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210 E. 9th St., Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Diocesan Convention

Step Right Up! Youth Lock-In

First EfM Retreat a Success

Diocesan Disaster and Relief

Preaching and Teaching Visitation of the Rev. Dr. Victor Lee Austin at All Souls'

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC, Labryinth Walks

St. Luke's, Tulsa, Holiday Craft Fair and Book Sale

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble's 20014-15 Season

Musical Event Offerings

Altered Coming in November

Living Compass Congregational Wellness Advocate Training

Facilitator's Guide for Civil Discourse in America Event

St. Mary's School - Open House

Network of Biblical Storytellers Gathering

FORMA Conference to be Held in Houston, TX

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Episcopal Church Acronyms

Diocesan Events


November 7 - 8

Diocesan Convention

Reed Center,

Midwest City


November 7

Youth Lock-In for Convention

St. Augustine's of Canterbury, OKC




March 20-22

Make My Mission St. Crispin's

Mission Camp 



Community Events


November 14 - 16
6th Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Embassy Suits, Norman

December 1
Together for Health
Francis Tuttle Career Tech-Reno Campus

December 4
Together for Health
O.U. Schusterman Center

December 4
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
University of Central Oklahoma
Constitution Hall
Focusing on special education law, rights and responsibilities, SMART IEP's


Bishop's Calendar


October 25

Liturgy Worship Festival

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


October 26

St. Peter's Tulsa


November 9

Redeemer, OKC


November 7 - 8

Diocesan Convention

Reed Center, Midwest City


November 16

St. Andrew's, Lawton






  Bishop uruguay

Bishop Pollesel


Holy God, source of healing and of peace, bless with your grace the companion dioceses of  Oklahoma and Uruguay. Through our partnership one with another may we grow in mutual affection and communion, seek a more profound experience of truth, build up the Church in unity and give glory to Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


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Diocesan Newsletter

The next Diocesan Newsletter
 will be 
Friday, October 31, 2014.

We Are

October 24, 2014

Issue 39

From the Diocese
Diocesan Convention - November 7 - 8, 2014

Information is now available on line with regards to our up-coming Diocesan Convention. Click here for the forms. 

The convention will be held at The Reed Center, Midwest City. St. Augustine's of Canterbury, OKC, is our host congregation. 
Step Right Up!  

The Youth (6th - 12th grades) are invited to our annual lock-in. This year, it will be held at St. Augustine's of Canterbury, 14700 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City.
We will open the doors at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, with dinner to be offered at 6. With our carnival theme, there will be lots of games, giveaways, food, and fun. Cost is only $20 per person. 

Youth will be transported to the Reed Center in Midwest City, and they will lead opening worship for Diocesan Convention at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Parents should plan to pick up their youth there Upon completion of worship, youth will be released to parents. 

Click here for registration form.
First EfM Retreat a Success

The first EfM Retreat was held this past weekend at St. Crispin's, with the Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan serving as speaker. EfM is using on of Dr. Bryan's books, And God Spoke, as part of this year's curriculum. 

The Rev. Dr. Chris Brown

Part of the twenty-two who attended the retreat

Bill Young leading a workshop on Spiritual Gifts

Maggie Taliaferro leading a workshop on EfM on-line

Angela Hock and Rick Brewer leading workshops Mentor Skills and Post EfM Possibilities

Terry Watts leading a workshop on Keeping the Momentum

Diocesan Disaster and Relief

Growing Inwardly and Outwardly: A Change for the Future at St. Andrew's, Lawton 


When I first met Shelley Forrester, Rector at St. Andrew's in Lawton, this past summer, while organizing the Southwest Regional Disaster Preparedness Symposium, I found a very engaging, smart gal who was at her wits end on how to grow her congregation!  She was almost comical about it... waving her arms around and exclaiming that her congregation was moving away, that the immediate neighborhood surrounding St. Andrew's was declining.  How could she regenerate and reenergize her ministry to accommodate everyone in her environment?  


Photo by Jeff Dixon

Because it is both my passion and my job, we naturally starting talking about disaster preparedness, about reaching out to the emergency management and disaster services in her town.  She was introduced to her Red Cross rep and her Comanche county emergency Manager, Chloe Lewis.  Shelley began adopting a different attitude of possibilities through preparedness.  Shelley began overcoming the worry and hesitation that is common when developing a new ministry... she began a process of "hands on thoughtful problem solving", meeting, asking, gaining vision from the Red Cross experts of how to spread her Christian ideal and incorporate her church, in doing good every day, with her immediate community of economically challenged individuals and families."  I had to also overcome something else, if I was going to offer my church as a sanctuary through the Red Cross.  I had to overcome the fear of an element of people here that I wasn't sure I could handle.  I had to get out of my comfort zone."


Photo by Jeff Dixon

But the Red Cross came through and so did Shelley. St. Andrew's is now a Partner Shelter if a disaster hits Lawton.  Recently the church was written up in the Lawton Constitution as a participant in a mass care sheltering drill, which Shelley, her Disaster Coordinator, Kimi Chambers, and the congregation at St. Andrew's participated in.


She is forming a task force with the Red Cross who will promote her church as a shelter to her immediate neighborhoods and let her neighbors know that they will be open post disaster.  St. Andrew's is quickly forming an identity of caring and humanity, much like the Red Cross.  Shelley thinks this compassion for those less fortunate will pay off long after a disaster, with the people trusting her church and coming there for solace and worship.


"We are making a preparedness plan," she says with confidence," and we are following the example of Christ."

Congregational Events and News

Preaching and Teaching Visitation of the Rev'd Dr. Victor Lee Austin to All Souls' Church


Dr. Victor Lee Austin, our Theological Visitor, is the Theologian-in-Residence at St. Thomas' Church, 5th Ave., in New York City.  Fr. Austin was brought up in Woodward, OK, where his parents still reside.  He is the author of three books.


He will preach at our Feast of Title, All Souls' Day, November 2nd, where at the 10:00 a.m. service we will have Schubert's Choral Mass with orchestra in C.


Dr Austin will also conduct two classes Monday through Tuesday, November 3rd and 4th  at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  The morning classes will be a Bible study and the evening classes will be a study in theology. 


Dr. Austin describes them in this way -

Morning Classes: "The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's" is a very odd book in the Bible, full or eroticism and devoid of even a single mention of God's name.  Yet it is a book that has drawn forth voluminous commentary over the ages.  And one might say that it is the key to understanding the whole Bible.  Father Austin will look at the book overall and provide a close reading of some key passages.


Evening Classes: "Basic but Odd Truths about God.

Monday: "God Exists, and He Is No Thing."

Tuesday: "God Causes My Free Actions" & "Evil Makes No Sense"

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC, Labyrinth Walks

St. Luke's, Tulsa, Holiday Craft Fair and Book Sale

Holiday Craft Fair


Book Sale

Saturday November 8

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

4818 E. 9th Street (9th & Yale)


Lunch will be served between 11 a.m. & 2 p.m


Come & do your holiday shopping with us.


Home Baked goods, Christmas Decor, Jewelery, hand sewn, knitted & crocheted items, purses, toys,

Silent auction, books galore, potpourri, et.

Raffle:  Knitted afghan - $1 per ticket


Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble's 2014-15 Season


The second concert of Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble's 2014-15 concert season, to be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18. The Monday evening performance is at All Souls' Episcopal Church in northwest OKC, and the Tuesday evening performance is at St. Paul's Cathedral downtown. The title of the concert is "Austrian & German Masterworks for Winds" and features chamber works of J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Karg-Elert, Zemlinsky and Beethoven.  


Individual concert admission is $15/person (students with ID are free). More information about the concert is available on Brightmusic's website at 

Musical Event Offerings


St. Paul's Cathedral is very pleased to offer this musical event to the Diocese:

Friday, November 21, 7:30pm - Organist David Enlow in Concert
Mr. Enlow is Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in New York City where he also teaches at the Juilliard School. David is  Dean the the NYC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

We hope you will join us for any/all of these fine events. Please invite a guest!

Young Adults Events and Information
Altered Coming in October

Mark your calendar now for the next Altered event, October 31 - November 2, 2014, to be held at St. Crispin's. Altered is for young adults, ages 19 - 30 year olds. 

It is a weekend of exploring your faith, personal growth, meeting other young adults, worshiping God, singing, reconnecting with God, thinking about your life purpose, stepping back from your busy life, and especially relaxing! This retreat is run by and for young adults, led by Episcopal lay and clergy leaders from around the diocese. This event came from the Vocare model but has been up-dated to fit the current needs of young adults.

Click here for more information and registration form.
Episcopal Seminary Events and Information

Living Compass Congregational Wellness Advocate Training


On Friday 3 - 6, 2015, The Beecken Center at Sewanee, will host the Living Compass Congregational Wellness Advocate Training. You can learn more here:


Living Compass is a wellness initiative that is gaining ground in the Episcopal Church. It is being used by individuals, groups, and congregations. I can recommend Living Compass to you because I just finished immersing myself in a self-guided retreat utlizing founder of Living Compass, the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner's, book, Your Living Compass: Living Well in Thought, Word, and Deed. I completed self-assessments and deep self-reflection on these dimensions: rest, play, spirituality, handing emotions, relationships, care for body, stress resiliency, vocation, and organization. Dr. Stoner helps one understand that these dimensions make up the whole-person compass points (Soul, Heart, Strength, Mind) that comprise each person's overall wellness. A person's overall wellness in turn influences his or her way of being and responding to the world around them. Each retreat participant is invited to explore these dimensions by responding to a "thought, word, and deed" reflection exercise at the end of each step in the journey. This enlightening process helped me gauge my overall wellness and identify ways I can strengthen my growing edges.


Information from Cindy Hargis, Diocesan Relations & EfM Online Coordinator.

The Episcopal Church Events and Information
Facilitator's Guide Now Available for Episcopal Church forum:  Civil Discourse 
in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good


The Facilitator's guide to assist in group discussions and better understanding is now available for downloading here for the Episcopal Church live webcast, Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good on October 22.

Political, interfaith and education leaders will offer provocative insights and views during the discussion on Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good on October 22.

Produced by The Episcopal Church, the 90-minute live webcast will originate from historic Christ Church, Philadelphia (Diocese ofPennsylvania), the birthplace of the Episcopal Church and the home of our country's beginnings. In partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Civil Discourse in America will begin at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central, noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific, 10 am Alaska, 9 am Hawaii). The webcast will be viewable here.


Facilitator's guide

The forum is ideal for live group watching and discussion, or on-demand viewing later. It will be appropriate for Sunday School, discussions groups, and community gatherings.

The Facilitator's guide offers questions and insights for discussion.  Also included in the guide are:


* Preparation for facilitators
* Pre-viewing points
* Prayer and Scripture resources
* Materials
* Resources
* Bibliography of books, webs and articles


The Facilitator's guide is available at no fee.


Forum Participants
The forum will be moderated by well-known journalist and commentator Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address.

Two panel discussions will focus on main themes: Civil discourse and faith; and Civil discourse in politics and policy. Panelists include:

*      David Boardman, Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. He serves as president of the American Society of News Editors and chairs the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in Florida. He is an accomplished investigative journalist, past Executive Editor of the Seattle Times, and a four-time Pulitzer Prize jurist.

*     Dr. John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, Washington DC. Dr. DeGioia is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and among other board endeavors, serves on the Boards of the Carnegie Corporation, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness. He has received national recognition as an advocate for civil discourse and a commitment to the common good.

*     Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, Washington DC. A trustee of Faith in Public Life, which helps shape public debates and advance faith as a positive and unifying force for justice, compassion and the common good, he has been recognized as one of the country's most influential Jewish leaders.

*     Hugh Forrest, Director of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, which each year brings together more than 30,000 creative professionals from around the world to foster a global community of ideas and creativity. TIME Magazine refers to him as an "interactive agent," ushering new, groundbreaking technology into the popular culture that changes the way we share, learn and think.

*     Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute on Civil Discourse and a leader in the field of deliberative democracy. She founded AmericaSpeaks, which promotes nonpartisan initiatives to engage citizens and leaders through innovative public policy tools and strategies. Dr. Lukensmeyer also has served as a consultant to the White House Chief of Staff and as a chief of staff for Ohio's governor, the first woman in this capacity. 

*      Dr. Elizabeth McCloskey, President and CEO of The Faith & Politics Institute, a national organization devoted to advancing reflective leadership among members of Congress and congressional staff to bridge the divides that arise in a thriving democracy.  She has taught and published numerous articles and book chapters on faith, ethics and politics, and is a former columnist for Commonweal magazine.

*     Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY.  Bishop Singh is a frequent contributor to regional and national publications on topics related to accepting and embracing people with views and beliefs other than his own.

The Forum

* There is no fee to view the live webcast. The webcast will be viewable here as well as YouTube.

* Registration is not required for the live webcast.

* Questions can be emailed prior and during the live webcast; send questions to

* The forum will be available on-demand following the live webcast.

* The forum is ideal for live group watching and discussion, or on-demand viewing later.  It will be appropriate for Sunday School, discussions groups, and community gatherings.

* Resources such as bibliography, on-demand video, materials for community and individual review, discussion questions, and lesson plans will be available.

* #EpiscopalForum - follow the discussion

Forum information is available here.

Episcopal School Events and Information
St. Mary's School - Open House
Christian Formation News 
Network of Biblical Storytellers Gathering


For more information, click here
2015 FORMA Conference to be Held in Houston, TX

Here's a great opportunity for those in Christian Formation. The 2015 FORMA Conference will be held January 28 - 30, at  the Magnolia Hotel, Houston, TX.

Province VII has awarded $300 to each diocese to reduce the conference cost by $100 for 3 individuals. We will match the $300, which can be applied to your travel or hotel!

We only have 1 more spot available to offer at this reduced rate. Come join Nancy Scott, Grace, Muskogee, and The Rev. Laura Beck, St. Patrick's, Broken Arrow, and attend. Workshops so far are:


If you are interested in attending, contact Sabrina Evans at It is a first come, first serve basis
Preparing for Thanksgiving

Lessons in Gratitude and Giving Thanks are always appropriate in our church classrooms. The four weeks in November that lead up to Thanksgiving, that lynch pin before Advent, give plenty of time to incorporate teaching gratitude in your weekly schedule.
Incorporate Gratitude
We can include teaching gratitude and thankfulness in small ways throughout our classrooms. The researchers at Greater Good Science Center study emotional and emotional well-being - the science of a meaningful life. Their studies show that feeling grateful motivates students to help others and use their strengths to contribute to society. Feeling good does good!

It takes intentional modeling to teach thankfulness. Notice the thought behind an action or gift; appreciate the cost of an action, and the value of other people in our lives. One way of modeling this last gratitude lesson is to spend time how one person's action influences those around them: "My day (or life) is better because..." An example of this might be, "My day is better when everyone says 'hello' when they walk in the door."

Of course, these ideas are just as good at home as they are in the classroom, and for adults as they are for children.

Crafts That Show Our Thankfulness
Crafts that recognize moments of thankfulness involve time to think about what we are thankful for, and then verbalizing that using words or images (any craft that calls for "writing down" gratitude can be recreated with images cut out from magazines). Try collecting "thanks" for a week or two before completing the craft, and encourage your students to share their gratitude at home!

Visualizing what we are thankful for seems to enhance our gratitude: consider hanging your class' crafts in the classroom, or the hallway, or bringing them as an offering to the greater congregation.

There are lots of Thanksgiving crafts on the internet. Look for those that can incorporate words (or images) of thanks, that can be shown off on a wall or altar, or that can incorporate scripture verse.

Turkeys make great gratitude crafts. Not only do we celebrate this great bird at our annual feast, they also have lots of great spaces on which to write our thanks!

This blogpost shows how one craft can result in different looking turkeys, all of them beautiful with their feathers of thankfulness.

A simple circle with googly eyes and craft sticks of thanks make the most of what is most likely in your craft closet!
turkey thanks

Looking for something less glue & glitter?
Words or images of gratitude can be written or pasted on strips of paper to make a garland, or on leaves to create a Thankful Tree. While the crafts on this page are very elegant, you don't need fancy papers or stamps to make an impact!

You can make a cornucopia out of brown paper, either rolling an off-center cone, or a more 3-D version with a brown paper bag. Cut out simple shapes to represent fruit and vegetables and write words of thanks on them before gluing them into the cornucopia.

We spend Thanksgiving with our families and friends around the dinner table. A most appropriate craft is a placemat,like this one for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. Print out a favorite grace for the middle and surround it with thankful words and images.

As Christians, we have wonderful words of inspiration for gratitude in the Bible. The Psalms are a great place to start:

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

As are the New Testament Letters:

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And give thanks. Colossians 3:15

In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Building Faith has some several Thanksgiving posts, including Practicing Gratitude With Children, full of great ideas for incorporating gratitude into your classroom!

Charlotte Hand Greeson is thankful to share her passion for formation as a manager, editor, and writer for Building Faith. She is grateful for almost twenty years of Navy life, which has exposed her to a variety of churches and formation styles. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two teenagers.
Episcopal Church Acronyms and What They Are and What they Mean

Acronyms and terms that are used regularly in The Episcopal Church are presented in an easy-to-reference document located on the Public Affairs web page in English here and in Spanish here.

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Contact Information
Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820