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210 E. 9th St., Bartlesville, OK  74003
Phone:  (918) 336-1212     FAX (918-336-2557)
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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Men's Retreat

Youth Leader's Retreat

Register for Annual ECW Conference and Bishop's Day

Diocesan Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

Volunteer Staff Applications Available

Summer Camp Registration

Medical Professionals Needed for Summer Camp

Registration Opens for SOUL Conference

Episcopal Network for Stewardship

Beecken Center, Sewanee, Offers Kaleidoscope Institute Training

Assisting Family Caregivers

Arranged - Friendship has no Religion - Movie Screening

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble

Passport of Faith - Norman Interfaith Tour Offered

All Saints', McAlester, Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in Style

Up-Coming Concerts at St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC

Events at Christ Church and in the Tulsa Area

National Happening Leadership Conference Scheduled

New Beginnings Is Coming this Summer

Parish Coordinator for Older Adult Ministries

Abundant Living Workshop

Lenten Activity 7 - Prayer Looms

Idea for Church Knitters

ChurchNext New Video

Diocesan Events



April 24 - 25

Annual ECW Conference and Bishop's Day

Grace, Ponca City


April 24 - 26


St. Crispin's


May 15

Cultural Awareness Training

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC


May 16

Cultural Awareness Training

Diocesan Center, OKC


July 10  - 11

Youth Leader's Retreat

St. Crispin's



Summer Camp Dates


May 29 - 30

ABC Camp


May 31 - June 6

Senior Camp


June 7 - 13

9th - 10 grades


June 14 - 20

4th - 6th grades


June 21 - 27

7th - 8th grades


June 28 - July 4

9th - 10th grades


July 5 - 11

4th - 6th grades


July 12 - 19

7th - 8th grades


September 11 and 12

Bishop's Lecture Series

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC

Kirstin Lindeen, Speaker



Bishop's Calendar


March 29

Palm Sunday

St. Paul's, OKC


March 30

Holy Monday Clergy Renewal of Vows

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC 



Community Events

March 22
Arranged - Friendship has no Religion Screening
Temple B'nai Israel
You must Register at

April 6
Botanical Gardens Around the World
St. Simeon's
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August 5 - 8
Network of Biblical Storytellers
Chevy Chase, MD

August 24 - 28
Mediation Skills Training
United Methodist Church of the Servant, OKC
Contact Dianne Peters


Province VII Events

April 10 - 11
Daughters of the King Assembly
Albuquerque, NM


The Episcopal Church Events

March 24
Live Webcast
The Climate Change Crisis





  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, March 27, 2015.

We Are

March 20, 2015

Issue 12

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma Men's Retreat

St. Crispin's Conference Center

April 30 - May 2, 2015

Thursday Supper-Saturday Lunch 



Rev John Henry Rule                  Rev Kenneth Ray Orsburn

Priest Associate                         Curate at St John's/Tulsa




Special Guest: Roy Benavides

Province VII President

The Brotherhood of St Andrew

$145 double      $185 single   2 nights/6 meals


Click here for registration form.


Questions? Contact Bob Baker, Oklahoma Diocesan Coordinator; W 918-258-5656  
FAX 918-258-8722    H 918-747-0214   C 918-688-7777
Youth Leader's Retreat

Are you a Youth Leader in your congregation? Want to get together with other Youth Leaders and go home with lots of resources? We are scheduling our first Youth Leader's Retreat (at least first in the past 5 years!) opportunity.

Save the date - July 10 - 11. St. Crispin's. Check in will be at 5 p.m., dinner at 6. First program at 7 p.m. Event will end on Saturday at 3 p.m.

You must be current in your Safeguarding God's Children to attend. We will be meeting in Oakerhater but this is during a summer camp session.

Prices will be extremely reasonable and details on the speaker will be coming soon. 

Register for Annual ECW Conference and Bishop's Day 


"Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening"

April 24 & 25, 2015 


Join women from around the state for the 2015 Annual Conference and Bishop's Day, April 24-25 at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City.The Rev. Lee Stephens is keynote speaker. Enjoy our annual get-together in the setting of one of Oklahoma's most beautiful churches.  There will be the opportunity to tour the Marland Mansion and lots of fun with friends. Spread the word in your parish and let's have a great time in Ponca City. To access registration packet,click here.  


Diocesan Disaster Recovery and Preparedness


Southeast Region Rewarded With Two Outstanding Symposiums on Disaster Preparedness!


After visiting with the clergy and representatives of many of the southeast regions' 13 churches, it became obvious to me that these good people were very interested in getting involved in learning more about disaster preparedness... possibly because they have been through many

 weather events over the years!


They invited me to lunch, they invited me to their churches, they seemed to really welcome me and the reason I was there. I met many interested people. It was an exciting time.


So, we had two disaster preparedness symposiums: one in Durant and one in Norman. Both were very well attended. And the cast of speakers, the discussions, the questions, and just the overall enthusiasm was so rewarding to me, and a wonderful cap, to a long line of symposiums that dated back to September of 2014.


The success rate for churches attending the symposiums diocesan-wide was 85%. As of today, nearly 53% have identified a Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, and many have a core group of people working on plans to not only protect their churches and congregations, but also serve their communities and emergency personnel.


Thank you for wonderful first step!

Summer Camp Events and News
Volunteer Staff Applications Available

St. Crispin's has two Summer Staff counselors assigned to each cabin for a given week of Camp. Their primary job is to engage with campers. In larger capacity Camps, a Volunteer Counselor may be partnered with a Summer Staffer and serve in this capacity.


Most Volunteer Staff, however, will live in an empty cabin or in the Lodge and will serve as support staff, doing different jobs necessary for the running of camp, or what we call the mechanism of camp--setting up and breaking down events. This allows Summer Staff to spend as much time as possible engaging with campers. When not occupied with these tasks, Volunteer Counselors will engage with the campers.


This work includes:

* Camp/sports games setup
* Small group activities setup and buckets
* Craft supplies
* Music Transparencies
* Altar Guild/Worship setup
* Snacks Set-Up
* Camp Photographer
* Filling Water Jugs
* Cookout Picnic Setup & Cleanup
* Fire Building
* Cleanup after nighttime events 


Each day, all staff will receive a daily schedule with each person's assigned tasks. Volunteers will be given brief orientations to these tasks but will also be required to learn-as-you-go, seeking clarification as the week advances. High levels of initiative and self-starting are appreciated. In addition to scheduled tasks,

Volunteers are expected to engage with the campers. Volunteers will be "attached" to a cabin and will participate in the life of that cabin.


Volunteer Counselors must:
* Be high school graduates, having completed at least a year of work or school
* Submit a Volunteer Counselor Application
* Be Safeguarding God's Children current
* Undergo an OSBI background check

**Please fill out and return the Volunteer Application (click here and look on the right hand side) as soon as possible to be considered for this summer**



Daniel Chapman, Summer Camp Director with any questions or concerns you have:

Summer Camp Registration Going Strong

Ready to plan your fantastic summer at St. Crispin's? We're ready. You can go to:

and CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Please be sure to read the additional information on the home page with regards to your medical information. You should print this out and bring with you to camp, along with a copy of your medical insurance card (front and back). Camp sessions are also listed on the camp page. Cost is the same as the last two years $315 (but if your register early, you get a $10 discount!), which includes all meals, activities, and a special camp tee-shirt. 
Medical Professionals Needed for Summer Camp

One of the most important and needed volunteer roles is that of the medical volunteer. We are looking to increase our pool of potential medical professionals willing to serve for a camp session. Specifically we are looking for MDs, PAs, and NPs. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with the youth in our Diocese and fill an essential need at Summer Camp! Please contact Daniel Chapman, Summer Camp Director, if you are interested in learning more.
The Episcopal Church Events and Information
Registration opens for annual SOUL Conference - SOUL: Spiritual Opportunity to Unite and Learn


Registration is now available for the annual SOUL (Spiritual Opportunity to Unite and Learn) Conference sponsored by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society for youth and young adults of African descent.


Slated for June 25 - 28 during General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT, the goal of the conference is to provide a safe place for discussion and growth.


Hosted by the Black Ministries office of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, participants at the SOUL conference "have the opportunity to celebrate cultural and spiritual gifts with enthusiasm and renewed vigor, learn engaging methods of Bible study, develop key leadership skills through group discussion while enjoying fun activities," according the Rev. Canon Angela Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries. 


Youth participants should currently be in grades 8 - 12.


Registration is $200 per person. Registration is available here. Deadline for registration is April 20.


Ifill added, "The SOUL Conference has served the black community for several years and many of its participants have taken on leadership roles in their parishes and dioceses."


For more information contact Angeline Cabanban, 212-716-6186,

Episcopal Network for Stewardship Offers Creating a Culture of Generosity Training


The core mission of TENS is: Helping People Live Generously. To that end, our May conference at Camp Allen outside of Houston, Texas is focusing on how churches can create a culture of generosity that moves people from living lives of fear and scarcity to living lives of joy and generosity.  The Conference is on May 29 and 30 with a pre-conference session for rectors and stewardship leaders on May 28.  There will also be an opportunity to stream the conference live at your local church. Here is the link to the conference website:
Episcopal Seminaries Events and Information
Beecken Center, Sewanee, Offers Kaleidoscope Institute Training

The Rev. Eric Law, founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, will be in Sewanee next month leading a Gracious Leadership and Missional Ministries in the Grace Margin learning opportunity. 

The mission of Kaleidoscope Institute is to create inclusive and sustainable churches and communities. For more than 20 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He writes a weekly blog called 
The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World. Visit his blog at has more detaiils. 
Community Events and Information
Assisting Family Caregivers: Interventive Strategies - A Hospice Foundation of America Webinar

Many caregivers struggle with guilt, anger, anxiety and sadness. As caregiving responsibilities increase, they may find less time to take care of themselves, thus neglecting their own health. They may not eat or sleep well, and over time, experience exhaustion and burnout or their own debilitating illness. This program will provide professionals with practical strategies and coping suggestions to support family caregivers. 

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle
Dale Lund, Ph.D, professor and chair of the Sociology Department at California State University San Bernardino

Thursday, March 19, 2015 
1 to 2:30 p.m. 
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
Conference Rooms J and K

Arranged - Friendship has no Religion - Movie Screening


The film, ARRANGED, centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of 

the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages.



Screening will be on March 22, at Temple B'nai Israel,4901 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. It is free to see, provided you RSVP to

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble

Monday, April 20
7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21
7:30 p.m.
All Souls' Episcopal Church St. Paul's Cathedral
6400 N Pennsylvania Avenue
(at 63rd Street)
127 NW 7th Street
(at Robinson) 

On April 20-21, 2015, Oklahoma City's Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present two performances of the 5th concert of our 2014-15 season, "The Piano Quartet," featuring works for violin, viola, cello and piano, in this season's Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert. 

The works on the program are: 
1) Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493; 2) Turina's Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67; and 3) Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60. 

Brightmusic musicians appearing at this concert include Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello), and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano). 

The performances will take place at 7:30 pm Monday, April 20, 2015, at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N Pennsylvania Avenue (at 63rd Street) and at 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 21, at St. Paul's Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson). Individual concert admission is $15/person (students are free with ID). More information about the concert is available on Brightmusic's website at or by contacting:


Sara Grossman

Vice President, Publicity

Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma

(405) 550-1484 

"Passport of Faith" - Norman Interfaith Tour Offered

April 12, 1:00 to 5:30 pm.

Building on the strength of our annual fall Youth Interfaith Tour, the Religions United Committee of OCC will offer an Interfaith Tour for youth, students, and adults in Norman this spring.Participants will tour three houses of worship from the Abrahamic faiths:  Christian - St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Islam - Islamic Society of Norman, and Jewish - Oklahoma Hillel at OU. The cost is $15. Register now for this informative and enlightening event! 
Congregational Events and Information
All Saints', McAlester, Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in Style

Here are a few photographs from The St. Patrick's Day Dinner Celebration.


Up-Coming Concerts at St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC

St. Paul's Cathedral, 127 NW 7th at Robinson, will host the Grinnell Singers from Grinnell College, Iowa, in concert on Friday evening, March 20 at 7:30pm. The choir will give a rare performance of the Thomas Tallis 40-part motet, "Spem in album" among other pieces. The concert is free and open to everyone.

On Sunday evening, March 22, 5:00pm, Musica Sacra, a chamber choir in residence at the Cathedral, will perform "Music for the Season of Lent." The concert will feature music of Palestrina, Byrd, Stanford, Rheinberger and others. This concert is free and everyone is invited.
Events at Christ Church and in the Tulsa Area

Chris Heuertz

Human Trafficking - Sacrificing Freedom for the Freedom of Others
7:00 p.m.
April 10, 2015
@Christ Church, Tulsa
$15 Advance Purchase
$20 Week of the event

Chris is one who has walked the walk in some very dark places on this earth. Chris will be discussing human trafficking centering on the idea that "fighting for the freedoms of others inevitably means you'll have to sacrifice freedoms of your own." 
click here for more info and tickets:

Workshop on Contemplative Activism

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
April 11, 2015
location to be determined, Tulsa
$50 - Includes Friday event admission

After 20 years of grassroots work in some of the world's poorest slums, red light areas and places of intense human suffering Chris and his wife Phileena founded Gravity: a center for contemplative activism as a way to help communities maintain a vibrant, growing spirituality in the face of human need by integrating faith-filled spiritual practice with modern daily life and service.

In this workshop Chris will give an introduction to these contemplative practices and lead the group in perhaps an exercise of centering prayer and the examen...both with long traditions in Christianity. The workshop may vary depending on the group.
click here for more info and tickets:
A.J. Swoboda
7:00 p.m.
May 29th
@Christ Church, Tulsa
$15 Advance Purchase
$20 Week of the event

A.J.'s topic: Jesus, the environment and the first Earth Day.

click here for more info and tickets:
Youth Events and Information
National Happening Leadership Conference Scheduled

Happening Leadership Conference, July 7 - 10, 2016, Camp Weed, Live Oak, FL, in the Diocese of Florida. We will have more details and registration forms soon.
Save the Date - New Beginnings is Coming This Summer

New Beginnings is now scheduled for July 18 (for Staff to come together) and July 19 (participants arrive) at St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC. 

Staff will come in at 7 p.m. and participants at noon. The event will end on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Registration forms will be coming out soon and in the newsletter. If you are a 6th - 9th grader, and want to be a part of a spiritual weekend, where we have a series of talks, films, tapes, small group discussions, and activities and focus on subjects as self, parents, friends, siblings, school, God's love, prayer, the Church and "Who is Jesus?" this weekend is for you.

Cost will be $50 for a weekend of great fun and spiritual growing. 
Older Adults Events and Information
Parish Coordinator for Older Adult Ministries

Does you Parish have a Coordinator for Older Adult Ministries? If so, we would like to know! We are wanting to increase our presence in this every growing area. If you have one, please email Sabrina Evans at She will coordinate the list and be working with The Rev. John and Alma Belzer in this area. 

If you don't have one, you might think about the value it would serve.

More than one in three Episcopalians is over the age of 65, and another 41% of Episcopalians are between the ages of 45 to 64. That means three of every four members of the Episcopal Church are age 45 or older. In terms of economic stressors alone (retirement age, technology gaps, social services, Social Security, and Medicare) the impact of this demographic group on local congregations is profound.

There are numerous events offered throughout the State and the Province and the Diocese has funding set aside to help individuals attend these meetings.

Once this information is obtained, we will be scheduling a gathering. 

The responsibilities for the Senior Ministry Coordinator should be:

Able to attend 1 person to person meeting per year
Serve as a voice in the parish and to help advertise events and senior opportunities
Should have computer/internet capabilities
Abundant Living - A Time for Transition 12th Annual Conference

Are you over 60? Feel like 60? Care for the over 60? This this conference is for you!
 Join fellow seniors, family members, and caregivers for three days at the 12th Annual Abundant Living Conference held in the piney woods of Camp Allen. Explore aging as a spiritual journey, learn from geriatricians, enjoy nature walks, cooking, canoeing, art, song fests, and more.

Speakers include:  Elizabeth (Bets) Anderson, DrPH, RN; The Rev. Helen Waller Appelberg, DMin; The Rev. Barbara Crafton; Carmel Dyer, MD; James S. Goodwin, MD; Jean M. Goodwin, MD; Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB & Fr. Peter Frunk, OSB; Jamie Martin-Currie, MEd; The Rev. Glenice Robinson-Como; and The Rev. Henry Strobel, PhD. 

March 16 - 19, 2015
Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center.

For more information, click here. 

To register, click here.
Christian Formation News 
Lenten Activity 7 - Creating a Prayer Loom
Posted by Emily Given on March 9th, 2015
Prayer Loom 1
"As we move our bodies in prayer, we root those prayers deeply within the fiber of our being, creating a prayerful muscle memory."

Why a Prayer Loom?
As a visual learner and an artist, I often engage in visual forms of prayer. I believe prayer can have a feel, a smell, a look, a sound, and a taste, if we allow ourselves to be open to the experience.

This was my core assumption as I planned our Lenten cross-generational offering this year. The Lenten Artist's Workshop would be a place where prayer and story had a visual manifestation. We would have five weeks to imagine, play, and create.

The most powerful expression of visual prayer is "the prayer loom." This six-by-eight foot wooden frame with nails hammered around the edge has become the central gathering place of the workshop. Baskets of yarn lay at its feet just waiting to be picked up and offered as prayer.

How does it work?
Start with intention: this is a prayer. Breathe. Choose a skein of yarn. What color or texture speaks to you? Tie a skein of yarn to one of the nails, then wrap the yarn from nail-head to nail-head, back and forth across the frame, over and under each other's weavings.

With each directional change, offer a prayer. The motion of your body, reaching and ducking to reach other points is a way of dancing with God. As we move our bodies in prayer, we root those prayers deeply within the fiber of our being, creating a prayerful muscle memory.

What has been its effect?
The prayer loom is only a few months old and already it has been in heavy use. It was part of the prayer space at the 2015 Forma Conference, a women's retreat with Becca Stevens, and now in our ongoing prayer space during Lent. I have watched the loveliest dances with God in front of that loom - some purposeful and bold, some fluid, but also halting. Within the first night of the workshop, the loom was filled with prayers of every color and direction. It is wonderfully meaningful to see these prayers overlapping time and time again on the loom. So it is with us - our lives and prayers are always overlapping with one another.

My favorite story from the prayer loom took place a few weeks ago, during our Wednesday night Artist's Workshop. At the end of the evening, the loom was filled with the prayers of a whole room of people. One of the more active boys started to bounce his body against the loom, over and over again. My first temptation was to stop him, but instead I hung back and watched. William leaned all of his weight onto those criss-crossed yarn. When our eyes met, he announced with delight, "Look Emily! All these prayers can hold me up!" That was it. William totally got it.

Prayers offered up with love and connection can hold all of us up, literally and figuratively.

Ingredients for A Prayer Loom:

4 pieces of wood (length/height based on your particular need), notched at the ends
4 wing nuts and screws
Flat-head nails to be hammered with 1-inch spacing, on which the yarn is looped
Yarn of many colors and textures
For a Smaller Frame:

Picture frame with the backing and glass removed
Smaller flat-head nails hammered around the opening
Yarn is strong across the open space of the frame

Prayer Web invite

Emily Given is the Director of Children and Family Ministry at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. Emily has worked on both the congregational and diocesan level for over 15 years. She is a mixed media artist and the author of Building Faith Brick by Brick: An Imaginative Way to Explore the Bible With Children.
Another Idea for a Prayer Loom

Here's another idea for a prayer loom. 
I used a wooden cross found at Hobby Lobby and put small brad nails around the edge. Then began with multi-colored yard. 
Idea for Church Knitters

"Knit-a-thon" Brings Knitters Together for Cause

Knitters of all ages were hard at work in Belfast, Maine today, all for a good cause.

The nonprofit "Knit the Community" held a Knit-a-thon at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.

For 12 hours today-from 8 AM to 8 PM-knitters feverishly worked on everything from scarves to socks, mittens to sweaters.

The goal-to raise money for the Interfaith Fuel Fund, which provides heating fuel to Mainers in need.

"Some people get donations and knit by the hour, and get sponsors for knitting by the hour. And some people just come to hang out and knit and they make a donation which is very nice. Some people are knitting mittens for school kids, and a lot of people have brought their own projects. Working on all sorts of things," said organizer Sarah Brand-New.

Participants say days like this also give them the opportunity to learn from and inspire each other.

Organizers say they're always looking for new knitters to take part in upcoming Knit-a-thons.

If you're interested you can visit
ChurchNext New Video

We are so excited to partner with Forward Movement, the Episcopal Church, Trinity, Wall Street, Thistle Farms, and Church Publishing Inc. to bring you another free class: A Simple Path to a Deeper Spiritual Life with Becca Stevens.

As you may know, Becca is an author, speaker, and founder of Thistle Farms, a bath and beauty care company she leads with (and for) at risk women. 

There are many gems of wisdom in this class - learn about the spiritual life as a journey of hope, forgiveness, and resurrection from this gifted author, speaker, and priest. It's based on her upcoming book, Letters from the Farm, from Church Publishing, Inc.

Click here to register for the class for free. The class will open up on March 22 for two weeks, and close at midnight on Easter Sunday, April 5. Register today and we'll send you an email reminder on the 22nd.

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Contact Information
Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820