Province II
of the Episcopal Church

The International
Atlantic Province

News from around the province

Diocese of Albany - The 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany is rapidly approaching. Scheduled for Friday, June 5th thru Sunday, June 7th, at Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York, all clergy and laity (young and old) throughout the Diocese are invited and welcome to attend. The Convention is truly intended to be a family event with plenty of activities and events planned for all ages. This year’s theme: “Three Persons, One God – Three Streams, One Church,” (Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical and Charismatic), will be reflected in the various workshops and plenary sessions, as well as each of the worship services. Read more... 

Diocese of Central New York -
Congratulations to Christopher Williams, the new Editor of The Messenger eNewsletter!
Thank You from Fayetteville & South Africa - Trinity Church, Fayetteville, and Holy Cross School, Grahamstown, South Africa, extend our gratitude to the Central New York Diocese and its Global Mission Fund Matching Grant Program. Read more...

Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe - Migrant Lives Matter - St. Paul's Within the Walls and Joel Nafuma Refugee Center are hard at work in the midst of this crisis of migrants and refugees from the chaos in Africa. On 24 April 2015, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC), and friends from Centro Astalli and the US Embassy to the Holy See hosted a Migrant Lives Matter art project and vigil. Read more...

Diocese of Haiti - Food For The Poor-Haiti Names New Executive Director - The Board of Directors for Food For The Poor-Haiti has named Bishop Ogé Beauvoir as Executive Director/FFP Haiti Office. He will be responsible for the charity's operations within the country and provide a vital link to the organization in the United States. The appointment is effective on May 1. Read the whole story…

Diocese of Long Island - Gansett Summer Chapel Overhaul - Episcopal bishop envisions a mission to serve the Latino community - St. Thomas Chapel in Amagansett may become a base from which to build a year-round congregation serving the South Fork's Latino community. Read more...

Diocese of New Jersey - Come to the Table: A Celebration of Our Various Abilities
Saturday, June 20, 2015, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ, 11:00 a.m.

Diocese of New York - The spring issue of the Episcopal New Yorker is the Money Issue. The magazine opens with the Bishop's Column: Whenever We Are Not Talking About Money, We Are Not Talking About Jesus By the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche and goes on from there. Read the issue...

Diocese of Newark - Being with Our Neighbors - By Ginny Dinsmore, part of the Vestry Papers issue on Facing Leadership Challenges (May 2015) - This is an exciting time in the life of the church. It is a time of hope and promise, of new life, yet it is also a challenging and frightening time to many of us. As leaders, we are charged with leading in this time of transition from the "way it has always been" into, well, we have no idea. Read more...

Diocese of Rochester - On May 14, more than 40 United Way Day of Caring volunteers helped install 20 raised garden beds at St. Mark's & St. John's Garden of E.D.E.N. III (Every Day Eat Naturally) in partnership with Foodlink. Garden of E.D.E.N. I is on the church property, while Garden of E.D.E.N. II is on Merchants Road. The gardens produce food that is distributed to those in need. Read more...

Diocese of the Virgin Islands -
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church VI has a Facebook page! On May 17 they posted: Another wonderful day of worship. Today we are joined by members of Emergency Medical Services and Health Commissioner Designer Phyllis Wallace, the members of the Senior League AllStars and Pearls of the VI. For those who missed you can join in as we broadcast on at 1:00 PM. Check it out...

Diocese of Western New York -
The eight Episcopal congregations in Niagara County have joined in partnership to share resources with each other, with community agencies, and with our communities. We now have a new brochure that lists resources and community ministries of this Niagara Episcopal Partnership and some of the agencies and organizations with whom we partner. Read more...

General Convention 2015

Learn about General ConventionHave you been wondering what General Convention is all about or trying to find a way to explain everything to your congregation? Here is a source with tools to help you out! These have been gathered together by the Episcopal Church Foundation.

The webinar on sharing the news about General Convention 78 is now available on YouTube.

There will be two resolutions from Province II. They are C027 and C028. The text is here, as well as on the General Convention web site.

Wondering how to follow the discussion? The hashtag for General Convention is #gc78. Beth Felice, Director of Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, has compiled as a resource a notebook created in Spundge which pulls items tagged #gc78 from blogs, websites, twitter, flickr, Instagram, vimeo, youtube.

Praying for General Convention... The good folks at SSJE have created a page chocked full of resources for #prayersof the people at General Convention. Visit this site to download a ready-made #prayersof campaign for dioceses, churches or any group who wants to participate. Ready-to-print bulletin inserts, text for bulletins or emails, Sunday school lessons, images and web content are all available for download at no cost.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops, will sponsor a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during the church's General Convention. The gathering is intended to urge people of faith to seek common ground in efforts to curtail gun violence.

The event, called Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence, will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, outside the Salt Palace Convention Center on the northwest corner of West Temple and South 200, said Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark, a co-convener of Bishops United. Read more...

Do you want to hear from the bishops who have been nominated for Presiding Bishop? On the General Convention web site there is a page which includes links to video presentations by each of the nominees.

The proposed budget for The Episcopal Church in the 2016-2018 triennium is available for viewing here.

General Convention 2015: The Blue Book is available online - [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Report to the 78th General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book, is available online at the Episcopal Church General Convention website here.

Marriage task force calls for gender-neutral language in marriage canon
[Episcopal News Service] The A050 Task Force on the Study of Marriage is recommending that the 2015 meeting of General Convention authorize Episcopal Church clergy to officiate at same-sex marriages. [Read More]


Information for Province II ...

Presiding Bishop Nominees (note from Bishop Franklin to the Diocese of Western NY)

Thomas Breidenthal The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop of Connecticut, and The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, Bishop of Southwest Florida have been nominated for election as the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

It has been an honor for me to be a member of the Nominating Committee who put these names forward to the Church. I believe this is an exciting time for the Episcopal Church. All of these bishops are leaders with ability, vision, and commitment to sharing the Gospel with the World. Any of the candidates would make an excellent Presiding Bishop.

Michael Curry Of course I am so proud of the fact that The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, grew up in Buffalo. His father, the Rev. Kenneth Curry was rector of St. Philip's Church in Buffalo. Bishop Curry was ordained a deacon by Bishop Harold Robinson of the Diocese of Western New York. Josephine Robbins, a long-time member of St. Philip's, remembers, "When I met Michael at the age of ten, his chapel in the attic was set and fully equipped for Mass. The congregation (his sister Sharon's dolls) was always in place, and he was always prepared to conduct service to perfection. Michael has continued to be an excellent Priest and Bishop. He is totally committed to giving his all to the Church. Whatever the outcome is, I could never be more proud of his accomplishments."

Dabney SmithIf Bishop Curry is elected, he will be the first African American to head the
Episcopal Church as its Presiding Bishop.

The election of the Presiding Bishop will take place on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City Utah at the General Convention of our Church.

The House of Bishops will elect the Presiding Bishop. The House of Deputies must confirm the election.

Ian DouglasThe new Presiding Bishop takes office on November 1, 2015. Please keep the nominees in your prayers.

I also ask that you keep the people of Baltimore in your prayers today and in our Sunday worship. Regardless of the content of the initial investigation reports these will be difficult days for many and especially for the family of Freddy Gray.

Our Diocese will continue to have the opportunity to address the issues of racism and racial equity also in our region in the Take Heart conversations which are scheduled for May and June.

May God bless our Diocese.

Bishop Bill Franklin