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More news of what's happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is available from two diocesan publications.
Bishop Dean Wolfe and others engage in friendly World Series wager
Bishop Dean Wolfe has joined with Bishop Marty Field of the Diocese of West Missouri and Bishop Marc Andrus of the diocese of California in a friendly bet on the World Series.
If the Kansas City Royals win, Bishop Andrus will provide Ghirardelli chocolate, sourdough bread and Anchor Steam beer. If the San Francisco Giants win, Bishop Wolfe and Bishop Field will provide Boulevard Beer and Kansas City barbecue.
In addition the bishop of the losing team will have to pose wearing the winning team’s cap in place of a miter. The losing bishop also will make a donation to a charity of the winning diocese’s choice.
In addition, members of all three dioceses are invited to make a contribution in honor of their team to Episcopal Relief & Development. At the end of the World Series, the agency, which is devoted to helping Episcopalians heal a hurting world, will tally the amount raised and declare which team won this ecclesial version of the Series.
Online donations to Episcopal Relief & Development can be made through a special World Series "Throwdown" page >>HERE.
Tickets available for gala dinner-dance on Nov. 7
“A Night to Remember” is the theme for a gala for all members of the diocese, featuring dinner and dancing on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7 – 11 p.m. It takes place at St. Thomas’, 12251 Antioch Rd., in Overland Park.
The cost is $65 per person, and the dress is black tie optional. Cocktails begin at 7 p.m., dinner is served at 8 p.m. and dancing is from 9-11 p.m.
Dinner will be provided by Culinary Cornerstones, a ministry of Episcopal Community Services. Dancing will be to the music of the acclaimed Michael Beers Band.
Tickets can be purchased either by check or credit card.
To reserve your seats by check, send the names of those attending, plus a check for $65 per person, to Comptroller Jay Currie, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka. KS 66612. Make checks payable to “Episcopal Diocese of Kansas” with “Night to Remember” in the memo line.
If paying by credit card, go to the special online registration form >> HERE
Questions? Contact the event chair, Jerry Malone, at (316) 688-1590 or by email.
Bishop Wolfe writes about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri
On Aug. 20 Bishop Dean Wolfe issued a letter to the diocese about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, calling on people in the diocese to pray, support local food pantry efforts, and begin to talk about issues of race and inequality.
His full statement is >>HERE.
Transition in leadership of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
On May 27, the Board of Directors of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry announced a change in leadership, as the Very Rev. Andrew Grosso has resigned as dean, and Dr. Don Compier has accepted the board's call to become the next dean.
Grosso has accepted a call to become the Director of Distance Learning at Nashotah House, an Episcopal seminary in Wisconsin.His last day with the school will be at the end of June. He also is the rector of Trinity, Atchison, and his last day there will be June 15.
Compier, who is a member of St. Michael and All Angels, has extensive experience in theological education, including more than a decade in administration and nearly 25 years as a faculty member, most recently as Dean and Professor of Theology at Community og Christ Seminary at Graceland University, in Independence, Mo.
The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry is a collaborative venture of the Episcopal Dioceses of Kansas, West Missouri, Nebraska and Western Kansas. It offers classes to educate people for leadership in the Episcopal Church in lay and ordained vocations. It was created in July 2013.
Larry Bingham, chair of theboard, said, “For a school that is only one year old, I can’t stress enough how great a gift it is to undertake such a smooth transition in leadership, with no loss of competency. The Holy Spirit obviously is at work here.”
The full text of the board's letter is >>HERE.
The closing of St. Clare's, Spring Hill
In a letter to the diocese on May 23, Bishop Wolfe said that St. Clare's, a worshipping community established by the diocese in Spring Hill, is closing, with its final service set for May 25. The diocese began the effort in 2008, with the community's first worship services in 2009.
The congregation's thriving food pantry will be taken over by another area church, and the building it has occupied will be sold. Its priest, the Rev. Philip Hubbard, is in conversation with several parishes as he seeks a new call.
In his letter the bishop notes that a great deal of effort went in to trying to help St. Clare's become a self-sustaining parish, but that did not happen.
The bishop celebrated all that St. Clare's did accomplish to introduce its community to the Episcopal Church and thanked those who had given "so much of their time, tithe and talent" to the venture.
He noted, "We have learned valuable lessons from this experience, including the knowledge that even the most promising venture does not always find the human or financial resource to become sustaining in the long term."
The full text of the bishop's letter is >>HERE.