Give glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians, 3:20, 21)
Below, please find this week’s communications and reminders from The Episcopal Diocese of Montana. We hope you will find the weekly update useful.
Week of November 27th, 2023
Calendar at a Glance:
Save The Dates:
- December 3 – Bishop Visitation to Holy Spirit, Missoula
- December 6 – Senior Warden without Clergy Zoom
- December 12 – SWAT (Senior Warden and Treasurer) Zoom
- December 14 – Clergy Zoom
- December 17 – Bishop Visitation to Ascension, Forsyth and Birney
- December 24 – Bishop @ St. John’s, Butte
- December 25-January 1 – Bishop and Canon for Administration on Vacation
- January 1 – Diocesan Office Closed
- January 3 – Senior Wardens without Clergy Zoom
- January 6 – Epiphany!
- January 9 – SWAT (Senior Warden and Treasurer) Zoom
- January 15 – Diocesan Office Closed ((MLK, Jr, Day)
- January 18 – Department of Finance Zoom (Finance Committee)
- January 25 – Diocesan Foundation Board Zoom
- January 27 – Commission on Ministry meeting with ordination track people
- January 27 – Standing Committee meeting with ordination track people
- January 27 – Diocesan Council Zoom
- January 28 – Bishop Visitation to Gethsemane, Manhattan
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Please share the class offering below!
Open to all congregation members.
NRIT Facilitated Video and Group Discussion
Presiding Bishops Eaton and Curry Respond to Christian Nationalism
Zoom: Thursday, Jan 24th and Thursday, Feb 1st – 1pm to 2:30pm both days
Using materials from “Christians Against Christian Nationalism,” an organization endorsed by both ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, participants will discuss our Protestant theologies and how our beliefs contrast with Christian Nationalist views.
The class will include various materials that can be used to begin conversations in congregations.
This class is offered with the knowledge that we have politically diverse congregations and that there is a need for informed and respectful conversation – a middle way. The teaching will occur through videos and other materials. Group discussion will be facilitated by:
The Rev. Valerie Webster. Associate Priest, All Saints in Big Sky (retired)
Ecumenical & Interreligious Officer, Episcopal Diocese of MT
Moderator, Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association
The format of pre-work and watching and discussing videos will allow the opportunity to get concrete information about BOTH our Christian faith understandings AND about Christian Nationalism through the lens of the faith understandings of the Lutheran and Episcopalian traditions. Additionally, we’ll include the perspectives of journalists/academics to look at a larger context. By breaking into small groups, participants will have a chance to synthesize and reflect upon what they are learning in “small, specific bites.” Then, by returning to the larger group and sharing insights and inquiries, the class has the opportunity to build a shared vocabulary, sense of purpose, and shared community of MT ELCA and TEC clergy/lay leaders, and others.
$20 for both classses (3 hours continuing ed for clergy)
NRIT Retreat on Flathead Lake, 3pm January 29th – 9am January 31st
Words of Wonder:
Using Writing to Nurture our Relationships with the Bible, our Congregations, and God.
This retreat offers a combination of presentation, small group activity, quiet time for writing and contemplation.
Led by Dr. Kaethe Schwehn, author and professor
Cost: $265 includes class, food and lodging
Registration Deadline: January 15
To Learn More Go To:
Questions? Email NRIT Director, Jenny Kunka at email@example.com
and the future of the Church
2024 Annual Conference – Houston
March 6-9, 2024
Strong and vital local ministry depends upon dedicated and inspiring lay leaders committing their time, expertise, and talents. Leaders will discuss the criticality of the laity’s leadership for the future of our beloved Episcopal Church and strong local ministries.
Conference Registration opens October 16, 2023. More information coming soon!
State of Montana Charitable Giving Campaign – SECGC # for Episcopal Diocese/Camp Marshall is 5614
General News Around Our Diocese:
Click here to read church newsletters from around our diocese.
United Thank Offering:
UTO Announces The 2024 UTO Grant Focus
Office of Government Relations
Episco-Pols Podcast Season 2 We continue releasing episodes this season every other week focusing in part on existing resolutions of the church to help guide Episcopalians ahead of 2024 General Convention in Louisville.
Network at Night – On the first Thursday of every month, we will be hold a call at 7:00-7-:30 pm EDT where the Office of Government Relations (OGR) will update you about the policies and legislation we are advocating for with Congress and the Administration. OGR staff will provide an overview of the political environment and legislative outlook, tips for advocacy, and time for questions from you.
We are still accepting applications for our internship program both for the fall and the Spring. See here for more information!
God’s people around the world:
Other news and upcoming Events:
Press Release Digest from The Episcopal Church – Welcome to “The Episcopal Church Press Release Digest,” a roundup of press releases, announcements, and other updates from the Office of Public Affairs. Click here to read
Montana Interfaith Power & Light– October