The Diocesan Digest


Welcome to the Diocesan Digest - a podcast for news, ministry stories and much more from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.   New episodes will air each week on Friday mornings.  You can find the episodes linked in our newsletter, on our website at epiok.org/podcast, our social media platforms, iTunes or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Connect with us!  If you or your congregation has a story to tell, let us know!  Simply email me, Susanna LeMasters, at slemasters@epiok.org and we can work on a way to highlight how God is working in your community. 

Below you can find a link to each episode and a short description.

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Ep.44 Joseph Ripka

Thursday, October 28, 2021
By: The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Today we learn about a beautiful and unique musical instrument, the organ! We are joined by Joseph Ripka, Canon musician designate at St. Pauls Cathedral. and Diocesan music missioner. Joesph is the organist and is responsible for a large and varied cathedral choristers program at St. Pauls Cathedral. He is an internationally respected and acclaimed organist who has played across the world. We do a get-to-know-you podcast today with Mr. Ripka today, he shares with us how an organ works and his love for teaching music!

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Ep.44 Joseph Ripka

Today we learn about a beautiful and unique musical instrument, the organ! We are joined by Joseph Ripka, Canon musician designate at St. Pauls Cathedral. and Diocesan music missioner. Joesph is the organist and is responsible for a large and varied cathedral choristers program at St. Pauls Cathedral. He is an internationally respected and acclaimed organist who has played across the world. We do a get-to-know-you podcast today with Mr. Ripka today, he shares with us how an organ works and his love for teaching music!
By: The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Plays: 605

Ep. 43 The Rev. Tim Sean Youmans, Author of Blessed to Bless

Today we are joined by The Rev.Tim Sean Youmans, he serves as the Vicar of St. Edward the Confessor Chapel and Chair of the Religion Department at Casady School. He also serves the Cathedral as Canon for Youth and Families. Fr Tim Sean recently wrote a new book Blessed to bless, an introduction to the Bible which seeks to train your bible muscle and teach you how to read the Bible in many different ways. In this podcast Fr. Tim Sean shares his love of the Bible, why he wrote this book and how it can serve youth and adults.
By: The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, September 24, 2021
Plays: 404

Ep 42: Grace Church Yukon

Today we are joined by the dynamic priest duo Fr. Tim and Mtr. Kirsten Baer! Tim and Kirsten helped start a Diocesan church plant in Yukon, Oklahoma called Grace Church. They recently broke ground on their new building on 6th and Mustang Road in Yukon last week with the Bishop. In this episode, we chat about their background and dreams as church planters coming alive in the great success story of Grace Yukon. They share about the vision for the church, how they do evangelism and what it looks like to make the Episcopal Church accessible to folks who aren’t familiar with liturgical traditions.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Plays: 938

Ep 41: Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation

This week’s episode features Sabrina Evans, our beloved Diocesan Director of Christian Formation. Sabrina retires this week after serving the Diocese for the last decade. Most notably, Sabrina has played an integral role in the development of small church christian formation and helped organize the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event in Oklahoma City. In this episode, Sabrina and I chat about her favorite moments working in the Diocese , her passion for children’s ministry and plans for retirement. We thank Sabrina for her commitment and ministry to the Diocese, we will miss her greatly.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, May 14, 2021
Plays: 501

Ep 40: Greenwood Theatrical & Fire in Beulah

This week’s episode features special guest and St. Crispin’s Camp alumni Patrice Armour and Marta Reiman, creators and directors of Tulsa’s newest theatre, Greenwood Theatrical. Patrice and Marta are Tulsa natives that became friends as youngsters at St. Crispins’ camp and dance class and eventually shared an apartment as adults in New York. Patrice attend St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma on a dance scholarship and moved to NY several years after graduation to follow her sister. She’s held numerous roles in non-profit organizations including Cable Positive and Wendy Hillard Gymnastic Foundation. She’s also worked for the New York Times in advertising and currently works as the Gymnastics program director of Aim High Academy at North Tulsa. Marta is an actress, dancer, playwright and producer originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma but has been based in New York since 2003. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and The Hartt School of Performing Arts at the University of Hartford. Marta’s New York and regional theatre career has consisted of acting in new works and playing infamous women; such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Zelda Fitzgerald and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among others. Marta and Patrice created the Greenwood Theatrical theatre company to be dedicated to racial equity, healing, and education through theatre, community programming, and dialogue. Their first play production, written by Marta, is an adaptation of Oklahoma novelist, Rilla Askew called the Fire in Beulah. The play tells the story of women’s lives during the Tulsa Race Massacre and will be shown on May 21st via an online viewing to commemorate the Centennial Memorial of the Massacre. It was a joy and a privilege to speak to these two inspiring women. I’m honored to share their ministry of racial healing through the arts. To donate to the Greenwood Theatrical and to view the play on May 21st visit greenwoodtheatrical.org
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Plays: 116

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.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Plays: 541

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.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, April 23, 2021
Plays: 120

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.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Plays: 601

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!
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, January 22, 2021
Plays: 81

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.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, September 25, 2020
Plays: 1797

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.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, September 18, 2020
Plays: 75

Ep 33: Canon Eric Cooter

Today on the podcast we have our new Canon to the Ordinary the Rev. Canon Eric Cooter as our guest. Sarah does a "get to know you" chat with him about his life, what brought him to the church, his background in business and his love for flying.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, August 7, 2020
Plays: 453

Ep 32: Faithful Parenting During Covid

Fr. Blake Woods, Fr. Jeff Huston, Kate Huston and Sarah Smith chat about what faithful parenting looks like during Corona-tide and how to make hard decisions using spiritual discernment.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 31, 2020
Plays: 283

Ep 31: Racial Reconciliation Resources for Churches

The week is round 4 of the Racial Reconciliation Podcast Series with Kate Carney Huston. Kate and Sarah chat about resources for churches and communities. Kate explains the various kinds of anti-racism curriculums available for churches, the upcoming adult and youth racial reconciliation pilgrimage and other trainings the Diocese will be offering this Fall. There’s a lot of good stuff in this one folks, hope you enjoy! And as always you can find links to these resources by going to our website epiok.org/shownotes.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 10, 2020
Plays: 190

Ep 30: Racial Reconciliation Resources for Kids

Round three with Kate Carney Huston joined by Sabrina Evans (Director of Christian Formation) on the Racial Reconciliation Series. Kate, Sabrina and Sarah chat about resources for young kids including books, TV shows, movies, podcasts and more. Find all of our show notes to the resources we chat about by going to epiok.org/shownotes.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 3, 2020
Plays: 82

Ep 29: Racial Reconciliation Resources for Youth

Today is round two with Kate Carney Huston on the Racial Reconciliation Series. This week Sarah and Kate chat about resources for youth including books, movies, podcast and more. They also talk about how to even approach the topic with our youth in our homes.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, June 26, 2020
Plays: 76

Ep 28: Racial Reconciliation Discussion Series Part I with Kate Carney Huston and Sarah E. Smith

Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adults Ministries, Kate Huston, joins Sarah on the podcast to talk about anti-racism and racial reconciliation resources for adults. They chat about some of their favorite books, podcasts, movies and much more in this episode. Go to epiok.org/shownotes for links to all the things they talked about.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, June 19, 2020
Plays: 115

Ep 27: Bishop Elect Poulson Consecration Press Conference

Sarah sits down with Bishop Elect Poulson for a Facebook Live Interview as the Diocese gears up for the Consecration. The Consecration of Bishop Elect Poulson Reed as Co-Adjutor will be May 30th at 11am via live stream on the Diocesan YouTube page. In this conversation, Sarah catches up with Bishop Elect on how his transition to the Diocese has been so far and what to expect from an online Consecration service.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, May 29, 2020
Plays: 244

Ep 26: Streaming Solutions with Melanie Wignall

This is a special episode designed for our church leaders on some tips and tricks to live streaming video to social media and other websites. Sarah chats with Melanie Wignall, a professional television producer who has been working with the Diocese for almost a decade now on our big events and videos. Melanie and Sarah go over the pros and cons of facebook live, youtube and the importance of audio quality, intimacy of video shots and much more. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah if you have any questions about your audio, video needs at ssmith@epiok.org. Find how to videos and links to products at www.epiok.org/covid-19
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Monday, March 23, 2020
Plays: 717

Ep 25: Bishop-Elect Poulson Reed

In this getting to know you conversation, Sarah chats with Bishop-Elect Poulson Reed about his path to ordination, what he and his family are looking forward to about Oklahoma and they do a fun lightning round of questions!
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, February 14, 2020
Plays: 1050

Ep 24: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

Sarah caught up with Bishop Susan Brown Snook on her life in sunny San Diego, how she is transitioning into her new role and casting her vision for the Diocese.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, February 7, 2020
Plays: 105

Ep 23: Mother Janie Koch

Clergy Spotlight! Mother Janie is the Vicar of All Saint’s, McAlester. Mother Janie and Sarah chat about growing up in the Baptist tradition and her journey to ordination in the Episcopal Church. She also shares her experience of celebrating the Eucharist for the first time and how she got into tattoos!
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, January 10, 2020
Plays: 348

Ep 22: Fr. Alberto Moreno and Espíritu Santo

This week’s episode features Fr. Alberto Moreno, the Diocesan Latino Missioner who was previously serving at St. Dunstan’s in Tulsa but has now been appointed by Bishop Ed to start a new latino/hispanic mission called Espíritu Santo. Thanks to the wonderful work St. Dunstan’s has put into this community by offering Spanish service the group has grown so much that Fr. Moreno will serve that community by moving into their own space. Fr. Moreno and I chat about his background in the Catholic Church and all about his vision for the new community and space for Espíritu Santo.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, November 22, 2019
Plays: 548

Ep 21: Elephant Blessing

Mother Erin Jean Warde of St. Luke’s Ada and Mother Gloria Walters from St. Mark’s Hugo join the podcast this week to chat about their new partnership and share all about their experience blessing the elephants for the feast day of St. Francis in Hugo, OK. They explain how the feast day honors the reflection of god in all of creation and how their new partnership exemplifies a non-competitive attitude the church so desperately needs to thrive in our divisive world.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, November 15, 2019
Plays: 172

Ep 20 Mitch Bibelheimer and YASC

Sarah had the pleasure of sitting down with Mitch Bibelheimer this weekend while he was visiting Grace Church Yukon telling his story about his experience serving in the Young Adult Service Corps. In this episode, Mitch provides a depth of knowledge and passion for the YASC program in his time serving in the Philippines. We are so proud of this young Okie and we hope you are inspired to hear from a young Episcopalian in our diocese doing God’s work in the world.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, October 25, 2019
Plays: 205

Ep 19: Wayne Muller

Wayne was our guest speaker at this year’s clergy conference. Wayne Muller is an executive leadership mentor, therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker, and bestselling author of several books including “A Life of Being, Doing, and Having Enough” and “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives”. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the last thirty-five years working with people suffering abuse, alcoholism, poverty, illness and loss. He also recently started an experiential community movement called Nones and Nuns where Millennials and Catholic nuns create communities together and learn from one another to create lives of meaning, spirituality, solidarity and social action. Wayne and Sarah chat about some of the themes he addressed in his talk at the clergy conference including how human relationship gets sacrificed on the altar of the capitalistic values of efficiency and productivity.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, October 18, 2019
Plays: 68

Ep 18: Diocesan Archivist Pam Bell

This week’s episode features the Diocesan Archivist Ms. Pam Bell! Pam is our living history book of the Diocese. You could get lost spending hours talking with the amazing lady about all sorts of interesting facts about our history. We are very lucky to have such a learned and sophisticated person with her background working at our diocese to maintain our history and help share it. We chat about her job and what all an archivist does and the many awesome projects she’s working on.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, September 6, 2019
Plays: 311

Ep 17: The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens & Thistle Farms

Becca is an episcopal priest and founder and president of Thistle Farms a social enterprise dedicated to supporting survivors of trafficking, prostitute and addiction. She is our guest speaker at this year’s Bishop’s Lecture Series along with several women from Thistle Farms. They will be selling bath and body products at the event of which they will give 20% of the profits to a local OKC organization that is also doing the work of social justice. Tickets are only $20 over at our website epoiok.org/bishop-lecture. We hope to see you all for Becca’s presentation/revival on Sept 13 & 14th at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Downtown OKC.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, August 23, 2019
Plays: 88

Ep 16: Oakerhater Honor Events with Dr. Blue Clark & Buzz McDonald

This episode features two Native American Episcopalians from Oklahoma. Dr. Blue Clark is a professor of law and a historian of Native American law in the United States and a member of the Creek tribe. And Mr. Buzz McDonald is a member of the Caddo tribe and his sister is the Rev. Dr. Canon Carol Hampton long time priest of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Both men are very active in the Episcopal Church’s relationship with the Native American tribes in Oklahoma and are members of St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown OKC. Both men bring a wealth of knowledge and history of their native roots and experience in the church. We chat about the two upcoming events the Diocese puts on annually to celebrate the ministry of David Pendleton Oakerhater, the first Native American deacon in the Episcopal Church and to celebrate the church’s relationship with the Native peoples in Oklahoma. The famous artist Harvey Pratt will kick off the events by preaching at the Cathedral on September 1st at both services with a forum question and answer session between the services. And on September 14th there will be the 33rd annual Oakerhater honor dance in Watonga at the Whirlwind Mission.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, August 16, 2019
Plays: 44

Ep: 15 Fr. Jeff Huston and Sandra Opalka on Summer Camp

This week’s podcast featuresFr. Jeff Huston and Sandra Opalka. Both Jeff and Sandra are long time St. Crispinites! They both grew up going to camp, becoming CITs then counselors and now they are both Deans at Camp! I have separate conversations with them about their experiences at camp especially around the importance of formation and worship and where the encounter God the most at camp.
By: Episcopal Dioceses of Oklahoma
Friday, August 9, 2019
Plays: 39

Ep 14: Summer Camp Re-Cap

This week we are featuring some of our summer camp staff at St. Crispin’s to give us a run down of how the summer went! They share some of their favorite memories and stories as well as thoughts on why kids should go to camp!
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, August 2, 2019
Plays: 154

Ep 13: Racial Reconciliation Pilgrimage with Kate Huston

Kate Huston is the Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. She spearheaded the recent Racial Reconciliation Pilgrimage program that took a group of 30 students to the South to learn about our country’s history regarding race issues and slavery.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 26, 2019
Plays: 60

Ep 12: Catching Up with Bishop José

Bishop Jose was the Canon to the Ordinary at our diocese for several years with Bishop Ed before he was elected Bishop of Western North Carolina in 2016. Sarah stopped by Bishop Jose’s office on my way to the Wild Goose festival last week and got a chance to sit down with him and catch up on what he has been up to since he started his new post as Bishop. Check out the video of the interview here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFLXyQMcEIE
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 19, 2019
Plays: 59

Ep 11: Clergy Spotlight with Fr. Nate Carr

This episode is a clergy spotlight with Fr. Nate Carr from St. Jame’s OKC. Fr. Nate is not only a priest but also a head master of a school, father of 6, partner of a book store and a loving husband. We chat about his sort of accidental or rather serendipitous journey to finding the Episcopal Church from his baptist upbringing and how he feels about the bi-vocational priesthood.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 12, 2019
Plays: 38

Ep 10: Dr. Steve Orwig and Iona School of Formation

Dr. Steve Orwig is Dean of the Iona School of Formation. Dr. Orwig shares about his medical career and it's intersection with faith, what the Iona School is all about and his vision for the future of how the school can serve the evolving needs of our clergy.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, July 5, 2019
Plays: 21

Ep 9: ECW President Sherry Sullivan

Sherry Sullivan is the new Episcopal Church Women President for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Sherry and Sarah have a candid conversation about the status of the ECW in Oklahoma, her love of the Church and the importance of women's ministries.
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, June 28, 2019
Plays: 30

Ep 8: Pride Month with Mother Kristi Maulden

In honor of Pride month and celebrating the diversity of all of God’s children we have the Rev. Kristi Maulden on the pod. Mother Kristi is the priest in charge at Trinity Tulsa. Tulsa Pride was a couple weeks ago and Trinity has always had a strong presence at the event. We chat about why participating in Pride is important to her congregation and how Trinity fosters an inclusive environment that welcomes all people.
By: Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, June 21, 2019
Plays: 34

Ep 7: Disaster Response Update with the Rev. Paul Snyder

By: Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, June 14, 2019
Plays: 37

Ep 6: Bishop Search Part II

Bishop Search Committee Co-Chair Richard Clements joins the pod this week to chat about the Bishop Search process since the release of the profile and application, what exactly a "coadjutor" is and how this process is different from the last Bishop search.
By: Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, June 7, 2019
Plays: 30

Ep 5: Uruguay Companion Diocese

Bishop Ed and Sarah sit down to discuss his trip to Uruguay last weekend and all about our relationship with the Diocese of Uruguay as our companion Diocese.
By: Diocese of Oklahoma
Friday, May 31, 2019
Plays: 48

Ep 4: Bishop Search Results

I had the pleasure of sitting down with members of the Bishop’s Search Committee, Fr. Tim Baer and the Deacon Dana Orwig. The Bishops’ Search Committee has been hard a work the last 6 months or so getting this process underway of selecting a new Bishop for the Diocese of Oklahoma since Bishop Ed announced his retirement. This week we chat about where they are in the Search process and specifically how they have been conducting research about what the Diocese wants and is looking for in a new Bishop. We also discuss the Bishops Search Survey results.
By: Sarah E. Smith
Friday, May 24, 2019
Plays: 34

Ep 3: Getting to know the Rev. Canon Tony Moon

Tony is a doctor of education, a retired counselor psychologist, a priest and serves as the Canon Advisor to the Diocese. Tony is an exceptional talent to our Church and an all around great human being. In this episode, we chat about his upbringing in the Catholic Church, his path to priesthood and his love of carpentry as a spiritual practice.
By: Sarah Smith
Friday, May 17, 2019
Plays: 35

Ep 2: The Bishop's Cup

This week on the podcast is my conversation with Fr. Sean Ekberg, rector of the Church of the Resurrection in OKC and Tyler Davis, the director of development for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Sean and Tyler spearhead the planning and coordinating of the Annual Bishop’s Cup Golf Tournament Fundraiser. All proceeds from the tournament go toward funding project at the Diocese’s Camp & Conference Center St. Crispin’s.
By: Sarah E. Smith
Monday, May 6, 2019
Plays: 43

Ep 1: The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers last week. Dr. Ruth is an episcopal priest, dean of academic affairs and the Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific
By: Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Plays: 6

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