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Amending St. Clare’s Bylaws

Amending St. Clare’s Bylaws

this post was updated on Jan 21, 2022: the proposed bylaws have been updated following a review on January 5 by interested congregants and subsequent approval by Vestry on January 19 An item on the agenda of the January 30, 2022, Annual Meeting will be a vote on a...

Vestry 2022-2024

Vestry 2022-2024

Announcing a wonderful opportunity! Dear fellow parishioners,  It is time, once again, to consider nominees for our upcoming Vestry elections. As you likely know, membership on the Vestry is for a three year term, and is a wonderful opportunity to serve in a...

The Strength of a Circle

The Strength of a Circle

For the past few years I have subscribed to an online program called Advent Word. Each day of Advent, a special word and a brief reflection is delivered to my inbox. A few days ago, the word was “strength” and, in the reflection, Kathy Wilder spoke of the strength of...

Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine Hesitancy

Hello, beloved St. Clarians, I wanted to write this month’s Vestry Corner about vaccination and vaccine hesitancy. I’m so happy to have had my vaccine and to soon be rejoining in-person activities such as services at St. Clare’s! With some people in my family hesitant...

Safe Church

Safe Church

Living into our Baptismal Covenant, the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, and its affiliated congregations, and other entities, strive for justice and peace among all people. The obligation to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human...

Native American View of the Gospels

Native American View of the Gospels

Do you want to know more about Native American spirituality, as our Land Acknowledgement program takes shape? If so, The Four Vision Quests of Jesus is one of the most original and helpful books that I can recall. The author, Steven Charleston, is a Choctaw. Even...

Filthy Rags

Filthy Rags

I was pondering Paul this morning, and specifically the bit in Romans where he compares his pre-conversion life to filthy rags (for the scripturally-knowledgeable who are raising their eyebrows right now: stick with me). As a Christian from the baptismal class of...

Earth Day is every day

Earth Day is every day

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” For some of...

Vestry Corner: March

Vestry Corner: March

Profile Committee Report, by Christine Cook As I promised in my January St. Clarian article, once we finalized the responses to the questions for the online ministry profile, I would share them with the congregation. This article is an effort to provide transparency...

Vestry Corner: February

Vestry Corner: February

The Episcopal Church and Slavery Atonement, written by Linda Klimach As the four Sacred Ground circles completed our 10 week study and dialogue series on race and racism, we learned that the 75th Episcopal General Convention (2006) had debated and passed a resolution...

Election Results

Election Results

A huge thank you to all of you who agreed to serve on vestry, to serve as a delegate to Diocesan Convention, or to serve on the Genesis Board. We can't do what we do without you! At our Annual Meeting on January 24, we elected four people to 3-year terms on vestry...

What’s This Profile Committee I’ve Heard About?

What’s This Profile Committee I’ve Heard About?

by Christine Cook In the last two months, Maryjane Peck, Linda Klimach, and I have made announcements regarding the Profile Committee, and I thought it might be a good idea to explain in a bit more depth what this Profile Committee is and what we’re doing. I did...