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Bishop Dean E. Wolfe to step down, announces call to be rector of St. Bart's, New York City
Bishop Dean E. Wolfe announced on Nov. 13 that he has accepted a call to become rector of St. Bart’s in New York City, beginning on Feb. 5, 2017, and will step down as the ninth bishop of Kansas.
Bishop Wolfe sent his message by email to clergy and lay leaders on Sunday morning to coincide with the announcement of his selection to the congregation of St. Bart’s. The news also was shared with worshippers at Sunday services across the 44 churches of the diocese. The full text of his message is available >> HERE.
Bishop Wolfe told members of the diocese that he answered this call because of a sense that his ministry as bishop had reached a point, after 13 years, when leaving seemed to be neither too early “to accomplish all that God intended” nor too late “to frustrate the Spirit’s intentions.” He also noted that this new position will allow him again to focus on the work that first drew him into ordained ministry, including preaching and teaching.
He said that leaving his role as bishop was difficult because of the relationships he had built in Kansas, as well as the work that had been accomplished in conjunction with clergy and lay leaders. Among those he cited are the establishment of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, a renewed campus ministry program and the creation of a refugee resettlement agency, as well as a new diocesan center for which ground soon will be broken.
He noted that he leaves with a sound leadership team in place, including the Council of Trustees, which functions as the diocese’s Standing Committee and by canon serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority in the absence of a bishop. He said he also is leaving a “seasoned” diocesan staff, outstanding clergy who serve as deans of the diocese’s four regional convocations, sound financial resources, and committed lay and ordained leaders.
The bishop noted that the diocese will be aided during the time of transition by the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development, and that he will be working up until the time he concludes his ministry as bishop to leave things in good order for his successor.
He also asked members of the diocese to pray for him, his wife Ellen and their son William, and assured Kansans of his ongoing prayers for them.
Dean Wolfe was elected the ninth bishop of Kansas in July 2003 and was ordained and consecrated as bishop coadjutor on Nov. 8, 2003. He became diocesan bishop on Jan. 1, 2004, upon the retirement of his predecessor, Bishop William E. Smalley. He has been active in service to the Episcopal Church, serving since 2009 as a vice president of the House of Bishops and as a member of many churchwide committees.
He is a 1992 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he received an honorary doctorate in 2004. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1987. He is married to Ellen Frantz-Wolfe, and they have one adult son, William.
St. Bart’s (http://stbarts.org/) is a congregation of about 3,000 members, located in midtown Manhattan. It was founded in 1835.
Some Questions and Answers, from Bishop Dean E. Wolfe >>HERE
Bishop Wolfe announces the appointment of a new Campus Missioner
Bishop Dean E. Wolfe announced that he has called the Rev. Betty Glover to serve as Campus Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
Bishop Wolfe said, “Mother Glover brings tremendous gifts to an important and extremely demanding position. Her abilities to manage administrative detail, preach, teach and offer pastoral care will serve her well in her new position. I’m pleased to have Betty on the diocesan staff, and I am confident she will make substantial contributions to an already outstanding team.”
Glover has been serving as Interim Rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Topeka, since June 2015. She was ordained to the diaconate in this diocese in 1997, where she was assigned to St. David’s. After discerning a call to the priesthood, she studied at Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in 2007. She then served as Rector of Trinity, Arkansas City and Grace, Winfield. She went on to serve as an interim at two churches in North Carolina before returning to Kansas.
Glover said of her new call, “I am so grateful to Bishop Wolfe for the invitation to work with the excellent diocesan staff, alongside the Campus Interns, Peer Ministers, and the rectors and deacons who support Campus Ministry, and I am very excited to begin this new chapter of my ministry.”
She added, “I have long felt that maintaining connection with our youth, and college-aged members, is a crucial element in their spiritual growth, and ours. I look forward to learning more about what is already happening, in terms of campus ministry in our Canterbury Houses, and in campuses and parishes throughout this diocese. I am especially excited and interested in hearing from our college-aged members as we continue this important work.”
As Campus Missioner, Glover will work with existing peer ministers and adult supporters who already are in place, and with parishes that want to help provide an Episcopal presence on every campus in the diocese. She will begin her duties in January 2017 and will be based in Topeka.
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.
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 recently:
Sermon at the service of Morning Prayer Oct. 29, 2016, at the joint annual conventions of the Episcopal Dioceses of Kansas and Western Kansas >>MORE
Sermon at the Welcome, Investiture and Seating of Bishop Skip Adams, the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Sept. 10, 2016 >>MORE
A video of the sermon at the service of Welcome, Investiture and Seating for Bishop Adams >>MORE
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
For a list of statements, addresses and sermons from Bishop Wolfe, please see >>HERE.