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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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Episcopalians in public office face tough calls in the Covid era

Local officials across the state of Kansas have faced difficult decisions this year, from health concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic to economic downturns that resulted in job losses. And when those officials also are members of churches of the diocese, they say their faith helps them through tough times.

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Responding to the pandemic

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Bishop Bascom has issued a series of letters to clergy and lay leaders of the diocese regarding the coronavirus pandemic. These include guidance on how and under what circumstances churches can resume in-person worship, guidance on how food ministries can continue with distancing, when members of the diocesan staff will be working in the office

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Bishop Bascom names Deacon Anne Flynn as archdeacon

Bishop Cathleen Bascom has announced that Deacon Anne Flynn, who serves at Grace Cathedral, Topeka, has been named one of two archdeacons of the diocese. She succeeds Deacon Charles Pearce, who retired in May after 13 years of service as archdeacon. As archdeacon Flynn will serve as a liaison to deacons in the Northwest and

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Transforming the Stone of Racism

Transforming the Stone of Racism

A statement from Bishop Cathleen Bascom and Ms. Terrell Mann and the Rev. Patrick Funston, co-chairs of the diocesan Task Force on Justice and Racial Reconciliation Moved to our core, or onto our knees, or into the streets by the racial tensions of this Pentecost weekend, we cannot deny that the racism that clings within

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Financial and legal matters for parishes during COVID

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Dear clergy and parish leaders in the Diocese of Kansas: The Executive Committee of the Council of Trustees and I have been meeting weekly about financial and legal matters relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on parishes and our diocese. It is difficult to anticipate the disruptive economic impact that these uncertain times

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Living as Sacramental, Eucharistic People amid COVID-19

Living as Sacramental, Eucharistic People amid COVID-19

Bishop Bascom has written to all clergy of the diocese with her thoughts about how the physical distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus presents the church, with the Eucharist at the heart of its worship, “with unique practical, theological, liturgical and ethical realities.” She also provides guidance for worship and sacraments in

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