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Diocesan News

Prosed garden design at BethanyPlace

New gardens soon will sprout at historic Bethany Place

A new initiative spearheaded by Bishop Cathleen Bascom will create a series of specialized gardens on the south side of the diocesan property in Topeka known as Bethany Place. Learn more by watching our video. Contribute to the gardens here.

Bishop Bascom to participate in UN Climate Change conference

Bishop Bascom has been asked by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to be a part of The Episcopal Church (TEC) delegation to the United Nations 26th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), October 31 through November 12, 2021. Read more about COP26 here: https://ukcop26.org

Church Leaders Reflect on Hybrid Ministry

To harness the lessons learned and help lead the Church into the future, the Rev. Tim Schenck and the Rev. Stacy Williams-Duncan have created a community of learning and practice to reflect on and experiment with hybrid ministry. Rev. Canon Gar Demo will be one of the Hybrid Futures Fellows.

Welcome to the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas

The 44 churches of the diocese are in small towns and big cities across the eastern part of the state. The diocese extends as far west as Abilene and Wichita and includes the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, and the entire Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side of the state line.

Our churches are offering worship in spite of pandemic restrictions. Some are able to worship in small groups inside their buildings, with safety protocols. Others have services outside. Almost all are providing meaningful worship opportunities online.

In spite of current challenges, our churches offer a warm welcome to everyone with opportunities for worship, fellowship and education.

Minsters

The Kansas Minster Project proposes a collaborative way of organizing ourselves for God’s mission in the Diocese of Kansas in the 21st century — it is a vision of our “branching pattern” for the Jesus Movement, a way of structuring to bear the Way of Love with new vigor.

Each of the diocese’s 11 minsters is a group of churches designed for mutual support and sharing of resources, so they can reach out to serve their neighborhoods and communities. They also ensure that every congregation is sacramentally cared for by the priests and deacons within each minster.

Learn more

Task Forces

Seven task forces currently lead the diocese’s efforts to support action within our congregations and outwardly toward those in our neighborhoods, communities and beyond.

The seven task forces are Care of Creation; Children’s Ministries; Evangelism; Global Partnerships; Liturgy, Music and the Arts; Outreach; and Justice and Racial Reconciliation.

Covid Information

Summary of mask guidance October 8th forward:

  • High Transmission (RED): Masks are required for all in public, indoor settings.
  • Substantial Transmission (ORANGE): Mask wearing is encouraged for all in public, indoor settings, however local clergy in conversation with their vestries may decide.
  • Moderate and Low Transmission (YELLOW & BLUE): only unvaccinated people are asked to wear a mask in public, indoor settings.

Guided in conversation with health advisors, we are loosening two previous restrictions:

  • The diocese is no longer requiring tracked attendance or registration at worship and other parish events. Parish leadership may continue this practice if they desire.
  • Drinking from the common cup is still restricted but these are safe options for communion:
    • in one-kind (bread only)
    • intinction done by the Eucharistic minister and dropped into hands
    • use of small communion cups filled with wine that is blessed at the altar

Read the full announcement here.

The weekly online diocesan spreadsheet of Covid-related statistics, which has been kept county-by-county since November, will continue to be updated and monitored by diocesan staff, with an updated coloring metric to align with the CDC. Click below for more information.

162nd Diocesan Convention

The 162nd annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas will take place Sat., Oct. 23, 2021, at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS

Convention this year will be offered via two options: in-person at Grace Cathedral or online via Zoom.

All clergy, delegates, alternates, and other attendees must register for convention whether they plan to attend in-person or via Zoom. Registration is online at this link: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/diocon2021. The registration deadline is Friday, October 1.

Visit the Convention page for more information.

Justice and Racial Reconciliation Task Force

The Justice and Racial Reconciliation Task Force was created to help the diocese live into its role as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in eastern Kansas, especially regarding issues of racial reconciliation, one of the three Jesus Movement areas of focus articulated by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

The task force supports the bishop and the Diocese of Kansas as we learn and grow in our awareness of the dynamics of racism and white supremacy in the church and our nation.

Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry

The mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry is to gather, equip, and send disciples of Jesus Christ to witness to God’s reconciling love.

We strive to accomplish this mission by providing quality programs and events that are biblically based for the entire diocese. Events and programs are designed for young people to experience opportunities in evangelism, spiritual formation, Christian leadership, mission, fellowship, Scripture, discernment and the Episcopal Church.

Bethany House and Garden

Bethany House and Garden is an innovative ministry of the diocese, centered in the historic building that has served over time as a laundry for a girl’s school, a private home, the bishop’s residence and the diocesan offices.

It offers garden space for prayer and meditation, spiritual direction, pastoral care and outdoor worship. Through community listening and engagement, it seeks to be a part of positive change. It also is in the planning stage of imagining what else it might be: demonstration gardens, prairie restoration or a patchwork quilt of ideas?

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