New Assistant Chaplain at Casady Episcopal School

May 22, 2018

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

We are delighted to share that the Rev. Kirsten Baer has accepted a call to serve as the new Assistant Chaplain at Casady Episcopal School in Oklahoma City, beginning in August.

Kirsten has had a long interest in school chaplaincy, including serving in an internship at the National Cathedral School for Girls in D.C.

Kirsten currently serves as Co-Vicar of Grace Church in Yukon. On July 15th, she will step back from that role. After a time of transition, she will begin to serve as a part-time Associate Priest at Grace Church, primarily serving on Sunday mornings.

Please join us in congratulating the Rev. Kirsten Baer on her new position as Assistant Chaplain at Casady Episcopal School!


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In May, your diocesan Church Growth and Development team began offering a monthly newsletter to help you and your congregation grow in your mission and ministries. Each newsletter features an article from each of our areas:

Church growth and development

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Stewardship and development

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This is your chance to see pointers on everything from evangelism to social media to Sunday school to getting a great stewardship team together! All the articles will be archived on the Church Growth & Development page of the diocesan website, so you can always refer back to good information from the past, as well. It’s News You Can Use! 

To subscribe to the new Church Growth & Development newsletter, use the button below:
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Volunteer Medical Staff Needed at St. Crispin's Summer Camp

May 17, 2018

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St. Crispin's Summer Camp is looking for medical professionals to volunteer for a week of camp this summer. All volunteers must be a licensed RN, PA or MD and be able to practice in the state of Oklahoma.

We need a volunteer for the following session:
Intermediate 1 (June 17th - 23rd)

Medical volunteers will receive a free week of camp in exchange for their help

Please call Beth Gaertner at (405) 382-1619 or email [email protected] for further questions or to volunteer.

New Canon for Finance & Administration

April 24, 2018

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

I write to share with you the news of a transition in the Diocesan Staff. Erin Morgan, Chief Financial Officer and Canon for Administration & Finance, will be moving to Hawaii with her family and, therefore, will be leaving her position at the Diocesan Office. Erin has faithfully served our diocese for four-and-a-half years. Although we will miss her, we trust that this next step will be an enriching and joyful one for her family.

We will be hosting a Farewell Reception for Erin at the Diocesan Office on her last day, July 16th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for an opportunity to thank Erin for her years of dedication to our diocese, and wish her well on this next step of her journey! If you plan on attending, please RSVP by emailing Rose Picard, Accounting Manager, at [email protected].

Our new Canon for Finance & Administration, William Buchanan, will begin on April 30th! Will and Erin will work together for approximately two-and-a-half months before Erin's departure, to help ensure a smooth and efficient transition.

Will has numerous years of accounting, auditing, and financial management experience, including several years working directly with our diocese through his roles at Hogan Taylor, LLP. Will earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration; Accounting and Finance from the University of Oklahoma, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Oklahoma. Please join us in welcoming Will to our Diocesan Staff!


+Bishop Ed

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The digitized copies can be found here:

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Thy Kingdom Come:
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For the second year, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined the worldwide Anglican Communion in Thy Kingdom Come, a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (May 10) and Pentecost (May 20) for more people to come to know Jesus. 

"Jesus taught us to pray 'Thy kingdom come, thy will be done'," Presiding Bishop Curry said in a video message for Thy Kingdom Come available here and here.


A wide selection of resources and information are available to participate in many ways in Thy Kingdom Come, designed for both personal and group devotions and meditations.

  • #ThyKingdomCome [if you are referring to the campaign on social media, please be sure to use this hashtag in your post, so it can be connected to others following the campaign]
  • Pray for 5 here  - indicate five people - family or friends or others - that you will pray for during Thy Kingdom Come
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Storm season is upon us, are you ready? Each year we need to evaluate our disaster preparedness. Has anything changed that needs to be updated? Are the same people involved or has anyone new been added?

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Water one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation

Food at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

First Aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air

Moist Towelettes for sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents

Matches in a waterproof container

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A Special Easter Message from Bishop Ed

March 27, 2018

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we've walked this journey of Lent together, at times, we may have felt as though we were truly in the desert. The blinding and deafening noises and distractions of our world, of violence, disconnection, apathy, and hatred, have attempted to pull us away from our path, and toward the path of the world. We are not called to follow the ways of the world, no matter how loud and distracting they may seem. Rather, we are called to live in the Light of our Savior Jesus Christ, and intentionally choose to follow Him every single day. As our Lord and Savior said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
In the same manner as we have journeyed through Lent, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. This means turning our eyes, our hearts, and our souls completely to the Truth, the Light, and the Love, of the One who made us in His own image. The One who loves us completely and unconditionally. The One who never leaves our side, no matter how dark things may appear around us. The One who prayed for us; that we might receive not what the world says we deserve, but that we might find ourselves embraced by our Heavenly Father's love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.
In John, Chapter 14, Thomas asks, "'Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?' Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14: 5-6)
It is time again to remind the world who we are as children of our Heavenly Father and followers of the Light of the world. It is time to join together as Christians and remind the world that there is another way to walk through life, another way to engage together and truly love our neighbors, another way to share our stories and build greater understanding and stronger communities.
A way that leads away from the ways of the world: anger, hate, violence, and separation, and draws us closer to our Heavenly Father and His ways of true love, peace, reconciliation, and healing. A way that leads us to the One who knows all of our hurt, our anger, our doubts, and our fears, and loves us unconditionally, who is the Light in our own darkness.
As we approach the days of our Lord's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, let us experience the fullness of this journey with Jesus. Let us engage in all this journey offers, but let us always remember that the Light is coming. Let us remember that Good Friday darkness leads us to Easter light.
As we enter the great season of Easter, let us choose again to walk the path of our Savior, the path of the Light, the path that leads to eternal life. Let us show the world the Truth that can only be found in our Lord. Let us invite our neighbors to join us as we journey forward together.
I pray you, your family and loved ones have a blessed Holy Week and a joy-filled Easter!