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In this episode, we touch on a tender topic that impacts all of us, death. Fr. James Yazell is in conversation with us. We talk about God’s promises when we and our loved ones pass, the Pastoral Offices, specifically we talk about Ministration at the Time of Death and the Burial of the Dead. We also touch on the spiritual practices that can help us move through loss and grief.

If this is a topic that is too tender for you, we encourage you first and foremost to care for your well-being. Please skip this episode and the next one on the podcast and know that it is okay, please tune into the ones that follow. Your health and wholeness are the most important thing.

About Our Guests

The Rev. W. James Yazell (he/him) serves as an associate priest at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri and is a Master of Sacred Theology student at the School of Theology, The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. He holds a Master of Divinity from the same institution, earned in 2019, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed in 2014. Fr. James’ academic and professional pursuits have led him into an exploration of Systematic Theology, Moral Psychology, and Christian Spirituality. For fun, he practices martial arts (Kung Fu, Jiujitsu, and Kenpo) and plays games of all sorts. He and his wife Kelsey joined The Episcopal Church together as teenagers and were married in that same parish 8 years later.

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Our Hosts

David Kendrick Profile

The Rev. David Kendrick

All Things Episcopal Co host the Rev. Collin Larimore

The Rev. Colin Larimore

All Things Episcopal Co host Clare Stern Burbano

Clare Stern-Burbano

The Rev. David Kendrick — St John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield, the Rev. Collin Larimore — Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage, and Clare Stern-Burbano — Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City hosts sessions that include conversations, interviews, and even an occasional sermon.

Our Podcasts

We want to introduce the Episcopal Church from multiple perspectives and with different voices, utilizing social media to find out what questions students may have about who we are and what we do. Guest speakers, including college students from around our diocese, are already being scheduled for future sessions.

We do not currently have a physical presence on college campuses in our diocese, but we think podcasting offers a great opportunity to meet young adults where they are and share our faith in a way that is personal, comfortable, and always accessible. We hope that these sessions will be a bridge to connect college students with local parishes and with other young adults.

For more information and to suggest a topic or pose a question, please visit the College and Young Adult webpage. Look for All Things … Episcopal wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!

Deacon Alisa Carmichael currently serves as Chair of the Campus Ministry Commission in the Diocese of West Missouri. She assisted with an Episcopal campus ministry at the University of South Florida in Tampa prior to moving with her husband John to their current home in Kansas City. She is the organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit.

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