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More news of what's happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is available from two diocesan publications.
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.
Canon Interim Meghan F. Froehlich concludes service to the diocese
On July 23, Bishop Dean E. Wolfe announced that the Reverend Meghan F. Froehlich, the diocese’s Canon Interim, has concluded her time of service with the diocese. Meghan will be tending to family matters of immediate concern in Ohio and Virginia as she discerns her future ministry.
In making the announcement Bishop Wolfe said, “Canon Froehlich has been generous with her time and expertise in Kansas, extending an initial three-month agreement to almost a full year.”
In reflecting on her time in Kansas, Canon Froehlich said, “The people of this diocese are dear to me. I am inspired by the dedication, creativity and faith of each person, congregation and institution. It has been a privilege to serve with Bishop Wolfe and be a part of the vibrant ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.”
The bishop said, “Canon Froehlich showed immediate competence in one of the most complex jobs in The Episcopal Church. She fulfilled our regular Canon to the Ordinary duties, along with key additional ones. We put her many gifts to their fullest use.”
Froehlich said of her time in the diocese, “I will take the love and inspiring examples of the people of Kansas into my future ministry. I am a better priest for having served here and will always treasure and be grateful for our time together.”
The bishop and Dave Seifert, Missioner for Transitions, will continue to work closely with parishes conducting clergy searches. Bishop Wolfe has established an advisory committee, led by Council of Trustees President Bob Skaggs, to assist him in the selection of a new Canon to the Ordinary.
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.