HOLY HIKES GREAT LAKES

June 15th – Farmer’s Creek at Oakdale, Lapeer Join Holy Hikes Great Lakes on our third hike of the 2024 Season at Farmer’s Creek at Oakdale in Lapeer! Together, we’ll hike, we’ll pray, we’ll engage in fellowship with one another, and we’ll celebrate the diversity of God’s creation! All hiking sites have been carefully selected […]

Update on the Transition to the Episcopal Diocese of the Great Lakes

Dear People of the Future Episcopal Diocese of the Great Lakes, On March 16th, gathered in a special convention of the Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, our lay and clergy delegates voted to affirm the creation of one, new diocese: the Episcopal Diocese of the Great Lakes. Our diocesan leaders have been hard […]

TRAINING FOR LAY PREACHERS

Two-part program prepares participants for licensure We have heard consistent interest in training for licensed lay preachers, especially with so many of our congregations in transition and so many exercising vibrant ministry without a full-time parish priest. To that end, we will again offer our formation program for licensed lay preachers in 2024-25. The courses […]

Academy for Vocational Leadership

Applications Open for Academic Year 2024-25 Postulants ready to begin formation for Holy Orders and lay people seeking intensive theological learning may now apply to join the Academy for Vocational Leadership for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Academy for Vocational Leadership is our three-year, bi-diocesan program of preparation for Holy Orders. Originally founded in its […]

Grants for Building Digital Community

Building Faith Community using Digital Tools Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, our faith communities across the dioceses have rapidly grown their capacities and skills for invitation and community through digital tools. We know that this development and investment is not a COVID-era phenomenon: to remain relevant and accessible for generations to come, […]

Modifying: Leadership Workshop Days 2024

MODIFIED SCHEDULE & MODE OF GATHERING and Philadelphia Eleven Documentary Screenings Due to low registrations for our in-person events, the 2024 Leadership Days and Philadelphia Eleven screenings will adapt to a new schedule of online workshops and in-person documentary screenings, all at no cost. Please read below for information about each of our workshops, including […]

Congregational Development Initiatives Info Session

Learn more about the College for Congregational Development and Thriving in Ministry The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan have invested in two major congregational development initiatives, intended to empower leaders and build skills for healthy, sustainable, and thriving faith communities: the College for Congregational Development and Thriving in Ministry. Join the programs’ leaders […]

Join CCD for Healthy, Vital Congregations

Dear Ones of Eastern and Western Michigan, Eastertide joy to you and yours. As our registration deadline (June 1) approaches, I am taking this opportunity to again invite you and a team from your parish to participate in our second College for Congregational Development (CCD). We are looking forward to building on the success of […]

Commissioning Service for the AuSable Inclusion Center

Saturday, June 8 from 1-4pm On Saturday, June 8th, all are invited from across the dioceses to come together to celebrate the planting and official launch of our New Episcopal Community, the AuSable Inclusion Center! The Rev. Canon Nurya Love Parish, Canon for the Northern Collaborative, Beloved Community, and Creation Care, will preside over the […]

Ecumenical Endeavors

“What difference does ecumenical work make?” was the question at a recent World Council of Churches meeting at the United Nations Church Center in New York. The question was raised by Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and recent bishop of the Evangelical Church in Bavaria. The discussion which […]