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More news of what's happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is available from two diocesan publications.
A message from Bishop Dean Wolfe to the diocese
January 28, 2016
I want to share some news with you.
Today my name was announced as one of the nominees on the slate for the election of the next Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. I was asked by several of my colleagues in the House of Bishops to consider allowing my name to be submitted. After much prayer and conversation, I determined I needed to be available to a possible call of the Holy Spirit. In this, as in all things, persons of faith are compelled to continue to listen carefully for the still, small voice of the Lord and to be faithful to where that voice may lead. Lifelong discernment is one of the difficult responsibilities of being Christian.
I will participate in a time of mutual discernment with the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and the other nominees from February 15-20. The election will take place on March 12. I have no expectation that I will be elected, and I already have a good and demanding job here in Kansas. The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas is doing so much great work in so many places, and it is a privilege to do this ministry. If I am not elected, it will be clear I was not called to be elsewhere at this time, and there is crucial work left for me to do in Kansas.
In every respect, this all remains in God’s hands. I ask for your prayers for me and my family, for our beloved diocese, and for the people of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Rest assured you all are in my prayers daily, as together we seek to know Christ and to make Christ known.
Grace & Peace,
The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe
Ninth Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
Note: More information is available on the website of the Diocese of Pennsylvania bishop search >>HERE.
Information on the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion
The recent meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion resulted in a final statement in which sanctions were pronounced on the Episcopal Church for its actions during last year’s General Convention to make the canons on marriage available to all couples, regardless of gender. You can read the statement >>HERE.
Here are some statements that have been issued in response:
From Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, with video >>HERE
From Bishop Dean Wolfe>>HERE
Recommended by Bishop Wolfe, from the Rev. Andrew McGowan, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and Editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies >>HERE
A wrap-up of statements from bishops of the Episcopal Church, and others >>HERE
Wichita refugee ministry offers a new life in Kansas for those fleeing persecution
As Jolie hid in the bush outside her village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, knowing the bullets she was hearing were killing people nearby, she could not imagine that a 10-year journey would lead her to a new life in Kansas.
When their first-ever plane ride brought her and her two teenaged children to Wichita in December 2014, Jolie knew she had found a home that offered her family peace and opportunity.
You can read more of Jolie's story, and the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries-Wichita, in the Winter 2015 issue of The Harvest, pages 8-10, >>HERE.
Clay Center church offers repentance for the treatment of its only black member
On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Clay Center was packed with worshippers, including half a dozen guests from Ward Chapel AME Church in nearby Junction City. They had gathered for a service of repentance, healing and reconciliation to acknowledge the mistreatment of the only African American member in the church’s 134-year history, Mai DeKonza, who died in 1959.
Over and over again, the people prayed, “Forgive us our sins. Forgive us our sins. Forgive us our sins.”
DeKonza, who was confirmed in 1900 in the small church, was a poet, musician, playwright and prolific letter-writer who mostly was ignored by her fellow church members during her 59-year membership. Her separation from them was even more complete by their use of a separate chalice to administer communion only to her. >>MORE
Recent statements from Bishop Wolfe
Bishop Dean Wolfe has issued these statement and reflections in recent weeks:
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.