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DioLog is the biweekly newsletter sent by e-mail every other week to more than 500 clergy and lay leaders across the diocese and elsewhere. The next edition of DioLog will be sent to subscribers on Thursday, July 7.
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June 23, 2016
Does your church seek a curate?
The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas maintains a curacy program for graduates of residential seminaries. It allows seminary graduates from our diocese to return home to be mentored by senior priests while also providing much-needed services to congregations.
Currently, in late Spring 2017, three seminarians are expected to become available for this training program.
There are a variety of costs associated with taking on an additional member of staff, but our diocese is able to help underwrite a portion of that cost for two years.
If you are interested in this program, please contact Canon to the Ordinary the Rev. Torey Lightcap at email@example.com or (785) 235-9255.
Planned giving/endowment workshop set for Aug. 13 in Wichita
Representatives from the Episcopal Church Foundation will offer a special workshop on church endowments and planned giving on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. James’s, 3750 East Douglas in Wichita. Lunch will be provided.
All members of the diocese are invited, whether their church already has an endowment or wants to begin one. There is no charge to attend.
This is designed to be an initial exploration about planned giving, to equip those who attend so they can return to their parishes and able to talk more about the topic. Additional workshops will be offered in the future.
After lunch on Aug. 13, there also is the opportunity to attend an optional session on endowment structure and legacy societies, from 12:45 – 2 p.m.
Aug. 5 is deadline for Diocesan Convention actions
Aug. 5 has been set as the deadline by which people must submit nominations, proposed debatable resolutions, or amendments to the diocesan constitution and canons, to come before this fall’s Diocesan Convention.
Full information, including committee contact details, is on the convention page of the diocesan website, http://www.episcopal-ks.org/life/convention.php.
Materials should be sent to the chair of the committee dealing with each action, as outlined on the website.
The following offices are up for election at the convention, which takes place Oct. 27-29 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel at the Airport in Wichita:
- One at-large member of the Council of Trustees, lay person (3-year term)
- One at-large member of the Council of Trustees, clergy person (3-year term)
- Four lay deputies and four clergy deputies to General Convention/Provincial Synod, which meet in 2018 (3-year term)
- Four lay alternates and four clergy alternates to General Convention/Provincial Synod, which meet in 2018 (3-year term)
NOTE about convocation representatives to the Council of Trustees : At their meetings inSeptember, each of the four convocations will elect a lay person as the convocation’s representative to the Council of Trustees, to serve a four-year term. Those elections then will be ratified by the convention.
>> Guys Only Weekend registration is now open. This is a weekend retreat to provide young men with tools to navigate today’s changing society as people of faith. Join us for this inaugural weekend.
- When: July 15-17
- Where: St. Thomas the Apostle, 12251 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213
- Who: Youth males in grades 9-12 (for the current school year)
- Fee: $50 ($65 after July 6)
- Registration forms and more information: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/guys-only-weekend/
>> Happening #91 registration is now open. Happening is a Christian experience by youth for youth. It’s a weekend retreat, focusing on Jesus and what he taught. There are games, music, great food and a chance to talk with peers about things that really matter.
High school graduate Jeremiah Shipman from Grace Cathedral, Topeka, will be the youth rector for this Happening.
- When: July 29-31
- Where: St. John’s, 402 N. Topeka St., Wichita, KS 67202
- Who: Youth in grades 9-12 (for the upcoming school year)
- Fee: $55 ($70 after July 20)
- Priority deadline: Wednesday, July 20
- Registration forms and more information : https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/happening/
The Rev. Jimmy Leslie “Les” Jackson is the new rector of St. Matthew’s, Newton, having begun his ministry there on June 15. He most recently served at St. John's Episcopal Church and School in Odessa, Texas.
Registration now is open for Episcopal Church evangelism conference
Forward Movement and the Office of the Presiding Bishop are sponsoring “Evangelism Matters,” a conference on evangelism set for Nov. 18-19 in Dallas, Texas. It is for anyone who wants to learn more about evangelism and resources that are available to share one’s faith.
The cost to attend is $100 per person ($125 after Aug. 31), with a deadline to register of Oct. 15. The cost does NOT include lodging or transportation.
Planned activities include a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as well as plenary sessions and workshops by evangelism leaders.
More information, with a link to register, is available at http://www.forwardmovement.org/Pages/About/Events.aspx
Episcopal Church Foundation offers a variety of webinars
Summer and fall webinars from the Episcopal Church Foundation are a great way to help congregational leadership teams engage in strategic, leadership and financial topics that are essential to the health of their congregation.
Here are upcoming offerings, with links to more information and registration:
- “Are You Overspending Your Endowment?”, July 20, 6 p.m. Central time . This webinar focuses on how to invest and spend endowments prudently and be prepared for the future . http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/140/are-you-overspending-your-endowment
- Conversaciones sobre la mayordomía (Spanish-language webinar), Aug. 23, 6 p.m. Central time. Hear from leaders of the Episcopal Church who have led successful Latino/Hispanic stewardship programs and what has worked for them. http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/spanish-language/141/conversaciones-sobre-la-mayordoma
- Building Trust and Encouraging More Planned Gifts, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. Central time. Learn how leaders can build trust to encourage planned gifts among donors, and hear about the pitfalls that can be caused by a lack of trust. http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/planned-giving/142/building-trust-and-encouraging-more-planned-gifts
- Vestries: The Next Six Months, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. Central time. Prepare yourself for the busy year-end months with this webinar that offers online resources and exemplary practices on common Vestry tasks. http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/vestries/143/vestries-the-next-six-months
- Basics of a Capital Campaign, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. Central time. This webinar will explain how to prepare for and execute a campaign for your church using ECF's flexible three phase process: discernment, feasibility study and the gifting phase. http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/capital-campaigns/146/basics-of-a-capital-campaign
- The Basics of Annual Giving: Strategies that Work, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. Central time. This webinar will provide a concrete, yet adaptable, “how to” for successful annual fundraising. http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/annual-giving/144/the-basics-of-annual-giving-strategies-that-work
- Witnessing Faithfully Beyond the Walls, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. Central time. Learn how neighborhood-based house church ministry can reinvigorate existing congregations and transform individual faith lives while expanding the Episcopal Church’s presence in any context. http://www.episcopalfoundation.org/calendar/event/leadership/145/witnessing-faithfully-beyond-the-walls
Training offered for volunteer disaster chaplaincy
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaith Network, offers a two-day course in disaster chaplain training Aug. 8-9.
The curriculum prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites as well as within their own communities.
Also offered will be a course in Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters on Aug. 8. This curriculum provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies.
The cost to attend the Disaster Chaplaincy training is $395 per person. Registration and more information is online at http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/disaster-chaplaincy-training-aug-2016
The cost to attend the Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters training is $155 per person. Registration and more information is online at http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/engaging-faith-communities-aug-2016
Make your voice count
The Task Force on the Study of Marriage, created at last year’s General Convention, is seeking responses from individuals, congregations and dioceses to a survey to gauge the use of the “Dearly Beloved” toolkit, a resource on marriage created in 2014.
The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6LNQP95.
Please feel free to share the link with others who may wish to complete the survey. The deadline to submit responses is Aug. 1.
Anniversaries of ordinations
Apologies go to the Rev. Gerald Eytcheson and Deacon David Butler, who had one of the parishes they serve incorrectly identified in the June 9 notice of their ordination anniversaries. They both serve Epiphany, Independence. We regret the error
Congratulations go to these people as they celebrate the anniversaries of their ordination in the next two weeks:
June 30: The Rev. Foster Mays, Epiphany, Sedan (3 years)
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