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Many gays and lesbians who attended church in their youth, began to feel ostracized by homophobic dogma as they grew into adulthood. Some congregations have tried to reach out to these children of God by welcoming them into their church families. In June of this year, three American Christian denominations addressed LGBT issues at their national conventions.
Over the next few months, Camp will profile a few local congregations and extra-ecclesiastical organizations as a service to readers who are searching for ways to reconnect with the faiths of their childhoods or looking for a new place to worship.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
On the periphery of Kansas City’s downtown government district is a rustic cathedral. Dwarfed by glass and art deco towers, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is an example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Finished in 1888, its interior is made of Kansas City brick laid with red mortar, and capped with Warrensburg limestone. Caned chairs, a 32-foot high marble altar, and a mammoth pipe organ are often lit by sunlight diffused through the painted art glass windows. The 19th century structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Mary’s is part of the American Episcopal Church, whose governance is invested in bishops; a new presiding bishop being elected every nine years. The presiding bishop elected this year, Katharine Jefferts Schori, is the first female in that role. Delegates to the Episcopal General Convention in Columbus, OH, passed Resolution B033, which recommends that diocesan leadership “exercise restraint” when considering the consecration of openly gay bishops in the American wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Bishop Jefferts Schori supports the blessing of same-sex unions and has said that she does not regard homosexuality as a sin.
The urban congregation that is now St. Mary’s was originally named after the evangelist St. Luke; it was this group that lent its name to St. Luke’s Health System. When the parishioners moved the church to its current location, they built on land paid for primarily by the Troost family (the same family the city recognized with Troost Avenue). It was the wish of the family that the new building be named after Mary Troost; hence the current name of the congregation and building.
Having been chartered in 1857, the congregation celebrates its sesquicentennial next year. St. Mary’s is the oldest Episcopal church in Kansas City, Missouri. The building is regarded as one of the finest acoustical spaces for performances in the area, according to Rev. Lauren Lyon, Rector of St. Mary’s. Every year St. Mary’s, which has a deep interest in the arts, plays host to the Summerfest chamber series concerts on four Sundays in July. There is also an organ recital series once a month on Sundays from September through May, and the church St. Mary’s is available for other group performances throughout the year.
In the 150 years St. Mary’s Episcopal has weathered in Kansas City, its membership has risen and fallen over the years.
Rev. Lyon now sees opportunity for growth with the renaissance of downtown and the commensurate increase in downtown residential space. She and her parishioners want St. Mary’s to be visible in the community as an active congregation. Rev. Lyon cites an amazing hospitality and the fine welcome first-timers receive at the church for this success. She says well over 50% of those who visit decide to become members.
For more than a decade St. Mary’s has been an open and affirming congregation with an extremely diverse makeup. Its theology is considered to be Anglo-Catholic—similar in ceremony but more progressive in belief than Roman Catholicism. According to Rev. Lyon, while allowing for a great latitude of individual conscience, thought, and belief, the congregation unifies itself through common ritual and public worship.
8 AM and 10 AM
Additional 6 PM service September through May.
St Mary’s Episcopal Church
Kansas City MO 64106
One ministry to which the membership of St. Mary’s Episcopal is committed is Downtown Outreach Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation organized by the church. Downtown Outreach provides free lunches on Saturdays in the parish hall, serving an average of 200 meals each week. The ministry also hands out weekly around 50 bags of groceries to needy households.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
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