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News from Province V - April 2023

Highlights of this edition:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Creation Care Event - May 5-7
  • Episcopal Church Revival - July 9-12
  • Church Periodical Club Grant Funding
  • Leadership Coaching Project
  • Pictures: UN Status of Women, Bishops
  • Trans Day of Visibility Sermon
  • Young Adult and Campus Ministries Leadership Conference
  • Recovery Ministries Event - Apr 26-29
  • Episcopal Church Foundation
  • Dove Faith Cafe
  • Episcopal Church Women - Annual Meeting
  • Podcast: Office of Government Relations
  • New Book: A devotional for mothers to connect with God
  • Joint Budget Committee - Apr 17 listening session
  • Palm: Illustrated Ministry
  • Grants available from the church
  • Conversation: Interactive Family Church
  • Clergy Training: Moral Injury and Suicide Prevention
  • Networking Conversation
  • Affiliated Organizations
  • Upcoming Events and Webinars

Opening Prayer


Burned by Fire,

Yet not consumed.

Cut by Fear,

Yet gives Forgiveness.

Ears that hear the truth.

Eyes that see the smallest beauty.

A mouth poised to deliver the Word.

These things fade not,

No matter how much time passes.

We will, as did he, pass on

To that place where children dance without pain.

There, an almost invisible being

With infinite love is waiting

With outstretched arms.

Run to him.

He is gone, but he is not dead.

He is risen!

- Ms. Mary Gados, Women's Uncommon Prayers, 306.

Creation Care Event: May 5-7

Rooted in Soil and Grounded in Faith:

Resources for Sustained Creation Care 

Weekend Retreat and Workshop 

May 5 - 7, 2023 

​Nazareth Retreat Center, Nazareth, KY 40048 


Hosted by: Provinces IV and V Creation Care Networks

This weekend retreat will engage those involved in ministries of creation care in deeper theological study, sharing of resources and ideas, opportunity for fellowship, nature contemplation, and spiritual renewal. The weekend event will include presentations, conversations, nature walks, and prayer on the beautiful grounds of the Sisters of Nazareth convent in Nazareth, Kentucky. 

All those interested in creation care (from any province) are invited to participate. Cost: $50 (included meals. scholarships available)

For more information and registration, go to event registration page at: 

graphic created by Christopher Hillak, Northern Indiana

Episcopal Church Revival

July 9-12, 2023

Baltimore, MD

"It's All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement"

Registration is open!

We hope your calendars are marked for July 9-12 in Baltimore, when all are invited to "It's All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement." This church-wide revival will feature worship, learning, network-building, fellowship and action focused on Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care. Begins with revival worship on Sunday evening, July 9; closing session on Wednesday afternoon, July 12. 

Join in person or host a virtual satellite event in your community. Let's kick off Presiding Bishop Curry's final year with a revival that energizes and inspires us all to live and share Jesus's Way of Love.

Workshop proposal form

Sign up for updates that will come directly to you.

If you have questions, reach out to Jerusalem Greer at

Church Periodical Club Grant Funding

CPC has received more requests than they have funds. Several grant requests are from Province V.

In order to fund all of these projects, they need additional donations. If you would like to ensure that a request is funded, send a check and information about which grant you are supporting.


Maryfran Crist NBF

1808 E Forestview Dr

Pontiac IL 61764

Grant Request List

#2304, $692.27 – Province V Anti-Trafficking Taskforce Novi MI (Diocese of Michigan)                        

Books for women at a home for healing from trafficking

#2305, $1724.24 - St Mark’s – Beaver Dam (Diocese of Milwaukee)                                                       

Provide resources for faith formation for a growing congregation

#2306, $686.90 - Church of the Transfiguration Palos Park IL (Diocese of Chicago)                               

Books for prayer service and gatherings 

#2307, $286.10 - One in Christ – Prospect Hts IL (Diocese of Chicago)                                                  

First EFM Korean program now in 4th year and needs additional resources

#2308 $405.00 - St Martin’s Des Plaines IL (Diocese of Chicago)                                                           

Provide money to establish a little free library for adult spirituality, theology and justice

#2309, $669.00 - ECW Diocese of Chicago Food Insecurity (Diocese of Chicago)                               

Provide participants with a resource to continue education on the Hunger Paradox

Photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash

Tend your Inspirations and See What Blooms

You know that big little idea that keeps nudging at the back of your mind? The thing you could try, if you could just see how to make it happen? It would make things easier, better, livelier, deeper, richer. If you could just clear a little space to see what that idea wants to grow into. 

Set aside one hour to explore that idea with a trained coach who’s curious and encouraging about how your dreams could come to life.

Province V’s Leadership Coaching Project offers support to lay and ordained leaders across 14 dioceses and around the Church. Reach out to Heather to be matched with a coach for a complimentary introductory session.

Coaches are available to ALL leaders – clergy and lay. You can be coached individually, create a group of people, or bring a team together for creating shared goals and plans. Our coaches offer an introductory session so you can together discern if you are a good fit. If you work in a rural area, you may qualify for free coaching. Meet with a trained coach this week to find out how they can offer you a safe, nurturing space to dream and plan, setting goals to expand, enhance and enrich your ministry.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Photo: our friends from Province V!

Ellen Lindeen (Province V), Jane Cisluycis (COO), Ailysh Cooper (Province V)

photo courtesy of J. Cisluycis, COO, The Episcopal Church

Press release

Province V Bishops

Province V bishops during the March House of Bishops meeting!

photo courtesy of Bishop Deon Johnson, Missouri

Trans Day Sermon

M.E. Eccles, Province V Executive Council member and Province V Executive Board Member, was the guest preacher at the Trans Day of Visibility Commemoration Evensong in the Diocese of Michigan on March 26. You can see his sermon in this recording, beginning at 46:12.

Young Adult and Campus Ministries Leadership Conference 

June 20-23, 2023

in San Diego, CA and online!

This annual conference is an opportunity for Episcopal leaders in ministry with young adults (ages 18-30) on and off college campuses to meet and connect with one another and to be nourished and nurtured in their ministry.



Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

April 26-29, 2023 - in person gathering

"From Basement to Sanctuary, Recovery and the Church"

Keynote speaker: Stephen R. Haynes, author of "Why Can't Church be more like an AA Meeting? And other questions Christians ask about Recovery?"

location: Barbara C Harris Conference Center, Greenfield, NH



Episcopal Church Foundation

Could a comprehensive approach to endowment management help you to better fulfill the mission of your church or organization?


For 25 years, the Episcopal Church Foundation has enabled effective endowment management for hundreds of Episcopal churches, dioceses, schools, and organizations that seek to honor the past and build the future. Our comprehensive approach to endowment management, with support for developing structure, enabling investment, and generating growth through new gifts, sets us apart from many investment advisors. We offer a range of investment options, including responsible investment funds that meet our clients' endowment goals. 


To explore wider possibilities for your endowment funds and other assets, contact ECF ( / 800-697-2858).

Dove Faith Cafe

Do you like stories? Check out these faith stories on our podcast Dove Faith Café:

Podcasts - Dove Faith Cafe

These are real stories by real people telling about how God has worked in their lives.

Do you have a story to tell? Share your story:

Submit a Story - Dove Faith Cafe

What’s your story?

This is a ministry of Northern Indiana.

Contact Marie Gambetta for more information.

ECW-Province V Annual Meeting and Retreat

It will be in Donaldson, IN, Northern Indiana, at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center run by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (Roman Catholic sisters). The cost is $225 per person to cover lodging and meals. 


The theme is Living into God’s Dream. We will explore that mission through intensive workshops led by Kristen Wheeler, Ministry of Saints: Modern Iconography ( Mary Magdalene is our first option. Kristen is very adaptive and creative and will pay attention to our needs.

Mother Michelle Walker will celebrate Eucharist on Saturday. She is a Canon for Administration & Governance to Bishop Doug Sparks, Diocese of No. Indiana.

We have asked Ellen Lindeen and Ailysh Cooper both delegates to the UN – CSW meeting in NYC to speak with us about their experiences. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) – The Episcopal Church

New podcast offers resources for Episcopal public advocacy

Episcopalians and others interested in demonstrating their faith through civic engagement and advocacy are invited to subscribe to a new podcast—dubbed “Episco-pols”—from The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.


Designed to inform and inspire, “Episco-pols” will launch in mid-March and can be subscribed to via any podcast platform. In the pilot season, church advisors for international, domestic, and environmental policy will tackle frequently asked questions about church engagement with the government and offer action steps.

The Office of Government Relations represents policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government and helps shape the discussion of political issues throughout the church. Through its grassroots engagement network, called the Episcopal Public Policy Network, the office also provides numerous resources to educate and equip Episcopalians in the work of federal-level advocacy.

A devotional for mothers to connect with God.

Mothers can reclaim their grace with this tender collection of stories, vibrantly recounted by two moms on a journey to embrace God’s presence. Each narrative reflection opens with scripture and concludes with a practice or questions to ponder, followed by a prayer. Spanning infancy to early childhood, The Beauty of Motherhood encourages mothers and caregivers to take a deep breath and find the holy in those everyday moments that inspire laughter, frustration, and awe. Ideal as a gift for a baby shower, Mother’s Day, or reading selection for women’s groups. 


Available from any Episcopal bookstoreAmazonBookshop, or your favorite bookstore.


List Price: $18.95 | Paperback | 9781640656000

Joint Budget Committee

offers April 17 listening session

How is The Episcopal Church changing?

How should its budget allocations change?

What are your missional successes and challenges?


Episcopalians are invited to respond to these and other questions in a churchwide listening session with the Joint Budget Committee of the Executive Council. Responses will help guide the committee in its work to craft a 2025-2027 church budget. Learn more about the Joint Budget Committee and view its budget process timeline.



Zoom listening session: April 17, 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET

Written responses can also be submitted online.

Respond and Register

Illustrated Ministry

Thanks to Illustrated Ministry, a sponsor of the BPG, you can download your own palm frond!

Also, check out all of their resources for inspiration and use in your community!

Compassion Camp materials are becoming available.

Grants available!

Creation Care

Grant applications open for 2023 Episcopal creation care projects

The Episcopal Church Office of Creation Care announces the opening of the 2023 Creation Care grant funding cycle, with applications—available in English and Spanish—being accepted for local and regional eco-ministry projects until 5 p.m. ET May 1.

Overseen by the church’s Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism, Creation Care grants seek to support eco-ministry projects that address climate change, environmental degradation, and the inequitable and systemic impacts of environmental racism. The grant committee is interested in supporting programs that go beyond secular environmental work to provide resources for faith-based community organizing and theological reflection. Projects that support The Episcopal Church in reaching the goal of net carbon neutrality by 2030 will be favorably considered, along with projects that develop climate change resiliency.


New Episcopal Communities

Four informational webinars offered before May 1 deadline

New Episcopal Community grant applications are open for dioceses and mission developers who are envisioning, planning, or growing new worshipping communities and missional enterprises throughout the church. The deadline to apply for the first round of 2023 New Episcopal Community grant funding is May 1. The second deadline is Aug. 1.


African American Episcopal Historical Collection Seeks Grant Requests

Travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) for research. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy and laypersons are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs.

​Deadline: April 14, 2023. Travel must occur between August 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

More information

The Province 1 Formation Network's next Conversation with Noted Speakers event is Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Dean Kristi Maulden and Becky Moseman are our speakers.

Sign up at

Recordings of past noted speakers can be found on Province I's YouTube page.

Training: Moral Injury and Suicide Prevention

2023 Community Clergy Training Event

May 2, 2023, 1-3 pm CT / 2-4 pm ET


June 13, 2023, 1-3 pm CT / 2-4 pm ET


Flyer with more information

Networking Conversations

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. 

There are a number of networks meeting regularly and several that are just getting organized. 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.

Anti-Human Trafficking

This network celebrates with Samantha, our guest speaker in January. Working through the program at Sanctum House (MI), Samantha graduated on March 20! Sanctum House held a celebration for her and she will now move on to her next phase of life.

Magdalene House, Chicago - Online Shop now live!

Support this amazing organization by ordering from their new shop!

Like their Facebook Page!


Date of next meeting: Jun 12, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Brian Wilbert, Ohio


Creation Care

Date of next meeting: Apr 10, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Contact: Heather Barta (while the convener is on sabbatical)


Climate Change: Engaging the Church

Tuesday, April 25th, 3:00pm EDT

Presented by Episcopal Parish Network

Each day, the news brings evidence of climate change and how humankind is affecting the world around us. During the upcoming Easter season, Episcopal Parish Network is honored to host a conversation about the challenges we face and the opportunities we have to make a difference. 

The Episcopal Church has long recognized the impact of climate change on humanity and is committed to caring for God’s creation. The church calls her people to action and many in our pews wonder how they can make a difference for the world and for the generations to come. Strengthening local ministry includes inviting our lay and clergy leaders to learn ways to have an impact through the thoughtful use of resources - including through the thoughtful use of our economic power. 

More information and registration

Registration is open

Creation Care Event!

Rooted in Soil and Grounded in Faith: Resources for Sustained Creation Care

May 5, 4 pm - May 7 12 noon, 2023

Nazareth, KY (fly into Louisville)

Check out the updated webpage for detailed information about the program

Registration and more information

Dismantling Racism

Date of next meeting: Apr 6, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Margaret D'Anieri, Ohio



Our meeting date for April falls on Maundy Thursday. We'll use our time together to pray a version of Stations of the Cross that addresses the sin of racism and prays in solidarity with each other and with Jesus as he walks to Golgotha. 

Intergenerational / All-Ages Worship

Date of next meeting: Apr 19, 3 pm ET / 2 pm CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Miranda Hassett, Milwaukee


We'll check in & share any recent triumphs or current questions. Then we'll talk a little about story and drama, and how they can be tools for all-ages liturgical engagement. (This is a big topic; we may just scratch the surface!) 

Lay-Led Congregations

Date of next meeting: Apr 15, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

convener: Jim Mogensen, Michigan


Join us to celebrate a year since our successful workshop at the Big Provincial Gathering. Reflect together on tasks done and left undone and consider ways to move forward together in the upcoming year. 

Migration Ministries

Date of next meeting: May 16, 8 pm ET / 7 pm C

Zoom: (password: 5)

Conveners: Silvia Huth, Michigan and Jack Lloyd, Chicago


NOTE: NO MEETING IN APRIL - Next meeting is on May 16.

We thank March's Guest Speaker: Ana Reza, Diocese of the Rio Grande Borderland Ministry, for her wonderful presentation about the important work our church is doing every day at the border. Learn more here.

Watch the recording


Episcopal Asylum & DetentionMinistry 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.

Ministry in Resort Communities

Date of next meeting: Jun 13, 11 a ET / 10 am CT

Zoom link: (passwork: 5)

Convener: Dave Penniman, Western Michigan


Recovery Ministries 

2023 Gathering - Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

April 26-29, 2023

"From Basement to Sanctuary, Recovery and the Church"

Keynote speaker: Stephen R. Haynes, author of "Why Can't Church be more like an AA Meeting? And other questions Christians ask about Recovery?"

location: Barbara C Harris Conference Center, Greenfield, NH



Recovery Blog

Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church offers a blog. You can sign up to receive reminders of posts or see them all here.

Suicide Prevention

Date of next meeting: May 17, 12 pm E / 11 am C

Zoom link: (password 5)

Convener: Kathy Mank, Southern Ohio


988 - Call, Text or Chat to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Main webpage

This number will continue to work: 1-800-273-TALK – Talk Save Lives.


Coordinator: McKenzie Knill, Eastern/Western Michigan


Young Adult / Campus Ministry

Date of next meeting: May 18, 12:30 pm E / 11:30 am C

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 name, so please update in your address book.

Young Adult and Campus Ministries Leadership Conference 

June 20-23, 2023

in San Diego, CA and online!

This annual conference is an opportunity for Episcopal leaders in ministry with young adults (ages 18-30) on and off college campuses to meet and connect with one another and to be nourished and nurtured in their ministry.



Affiliated Organizations

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

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

Historical Society of the Episcopal Church

Are you wanting to do some research in church history, but don’t have the funds to make it happen? Consider applying for a grant from the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. To learn more about the Historical Society, visit To take advantage of this offer, send an email to Matthew P. Payne, Director of Operations at

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Upcoming Events and Webinars


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 Fridays at 10 am 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. Chris Eggert-Rosenthal, Fond du Lac

Ms. Lesley MacKellar, Indianapolis

Dr. Edie Wakevainen, Michigan

The Rev. Matthew Buterbaugh, Milwaukee

Ms. Betty Bowersox, Missouri

Mr. Christopher Hillak, Northern Indiana

Mr. Rick Stanitis, Northern Michigan

The Rev. Rachel Harrison, Ohio

Mr. Edward Lasseigne, Southern Ohio

Ms. Jan Goossens, Springfield

Ms. Joanie Smith, Western Michigan

Heather Barta, Province V Coordinator

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