News from Province V

April 2024

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  • Opening Prayer
  • Big Provincial Gathering 2024 - check all of the details
  • Lunch and Learn with Traci Smith
  • Eclipse events in the province - Waycross and Bellwether
  • Procter's Tree Planting Event
  • Using Picture Books for Racial Healing
  • Young Adult Festival
  • Volunteer for General Convention
  • Episcopal Service Corps
  • Festival Thursdays
  • YACM Leadership Conference
  • Slave Trade Lament and Repentance
  • Creation Care Event - September 2024
  • Episcopal Parish Network
  • Recognizing and Responding to Environmental Racism through the Lens of Sacred Ground
  • Grants
  • Book Corner
  • TryTank Zoom meetings
  • Networking Conversations
  • Affiliated Organizations
  • Upcoming Events and Webinars

Opening Prayer: A Call to Worship

Siblings, rejoice. 

We are sustained and nourished by God's presence and love.

 Thanks be to God.

As we mourn the distress and wounds of God's creation,

 God weeps with us. 

As we face rising waters, hunger and displacement. 

God suffers with us. 

As we struggle for justice, 

God struggles with us

As we expose and challenge climate justice 

God empowers us

As we strive to build alternative communities, 

God works with us. 

As we offer our gifts to all, 

God blesses us. 

Siblings, rejoice, 

Sustained by God's presence and love we worship God.


Big Provincial Gathering

Register to be part of this great event!

Big Provincial Gathering

Registration is open!!!

$75 - conference fee

Indigenous Board School Exhibit will be at the BPG!

The Diocese of Northern Michigan’s racial reconciliation initiative, “Walking Together: Finding Common Ground,” is centered around a traveling exhibit that showcases stories of Indigenous boarding school survivors in Michigan. It includes a recording of Northern Michigan Bishop Rayford Ray formally apologizing for The Episcopal Church’s participation “in the human trafficking of children to place them in orphanages, boarding schools, forced adoption and foster care as an attempt to wipe out Indigenous culture, language, identity, sovereignty and beliefs.” Photo: Walking Together: Finding Common Ground Traveling Exhibit/Facebook

President Ayala Harris will be at the BPG!

We are thrilled to welcome Julia Ayala Harris, President of the House of Deputies, who will be speaking at Synod (Friday at 1 pm) and preaching at Friday night’s Eucharist (beginning at 6 pm).

Walking the Potawatomi Trail of Death:

A Conversation with Bishop Douglas Sparks

Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, April 25 at the Cathedral of St. James from 6:00-7:30 PM EST for a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Discover and be inspired by the stories shared by the Rt. Rev. Doug Sparks about his pilgrimage experiences during his sabbatical. This complimentary event is hosted by Bexley Seabury Seminary, and everyone is invited to attend. Registration for this event will be found on the BPG registration page. If you are not attending the BPG and would like to attend this event, please contact Ash Love, Director of Institutional Advancement, at

Synod Details

The Province V Synod will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024, in the afternoon. Synod Deputies from each diocese and the bishops will meet to do the business of the province. There will be reports from networks and affiliated organizations. This meeting is open to all who would like to attend - and is a great way to learn more about the ministries across the province! See the webpage for details about the business of this meeting.

BPG Choir!

Interested in joining the choir for our 6pm Eucharist? The rehearsal will be at 4 pm before the Eucharist, and the music will be sent to you by March 15 so you can be prepared! Please sign up here.

Christmas at Sea donations

Bring your donations of hats and scarves for the Christmas at Sea project of the Seamen’s Church Institute. The hats and scarves are sent to New Jersey and then distributed to seafarers on the ocean and on the Ohio River prior to Christmas. There are very simple patterns that can be found online.

Swag Bag!

Thank you to United Thank Offering for the SHINY bags! Get yours filled with fun swag when you arrive at the BPG!


(or water bottle)

Each person registered for the BPG will receive a cup.

To conserve resources, there will be no disposable cups at the BPG. If you like having multiple beverages, please bring additional cups or mugs or water bottles. (mugs with lids are appreciated.)

THANK YOU Sponsors!

Featured Events

Lunch and Learn with Traci Smith

Faith at Home: Tools and Tips for Equipping Faith Formation at Home

April 10, 11:45-1:00pm ET/ 10:45am-noon CT

Traci Smith is the author of the Faithful Families Series and pastor. Traci’s passion is helping families find times for connection and spiritual nourishment amid the hustle and bustle of daily life.

This free workshop is open to parents, youth ministers and volunteers, clergy, or anyone interested in incorporating easy, engaging faith practices into their ministry.

Register here.

Solar Eclipse at Camps in Province V!

"Path of Totality" Festival

Viewing the total eclipse

Bellwether Farm, Wakeman, OH

April 6-8, 2024

Waycross Camp & Conference Center, Morgantown, IN

April 7-9, 2024

Join us at Waycross for a Total Solar Eclipse Fundraiser! Our rates are inclusive of eclipse themed programming throughout the event, 2 overnights, and 5 meals. The money we raise for this event will help us to strengthen and sustain the excellent programming we already offer as well as to grow and offer new opportunities for formation and transformation. You can see more information on our website here.

Procter's Tree Planting Event

April 20, 1pm to 3pm ET

Get your eco-spirit going at this event for all ages! We’ll spend time honoring the land, praying for the health of ourselves and the earth, and planting beautiful trees on Procter’s west-side of the property, donated to us by the Community of the Transfiguration. This is part of Procter’s greater mission of Communion Forest. April 20, 1pm to 3pm, our Open House event to follow!

Using Picture Books for Racial Healing

Picture books offer an excellent way to discover, discuss, and share stories about topics that many people did not study in school but that are crucial to the work of repairing, healing, and seeing God in each other. Registration is open for Dismantling Racism training sessions taking place in the coming months. Miriam McKenney leads the trainings, which take place on Zoom. 

A training course occurs during one month, so you only need to sign up for one.

  • April (10, 17, 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.) Sign up here.
  • May (15, 22, 29 from to 8 p.m.). Sign up here
  • June (4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 from 12 to 1 p.m.). Sign up here.
  • August (14, 21, 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.). Sign up here.

Email the Diocese of Southern Ohio's Director of Dismantling Racism Miriam McKenney to learn more.

Young Adult Festival!

June 21-26, 2024 

in Louisville, Kentucky

The Young Adult Festival is designed for young adults 18-30(ish) years old to meet peers from across the globe, pray and learn together, engage in the church’s legislative process, and help discern God’s call for the Episcopal Church.

Registration Deadline is May 6!

Event Website:

Volunteer for General Convention

The Episcopal Church is looking for volunteers to help with the 81st General Convention from June 23 to 28 in Louisville, Kentucky. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the online form.

More information 

Episcopal Service Corps seeks applicants

The Episcopal Service Corps invites young leaders ages 21 to 32 interested in a transformative outreach and discernment experience to apply online for the 2024-25 program year through the end of May.

Join us for 'Festival Thursdays' on Zoom

Join us for monthly 'Festival Thursdays' on Zoom. Register here for all events.

The good conversations that began during summer's "It's All About Love" festival in Baltimore continue with monthly workshops featuring festival presenters and Q&A. Workshops are the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. ET. View past 'Festival Thursday' conversations at this link.

YACM Leadership Conference

June 2-7, 2024

Registration open!

Registration is now open for the annual YACM Leadership Conference!

The Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. Our time together will focus on how we, as leaders and mentors, embrace the work we are being called to do. We hope this gathering will be a time when leaders who are new to this work as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry will meet and connect with one another in order to be nourished and nurtured in ministry with young adults.

Event Website:

Province II Presents:

Slave Trade Lament and Repentance

On behalf of Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, President of Province II, I invite you to view a recording of the Lament. It is ideal for personal meditation, group discussion, adult forums, Lenten reflections, etc.

The Slave Trade Lament and Repentance is based on the Stations of the Cross from the Book of Occasional Services.

The Slave Trade Lament and Repentance begins with an introduction by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. In his moving address, Presiding Bishop Curry calls on us to recognize the sin of slavery and to lament its aftermath.

Each station is presented by a different member diocese of Province II and includes a reflection, a lament, and prayers. The dioceses of Province II are: Albany, Central New York, Cuba, Convocation of Churches in Europe, Haiti, Long Island, New Jersey, New York, Newark, Puerto Rico, Rochester, Virgin Islands, Western New York.

The Slave Trade Lament and Repentance is available here:

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Neva Rae Fox

Province II

Save the date:

Creation Care Conference

Spiritual Resilience in Days of Trouble

September 12-15, 2024

Nazareth, KY

  • Registration opens June 1
  • Schedule outline and retreat leader biographies are published here

Upcoming Workshops

Financially Positioning the Church for the Next Quarter Century

Wednesday, April 3rd

3pm ET / 2pm CT


Back Story: Racial Healing Over a Lifetime

Thursday, April 4th

3pm ET / 2pm CT


Recognizing and Responding to Environmental Racism Through the Lens of Sacred Ground

Tuesday, April 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET


What does racial justice have to do with environmental pollution and climate change? How do the histories we explore in Sacred Ground shape environmental injustice today? This webinar will explore the connections between the environment and the history of race and racism. Participants will have opportunities for dialogue and asking questions and will leave better equipped to respond in their local contexts. 

Registration is required.


Check out the list of grant opportunities.

- Historical Society of the Episcopal Church - deadline, May 1

- St. James Music Press - Music Ministry Renewal Grant - deadline June 30

Book Corner

Participate in World Labyrinth Day with this prayer book!


For centuries, labyrinths have served as an essential meditation aid for Christians seeking to deepen their personal relationships with God. In this practical guide, Robert Elsner unravels the mysteries of the labyrinth, laying out a clear roadmap to a regular meditative practice. Following the liturgical calendar, each entry in Walking the Church Year offers scripture to contemplate, prayers or mantras, a reflection, and questions to inspire further thought. Suggestions for alternate labyrinth forms ensure that these meditations can be practiced by the faithful of all physical abilities.

World Labyrinth Day information.


Pre-order from any Episcopal bookstoreAmazonBookshop, or your favorite bookstore.


Pocket Edition | Paperback | 4 x 6 inches | 9781640656970 | List Price: $14.95

Standard Edition | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 inches | 9781640657571 | List Price: $20.95

TryTank Regional Innovation Hub

Zoom Meetings

St. Barnabas, Bay Village is hosting TryTank Regional Innovation Hub Zoom meetings quarterly on May 13, August 19, and November 11. All events will be held at 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT. This is an opportunity for those who are curious about innovation, participated in last year's Innovation Day, or are actively experimenting with new ideas. In every meeting, an innovation method that can be used in experiments will be shared, there will be an opportunity to share what is or is not working, and there will be a Q&A for anyone interested in applying for TryTank funds for an experiment. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Hally Marsh or the Rev. Alex Martin.


Province V's work in the world is to "Connect. Network. Support." Networks exist for people to gather around areas of interest and share resources with each other. Sometimes networks host webinars to share information and sometimes they develop new resources to support leaders in their local contexts. 

ALL are welcome to attend these Zoom conversations. Please share the information with friends, colleagues, and in your parish newsletter. Most network meetings last about 60 minutes. See their webpages or email their contact for more information. For a full list of Networks and other Affiliated Organizations, visit the Province V website.


Date of next meeting: 

Jun 10, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Brian Wilbert, Ohio


Dismantling Racism

Date of next meeting: After the BPG, future network gatherings will be planned.

Intergenerational / All-Ages Worship

Date of next meeting: 

Apr 17, 3 pm ET / 2 pm CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Miranda Hassett, Milwaukee


"Starting from where you are"

Lay-Led Congregations

Date of next meeting:  After the BPG, future network gatherings will be planned.

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Jim Mogensen, Michigan


Upcoming gatherings:

See you on Zoom: Mar 23.

See you in person at the BPG


Conveners: Carmen Piggins, Michigan

Erin Wolf, Milwaukee/Wisconsin


Mark your calendar!

Virtual Event with Traci Smith

Wednesday, April 10, 11:45 am - 1:00pm ET / 10:45 am - 12 noon CT

Registration is required.

Young Adult / Campus Ministry

Date of next meeting: 

May 21, 1:00 pm ET / 12:00 noon CT

Zoom link:

(password 5)

Convener: Matthew Lukens, Michigan


If this is your ministry area, make sure that you're part of the Google Group!

This is a new group name, so please update in your address book.

Creation Care

Date of next meeting:


Apr 15, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link:

(password: 5)

Convener: Jeanette Ettin, Eastern Michigan


Note: Our regularly scheduled April gathering (April 8th) has been rescheduled to April 15th, due to the total eclipse on April 8th.

Creation Care Check-in: Earth Day Activities and General Convention

Monday, April 15 at 1 p.m. eastern

April is a busy month for creation care, and this is particularly true in 2024. We have just experienced a total solar eclipse in Province V, an election year is upon us, Earth Day is coming soon, and so is General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Come join us in conversation around each of these topics. We will share reflections on the recent eclipse, report on activities around Earth Day, and review submitted creation care resolutions for the upcoming convention. There is much to talk about!

Love God, Love God's World

Love God, Love God’s World is a nine-session, film-based curriculum, ideal for Episcopalians anywhere on the journey with creation care and environmental ministry—from newcomers looking to take their first step to seasoned leaders seeking a transformative small-group experience.

Migration Ministries

Date of next meeting:

May 21, 8 pm ET / 7 pm C

Zoom link:

(password: 5)

Conveners: Silvia Huth, Michigan and 

Jack Lloyd, Chicago


Our May 21 meeting will focus on how Episcopalians are responding to the asylum emergency in Chicago.

Zoom in and learn how the Diocese of Chicago and its congregations are responding to the unprecedented number of newcomers arriving in Province V’s largest city. There is much to do, and there are opportunities for people across the province to get involved.

Working with other faith groups and secular community organizations, Episcopalians have been active in many ways to help meet the emergency, providing temporary housing, food, clothing, and legal assistance to help the new Chicagoans get on their feet and become self-sufficient. Join us to learn about these efforts and how you can help.

The webinar will be presented by Jack Lloyd co-coordinator of the Province V Migration Ministry Network and Rev. Jaime Briceño, whose church has converted its rectory to provide emergency homes for migrant families.

Episcopal Asylum & Detention Ministry Network

Episcopal Migration Ministry hosts an Asylum and Detention Ministry Network that meets virtually on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Ministry Network’s collaborative work and conversation focus on best practice-sharing in areas of direct service, organizing, advocacy actions, Christian formation and worship resources, and community education to protect asylum, promote humane and dignified alternatives to detention, and to support asylum seekers and those harmed by the immigration detention system. Learn more and register to attend meetings here.

Affiliated Organizations

There are a number of organizations affiliated with the Episcopal Church and working across Province V. These groups have a "structure" that is more organized than a network. They have resources and information that are useful in your local ministry contexts.

For a full list of Affiliated Organizations, visit the Province V website.

Church Periodical Club

Watch for these important dates!

April 15 : Announcement of accepted grants. The number has increased and includes  grant requests from Province V. Then check our website to donate to support grants either on line or by mail. 

June  14-15: CPC triennial via zoom. At this time we hold a granting session  and your pledges providing funds to maximize the amount that grants will receive. 

June 17: Recipients are notified the amount they will receive. Later that week there will be a public announcement.

Should you have questions on our granting procedure please contact Maryfran Crist at, 815-257-7012, chair of the National Books Fund which is for adult grants.

Children and youth grants (Miles of Pennies) are accepted year round.

CPC website

United Thank Offering

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UTO will be at General Convention!

Workshop offerings:

Grant Writing 101

What's New with UTO?

3rd Annual UTO Virtual Training Day

May 18, 2024 10-2p ET / 9-1p CT.

Register here and find out more about the event here.

Register by Wednesday, May 8th at 9a Eastern time to ensure your swag bag arrives in time for the training. For those that register after May 8th, it will be sent after the event.

Province V Assembly of The Order of the Daughters of the King, Inc.

Save the Date! The Order of the Daughters of the King, Inc., Province V is holding a Virtual Spring Assembly on Saturday April 13. The Rev’d Lynn Carter-Edmands, National DOK Chaplain, is our keynote speaker. More information on our website:

Prov V DOKs who are going to Triennial can apply for scholarship help - information and forms are available on our website:

For more information, email

Lay Preacher Training

A curriculum for training lay preachers is now available from the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. Designed to be used by dioceses, this comprehensive curriculum utilizes the best tools for adult learning to lead people into the art of preaching. Webinars to introduce the program will take place on April 9 and 17. Visit EPF’s website for more details or to sign up for a webinar at this site.

Sign up for the ECW weekly blast here

Upcoming Events and Webinars

St. Gregory's Abbey will be hosting its annual vocation program during the month of July, 2024. Participants get a glimpse of monastic life as they follow the abbey schedule and work, socialize, and pray with the monks. Classes on monastic life are given and individual conferences are offered. The program is geared toward people who have an interest in monastic life and are wondering if they are called to that life. The program is open to men 18-50 years old (the upper age limit is an approximation and can be negotiated). Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2024. For more information, go to the monastery website or the vocation program page

African Descent Ministries

2024 International Black Clergy Conference

April 8-11 - Baltimore, Maryland

This triennial conference welcomes Episcopal bishops, priests, and deacons, as well as participants from the Anglican Church of Canada, and Anglicans and Episcopalians from the Province of the West Indies and throughout the United Kingdom.

  • Location: Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards.
  • Days will begin and end with prayers, reflection, and music from the Afro-Anglican tradition.
  • Plenaries will include presentations from affinity groups across the diaspora and programming developed by the Office of African Descent Ministries.

Province V Executive Board

Do you have questions about Province V? Would you like to be more involved in planning the events that are offered at the provincial level? The Executive Board of the Province meets monthly on fourth Tuesdays at 3 pm ET / 2 pm CT via zoom.

Contact your diocesan representative to the Executive Board:

The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire, President

Mr. Rick Stanitis, Northern Michigan, Vice President

Ms. Adrienne Dillon, Missouri, Secretary

Ms. Rebecca Elfring-Roberts, Chicago, Treasurer

Ms. Louisa McKellaston, Executive Council Representative

The Rev. M.E. Eccles, Executive Council Representative

Ms. Laura Jackson, Chicago

Dr. Elizabeth Jordan, Eastern Michigan

The Rev. Marlene Hogue, Eau Claire

Ms. Lesley MacKellar, Indianapolis

Mr. Luke Thompson, Michigan

The Rev. Matthew Buterbaugh, Milwaukee

Ms. Betty Bowersox, Missouri

The Rev. Dr. Terri Bays, Northern Indiana

Mr. Rick Stanitis, Northern Michigan

The Rev. Rachel Harrison, Ohio

Mr. Edward Lasseigne, Southern Ohio

Ms. Jan Goossens, Springfield

Heather Barta, Province V Coordinator


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