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News from Province V - May 2023

Highlights of this edition:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Big Provincial Gathering 2024 - Save the Date!
  • Creation Care Event - one slot left!
  • Grant Received: Campus Ministry Consultant
  • Episcopal Church Revival - July 9-12
  • Emerging Technologies and the Future of the Church
  • Young Adult and Campus Ministries Leadership Conference
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Episcopal Church Women - Annual Meeting
  • Book of Common Prayer - Selected materials in English/Spanish
  • Palm: Illustrated Ministry
  • Grants available from the church
  • ECF: Congregational Vitality Assessment Tool
  • Clergy Training: Moral Injury and Suicide Prevention
  • Networking Conversation
  • Affiliated Organizations
  • Upcoming Events and Webinars

Opening Prayer

A Prayer to Access the Power of the Holy Spirit

Lord, I’ll be honest, sometimes I forget that I even have the power of the Holy Spirit in me. I stumble about like I’m spiritually blind rather than walk surefooted like an empowered child of the King. Help me to access the power that You have already given me. Help me to understand what that power looks like. Help me to understand the person of the Holy Spirit better. In Jesus' Name, Amen.(by Sharon Jaynes, Girlfriends in God)

The Province V Synod meeting will be held on Friday afternoon.

This meeting is open to all and required for Synod Deputies and Bishops.

One slot left!

Interested in attending, but didn't get registered in time? Let Heather know and you will still be able to come! (989-413-3229)

Campus Ministry Consultant

Province V has received a $20,000 development grant from The Episcopal Church Young Adult / Campus Ministry (YACM) grant fund! Look for more details as we begin the discernment and visioning process for a Province V Campus Ministry Consultant.

Summary statement of the application:

Discernment and Visioning for a Campus Ministry Consultant

Province V is in the exploration and discernment stage of creating a Campus Ministry Consultant to serve the worshipping communities across the province as they work to connect to their local higher education campuses. The Campus Ministry Consultant (CMC), a full-time employee of Province V, would help leaders of worshipping communities identify and creatively respond to new ministry opportunities at nearby campuses. Should Province V of the Episcopal Church be awarded a YACM development grant, the Province V Executive Board and Province V Coordinator intend to partner with Ministry Architects to facilitate a visioning and discernment process with the hope of vastly expanding the reach and empowerment of young adults from diverse backgrounds on campuses across the province. The province hopes to develop a full-time campus ministry consultant position at the provincial level that can bolster and support campus ministries with best practices and innovative strategies customized to each ministry's unique context. At the conclusion of the visioning process that engages existing YACM stakeholders across the province, Ministry Architects would guide the leadership to execute an implementation plan for sustainable staffing and funding to execute this vision. 

Listening sessions will begin later in the summer. If you would like to be part of the conversation, please let Heather know.

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.

Emerging Technologies and the Future of the Church Roundtable Discussion

Date: May 4

Time: 6-7:30 p.m. (ET)

Where: Zoom

Host: Diocese of Northern Indiana

Are you curious about how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, could shape the future of the church? What will their impact be on worship, formation, and our everyday lives? Join us on Thursday, May 4 at 6 pm when we will explore these topics, and more. 

The program will be moderated by Steven Slaubaugh, the Director of Faith Formation at the Cathedral of Saint James, and will include the following panelists:

  • Dr. Samantha Slaubaugh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology at the University of Notre Dame
  • The Rev. Dr. Kirsten Guidero, Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University and Assisting Priest at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion, IN
  • The Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Warne, Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Mishawaka, IN 

The panel discussion will be followed by group conversation and time for questions. Please join us for this discussion on the intersection of technology and faith with us on Thursday, May 4th from 6 - 7:30 PM ET.


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.



Gun Violence Prevention

Episcopal Peace Fellowship offers resources at this link.

ENS had an article about this new website.

A letter from Bishop Hollingsworth, Ohio, with a response from Rosiland Hughes, author and advocate, about a new initiative to offer gun violence prevention consulting and resources across the Diocese of Ohio.

The Diocese of Missouri encourages participation in June 2-4, 2023 "Wear Orange" events.

The State of Michigan just passed several Gun Violence Prevention bills. Read a response by Pastor Barry Randolph, Church of the Messiah, Detroit, here.

If you have other resources that could be included in this section or events in your diocese for the "Wear Orange" weekend, just reply to this email.

Contact Kathy Mank for more information.


Book of Common Prayer: Selected Materials

Ideal for families and congregations, selections from the Book of Common Prayer in Spanish and English.

This bilingual edition features selected materials from the Book of Common Prayer in English and a newly authorized Spanish translation. Included are liturgies for morning and evening prayer, compline, baptism, marriage, the Holy Eucharist, reconciliation of a penitent, and burial of the dead, as well as selected psalms, prayers, and thanksgivings. This edition was created to support the liturgical and pastoral needs of families and bilingual congregations.

Ideal para familias y congregaciones, selecciones del Libro de Oración Común en español e inglés.

Esta edición bilingüe presenta materiales seleccionados del Libro de Oración Común en inglés y una traducción al español recientemente autorizada. Se incluyen liturgias para oraciones matutinas y vespertinas, completas, bautismos, matrimonios, la Santa Eucaristía, reconciliaciones de penitentes y entierros de muertos, así como salmos, oraciones y agradecimientos seleccionados. Esta edición se creó para apoyar las necesidades litúrgicas y pastorales de las familias y congregaciones bilingües.

Available from any Episcopal bookstoreAmazonBookshop, or your favorite bookstore.


List Price: $26.95 | Paperback | 9781640656116

Illustrated Ministry

Thanks to Illustrated Ministry, a sponsor of the BPG, you can download a Pentecost flame!

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

Compassion Camp materials are also available.

Grants available!

Creation Care - DUE TODAY

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.


The Congregational Vitality Assessment Tool  

The Congregational Vitality Assessment (CVA) is a ground-breaking, research-based, online diagnostic tool designed to provide a congregation with an assessment of its Vitality (how healthy it is) and its Sustainability (whether it has the people, financial, and contextual resources necessary to survive). The CVA is available in two versions in both English and Spanish: CVA Single Congregation Version (free) and CVA Judicatory Platform (subscription). The CVA Single Congregation Version is made available free of charge to congregations of all denominations and religions by a partnership between The FaithX Project and ECFRead more about it here.

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. 

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 12, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Brian Wilbert, Ohio


Creation Care

Date of next meeting: May 8, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

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


1. May's conversation will be sharing the new resources that we learned about at the Creation Care conference.

2. Webinar recording!

'Climate Change: A Conversation with Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy'

The recording of this workshop and the chat transcript may be accessed here.

3. “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. Sign up to learn more.

Dismantling Racism

Date of next meeting: May 4, 1 pm ET / 12 noon CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

Convener: Margaret D'Anieri, Ohio



Our speaker for May will be Wendy Wilson Walker, the Midwest Regional Director of the Union of Black Episcopalians, talking about UBE: Who is UBE, what they are doing, and when they are doing it.

Intergenerational / All-Ages Worship

Date of next meeting: Jul 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: May 20, 11 am ET / 10 am CT

Zoom link: (password: 5)

convener: Jim Mogensen, Michigan


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


Please join our meeting on May 16. If you support justice for immigrants, we would love to know you!

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


We join our Church's Office of Government Relations in calling on our community to contact their members of Congress to rise to the urgency of the moment and pass a bill like the Dream Act to protect individuals who have called this country their home their whole lives.  Take Action


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.

Ministry in Resort Communities

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

Zoom link: (passwork: 5)

Convener: Dave Penniman, Western Michigan


Recovery Ministries 

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.


Convener: Erin Wolf, Milwaukee/Wiconsin


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 are useful in your local ministry contexts.

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

Church Periodical Club

Time for donating to Adult Grants!

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.

See the full list.

Send donations to this address by June 3:


Maryfran Crist NBF

1808 E Forestview Dr

Pontiac IL 61764


Thank for to donations already received from Chicago, Milwaukee, Missouri and Springfield .... but more is needed.

Historical Society of

the Episcopal Church

Manross Lecture at The DeKoven Center

June 17, 2023

All are invited to the historic DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin to attend the Manross Lecture of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. The evening begins with a time of fellowship, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner. Then learn about the Rev. James DeKoven, namesake of The DeKoven Center from John Magerus, PhD. The evening’s keynote is the Historical Society’s Manross Lecture entitled “A New Era in Engaged Anglican & Episcopal History: Memory, Legacies & Embodied Practice” by the Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, PhD, EdD. Learn more at

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The United Thank Offering Presents: Mental Health + Gratitude Webinar May 17 at noon Eastern

Register here: For the latest updates or to watch it later, visit:

Description: Both the Covid pandemic and the continuing state of the world have pushed anxiety, depression, and burnout to concerning levels. In this webinar our panel of talented spiritual health practitioners will discuss these mental health issues and the role gratitude can play in preventing and dealing with them.

VBS Materials

Waves of Gratitude: Free Vacation Bible Camp (School) Materials Now Available

If you are in the market for free VBS/VBC materials – look no further! Coming in the May newsletter, UTO will release: Waves of Gratitude, a free VBS/VBC program for your church (or family) to use this summer. The program focuses on water, baptism, and is filled with crafts and activities. You can find the program here.

Training Day

UTO Training Day, Screening of Gratitude Revealed and Q&A with the Director

Join us on Saturday June 3 from 10a to 3p Eastern time. This year our training day has three presentations from the three committees of the Board: finance and archives, formation and outreach, and grants. There will be time to hear updates about UTO, talk, share ideas and get your questions answered. Register and find out more here.

This training day is different than ones held in the past. Earlier this year, UTO was invited to share a screening of a documentary on gratitude called Gratitude Revealed. You can learn more about the film here: The director of the film, Louie Schwartzberg, is famous for his TED talk on gratitude and work with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday series. Not only will we be watching the film together, but we will also get to have a question-and- answer session with Louie Schwartzberg about gratitude. This is an amazing opportunity that is not to be missed. The screening will begin at 3p Eastern time.

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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