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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Greetings! I write to you today with the celebratory news that we have elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry! I offer my congratulations and blessings to my fellow Bishop, Michael, his wife Sharon, and their two children, Rachel and Elizabeth.


Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry will serve as the first African American Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. He has served as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina since 2000. Prior to his election as Bishop, he served as Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland for 12 years.  

In my position as the Co-Chair of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop, I had the privilege of getting to know all of the nominees over the past year and a half. Our Church was blessed with four outstanding nominees, each of whom could have served this Church with great grace and ability.


I would like to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to our current Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori. I have worked closely with Katharine since I began my ministry as the Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. I ask your prayers of thanksgiving for her leadership and ministry among us.


I look forward to serving with Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry as we move together in the work and ministry of our Church. As a member of the Presiding Bishop Transition and Installation Committee, I am excited to work with Michael and his family in this time of transition.


Beginning this Sunday, I ask all congregations to add Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry and his family to their weekly cycle of prayer.


On November 1st, Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry will be officially installed and formally seated in his cathedra, the Presiding Bishop's official seat at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Further details regarding this service will be forthcoming after General Convention.


O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were being cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




Bishop Ed 
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The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
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June 26, 2015

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In This Issue

Bishop's Calendar 


June 22nd - July 3rd
General Convention
Salt Lake City, Utah 

July 12th

Bishop Visitation
St. John's, Durant

July 19th
Bishop's Visitation
St. Paul's, Clinton
Companion Diocese Uruguay
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.




June Newsletter: 

We love sharing your news stories and event announcements! 
Please email your news to Communications Director, Nicole Baxley directly at
From the Diocesan Office
2015 General Convention
June 23rd - July 3rd 
General Convention is well underway, and new posts are being added to our blog all the time! 

We hope you will continue to follow our blog and stay up-to-date on the important work and ministry happening at General Convention! 

Remember, you can watch live-streaming of legislative sessions from both houses, daily worship, press round-ups, and on-demand features at the General Convention Media Hub
Click here to see our General Convention blog!
Diocesan Office Closed in Observance of  Independence Day
Friday, July 3rd 
The Diocesan Office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

Please join us in prayer:

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 
Around Our Diocese
Summer Issue of The Episcopal Teacher 

The Summer Issue of The Episcopal Teacher is now available online!


This is a quarterly publication from Virginia Theological Seminary and has numerous resources for all age groups.  


Click here to read the current issue and sign-up for others.

Resources from E-Formation Workshop

Randall Curtis, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Developer in the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, was a guest presenter at the E-Formation workshop recently held at Virginia Theological Seminary. Randall is affectionately known as "The Holy Geek" and does a great job incorporating media into his work and showing those "non-geeks" how to do it!


Click here to view his presentation on theological reflection!  
More News from Around Our Diocese
Click on the title of each news story below to read!
Upcoming Events
June Events 

Young Adult Festival at General Convention 2015  


The Young Adult festival at General Convention is well underway! This year, the event is divided into two segments:

Why Serve: June 24th - 29th

A gathering of young adults centered around discernment of vocation
Kindling: June 29th - July 3rd

A gathering of leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses


Please keep all those involved, and all those at General Convention, in your prayers! 


July Events

Episcoposse Mission Trip

July 19th - July 25th

The purpose of Episcoposse is to bring together Tulsa area youth to form a community where they can learn, grow and live into their faith. By functioning in a collective environment, they seek to offer the vast strengths and talents of each parish so that the young people of The Episcopal Church have the best tools available to accompany them on their spiritual journeys.


They have a wonderful upcoming mission trip to St. Crysostom's Episcopal Church in downtown Chicago!  

Events Beyond July

2016 Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  

July 31 - August 8, 2016 

Bishop Ed will be offering a Youth Pilgrimage (rising 9th grade and up) to the Holy Land from July 31 through August 8, 2016. This is an incredible opportunity to walk where Jesus walked. The trip is limited to 20 youth and 5 adult chaperones. The approximate cost (door to door) is $2,795, not including souvenirs or soft drinks.
If this is an opportunity you would like to investigate further, please contact Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation via email at


More Events
Click on the name of each event below to learn more!

June 1st - 26th
St. Mary's School Summer Camp
June 22nd - July 17th
Thomas Merton's Abiding Legacy
June 23rd - July 14th
Summertime Ignation
June 24th - July 3rd
Young Adult Festival at General Convention 2015
July 10th - 11th 
Youth Leader's Gathering and Training
July 19th - 20th
New Beginnings Event
August 5th - 8th
The Network of Biblical Storytellers' Festival Gathering
August 13th - 15th

Education for Ministry (EfM) Annual Training
August 22nd
(Order tickets by July 17th)
Episcopal Night at the OKC Dodgers Game
August 24th - 28th
Mediation Skills Training
August 30th

Safeguarding God's Children Training
September 11th - 12th
Bishop's Lecture Series
July 31 - August 8, 2016
2016 Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
National & International News

Additional General Convention News: 

Click below to read more from:   

- Episcopal News Service (ENS) 

- Episcopal Relief & Development 

Contact Information
Nicole Baxley
Communications Director 
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
(405) 232-4820