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More news of what's happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is available from two diocesan publications.
Bishop Dean E. Wolfe calls for paryer and help for victims of Typhoon Haiyan
November 12, 2013
The tragedy in the Philippines is almost beyond comprehension. More than 10,000 deaths in one city and an incalculable number of injuries make this the worst disaster ever to strike these islands. Drinkable water, food and shelter are the immediate concerns in this moment.
I invite you to include this prayer, offered by our Presiding Bishop, in the Prayers of the People this Sunday and to remind your congregation of the life-saving work done by Episcopal Relief and Development (https://www.episcopalrelief.org/).
O God our help in time of trouble, we pray for the Filipino people who have suffered this grievous natural disaster. We pray that survivors may find water, food, and shelter, and news of their missing loved ones. There is trauma and destruction in many places, and little news from some of the areas hardest hit. Give peace and confidence, O Lord, to those in the midst of the whirlwind. Open hearts and hands around the world to respond sacrificially to the urgent need. Help us to remember that we are connected, one to another, the living to the dead, the comfortable to the suffering, the peaceful to the worried and anxious. Motivate us to change our hearts, for our misuse and pollution of the earth you have given us to share has something to do with this disaster. Show us your suffering Son in the midst of this Calvary, that we might love one another as he has loved us. In your holy name we pray. Amen. (From Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori)
I purchased a book in a bookstore this week and was invited at the cash register to make a charitable offering to some organization I knew nothing about. It struck me how people with no church affiliation have fewer reliable way to make gifts that will truly make a difference.
In the Episcopal Church, we have a wonderful organization recognized around the world for its effective contributions to the neediest people on the planet. I invite you to remember the people of the Philippines in your prayers and Episcopal Relief and Development in your giving.
Grace and Peace,
The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe
The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
Images and a sermon from the visit of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the diocese
The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, visited the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Oct. 5-6 to help celebrate the creation of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.
The sermon she preached at the service inaugurating the school is >>HERE.
A story that explains more about the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry is >>HERE.
Announcement of the creation of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry
On July 11 the Episcopal bishops of Kansas, Nebraska, West Missouri and Western Kansas issued the following announcement:
It is with great pleasure that we jointly announce the creation of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, which will provide theological education to lay people and those seeking ordination from all of our dioceses.
The school is a new, non-profit corporation that will be operated jointly by our four dioceses. Each will make yearly financial contributions to its work, and the bishops and representatives from each of our dioceses will be members of the school’s Board of Directors, which will be responsible for overseeing the life of the school, and the work of the dean and faculty.
The school honors Bishop Jackson Kemper, the first Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, who was the organizing bishop when each of our dioceses was founded. He also was committed to the value of local theological education for the growth and health of the Episcopal Church, so it is only fitting that this new endeavor bears his name.
The school will be headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, and the property will continue to be owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. The cost of operating the school will be shared by all four dioceses.
We also are delighted that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be in Topeka Oct. 5 to help celebrate our new joint venture. More details about the schedule for her visit will be available soon.
This new corporation legally results from the merger of the existing formation initiatives operated by our four dioceses. It will continue the commitment of those programs to the highest level of preparation for people seeking ordination, lay people engaged in licensed and specialized ministries, lay and clergy continuing education, and general education and enrichment courses for all members of our dioceses.
Members of our four dioceses already have been studying together at the school of the Diocese of Kansas, and we have seen firsthand the great benefit of having people engage in rigorous theological education in an environment of collegiality among people from different dioceses. The Bishop Kemper School will continue and enhance those opportunities.
Our four dioceses, while unique and distinct, share many common traits, including the need to provide quality leadership for small congregations in rural settings. The continuing vitality and viability of many of our congregations requires that we undertake new and innovative ways of creating leaders for the 21st century. The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry is one of these.
We ask for your prayers for the success of this new venture and for all those who will study there. May God greatly bless this effort to share the Good News of God in Christ with a world hungry to hear the message of love, hope and redemption.
Dean E. Wolfe, Bishop of Kansas
J. Scott Barker, Bishop of Nebraska
Martin S. Field, Bishop of West Missouri
Michael P. Milliken, Bishop of Western Kansas