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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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Bishop suspends all indoor worship and activities until Dec. 13

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On Nov. 12 Bishop Bascom placed a moratorium on indoor in-person worship and other indoor gatherings until Sunday, Dec. 13. Outdoor worship and activities still are permitted. Her letter to clergy and lay leaders also provided guidelines on when churches must suspend indoor activities for the period from Dec. 13 through Easter, based on Covid-related

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161st Diocesan Convention (2020) Recap

For 161 years, clergy and lay delegates from churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas have met for an annual convention in order to elect people to office, pass a budget and conduct other business. From the days of the Civil War, through economic recessions and depressions, even to times when the diocese was without

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The former Black churches of the Diocese of Kansas

In addition to being the diocese’s director of communications, I also serve as the bishop-appointed historiographer. In that role I routinely get asked all kinds of questions about the history of the diocese, but recently those questions have had a singular focus: does the Diocese of Kansas have, or have we ever had, any historically

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