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God's spirit is working among us every day in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, from the quiet orchards of Berrien County to the sandy shores of Petoskey and everywhere in between. Our members are eager to share the Light of Christ. Parishes and ministry groups in EDWM are welcome to submit items for this page. (Read news submission guidelines.) You may call us at (269) 381-2710 or click here to send us an e-mail. Important: To visit our online Calendar page, please click here now.

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If so, please click here now to read our "Guidelines for Submissions to the EDWM Communicator" (PDF). Then e-mail your notice to the Diocesan Communications team at least two weeks in advance - click here now. Or call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

Bishop Hougland: Pray and act for Las Vegas

On the morning of Monday, October 2, 2017, people across the nation awakened to news of the the worst act of gun violence in American history. Fifty-nine people died and more than 500 were injured when a gunmain, from an upper floor in a hotel room, rained down gunfire with automatic assault rifles on a crowd at an open-air country music concert on the Las Vegas strip.

Bishops Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 70 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, issued a statement later that afternoon imploring Episcopalians to "ask lawmakers to remove such weapons from civilian hands."

The statement added: "Our country is feasting on anger that fuels rage, alienation and loneliness. From the White House to the halls of Congress to our own towns and perhaps at our own tables, we nurse grudges and resentments rather than cultivating the respect, concern and affection that each of us owes to the other. The leaders who should be speaking to us of reconciliation and the justice that must precede it too often instead stoke flames of division and mistrust. We must, as a nation, embrace prayerful resistance before our worse impulses consume us."

Read the full statement here.
Read Bishop Hougland's message to the diocese here.

Helping the victims of hurricanes

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has emerged as one of the most destructive in recent history, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria causing major damage from Texas to Florida, Georgia and throughout the Caribbean.

The people in the affected areas are in need of support. Episcopal Relief and Development has been partnering with local dioceses and organizations to plan an effective response.

Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization, gives Episcopal Relief & Development 92 out of 100 points and 4 out of 4 stars for its international relief work.

If you're interested in making a donation for Hurricane Harvey relief, you can be assured that ERD will direct those funds appropriately.

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Formation Leaders Training and Retreat Coming in October


Save the date for a retreat this fall for formation leaders October 27-28, 2017 at Camp Newaygo (click here for map).

Formation leaders are Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, and adult education facilitators in their parishes or dioceses. Mature high school leaders are also invited to participate and attend with their adult mentor.

This is a hands-on retreat led by Jalisa Danhof, award-winning camp director at Camp Newaygo. Activities will include the following: Group and community building Debriefing activities with a theological perspective Leading discussion and keeping people on track More topics to be announced!

Cost is $40, and includes meals, lodging and training. Click here for more information on check-in, schedule, what-to-expect, and registration information.

Manifest Young Adult Publication

EDWM's former Young Adult Missioner in Grand Rapids, Kellan Day, has vacated her position to attend The School of Theology in Sewanee, TN.

Before leaving for seminary, Kellan managed the publication of the young adult magazine, Manifest.

Manifest is printed and ready for distribution. Kellan Day organized and produced this project through a UTO young adult grant. The copies are available to be picked up at EDWM offices, and parishes will also have the option to pick them up at the Diocesan Convention in early November.

If you have any questions for Kellan, please email her at

In the meantime, you can read Manifest online by clicking here.

    From our Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer: The Rev. Mike Wernick

Confronting Tribalism

We all need boundaries. We all need limits. Without them there’d be chaos and anarchy. Without them, entropy would get the upper hand, and the edges of both things and ideas would become so blurry, so homogeneous, that (like in one of those science fiction movies) it’d become increasingly difficult to tell “which of these things is not like the other.” That’s why, in both physical systems and in human relationships, some form of energy must periodically be applied to help them maintain their integrity.

ome boundaries are like one-gallon milk containers. Without them, milk would flood the bottoms of refrigerators. Some boundaries are like people’s front doors; you don’t cross the threshold without asking permission. And some are more arbitrary, like city, parish, county, state, and national boundaries.
Some limits are speed limits – though it seems that few follow them. Some limits are the highest level of decibels allowed in most residential areas, though that might be hard to know on the Fourth of July. And some limits are determined by age, like how old one must be to drive or vote or marry.

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