Calvary Church in Columbia has a light hearted ministry that raises thousands each year for the community –for food pantries, gardens, social justice organizations and some church outreach ministry. And it’s all built around hand-made felt church mice, YES! MICE! Calvary members Kay Glass and Sharon Sessions talk with Deacon Harry Leip about the history and mission of these mighty mice, the star of Calvary’s St. Nicholas Bazaar. It’s coming again to downtown Columbia MO, inside the church buildings, this (and every) first Saturday in December at 8 AM.
Host Deacon Harry Leip talks with the Rev. Bill Nesbit about his recent, and first, trip to the Holy Land: the history and locations, the stories, and meeting Jesus in the bustle of the city streets.
In this episode host Deacon Harry Leip talks with Beth Simpson currently serving as Deacon at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Mexico, Missouri about disaster preparedness, a recent expo that St. Matt’s hosted, and how it all relates to the great commandment of loving our neighbors.
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In this episode host Harry Leip talks with the Rev. Marc Smith, the bishop’s Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention about the epidemic in our community, some of its causes, and how we are responding.
This is a part one of a two part episode with the Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd about her experience as the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown during and after the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. It’s about light in darkness, acts of Grace, and how she brings that forward to her new call as Provost at Christ Church Cathedral here in St. Louis.
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.
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
We are doing our annual celebration to honor Absalom Jones, who was the first African American Episcopal priest. He and his friend Richard Allen were at a church where they had gathered a number of African American members of a congregation. At first they were welcomed but I think people started to get uncomfortable with the number of people. One Sunday morning as they were praying, the ushers told them they had to leave, and so they walked out and they became members of the Free African Society in Philadelphia, and out of that an Episcopal church was organized. Richard Allen went on to start the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was some years later that Absalom Jones was able to be ordained as a priest, and many years after that, that his congregation was accepted into the diocese.
In February of each year, we have a celebration to honor him, and that is an occasion for educating the people of the diocese about matters that have to do with race in general, and in the church. This year, our theme is Seeking Christ in All People Through the Arts, and what we’re looking at is how is God presented to people? How are the saints and the leaders of the church presented to people? Does everybody have the opportunity to seek somebody like themselves?
If God is portrayed as somebody that doesn’t look like you, this does have an impact on people. We would like to highlight portrayals of God, and of Jesus, and of the saints, the angels and holy beings, and leaders of the church, as people of color that everybody who might not be white could identify with. We’re going to have several workshops, one of them will be singing of spirituals, one would be the liturgical dance, one would be drumming, and the fourth one is visual arts.
When you walk into a church, what is the first thing that you notice? What is the first thing you hear? What is the first thing you see? This is the biggest influence on a person going to church. We’re trying to challenge our perspective on art in our religion, and on our image of God, to better represent what not only a congregation is, but what our community of faith is.
We’re going to give people an opportunity to experience the arts in several workshops, and to try to understand how art from other cultures might be presented, and might be used in worship.