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More news of what's happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is available from two diocesan publications.
Building for the future
A partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, Grace Cathedral and the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry soon will provide much-needed space for all three groups.
A creative plan will allow the diocese, the cathedral and BKSM to break ground this fall. The diocese and cathedral will occupy new space just south of the cathedral, and BKSM will get classrooms through renovations to existing space.
New construction will provide the cathedral with a much larger first-floor parish hall and an expanded choir room, and the diocese will get accessible meeting and office space for members of the bishop’s staff.
BKSM, which offers classes for lay leaders and those preparing for ordination from four dioceses, will have spacious, state-of-the-art classrooms and an office in what currently is the cathedral’s lower-level parish hall.
Read more about the unique combined building plan >>HERE.
Presiding Bishop Curry calls for prayers to fight gun violence
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has asked every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings in the United States. He issued his call in a video available >>HERE.
Resources to assist in this prayer effort include:
- A liturgy resource for praying after Ferguson, created in the Diocese of Missouri and shared by the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism in the Diocese of Atlanta >>HERE
- A summary of Episcopal resources for racial reconciliation >>HERE
- Episcopal News Service feed with statements and resources from across the church >>HERE
- If you have created resources to help your community to pray and to work for healing and justice, please share them with the Presiding Bishop’s staff here: email@example.com.
Alleluia Grant program announced
The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas invites congregations within the diocese to participate in a matching-fund grant pilot project – the Alleluia Grant. Funding for this grant comes from money designated for mission and outreach through the diocesan Crossroads Campaign.
Churches with a project that supports the mission of enabling parishioners to fulfill their baptismal covenant to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world are eligible to apply for a grant.
Grants will be considered for one-time projects, with a maximum of $3,000 to be awarded per grant. Please note that these are matching grants, with applying congregations providing an equal or greater amount.
The Alleluia Grant application form, which includes additional information, may be downloaded as a Word document >>HERE.
Applicants must submit a written application form, along with a narrative summary of the proposed project of no more than 500 words, along with a detailed project budget (preferably in Excel format).
The deadline to apply for a grant for 2016 is Sept. 1.
All applications will be reviewed by the Alleluia Grant Task Force. Upon evaluation, the Task Force will provide award recommendations to the Diocesan Council of Trustees for final approval.
Alleluia Grants will be awarded annually during Diocesan Convention.
Kansas bishops issue pastoral directive banning firearms in Episcopal churches
On June 20 Bishop Dean Wolfe of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, and Bishop Michael Milliken of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas, issued a pastoral directive banning firearms from Episcopal churches in the state, effective Aug. 1, unless they are carried by designated law enforcement officials in the line of duty.
In a letter sent to all churches, the bishops said changes to state law in recent years “has led to permission being given to carry firearms, openly or concealed, into churches and other houses of worship. These changes reverse long-standing law and practice regarding firearms in our state.”
The bishops concluded that the changes allowing anyone to bring guns into a church “unnecessarily endanger the citizens of our state and the members of our parishes.”
They took this action through a provision in state gun laws that allows them as ecclesiastical authorities to prohibit firearms in their jurisdiction, so long as the required signage is in place to notify the public.
Each bishop made available a quantity of the sign that is required by the Kansas Attorney General, operating under state law, to be posted on all public and non-public entrances to church facilities. It features a black handgun surrounded by a red circle, with a red line through it.
The bishops’ statement said that while the directive was designed to meet the requirements of state law, they hoped it served a greater purpose. “…we hope all the more it will serve as a testament to the promised future reign of Christ in which ‘no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love.’”
A copy of the joint pastoral directive from Bishop Wolfe and Bishop Milliken is available >>HERE.
Recent statements from Bishop Wolfe
Bishop Dean Wolfe has issued these statement and reflections in recent weeks:
A pastoral directive from the Episcopal Bishops of Kansas regarding firearms in churches, June 20, 2016 >>MORE
A response to the attack in Orlando, June 12, 2016 >>MORE
Sermon at the ordination of four deacons and one priest, Grace Cathedral, June 11, 2016 >>MORE
A meditation on time, liturgy and the need to slow down, Jan. 19, 2016 >>MORE
Thoughts on the holiday honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. >>MORE
A response to a statement from the Primates meeting, Jan. 14, 2016 >>MORE
A statement on calls for a moratorium on resettlement of Syrian refugees, November 21, 2015 >>MORE
A statement about the attacks in Paris, November 16, 2015 >>MORE
For a list of statements, addresses and sermons from Bishop Wolfe, please see >>HERE.