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Thursday, June 23, 2016


Shoes and Seeds: Bishop and Companion Diocese Committee announce a major project for Lui in Diaspora

Bishop Wayne returned from his meeting with Bishop Stephen of Lui Diocese and the Lui mission partners from the UK and Sweden identifying two desperate needs for the church members who have left their burned out villages in South Sudan for the Kiryandongo refugee camp in Kampala. Shoes and seeds.

Shoes. There is a painful condition in the Uganda camp unknown at home in Lui Diocese. The jigger, or sand flea, which burrows into feet, produces eggs which are pushed out through the skin into the dirt. Then the flea dies in the skin causing infection and worse. Children, who typically do not wear shoes in Lui, are particularly susceptible. The treatment is excruciating--cutting out the flea, with no anesthetic. Left untreated, the foot is susceptible to gangrene and loss of limb. Prevention is not difficult, it is wearing shoes and washing feet with an antimicrobial soap. Needed for treatment are non-latex gloves (health care workers' hands are susceptible to the flea eggs they are removing), Vaseline, cortisone and antibacterial creams to treat the feet after flea removal. (A sad but not too graphic video clip is here from Sosthen, the Lui priest who has built a church in the camp. His wife Veronica is a nurse, seen in this clip sitting next to the child receiving treatment.)

There is a sense of shame, too, that this is happening in a place where there are no extra resources for the simple measure of prevention.

But simple shoes and soap are something we can help with.

Bishop Wayne and the companion diocese committee (CDC) have been meeting weekly, identifying just how we might get a large container of shoes and supplies to the refugee camp.

So here's the plan.

Kim White, a member of Advent Episcopal Church with years of experience in international shipping and logistics, has identified a transportation company who will take the items from St. Louis to the refugee camp. A shipping container is filled with "Gaylords"--large cardboard boxes that fit perfectly into the container. Kim located a container's worth of Gaylords in Hannibal and CDC members Maria Evans and Chris Cobb plan to bring them to the St. Louis staging area in their trucks.

Kim is also working with Uganda customs to get properly assigned tariffs for each item. Each item has to be the same size and composition and the first step in the logistics process is approval from Uganda officials.

Only after this is accomplished can the diocese begin to collect items. Please note, the shoes will all be new and of the same make, as will the soap and cream. We won't set up registries until those items are approved by Uganda.

The need is really immediate, so there is great interest in completing this process quickly. In the best case scenario we'll receive papers from Uganda in a couple of weeks and hope to ship the container out end of August.

We need your help.

The CDC is preparing bulletin inserts and materials for adult forums and Sunday school. We'll distribute this when we have details on the specific items going, and on the staging process and how to get items here. That timeline gives us 4-6 weeks, mid July-August to get you information for your parishes to participate.

The goal is 10,000 pairs of shoes for little kids and children, and 3000 pairs for adults in Kiryandongo refugee camp.

The seeds part of the project is being worked on by other CDC members, and we'll have subsequent reports from them.

Please keep this work in your prayers. More next week....


United Thank Offering grant for Trinity Food Ministry

The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 32 grants for a total of $1,161,314.62 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The announcement was made by Executive Council, meeting June 8-June 10 in Chaska, MN.

A ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church, UTO grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

The 2016 grants were awarded to projects in 32 dioceses, six companion dioceses, one grant to the Office of the Presiding Bishop - Episcopal Migration Ministries, and one Presiding Bishop Grant.

In the Diocese of Missouri, Trinity Food Ministry at Trinity Church Central West End in St. Louis received a grant of $3,112.00 for Feeding Our Community.

At the Organ features Cathedral music

The June 15th episode of the podcast "At the Organ" features the performance of Toward the Unknown Region by Ralph Vaughan Williams at the May Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral.

The recorded performance is preceded by an introduction to the music and conversation with the cathedral's Pat Partridge, who plays the massive orchestra score on the organ in this version.



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DioMO marches in Pride St. Louis parade

Thanks to the organizing efforts of Carolyn Munch (Trinity CWE) and Barbi Click (St. Paul's Carondelet), and others, the diocese has a spot in the Pride St. Louis parade this Sunday, June 26.

The parade officially begins at noon with a few folks gathering at 11am in the staging area to 'hold the spot'. You can arrive as late as 12:30 PM, as the organizers are aware of church services, that morning.

Marching as "Episcopal Diocese of MO" (reservation #7333), gather at the Orange color part of the staging area on this map, at Chestnut Street (enter at Chestnut & Broadway). Look for the Diocese of Missouri banner, ribbon streamers, and bring your own parish banner if desired.

Parking in on your own; Metrolink, etc. The parade travels East to West on Market Street, from 8th and Market to 18th and Market. You can exit a couple of blocks earlier, if you need to do so. There will be shuttles from Coffee Cartel, available for $1.00, that can take you back to the area of the beginning of the parade.

Dress for the heat; hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.

Check in to the Facebook event page to connect with other marchers. More information from Carolyn,



Need a quick pick-me-up?

There is a growing library of short videos on mission and ministry in the Episcopal Church. You can find it on YouTube. A new video is released each Thursday at 1 PM CT. Bonus: no overly caffeinated jitters or sugar crashes.




In our diocesan cycle of prayers, we pray for the Church of St. Michael & St. George, Clayton (1928), and Andrew, their priest.

In our companion diocese of Lui, South Sudan, we pray for the refugees returning to and through Lui and all in the diaspora fleeing war.

Pray for peace in South Sudan and the diaspora.


Prayer resources
Daily Office
Mission St. Clare;

The Book of Common Prayer includes downloadable and smart phone versions. offers many versions in many languages, including Greek and Hebrew, other European languages, and several oriental languages. It has excellent search capabilities, both for the usual chapter and verse searches and for keyword and phrase searches. Available at no cost.
Oremus Bible Resource includes comparisons of versions including the NRSV. Oremus Hymnal.

Holy Women, Holy Men. The commemorations approved by the 2009 General Convention are still available  on the SCLM blog. You'll have to look in the archives from July 2009-June 2010 or you can search by name.

Forward Movement: Forward Day By Day meditation; Daily Office; set your own personalized Daily Prayer Preferences. Access three different versions of The Liturgical Calendar.

Suggest a resource.


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