Diocesan News

Bishop reiterates Covid guidance; expands some parish options

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In a message sent to the diocese on March 12, Bishop Cathleen Bascom reiterated some existing guidelines on how churches can gather while staying safe from the Covid-19 virus, and she also offered new options for feeding ministries and coffee hour, as well as for gatherings of fully vaccinated people. Indoor activities, including worship, will

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Council OKs summer camp for 2021

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Young people in the diocese who are finishing third grade through graduating high school seniors again will have the chance to participate in a beloved youth event – summer camp – thanks to a vote on Feb. 24 by the Council of Trustees. Camp was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will

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Bishop offers guidance for Ash Wednesday

On Jan. 21 Bishop Cathleen Bascom effectively transferred her guidance about Christmas services, from her letter of Dec. 7, to services on Ash Wednesday. For churches in a county that shows “double red” on the diocesan Covid-tracker spreadsheet, she will allow one in-person service, lasting no more than 30 minutes and with a maximum of 25

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NourishKC now is on solid financial footing

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Almost two years ago NourishKC was in such dire financial straits that leaders feared they would have to close their doors. But thanks to careful budgeting and generous donations from individuals and local foundations, the agency enters 2021 on firm footing and is looking forward to the work of a new executive director. Sue Fenske

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Food ministries continue serving people in need

Food prepared at Covenant, Junction City

Food ministries across diocese have continued to provide food to hungry people throughout the year. And while some report the need has remained steady since March, others have seen a noticeable increase in people seeking help. Two churches that prepare sack lunches every Saturday — Grace Cathedral, Topeka and St. John’s, Wichita — are serving

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Old land, new ministry at Bethany Place

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Since the 1860, the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas has been the steward of an initial gift of 20 acres of land in the very center of Topeka, given by the city’s founders as the site of a proposed girls school. From 1870 until it closed in 1928, it was home to the College of the

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Bishop Bascom reflects on peacemaking during civil unrest

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Bishop Cathleen Bascom preached this sermon during an online service of “Worship in Time of National Anxiety” on Jan. 7. The Beatitudes describe what members of the Jesus Movement look and act like. Jesus included: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Yesterday as I sat in my office watching

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Bishop reiterates indoor activity guidelines through Palm Sunday

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On Jan. 5 Bishop Cathleen Bascom reiterated guidelines regarding indoor activities and worship that she had earlier provided in a Dec. 7 letter to the diocese. Through Palm Sunday, March 28,  indoor worship and activities will be governed by the level of virus spread in each county within the diocese, as tracked on a spreadsheet posted every

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Deacon is among the first people in Kansas to get the Covid vaccine

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Diane Kruger, an emergency department nurse in Wichita and deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in nearby El Dorado, on Dec. 14 was among the first 100 people in the state of Kansas to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19. Kruger works at the St. Francis campus of the Ascension Via Christi hospitals, where the vaccinations

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