Welcome to the Diocesan Digest a news outlet for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. I’m your host, Sarah Smith, Coordinator of Media. In these short episodes we will share the latest news, ministry stories, clergy spotlights and much more about the Diocese of Oklahoma each week! If you or your congregation wants to share a ministry story or other important news item or a particular topic you want to see covered on the podcast please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ep 39: Bishop Poulson's First Year
This week we feature Bishop Poulson! We sit down to talk about his first year of leadership at the Diocese and cover issues from the importance of small churches to what it means to be a vital congregation.
Ep 38: Life and Legacy of Georgia Henry Gates
This week we feature a special episode as a tribute to Georgia Henry Gates. Georgia was a beloved lay leader in the Diocese that passed away several months ago. To celebrate her memory we asked a couple of her closest friends to shares some stories about Georgia over the years. Deacon Kay Boman Harvey from All Saints’ Miami and lay leader John Koons from St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City join the podcast to honor the life and legacy of Georgia Henry Gates.
Ep 37: The Very Rev. Katie Churchwell
This episode features the Very Rev. Katie Churwell the new Dean at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City. Sarah sat down with Dean Katie and did a “get to know you” session with the bright, kind and energetic Dean. They chatted about her upbringing in Arizona, her call to the priesthood, and all things ministry from pop-up prayer to St. Paul’s.
Ep 36: Spiritual Direction School
Canon Susan is the new Dean for the School of Spiritual Direction through the Iona program here in the Diocese. We had a delightful conversation about the new program. We covered questions about what exactly Spiritual Direction is, what the Ignatian Exercises are and how folks can get involved!
Ep 35: Hispanic Heritage Month with Julia Ayala Harris and Mtr. Mary Ann Hill
This week is a special feature episode for Hispanic Heritage Month. In the US, Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. Sarah sits down with two leaders in the Diocese that are doing great work in the area of Hispanic ministry. Julia Ayala Harris is a Hispanic woman lay leader at St. John’s in Norman. She is a member of Executive Council for the Episcopal Church. And Mother Mary Ann Hill is the president of the Standing Committee for the Diocese, rector of St. Dunstan’s in Tulsa and built a Hispanic community at St. Dunstan’s that eventually grew into the new Hispanic Mission in Tulsa called Espiritu Santo led by Fr. Alberto Moreno. We had a really incredible and eye opening conversation about why Hispanic ministry is important and how the Episcopal Church can foster spaces of belonging to actualize the Kingdom of God in our communities.
Ep 34: Oakerhater Sunday Forum with Cheyenne Peace Chief Harvey Pratt
This week features a forum discussion with Cheyenne Peace Chief Harvey Pratt from St. Paul’s Cathedral OKC’s celebration of the Feast Day of Oakerhater. David Pendleton Oakerhater was a Cheyenne Indian warrior that later became an Episcopal Deacon that served in Western Oklahoma. Every year St. Paul’s celebrates his feast day on the first or second Sunday of September. This year, Native American parishioners from the Cathedral, Buzz McDonald and Blue Clark held a short discussion forum with Peace Chief Harvey Pratt to learn about his life and legacy of his artwork in Oklahoma and US. Pratt is a prolific artist, US military veteran and Cheyenne Peace Chief.
Great guest! Interesting subject. Focused questions. On-target comments. Looking forward to hearing more!!!
New and Creative
I think this is an excellent way to show off our Diocese! It’s a new, fresh, creative and interactive way to show off all of the good work that we do as a Diocese. Cheers! Can’t wait for more!