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Thursday, April 11, 2019
The Next Step

from the Bishop Search/Nominating Committee

It is common practice for Episcopal dioceses searching for a bishop to prepare a profile for applicants and nominees to use in discerning a call to serve in that role.  In one sense, the profile is like a want ad for a job opening. In another sense, the profile outlines the diocesan challenges and opportunities that will give a new bishop a running start to build a strategic plan for their episcopacy.

Currently, the Bishop Search and Nominating Committee is working to prepare a profile of the Diocese of Missouri that is based on the findings of the Committee's online survey, 48 Holy Listening Sessions, and other public and parochial data. The DioMO Profile will describe the region and the Diocese to provide context for who we are, where we have been, and who God is calling us to be as the Episcopal branch of Jesus followers. The DioMO Profile will identify the traits we seek in our next bishop to lead us spiritually, pastorally and administratively through the next decade and beyond.

The Committee wants to be as transparent as possible with the profile. That means it will depict our glories and warts. The Profile will be posted online in May so everyone can see it. At the same time the Profile goes live, the Committee will post an application and a nomination form to help us identify a slate of 3-5 candidates to be presented to the Diocesan Convention in November. There will be more information about the application and nominating process later.

We hope this profile catches someone's attention as we describe who we are now and what our hopes and dreams for the future are. We hope our profile excites the imagination of applicants to think about how God is working in, through and for the Episcopal Church in eastern Missouri.



The Larger Conversation debuts with Care for Creation

Behind the scenes, your deputation to General Convention co-chairs have been putting finishing touches on a monthly web chat called The Larger Conversation.

The goal of this monthly conversation is two-fold.

  • To unpack with love some of the shipping container of 500+ resolutions from the most recent General Convention, by topics that participating delegates to last diocesan convention chose as "most interesting."
  • To facilitate a space for inter-parish discussion in these areas of ministry and stewardship; how we are engaged, hope to be engaged, or just interested in learning more.

The chats will take place the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7-8 pm CT.

First episode on Creation Care is Tuesday, April 23, from 7-8 pm CT.

Read more about the episode, explore the episode's linked resources, or read the overview of this project (including a "how-to" for first time users of Zoom). This month's hosts are deputation co-chairs the Rev. Tamsen Whistler and Betty Bowersox.

Each topic will be explored in two episodes, the first is a wrap-up of primary legislation in the topic, and a few of illustrating stories from around this diocese and the wider church. The second episode is more of a conversation around local expressions of and reactions to these ministries and stewardship engagement.

Join the conversation!



Creation Care Pledge- invitation from the Presiding Bishop

Join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the Task Force on Creation Care and make your Pledge to Care for Creation.

The Pledge is part of living as the Jesus Movement. It's a promise to protect and renew this good Earth and all who call it home. It's a promise to share our stories, stand with those who are most vulnerable, and live more gently on the Earth.

What can you do?

  • During Lent, reflect on the Pledge alone or in a group, with the help of the Reflection Guide
  • During Lent, decide on your 3 commitments to be more LOVING, LIBERATING and LIFE-GIVING in relation to Creation
  • By Easter Sunday (April 21), take the Pledge, including your specific, personal commitments
  • On Earth Day (April 22), the day after Easter, let's celebrate at least 1,000 pledges All year long, keep your specific commitments to be more loving, liberating and life-giving.

SUSTAINING EARTH, OUR ISLAND HOME: A Call to Action for All Episcopalians This is an online public commitment tracker developed by the Diocese of California, and being tested by five dioceses. It is supposed to open to the public after Earth Day. Watch for updates. When the Diocese of Missouri is registered, you'll be able to pledge as an individual or a parish.



making disciples
Living Your Baptism:
May Retreat offered by Episcopal School for Ministry

ESM will offer a retreat on May 10-11 at the Mercy Center in St. Louis.

This retreat will give participants an opportunity:

  • to explore how their current rhythm of life and prayer helps them live into their baptismal vocation
  • how to think theologically about how they participate in God's mission through prayer, and
  • to enrich their pattern of life.

This retreat will also give participants means to explore how they are already using their gifts in the service of God's mission. This work will be based on an inventory of gifts, values, and passions, and help participant identify those.

The retreat will provide the tools to help foster those practices that sustain, nourish, and encourage flourishing of life and ministry.

This retreat is open all persons in the Diocese of Missouri, and can serve as an introduction to the life and learning of the Episcopal School for Ministry.

This retreat would be particularly appropriate for those thinking about discernment toward ordination or religious life. For those who decide to enroll in the School for Ministry, it will serve as the first session of the course on Christian Spirituality. For those interested in enriching their spiritual life, the retreat can stand alone.

The retreat will provide the "raw materials" for developing a personal rule of life. Those who decide to continue with Christian Spirituality will finish the first term with a workable rule of life.

  • Starts at 6:00 pm Friday, with evening prayer, ends Saturday at 5:00 pm
  • Cost is $100 ($31 for commuters). For overnighters, half the cost can be applied to ESM tuition if they decide to enroll.
  • Register by emailing the dean at
  • Meals included
  • Primarily for Episcopalians, though interested others may attend
  • Link to Facebook event

Wishing to speak further about Christian Formation and Discernment? Contact the Rev. Loren Lasch, diocesan Canon for Formation at




building congregations
Clergy transitions

St. Timothy's Church has called the Rev. Camie Dewey as Associate Rector of Mission and Formation. She will join the church in July.

The Rev. Renee Fenner is stepping down as rector of St. Barnabas' Church in Florissant. Her last Sunday is May 5th.

The Rev. Michael Dunnington is retiring as priest-in-charge of All Saints and Ascension Church. His last Sunday is April 28th.

All Saints and Ascension Church is calling the Rev. Renee Fenner as priest-in-charge. Her first Sunday is May 26th.

Christ Church in Rolla has called the Rev. Dr. Maria Evans as interim pastor. Her first Sunday is Easter.



From the Province V Executive Board: We are pleased to announce the appointment of new Board secretary, Adrienne Dillon from the Diocese of Missouri [member of All Saints and Ascension Church]. Adrienne brings her experience on her diocesan Dismantling Racism task force, first alternate as a General Convention deputy, and her work as a music teacher. She will serve out this term and with the option of running for election at the next Province V Synod.


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