Helen Hankins

Grace creates clear policy for reporting sexual harassment

By Helen Hankins and Donna Olendorf After months of hard work and research, Grace Church has completed its own standard operating policy and procedure (SOPP) for reporting sexual misconduct. The guidelines, called Reporting Suspected Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, or Sexual Harrassment, have been posted on the website and the Parish Hall bulletin board. Grace created …

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Voice of the vestry: Ask yourself this…

By Helen Hankins The privilege of serving on the Vestry requires a commitment of time, study, and sometimes difficult decision making. That all sounds rather dry, but there are lighter moments and even fun! The opportunities for fellowship with the other Vestry members is also a very positive benefit. Recently we all took part in …

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Budget approved at Special Diocesan Convention

By Helen Hankins and Irene Cotter For a number of years, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan has held its annual convention in May. This year was no exception and Grace Traverse City was blessed to have served as host. On November 1, as your delegates,we also took part in a second and Special Diocesan …

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Voice of the Vestry: “We are all priests”

By Helen Hankins When Bill and I became members of Grace Church several years ago, we were impressed by the amount of outreach we saw occurring. What we did not immediately see or appreciate was the amount of study that Grace offered. As a “cradle” Episcopalian/Anglican, I have never been a member of a church …

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