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We are hard at work preparing for the 2012 conference at the Dekoven Center in Racine, WI. We are confident this will be the best year yet, but for it to be a success, we need your help! Please consider presenting at our conference or encouraging a terrific presenter to join us. 

General conference details can be found here. Specific details on workshop proposals, including the submission form, can be found at the link below:

See you in May!

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<h1><a href="/blog/minot-nd-needs-volunteers">Minot, ND Needs Volunteers!</a></h1>

The Diocese of North Dakota and All Saints Episcopal Church are looking for volunteers as they reach out to their neighbors to help with home repair and reconstruction after flooding this summer; they need your help now! Contact for more information.

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<h1><a href="/blog/we-need-your-help-articles-wanted">We Need Your Help! (Articles Wanted)</a></h1>

From ECW: As you read this Communiqué, we will be hard at work on the next issue, which will focus on women’s health ministries. Oct. 15 is the deadline for that edition. Nurse Ginny Wagenseller from the Diocese of Connecticut has titled her article “What is health ministry and what does it have to do with the Episcopal Church?”

The rector and nurse of Grace Church in the Diocese of Rhode Island will provide information on the many programs and workshops they offer. I am sure many of you have similar ministries in your parish, diocese or province. Please share this with all Episcopal Church Women. Send us your articles.

To receive the Communiqué, to report a change of address or to submit an article or photograph for inclusion in the
next edition, contact:

Marilyn Rishkofski
186 Little River Road
Hampton, NH 03842

Deadline for the next edition of Communiqué is Oct. 15.

Please help us make the health ministries edition a success!

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<h1><a href="/blog/foster-food-awareness-in-october">Foster Food Awareness in October</a></h1>

This blog post originally appeared the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

October is a time to celebrate the harvest in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Conferences and festivals abound in our communities. In addition, there are two days congregations may want to mark especially with prayers, educational events and activities.

Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day, with this year’s theme set by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as “Food Prices - from Crisis to Stability.” This day presents an opportunity to learn more about what is driving those price increases and who is most affected. Click here for background on World Food Day, and to read about what global development organizations are doing to stabilize food prices in the face of growing populations, escalating urbanization, and climate change; and what we can do to help.

Monday, October 24 is the first Food Day in the United States. It is organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, now joined by other organizations with a strong emphasis on human and environmental health. Food Day’s website,, includes a feature allowing a search for events and activities in your area.

If you haven't done so already, this October may be a good time to begin serious consideration of your congregation’s food practices. How responsible are your patterns of consumption and waste? Are there ways you could contribute to or support local food production? Where is the church’s voice needed in advocating for just food and agricultural policies? Are you celebrating the abundance of your area and the food traditions of your members?

The working group on food and environment of our church’s Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology and Faith has prepared a booklet which may be used for a congregational food audit. On October 1, look for it as a free download on the their web site,

Update 10/7/11: Congregational Food Audit with Resources for Action Steps

For more information, contact Deacon Phina Borgeson: In addition to serving at Trinity, Sonoma, Deacon Borgeson is a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance.

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From All Saints, Chicago:

 All Saints, Chicago