Initial Steps in the Title IV Investigation

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for the support and care you have shown us and one another over the last several days, as our dioceses have stepped into a sensitive situation along with our bishop. We write today with an update on the progress of the Title IV process and to underscore some important understandings about this unique status.

First, an update. The comprehensive psychological and alcohol evaluation that the Presiding Bishop has requested and that has been readily accepted by Bishop Singh has been scheduled and will take place the week of July 17th with a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians. This is an important step in further information gathering and will give us an accurate portrayal of the bishop’s current mental health, any concern for addictive behaviors, and more. The bishop’s schedule will be cleared and rearranged in order to give time and space for this intense examination. Additionally, the Presiding Bishop has assigned an intake officer for this matter. She will facilitate the intake process and manage this case. We are pleased with the swiftness at which these steps are taking place.

We also want to articulate some of the ways in which this unfolding situation is unique, especially the ways in which it is different from our previous experience of bishop discipline.

  • Bishop Singh is voluntarily participating in a Title IV process in light of the accusations made against him by his sons through social media and email. Typically, a Title IV process would be imposed on a bishop by the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development in response to an official complaint filed with an intake officer.
  • At this point in the process, the intake officer is gathering information and assessing the allegations to determine if the situation rises to the level of a Title IV offense. Typically, a Title IV process at this intake stage would not be announced publicly until and unless offenses were officially identified by the Intake Officer and forwarded to the Reference Panel. Because of the public and targeted nature of the accusations, it was important to Bishop Singh and your Standing Committee Presidents that we talk openly and transparently about how the dioceses and church respond to such a serious matter, keeping you updated as we move along and respond to the process.
  • Bishop Singh has not been suspended or restricted from ministry and continues with his normal schedule and activities, including visitations. Typically, restrictions would be instituted if the bishop under Title IV had acknowledged guilt (our previous experience) or if individuals or the church were in immediate harm.

This website is a resource to understand the Title IV process in The Episcopal Church.

After the intake process is complete, the intake officer will submit her report to the Reference Panel, articulating whether she recommends proceedings based on the information gathered. If it is determined that the alleged offenses would constitute a Title IV matter, we will move forward accordingly, aligned with our Episcopal Church canons, our careful stewardship of our faith communities, and with priority for the continuing vital and transformational mission and ministry of our partnering dioceses.

Bishop Singh has recorded a message to the dioceses, an update on his process, and personal reflection. We invite you to hear directly from our bishop:

Please continue to hold our dioceses in prayer: Bishop Singh and his family, the Joint Standing Committees, our joint staff, and one another. We have traveled far together over the last three years of partnership, through moments of deep challenge and moments of vibrant, Christ-centered ministry. Through all we’ve experienced together, we have grown in beloved community, in the healthy and balanced leadership of all orders, and in our trust and reliance on one another. This movement continues. This season is another challenge; one we will meet with compassion, sensitivity, and an ear toward the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Please direct any questions about this process to or They will be answered or directed to the appropriate place.

Yours in Christ,

Barbara Ilkka
President of the Standing Committee
The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan

The Rev. Randall Warren, D.Min.
President of the Standing Committee
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan

Discernment Weekend

Take a step in exploring how God may be calling you

Have you ever felt a nagging deep inside, wondering about whether you may be called to ordained ministry? Have you been fighting that feeling? Have others in your life told you you should consider becoming a deacon or priest? Are you interested in exploring a call to ordained ministry?

Then this is the weekend for you.

The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, in collaboration with the Academy for Vocational Leadership and the Iona Collaborative from the Seminary of the Southwest, is extending an invitation to come together for a weekend of discernment. This event is a first step into considering formal discernment for Holy Orders and is open to all.

Our retreat, which will include both time in plenary and discussion, gathers at 5:30pm for dinner on Friday, August 11th and concludes following lunch on Sunday, August 13th.

Questions about this event? Please contact the Rev. Canon Tracie Little, Canon for the Southern Collaborative and Adult Formation, at 810-300-9177 or


August 11-13, 2023
Arrival: Friday, 5:30pm
Departure: Sunday, about 1pm

St. Francis Retreat Center
703 E. Main Street
Dewitt, MI 48820


Participants are asked to cover the cost of their room, $98. All other costs and materials are covered by the dioceses.

Please register for the Discernment Weekend by July 31st.

Academy for Vocational Leadership Academic Year 2023-24

Applications Open for Academic Year 2023-24

Postulants ready to begin formation for Holy Orders or lay people seeking intensive theological learning may now apply to join the Academy for Vocational Leadership for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Academy for Vocational Leadership is our three-year, bi-diocesan program of preparation for Holy Orders. Originally founded in its current iteration in 2015, the Academy is one of over 34 diocesan schools in The Episcopal Church forming leaders as part of the Iona Collaborative of the Seminary of the Southwest (SSW) in Austin, TX. All academic classes are developed and taught remotely by SSW professors with support from local faculty. Additional practical classes are taught by local practitioners and experts.

On June 15th, a notification went out from Bishop Singh stating that “our dioceses form priests through a diversity of paths by seriously considering every discernment as unique. Therefore, this fall, our dioceses will send candidates for priestly formation to residential seminaries, hybrid seminaries, and the Academy for Vocational Leadership. This will add an intentional step to the ordination process in Western Michigan.” Therefore, postulants seeking ordination as vocational deacons and priests from both Eastern and Western Michigan may apply.

The Academy is also open to lay people not pursuing ordination but desiring in-depth and intense theological learning for their own spiritual growth and vocation.

Please complete the attached application paperwork and return it by July 31, 2023. Once we receive and review your application, you will receive the “Summer Reading” homework along with instructions for completion.

Please note that participation in this program requires a basic understanding of technology, including the use of Zoom, accessing online password-protected platforms, word processing, and submitting papers online.

Questions about this offering? Please contact the Rev. Canon Tracie Little, Canon for the Southern Collaborative and Adult Formation, at 810-300-9177 or


All in-person weekends begin with dinner on Friday evening at 5:30pm and conclude by 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

August 11-13 – Opening Retreat, St. Francis Center

September 8-10 – St. Francis Retreat Center

October 13-15 – Zoom

November 17-19 – Zoom

December 8-10 – St. Francis Retreat Center

January 5-7 – St. Francis Retreat Center

February 9-11 – St. Francis Retreat Center

March 8-10 – Zoom

April 5-7 – St. Francis Retreat Center

May 3-5 – St. Francis Retreat Center

June 7-9 – St. Francis Retreat Center


St. Francis Retreat Center
703 E. Main Street
Dewitt, MI 48820


Tuition for the Academy is $4,300 per year, with one half due by November 1st and the remaining due by April 1, 2024. Tuition includes class materials as well as housing and meals at the retreat center. Text books will be an extra expense.

For inquiries about diocesan scholarship funds, please contact Canon Tracie Little at either or

The application deadline is July 31, 2023.

Information from the Standing Committee Presidents, Bishop Provisional

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As your Standing Committee Presidents, we write to share information about a sensitive situation taking place in our dioceses, with our bishop provisional.

Several months ago, the bishop shared with the Standing Committees that, after learning about his new relationship, his sons had reached out to the Presiding Bishop expressing hurt around the dissolution of the previous marriage and some internal family dynamics. We were aware that the Presiding Bishop’s Office was going to be in touch with the boys and his ex-wife to respond pastorally. In the last week, this situation has escalated as his sons have shared their concerns more broadly.

We feel that Bishop Prince has been transparent with us in raising this awareness and in seeking appropriate next steps with our churchwide processes. We invite you to read the message below from Bishop Singh. We welcome the next steps that are to be taken and look forward to a resolution.

Our dioceses are resilient partners; focused on mission! We are grateful to serve.

Yours in Christ,

Barbara Ilkka

President of the Standing Committee

The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern Michigan

The Rev. Randall Warren, D.Min.

President of the Standing Committee

The Episcopal Dioceses of Western Michigan

Dear Friends,

As I wrote on Friday, after two and half years post-divorce, I have moved into a new relationship. Unfortunately, this has created a hurt-filled and harmful reaction within my family, now in a public way. Over last week and weekend, my sons have published letters with some serious allegations against me, posting that letter to social media and sending it directly by email to several of our congregations.

First, I want you to know that I am deeply embarrassed and this has been extremely painful. Divorce is messy and mine was no exception. While we separated amicably at that time, it was not without years of spousal conflict and not without some time spent in family therapy. It has not been a simple process since. I have spent quite a bit of time attempting to rebuild the bonds of trust between sons and father since splitting from my former spouse.

Recognizing that one of the areas they feel harmed is the lack of privacy afforded to a family when one parent is a bishop, I am conscious of striking a balance between protecting what privacy can yet be afforded to them and to us, and with responding to these allegations transparently and fully for the dioceses I have been called to serve; dioceses that have a recent experience of trauma related to bishop misconduct. I recognize this dynamic is at play here, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for it.

With the Standing Committee Presidents and Chancellor Fleener, I have been in conversation with the Presiding Bishop’s Office over the last week related to this particular effort and for several months previous, when this was first understood to be a family conflict. With some new clarity and for appropriate and necessary transparency, I want to address a few points in the letter and update you on what’s next for me and for us.

  • Over the past few months, I have invited my sons to dive into these sensitive family matters in a therapeutic setting. My older son was willing to do one session before requesting to discontinue due to his tinnitus. My younger son said he was not ready to do this work. I have been in solo therapy on and off since 2003 and continue to meet regularly with my therapist as well as with two spiritual directors – this is advice I give to all clergy.
  • In response to these allegations, I have encouraged the Presiding Bishop’s Office to officially open a Title IV investigation, a process to determine the veracity of the points and to determine appropriate actions. There should be no sense that these concerns are casually dismissed. The Presiding Bishop will appoint a separate intake officer to facilitate this process. From my vantage point, an official Title IV process is the appropriate way to clear these painful allegations. As part of this, I have offered to submit myself for comprehensive psychological and alcohol evaluation by a clinical professional. By taking my sons’ concerns seriously, I hope that this will keep open the possibility of reconciliation.
  • The Presiding Bishop’s Office has not called for a suspension or restriction on ministry. I will, however, take a week’s break to do the clinical evaluation, and will go on a reflective retreat during the week of July 4th. I will miss attending the Episcopal Youth Event with our remarkable young leaders and am grateful for our youth director’s blessing to take this time.
  • I will continue to be in conversation with the Presiding Bishop and our diocesan leaders to keep them apprised of this process and to check in along the way. It is my firm belief and hope that the investigation will determine that I have not broken my vows to the church and my adherence to the canons.

Again, Eastern and Western Michigan, I am sorry. I am sorry for the impact this has on our dioceses. I am here to serve Christ in this church, not to distract. I am so encouraged and hope-filled for our dioceses and for our ministry together. Amazing things are happening. Our formation – spiritually, vocationally, developmentally – amongst all orders is in focus. Our collaborations are growing and deepening in mission-oriented, relational ways. Our leaders are growing in their confidence and expertise, strengthening our church to welcome, invite, and lead in all corners.

I am grateful for you. Know that you are in my prayers every day. I ask that you keep me in yours.

Please contact or with any questions or concerns. Your questions will either be addressed directly or pointed toward the appropriate party.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh

Bishop Provisional
The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan

A Personal Announcement from the Bishop

Dear Friends,

While we celebrate Pride Month and all the joys of loving relationships, I share a bit of news about my own journey and ask for your prayers.

It brings me great joy to share with you that, in the last year, I have reconnected with an old friend from seminary. With the support of our Presiding Bishop and the Standing Committees of our dioceses, Ato and I became engaged last year over the Christmas holidays, and will be wed later this August when I am in India! I am glad to share more about our journey of reconnecting in the video below.

I must also address a painful part of this journey with you. This step forward in my life has created some conflict within my family, especially with my two sons, who are expressing anger on social media and by email. The divorce from two and a half years ago has been a painful transition and this pain has developed further as I moved into a new relationship. As a father, I love them and have worked with them, and will continue to invite them to address this pain and disappointment with me in a safe, therapeutic setting when they are ready. I want you to know that the Presiding Bishop’s office has been attending to this matter with the boys and my ex-spouse and has been in contact with them and with me over the last year. I am attentive to communicating with and responding to the PB’s office in every way as they monitor this tender family situation.

I ask your prayers for my former spouse and our children, especially during this painful time. I also ask for your prayers for Ato and me as we marry this summer and work through a long visa process.

I invite you to get in touch with Canon Katie Forsyth if you have any questions. She can be reached at and

Blessings to you and gratitude for the love modeled to us by Jesus Christ!


The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh
Bishop Provisional
The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan

Formation in our Dioceses

Dear Saints,

Greetings in this season of Pentecost, discerning and inviting leaders with multiple gifts of the Spirit among us!

October 27 and 28, we will gather in Saginaw for our Fourth Joint Convention as Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan! I am excited about the opportunity to delight in one another, to pray, worship, learn, break bread, address concerns, conduct business, laugh, and look ahead to the possibilities God calls and presents to us! I thank you for giving me the privilege of serving as your Bishop Provisional and friend!

I am curious about helping nurture a world transformed in which all God’s children are unconditionally welcomed, cared for, and loved. I look forward to discerning how we, individually and collectively as a church, nurture Christ’s call to proclaim and embody God’s boundless love for all creation. I am especially thrilled about our theme for this year’s convention, Collaborative, Innovative, and Courageous discipleship! This theme is derived from our emerging mission and vision identified by our Building Bridges leaders based on what they’ve heard from the wider dioceses in their listening process. I love these clear, simple, and bold marks of discipleship!

As I visit the various outposts of mission and ministry in our two dioceses, I am struck by how we already practice these marks. I am also struck by the multiple ways we relate to one another in this Season of Practice. Most of this is good and life-giving. We do have some nervous patches. In my time with you, I have at different times heard that Eastern or Western Michigan was “driving the bus.” In all honesty, sharing drivers is not a bad thing as long as we are traveling toward God’s future and not in circles.

We are moving through discernment and building consensus in some sensitive areas. One such area is the formation of our priests, specifically as they are formed outside of legacy seminary models. Here is where we have reached some clarity: over the past months, we have had many substantive and candid conversations. Prior to our pivot to organizing as “collaboratives,” I spent time with every Clericus (clergy small group) in Western Michigan to understand hopes and concerns. I heard common refrains about areas of import, such as immersion in liturgical formation, regular corporate worship, and the earnest cautionary note about creating a two-tier system of priests. We noted that within the recent history of priestly formation in Western MIchigan, there have been a variety of models engaged. We also discussed the changing church and our need for diverse formation opportunities to best support emerging congregational needs in our various contexts, blended or bi-vocations, and the ministry of all the baptized.

I have considered all the canonical requirements of pedagogical areas and the future thriving of our clergy leaders. After much discernment and according to the authority granted by the canons of The Episcopal Church, I have decided to formally honor what has already been true in practice: that our dioceses form priests through a diversity of paths by seriously considering every discernment as unique. Therefore, this fall, our dioceses will send candidates for priestly formation to residential seminaries, hybrid seminaries, and the Academy for Vocational Leadership (learn more – Eastern MI and Western MI). This will add an intentional step to the ordination process in Western Michigan. Rather than add to the plate of the current COM, I have called upon a small group of senior clergy to help me discern the best formation path for each postulant who is ready for formation according to the requirements stipulated in our canons.

In keeping with this clarity, I will also appoint and commission a bi-diocesan board to help advise and oversee the Academy.

The Advisory Board will include the following leaders:

The Rev. Randall Warren, D. Min., Co-Chair
St. Luke’s, Kalamazoo

The Rev. Alicia Hager
Grace, Holland

The Rev. David Vickers
St. Paul’s, Greenville

The Rev. Pat Vinge
St. Martin of Tours, Kalamazoo

The Rev. Sue Colavincenzo, Co-Chair
St. Dunstan’s Davison

Deb Blackhurst
St. John’s, Midland

Beckett Leclaire
St. John’s, Dryden

The Rev. Nancy Mayhew
St. Alban’s, Bay City


Our chancellor, Bill Fleener, Jr., and I, as your bishop, will serve as ex-officio members. In addition, each Commission on Ministry will appoint one liaison. Eastern Michigan’s COM has appointed the Rev. Anna Leigh Kubbe and Western Michigan’s COM has appointed the Rev. Jay Johnson, Ph.D. (All Saints, Saugatuck). I am grateful for their willingness to serve at this time in a significant and strategic capacity!

The Advisory Board will report to the bishop, and we will have a robust opportunity to continue forming excellent and relevant priests, deacons, and lay leaders who will lead us into God’s future!

I also want to let you know that we will make the following changes to the priestly formation track in the Academy:

  • A formal process to engage and evaluate field education in the classroom.
  • An expectation to complete a substantive Clinical Pastoral Education experience
  • A requirement for students to complete the General Ordination Exams (GOEs) while allowing for remedial work for those who do not score proficient in particular areas.

Additionally, we will be searching for a co-director to serve with the Rev. Canon Tracie Little, D.Min., starting as soon as possible. As your Bishop Provisional, I am happy to report that the leaders directly involved in such matters are of one mind in this decision that will significantly and positively influence our future as a church. Don’t hesitate to contact me or one of them through my assistant (Angela Krueger, if you have questions or concerns.

Our diversified approach to formation, among other things, will provide a variety of leadership styles for our changing church in a changing world with room to address ongoing changes thoughtfully, promptly, and contextually in the future. Regarding forming priests, it is our opportunity to support their growth, more fully engage this vibrant conversation happening in the wider Church, and help our congregations thrive in a changing world. This significant need has also prompted the formation of the College for Congregational Development under the new directorship of the Rev. BJ Heyboer.

Beloved, the good news is that God is raising leaders who discern a call to holy orders. Right now, about thirty-five people are discerning a call to become deacons or priests in our church from both our dioceses. This reality is unprecedented in the recent history of our dioceses, and we are grateful to the Holy Spirit for this bountiful blessing!

These days, I have become fond of saying, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Pentecost!”


The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh
Bishop Provisional
The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan


The Academy for Vocational Leadership, our bi-diocesan school of formation, is part of the Iona Collaborative, over 34 dioceses forming leaders for holy orders with the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Click here to learn more about the Iona Collaborative.

If you’d like to learn more about the extent of the classes offered through the Collaborative — courses that each student has access to and that the Academy uses as we build the curriculum each year — please click here.

The Iona Collaborative have developed what they call the “matrix” – one for priests and one for deacons. This details the skills that we develop through formation and indicates how we might expect a student to progress in the various skill levels. The faculty at the Academy use the matrix to help design lesson plans that include specific tools to help develop particular skills. A student evaluation is available to help assess how each student is embodying the skills.


No. This isn’t an updated version of Old McDonald Had a Farm (Ee i ee i o). It stands for Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer. EDEIO is the national network of those designated by their diocesan bishops with special responsibility for encouraging the search for the wider visible unity of Christ’s Church and collegial relationships with members of other religions. In the dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, it’s my joy to serve as the Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer.

The annual meeting of EDEIOs is held at the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) along with Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran, United Methodist, and other Evangelical ecumenical networks. I attended the NWCU (for the first time pre-COVID in 2019) and last month in Milwaukee from May 8 – 11. The theme for this year’s workshop came from the theme for this past January’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which comes from Isaiah 1:17 “Do Good; Seek Justice,” and was developed by the Minnesota Council of Churches in response to the injustice experienced by people of color in that state and beyond.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, who serves as Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care was our Theologian-in-Residence. To begin each session, Canon Spellers led us in singing Wade in the Water; a spiritual that Harriet Tubman used, to tell escaping slaves to get off the trail and into the water to make sure the dogs slave catchers used, couldn’t sniff out their trail. Canon Spellers also led us in considering Isaiah’s theme under three sub-topics: listening to the biblical call to justice, lamenting the lack of justice in our world, and living into justice in our communities. And each day we joined in table conversations around the practice of justice, facilitated by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.

What rose up for me at this workshop was the embodiment of collegiality. What rose up for me at this workshop was the realization that even in our time, so many American Christians hold on –– to varying degrees –– to a “we’re right, you’re wrong” mindset, in both theology and action. And that perspective –– either consciously or not –– filters down to barriers we erect over denominational and parochial issues; on everything from human sexuality to how we administer Communion.

I started to become aware of these distinctions while I was growing up as a Jewish (recently Bar Mitzvah’d) young man; when televangelists like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson promised damnation and eternal fire for those who didn’t think as they thought or believe as they believed. And while many moderate Christians dismissed this kind of extremism, they nevertheless embraced some version of denominational and/or religious exclusivity.

Yet, the Rev. Michael Kinnamon (past General Secretary of the National Council of Churches) said that “Denominations are wonderful adjectives, but idolatrous nouns.” And the late Rev. Walter R. Bouman (contributor to the Called to Common Mission Concordat) said “The agreement between the Episcopal Church and the ELCA is a witness that God is making One, what had previously been divided. Failure to be in full communion with each other is sinful before God, because it means that the denominations are simply brand names competing for a share of the Christian market.”

Christianity began with Jesus, a devout Jew, who rather than wanting to start a new religion, simply wanted Temple leadership and Temple worship to be reformed. As Martin Luther didn’t want to start Lutheranism but wanted the Roman church to reform. Yet according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, there are more than twohundred Christian denominations in the U.S., and more than forty-five thousand globally. Forty-five thousand! That’s a lot of groups implying (or saying outright) that they’re right and others –– while maybe not quite wrong –– aren’t quite as right.

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, ninth bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, wrote (as part of the DuBose Lectures at the School of Theology at the University of the South) that our relationships with each other are of paramount importance, because the atonement necessary to salvation includes our atonement with one another –– human to human –– and that the divisions between us are lies. In John’s Gospel (17:221a) we hear Jesus pray that the disciples may all be one; and that as the Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father, may they also be in them. It’s like E pluribus unum; which is translated as “Out of many, One;” and is the motto of the United States. And in this time, we are all trying in so many ways to find our way back to being One, aren’t we?

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (past Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church) said “For us Christians, Jesus is our doorway to God; but for us to think that God couldn’t possibly act in some other way, is for us humans to put God in a very small box.”

Boxes don’t exist in creation. They are human-made. Let’s not have boxes. And we get a further glimpse of this truth in Ps. 118:5: I called out to God from my narrowness, and God answered me with a vast expanse. And in 1 Corinthians 13: For we know only in part; we see in a mirror dimly, but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.

God’s diversity was never intended to be divisive. So as the riot of spring growth explodes from the ground, let’s affirm diversity in all its life-giving forms, and recapture and share with each other, some grace from God’s garden.

the Rev. Mike Wernick,


June 28th, 1-4pm; July 13, 6-9pm; July 16, 1-4pm

Leaders in Eastern and Western Michigan are invited to be trained as facilitators to lead Sacred Ground circles for congregations and other groups in our dioceses.

Sacred Ground is an eleven-session film-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups gather as “circles,” walking through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The series focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. The series is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.

With several congregations and regions interested in developing Sacred Ground circles, our dioceses are in need of facilitators! We will offer three, three-hour opportunities to be trained as a facilitator this summer via Zoom. Those options are:

  • Wednesday, June 28th, 1-4pm
  • Thursday, July 13th, 6-9pm
  • Sunday, July 16th, 1-4pm

Following their training, facilitators will be equipped to host Sacred Ground circles in-person or on Zoom.

Participants must have participated in a Sacred Ground circle prior to training as a facilitator. Facilitators are welcoming, compassionate, and open to differences. They are sensitive to others’ feelings of stress or anger and able to diffuse tension. They are respectful listeners with flexibility and thoughtfulness.

Questions about this training? Please contact Mary Simpson, Data and Resource Coordinator for Dismantling Racism, at


There is no cost to attend the Sacred Ground Facilitator Training. Space is limited to no more than 15 people per session and registration will close for a particular session once the cap has been reached.

Please RSVP to receive your Zoom access information.

Solar Faithful Webinar

Solar Faithful Webinar

Thursday, June 22nd from 7-8pm

The bi-diocesan Creation Care Task Force invites parish leaders to learn about opportunities to care for creation and reduce energy costs through the installation of rooftop solar panels.

Solar Faithful, a new 501c3 nonprofit, is a collaboration of the Climate Witness Project, Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, the original Solar Faithful (an informal group from the southeast side of the state), a solar developer (Chart House Energy), and an impact investor (SunWealth).

Solar Faithful makes it possible for congregations and faith-based nonprofits of all faith traditions, ethnic/racial groups, and income levels to participate in the just energy transition by installing solar panels at no cost to these organizations, while reducing their monthly electric bills. Their goal is that 50% of our participants will be either Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), faith groups other than Christian, and/or low income.

Learn how your parish can move to clean, healthy, solar power with no investment. Our conversation will be led by the officers of Solar Faithful: Jennifer Young (MIPL), Rob Rafson (CHE), and Steve Mulder (CWP, member of St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids and our Bi-Diocesan Creation Care Task Force).

Our one-hour Zoom webinar will include time for Q&A and will be recorded for later viewing.

Questions about this event? Please contact Canon Katie Forsyth at or


There is no cost to attend the Solar Faithful Webinar, hosted by the Bi-Diocesan Creation Care Task Force. Please RSVP to receive your Zoom access information.

Ordination to the Priesthood

By the Grace of God and with the consent of the People

The Right Reverend Prince Grenville Singh
Provisional Bishop

will ordain

The Rev. Joseph Kennedy

To the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

Saturday, the Twenty-Fourth of June
Two Thousand Twenty-Three
at Three O’Clock in the Afternoon
Commemorating the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

St. David’s Episcopal Church
1519 Elmwood Road
Lansing, Michigan

Your prayers and presence are requested. A live stream is expected to be available on the St. David’s, Lansing Facebook Page and the Eastern and Western Michigan Facebook Pages.

Clergy will process in choir dress with red stoles.