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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Convention heads into last hours with long sessions

Our deputation is heading into the homestretch of General Convention and the work days lengthen until the very end. A record 500+ resolutions were submitted and going into the last day 2/3 completed.

On the deputation's blog,, you'll find their posts, their tweets, and their Instagram photo-stories.

To get a taste of the legislation, everyone should at least once open up the virtual binder to the Deputies' legislation page and the Bishops' legislation page. (Quick primer: resolutions must pass through both houses; they begin in one house and if passed travel to the other house; if one house passes and the other amends, it goes back for a vote on the changes.)



Update from Standing Committee on the bishop search

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Missouri has hired the Rev. Gary Butterworth, DMin, as our Transition Consultant. Gary will help shepherd us through the transition from Bishop X to Bishop XI. He comes with a wealth of experience helping other dioceses in their search process for a new bishop. As an Episcopal Search Consultant he is currently working with the dioceses of Nevada, Vermont, and Missouri.

Gary serves the people of God as priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Gastonia, NC. He is Chair of Congregational Vitality Ministry in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. He earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Sewanee, focusing on the colonial Church and family systems. He has a MBA in Negotiation and Conflict Management, a master's degree in National Security Studies, and a graduate certificate in Organizational and Leadership Management. He served as a Naval officer for over 30 years leading sailors throughout the world.

He is a practitioner of the Jesus Movement, serving as pastor, priest, and teacher alongside the priesthood of all believers, acting in concert to gather, transform and send Christian servants into the world to act and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gary is married to his bride, Christina. They have been married for 33 years and have two children: Justin, who lives outside Boulder, Colorado, is an educator; and Emma, who begins her PhD studies at UMass Amherst this fall.

The Standing Committee will begin work with Gary during a retreat in late August. We look forward to working with him during this time of transition in our diocese.

More on the search:

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SOAP in the long green season

On the road? Vacation cutting into your church time? We have something to help you stay connected in your spiritual life during the "long green season."

Join with the Community of St. Brigid for "It ain't easy being green"--a retreat and practicum where you can learn four different spiritual practices that can go where you go.

On Saturday, July 23 at Church of the Good Shepherd from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., we will explore four spiritual practices: the "SOAP" method of Bible Study, Anglican prayer beads, devotional reading, and meditative walking. Lunch is provided; $10 suggested donation to cover the cost of lunch. Contact Deacon Kevin McGrane at or text him at 314-552-1813 to sign up. All in the diocese are welcome to attend.


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St. Martin's calls next priest

On the evening of Monday, June 25, the Vestry of St. Martin's Church in Ellisville voted to call the Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire as their priest-in-charge. The announcement was made to parish this past Sunday. She'll start on Aug. 1: her first service will be the 5o5 on Saturday, August 4, and her first Sunday will be the following day.

Interim pastor the Rev. Alfred Jewson's last Sunday service at the parish will be July 29 and will be followed by a reception.

In his announcement, senior warden Tom Allen gave credit and thanks to the St. Martin's Vestry for accomplishing in "six months what has in the past taken more than 2 years."

He continued, Mother Leslie's calling "represents many firsts for St. Martins--our first full-time female lead priest, our first priest utilizing the priest-in-charge approach, and our first priest called who has not previously been a rector--with of course the exception of the Rev. Howard Park."

More from the announcement on St. Martin's website.


Important policies on protecting youth, children, and vulnerable adults in this diocese

At its last meeting, the Standing Committee of this diocese approved policies for the Protection of Children and Youth, and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

The policies include theological and ethical foundations; definitions; guidelines for application, education and training, and measuring; and responding to specific concerns. Two very helpful appendices are on screening and training protocols, and best practices for social media and electronic communications. Church members involved in governance, formation, communication, or any kind of ministry leadership should review these policies.

For more information, or to arrange Safe Church trainings, please contact Canon Loren Lasch at



The people of Grace Church in Jefferson City are much involved this summer with Food 4 Kids in central and mid-Missouri. Recent news articles are here (I see Grace members in this photo) and here.


Episcopal School for Ministry. Now is the time to enroll for our next session. Come explore the spirituality of the baptized! Class begins August 25, 2018. For more information visit ESM Episcopal School for Ministry,


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