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Diocesan News

Trinity El Dorado welcomes all to their refreshed outdoor labyrinth

Trinity encourages anyone to walk the labyrinth at any time of day, any time of the year. There are handouts at the site if you desire background or suggestions for your walk. There is nearby seating and shade in summer, as well as convenient parking.

The Gardens at Bethany ground blessing May 22

After months of hard work, Bishop Cathleen and her team have successfully raised the money needed for the installation of the Garden Project at Bethany Place.

Marching to Jesus’ Way of Love in Atchison

The 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Celebration in Atchison are only one part of the most recent chapter of the story of Dr. King’s legacy and impact on our city and her faith communities.

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

Updated: February 28, 2022, Bishop Bascom continues to encourage parishes to follow the CDC’s guidance and precautions, but now allows each parish to discern best practices in their own context. As always, diocesan staff are available for consultation if parishes need assistance with discernment.

Recommended guidance and state of COVID-19 in our counties…

The weekly online diocesan spreadsheet of Covid-related statistics, which has been kept county-by-county since November 2020, will continue to be updated and monitored by diocesan staff, with an updated coloring metric to align with the CDC. This report is provided to support congregational leaders.

163rd Diocesan Convention

The 162nd annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas took place Sat., Oct. 23, 2021, at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS and via Zoom.

New representatives to the Council of Trustees and Disciplinary Board were elected, a canonical amendment passed, three debatable resolutions passed, the mission plan and apportionment schedule were approved, and awards were given.

Visit the Convention page for a full summary.

The 163rd annual convention will be held October 21-22, 2022, at Grace Cathedral, Topeka.

Spiritual Life

In the broadest sense to be spiritual is to choose to use the energy and gifts you have been given to nurture values, virtues, and intentions. Therefore, to be spiritual is to understand you need to grow. Spirituality can be any number of practices that foster growth into wholeness inside and out.

As Episcopalians we are spiritual and religious. Our Spiritual practices are grounded in the deep love of God in fellowship with Christ, and sustained in the Spirit.

The Rev. Lisa Senuta is the Canon for Spiritual Life and Clergy Care overseeing offerings at the diocese and forming Spiritual Community.

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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