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A year of pandemic: What have we learned?

The Rev. Greg Doll leads worship online

Editor’s note: We asked clergy and lay leaders across the diocese to answer a question about the past 12 months of pandemic: What was the most important thing you learned in the past year? We received 32 replies, and this article reflects what they said. When clergy and lay leaders reflect on the past year,

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Additional Covid guidance from Bishop Bascom

On May 15 Bishop Cathleen Bascom issued the following guidance:  In light of the CDC and diocesan relaxation of mask requirements for vaccinated adults, building use and worship decisions continue to be at the discretion of clergy. As possible, clergy are to be in conversation with lay leaders when making decisions about moving through this

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Bishop says masks are not required for vaccinated people during services

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On May 14 Bishop Cathleen Bascom issued the following statement in response to the latest guidelines on mask-wearing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Yesterday, the CDC released new guidelines concerning masks, stating that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors. With this in mind, and after consulting with medical advisors,

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Bishop Bascom offers some relaxed Covid guidelines

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On May 6 Bishop Cathleen Bascom issued new guidelines that relaxed some Covid-related restrictions that had been in place for indoor, in-person worship. Beginning on May 15, indoor singing is permitted for congregations as well as ensembles, with everyone masked. Fully vaccinated people may sit closer together than 6 feet, while provisions must remain for

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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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