Host Barbi Click and guest Annette Joseph talk about Jubilee ministry, the food pantry, dismantling racism, worship mob, and the small and holy moments we are blessed to witness. The Rev. Annette is rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Poplar Bluff, the newest Jubilee Ministry center in the Episcopal Church.
We are joined today by Delores Hardwick. She’s the Community Relations and Volunteer Program Manager for Grace Hill Settlement House, an organization that has a deep history with Episcopalians in Missouri. This episode’s host is Deborah Nelson Linck.
Host Shug Goodlow sat down for a wide-ranging conversation with the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Missouri, the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith to talk about his path to the Episcopal Church, being a bishop, evangelism, Shape Note singing, fountain pens, and preparing for Holy Week.
Mimi Shipp is our guest today. She’s a member of and the Parish Assistant for Ministry Support at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. And she’s sharing the story of Emmanuel’s resurrection window, a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.—how it came to be, the difficult conversations around it that helped shape the future direction of the parish. This episode’s host is Deborah Nelson Linck.
Deacons Jerre Birdsong and Nancy Belcher talk about their role as “disaster deacons” and connecting the needs of the community to resources, disaster preparedness, the Episcopal Asset Map, and this ministry of standing with the vulnerable to which we are called. This episode’s host is Deacon Harry Leip.
Deborah Nelson-Linck is this episode’s guest. She’s the founder of the Hands On Black History Museum, a recently retired educator, and a member of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. Debbie created an exhibit of photographs of African Americans from late 1800s through the 1950s comprised of church members’ relatives and other curated images titled “As If We Weren’t There.”. The exhibit spawned much conversation in the church family, and several smaller projects, that are still discussed today. Shug Goodlow hosts.
Shug Goodlow is in the guest chair today. She’s the head verger at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis and also one of the hosts of this podcast. She’s interviewed by Barbi Click. The conversation began about Shug’s memories as a black child traveling with her family across the Mason Dixon line, the planning gatherings beforehand, mapping out safe places to stop and eat, the shoebox her grandmother prepared of food to take. The conversation continued to sharing memories of racism and how faith weaves in and out of those painful narratives.
One year of help, an apartment fully furnished, help with food and finances, one person at a time–a small group of parishioners at Christ Church Cathedral work to help those without a home get off the streets. Joanne Kelly, cathedral member, talks with host Deborah Nelson-Linck about the partnership.
This diocese has a companion relationship with an Anglican diocese in South Sudan, in the rural farming area of Lui. The two plus years of civil war have left most of the village burned and occupied. Lui residents live in diaspora in the bush, in refugee camps in Juba, Kenya, and many have escaped to the Kiryandongo Refugee Camp in Uganda. A visit to that camp by the bishops of Missouri and Lui amplified a horrible problem–sand fleas called jiggers that live in the ground. They burrow into anything in contact with the ground, like bare feet, lay eggs which hatch creating ulcers that then need to be cut out. Without antibiotic or anesthetic. A very simple solution is wearing closed toe shoes and washing with soap. Simple unless you live in a refugee camp with the resources you escaped with on your back.
Today’s guest is Deb Goldfeder, chair of the companion diocese committee in Missouri, who organized a diocese-wide effort to collect shoes and money for shoes that has just been sent to Kiryandongo. Today’s host is Dan Handschy, rector of Advent Church in Crestwood, and who has also made trips to Lui, South Sudan.
Jeanne Lucas King talks with Barbi Click about being raised on gratitude, praying with gratitude, and her work with the United Thank Offering, a way that Episcopalians around the church offer their gratitude and small change to fund grants that change the world.
United Thank Offering