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The Diocese of Western Kansas is one of 109 diocese within the Episcopal Church in the United States. The Diocese of Western Kansas encompasses the western 2/3 of the Great State of Kansas from Salina to Colorado and from Oklahoma to Nebraska. There are 29 Episcopal Churches in this diocese so chances are, wherever you go, you're not too far from us. Welcome to the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas!

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Lenten Letter from The Rt. Rev. Michael Milliken
Fifth Bishop of Western Kansas

Dear Friends of Western Kansas,

I have two things on my mind I would like to share with you today.

First, I have moved the Bishop’s Advent Appeal to Lent. This is my annual appeal to the diocese for support of the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. As you probably know the Bishop’s Fund is used to aid and assist individuals and programs that are beyond the scope of our diocesan operating budget. In recent time we have used funds to help support the bishop of the Dominican Republic; funds have been used to aid clergy (some from Western Kansas) with personal needs. I have helped cover some of the cost for continuing education; medical expenses and supported local discretionary funds when their need exceeded their capacity.

I would ask that at this season of sacrifice you might consider including the Bishop’s Fund as part of your Lenten Discipline. Enclosed please find a return envelope for your convenience (Gifts can be mailed to the Diocesan Address on the right). Your gifts will help carry the mission and ministry of our Lord Jesus to those who are near, and to those who are far off.

Second, as we enter this Lenten Season I would like to ask the people of Western Kansas to join me in a program of Lenten Fasting.

This is a bit of a classical fasting program. Breakfast would be light: dry toast, coffee/tea. Lunch would also be light, such as soup. Dinner would be a regular meal, but without meat. I would ask we all join together for this on the Wednesdays in Lent.

Now, beyond the fasting and prayers, I would ask that each of you put a container on your table, or keep track of the money you did not spend on the food you did not eat. And then at Easter you collect the money you saved and send it to your local food pantry or Salvation Army.

This may not seem like a big sacrifice, but multiplied by all our members in Western Kansas I think it will make a difference in the lives of others. So, remember: Wednesdays eat light, save your money, give to the poor!

Wishing you a most holy and spiritual Lent, I remain

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Michael P. Milliken
Bishop of Western Kansas

Lenten Message from The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Twenty-Sixth Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

You can view Bishop Katharine's Lenten video by clicking here. The text of her message is below.

The reality is that the season of Lent, which Christians have practiced for so many centuries, is about the same kind of yearning for greater light in the world, whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern Hemisphere.
The word “Lent” means “lengthen” and it’s about the days getting longer. The early Church began to practice a season of preparation for those who would be baptized at Easter, and before too long other members of the Christian community joined those candidates for baptism as an act of solidarity.
It was a season during which Christians and future Christians learned about the disciplines of the faith – prayer and study and fasting and giving alms, sharing what they have.
But the reality is that, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, the lengthening days were often times of famine and hunger, when people had used up their winter food stores and the spring had not yet produced more food to feed people. Acting in solidarity with those who go hungry is a piece of what it means to be a Christian. To be a follower of Jesus is to seek the healing of the whole world.
And Lent is a time when we practice those disciplines as acts of solidarity with the broken and hungry and ill and despised parts of the world.
I would invite you this Lent to think about your Lenten practice as an exercise in solidarity with all that is – with other human beings and with all of creation. That is most fundamentally what Jesus is about. He is about healing and restoring that broken world.
So as you enter Lent, consider how you will live in solidarity with those who are hungry, or broken, or ill in one way or another.
May you have a blessed Lent this year, and may it yield greater light in the world.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church