Sunday afternoon to thank them for visiting and worshiping with us, drop off a fresh-baked loaf of bread, some information on the parish, and then go. Strictly low-key, on-the-doorstep “thanks for visiting with us, we hope to see you again,” and off. Leonard Sackett: We have two Newcomers Committee members at the door each Sunday or special event. They greet visitors, new members and old. They are there to answer questions and introduce new people in parish to parish members that have similar interests and of course point them in the direction of restrooms when needed. The greeters are also responsible for follow up letters to the visitors, thanking them for worshiping with us.

How did you learn to pray? Marquita Denise Davis: Parents, grandparents, Sunday school, elementary school, aunts, godmothers and godfathers, friends of the family and neighbors. I grew up during a time when people gave and shared love and kindness unconditionally no matter who you were.

The power is out at the Super Bowl. Clergypersons, has this ever happened to you? Gary Goldacker: Yes. During my first ever sermon! And I had typed the sermon notes quotes in red ribbon (tells you how long ago that was!) and they don’t show up well in candlelight!

outage this summer, but we elected to move worship outside because a lack of ventilation means our church gets pretty stuffy without the air on. Steven Kelly: Blew an organ fuse once about 45 minutes before the service but thankfully the sexton had one in his car and drove back after leaving from the early service. Marilyn M. Sanders: I had to do the entire last reading for Tenebrae (Matthew) RECITING it in total darkness in Duke Chapel...but that was intentional darkness George Davinich: YES – on a Bishop’s visit!

Do you believe in the concept of global warming? Judith Schellhammer: This is a hot button issue at Hillsdale College so I prefer to speak of “climate change” rather than “global warming” since there are many who point to areas where temperatures are abnormally cool and claim that this debunks the idea of global warming. The extremes that we are seeing on both ends of the temperature spectrum are evidence of the problems. Almost all reputable scientists agree that there is conclusive evidence that we are undergoing threatening climate change which can have (and has had) tragic results. We have not been faithful stewards. But, with science becoming politically loaded, how do we bring about the necessary changes before it’s too late? Carol Ingells I certainly do. One would have to be pretty unaware not to notice the huge changes happening to Mother Earth!

‘Like’ us on Facebook, then join in the conversation with other members of the diocesan household and beyond.

Julie Marie Ford: Played a wedding in the “great blackout.” Also had a power

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

The Record/Spring 2013


The Record Episcopal Diocese of Michigan 4800 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-1399






Saturday, May 4, 2013

9:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Registration Begins at 8:00 a.m.

More than 30 useful presentations. Learn plenty while improving your church. Discover more info, including how to register at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul and Diocesan Center 4800 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201


The Record/Spring 2013

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

The Record  

The Record is the officlal quarterly magazine for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan