Partnership with EDWM

At our convention in 2019, the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan kicked off 3-5 years of intentional sharing, collaboration, and exploration focused on considering how we might continue to build and imagine the Kingdom of God from coast to coast. 

BUILDING BRIDGES

Our dioceses have committed to 3-5 years of intentional collaboration and exploration. This includes continuing and deepening existing collaborations, considering where other opportunities might exist, and engaging in conversation across diocesan lines about our individual and shared histories, cultures, ministries, finances, and more. 

Diocesan Convention — Delegates and visitors to the 2021 Joint Diocesan Convention will engage in conversation about our partnership. The convention will take place October 29-30, 2021 in Lansing.

THE BUILDING BRIDGES STEERING COMMITTEE

In 2020, the Standing Committees of Eastern and Western Michigan appointed a steering committee to oversee and facilitate the ongoing conversation around our bi-diocesan partnership.

The committee is accountable to the Ecclesiastical Authority (the Standing Committees and/or the bishop) as well as to the Diocesan Conventions of the dioceses. In addition to annual reports to the conventions, they will be expected to produce an interim report no later than the end of June 2023, articulating whether they propose formal resolutions to the diocesan conventions and the 2024 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with a final report expected no later than June 30, 2024.

EASTERN MICHIGAN

Gary Grinn, Co-Chair
St. Paul’s, Gladwin

The Rev. Don Davidson
Canonically Resident, Grand Blanc;
Interim with Holy Trinity, Wyoming

Tanna Leclaire
Grace, Port Huron

The Rev. Deacon Dan Maxwell, MD
Trinity, Alpena

Alicia Miller
Holy Family, Midland

Ellen McVey
St. John’s, Midland

WESTERN MICHIGAN

The Rev. Jodi Baron, Co-Chair
St. Philip’s, Beulah and Holy Trinity, Manistee

The Rev. Jen Adams
Grace, Holland

Barb Bleyaert
St. Philip’s, Beulah

The Rev. Deacon Jan Gockerman
St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids

Joyce Henry
St. Philip’s, Grand Rapids

Vicki Shroeder
St. Augustine’s, Benton Harbor

STAFF

Canon Katie Forsyth
Eastern & Western Michigan

The Rev. Canon Alan James
Western Michigan

The Rev. Canon Michael Spencer
Eastern Michigan

There are several working groups that have been (or will be) created to focus on a particular aspect of the conversation. Asset Mapping – Joyce Henry External Research & Conversations – Vicki Shroeder Governance & Canons – The Rev. Don Davidson History & Storytelling – Tanna Leclaire Internal Conversations – The Rev. Deacon Jan Gockerman Stewardship of Resources – Dan Maxwell

These groups would welcome additional members with particular skills and experience in these areas. To connect, please email kforsyth@eastmich.org.