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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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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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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

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 announces guidelines to re-open churches

Beginning Sunday, May 24, Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Kansas may open. No church is required to open until clergy and lay leaders discern it is safe to do so. Summary of guidelines for churches in the Diocese of Kansas Churches may resume in-person worship on May 24, unless local authorities require a later

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Financial and legal matters for parishes during COVID

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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