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For more news
More news of what's happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is available from two diocesan publications.
In response to the shootings in Overland Park
Bishop Dean E. Wolfe on April 14 issued a statement in response to the shootings April 13 in Overland Park that took the lives of three people at two Jewish facilities. You can read it >>HERE.
Leadership Academy is set for May 3
The Leadership Academy returns this year with a special focus on stewardship that will benefit congregations of every size in the diocese.
It takes place on Saturday, May 3 at St. David’s, 3916 SW 17th Street in Topeka. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event kicks off at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.
The cost to attend is $25 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and resource materials.
New this year – All clergy as well as lay leaders are encouraged to attend, to get the greatest benefit from the afternoon 90-minute workshop on stewardship offered by Norm Olson, Senior Marketing Consultant with Church Development of Kansas City, Mo.
Other workshops offered in the morning will include:
- A plenary session with Bishop Dean Wolfe
- Information for Senior and Junior Wardens
- A conversation with parish Treasurers
- Creating a great free church website
- Spiritual leadership
All registrations are online this year!
New this year is online registration. All participants are asked to register online by clicking >>HERE.
You can pay by credit or debit card on this form (using PayPal’s online payment platform), or you can indicate that you will mail a check in advance or bring a check with you to the event.
A flyer detailing the day’s events is attached to this message.
If you have questions, contact the diocesan office at (800) 473-3563 or (785) 235-9255.
Kansas Episcopal bishops issue joint statement on proposed legislation
Bishop Dean Wolfe of the Diocese of Kansas and Bishop Michael Milliken of the Diocese of Western Kansas on Feb. 14 issued a joint statement opposing House Bill 2453, which would allow people for religious reasons to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples.
In their statement the bishops write, "House Bill 2453, which is currently before the Kansas Senate, proposes to legalize discrimination against gay and lesbian couples, attributing the excuse for such discrimination as 'religious freedom.' In truth, this bill is not about religious freedom but is aimed at creating state-authorized bias and inequality."
They further note, "Our biblically based faith calls us to live out the command of Jesus Christ to love one another. You cannot love your fellow Kansans and deny them the rights that belong to everyone else."
The full text of their statement, which was sent to all members of the Kansas Senate, is available >>HERE.
New safe church policy is adopted
The Council of Trustees approved a new Safe Church policy at its January 28, 2014, meeting. The 42-page document is available in PDF format >>HERE.
This document is intended to provide information and resources that will help congregations protect children, youth, adults, clergy, staff, and our organizations and institutions. The new policy incorporates many concepts that already were in practice in the diocese but were not part of the official policy.
Look for updates and additions in the sections on monitoring and supervision of children’s and youth programs, and guidelines for the protection of children and youth, as well as expanded information on sexual harassment and sexual exploitation.
There are brand-new guidelines for computer use, electronic communication and social media, as well as added appendices with sample reference check questions, as well as a sample children and youth permission form.
If you have questions about the policy, please contact diocesan Youth Missioner Karen Schlabach.