Province II of the Episcopal Church
International Atlantic Province

What is happening around the province?

Diocese of Albany

In his pastoral letter of July 18, 2015, Bishop Love explains his position on same gender marriage. Read the letter... On August 7, 2015, the Albany Times Union published an article detailing some of the reactions in the diocese to the Bishop's letter. Read the article...

Diocese of Central New York

The diocese has begun its search for its 11th bishop. A new website has been launched to help facilitate that search. The site includes information about the diocese, a timeline, information about the search, and a section featuring the congregations of the diocese. Check it out...

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon has published an article entitled "Arming Civilians" on the website of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Read the article...

The Diocese of Haiti

[Episcopal News Service] More than five and a half years after a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on July 20 workers began cleaning the site, sectioning off the work area, removing bricks, terracotta tiles, sections of the cathedral’s walls and other remnants that eventually will be incorporated into the construction of a new cathedral. Read more...

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Diocese of Long Island

Bishop Lawrence Provenzano and the Chapter of the Cathedral of the Incarnation announced that Myra Garnes Shuler will be installed as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral at a service in September. As an Honorary Canon, Garnes Shuler, currently the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, will be given the new title of Canon for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Read more...

Diocese of New Jersey

The Committee on Ministry to the Imprisoned will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on ministering to the men and women in New Jersey's jails, prisons, and detention centers on Saturday, October 10 at Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River, NJ. Registration and more information...

Diocese of New York

Basement Bags! The Youth Economic Group of Rural and Migrant Ministries is a group of high school students from all around Sullivan County who seek to create change by educating themselves about issues of social and economic justice that affect the community, hosting community forums, rallying, fundraising and spreading awareness. As a tool for self-empowerment, they manage their own cooperative business, Basement Bags. Find out more...

Diocese of Newark

"Memorials to the Lost", Bishop Beckwith's blog post of August 5, includes a call to action. "...what I am proposing that we do in the Diocese of Newark. Sunday, December 13 is Gun Violence Sabbath, so chosen because it coincides with the third anniversary of the Newtown, CT murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In addition to special prayers, I am inviting congregations to participate in “Memorials to the Lost,” which makes a visible witness – outside the church, to the scourge of gun violence.

Memorials to the Lost present T-shirts on poles displayed outside the church – with the names and death dates of people who have been shot and killed in that municipality or county. .." Read the blog...

Diocese of Rochester

Congratulations to St. Stephen's! A grant of $30,000 has been awarded to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church to launch an anti-poverty program called SewGreen@Rochester. The grant is one of five chosen from 129 applicants nationwide by the Episcopal Domestic Poverty Ministry and will be used to provide sewing skills and job opportunities to Rochester’s most impoverished families. Read more...

And guess who's coming to the diocesan convention! Dinner & Keynote with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop Elect, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. Hobart & William Smith Colleges as well as Convention 2015 (Worship with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry preaching) Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Diocese of Western New York

Orchard Park Church Forges New Relationship - Recently, 25 people from St. Mark’s Orchard Park joined with their Muslim brothers and sisters at the Turkish Cultural Center in Buffalo to celebrate a community Iftar dinner. Iftar is the evening meal that Muslims partake in during the season Ramadan. The idea to join the dinner came from St. Mark’s parishioner Doug Robinson, who after reading Bishop Franklin’s pastoral letter wanted to take seriously the challenge to get outside our comfort zone to cross racial and ethnic boundaries. So, Doug invited his fellow parishioners to join him at the community Iftar dinner in Buffalo. Read more...

The Rt. Rev. David C. Bowman

RIP: The Rt. Rev. David C. Bowman died peacefully on July 10. The Burial Office for Bishop Bowman was held on Saturday, July 18,at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. Memorial contributions may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058 (www.episcopalrelief.org), and the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main Street, Rangeley, ME 04970. Read the obituary... Notes of condolence may be sent to Nancy Bowman at 3289 Grenway Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Coming Soon...

Writing Our Witness: Poetry & Prayer Workshop for Young Adults

Led by Bowie Snodgrass Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23 (by application) Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan Tuesday, August 25 (open to the public) Church of the Heavenly Rest, Manhattan

Sharing our faith in poetry, beautiful prayers, and stirring lyrics is a hallmark of the Anglican tradition. Spend the weekend writing devotional poems and prayers as a way to explore and share your faith and doubts. Each session will include participatory lessons, time to write, and peer feedback. The workshop will culminate in a poetry reading with all the participants and a guest poet. Free for the first ten complete applications. For more information and to apply, click here.

Becoming the Story We Tell

APLM Regional Conference - North American Anglican/Episcopal congregations
Wednesday & Thursday, September 9-10 2015 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon, New Jersey
Co Sponsored by: Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of New Jersey, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, hosting parish Holy Spirit, Lebanon, NJ
Parish leaders will leave equipped with scope and detail of a deep and transformative 14 week Lent-Triduum-Easter experience of worship and small group gatherings; and, supportive and sustaining peer congregation relationships to plan and implement BTS with APLM consultants. More information and registration

Healing A Woman's Soul

Healing A Woman's Soul offers its annual retreat entitled Tools for the Journey: Well Woman on Friday, September 11th - Saturday, September 12th at the Dominican Retreat Center, 1945 Union St., Niskayuna, NY 12309. Download the brochure...

Registrations accepted for Called to Transformation

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, announced that registrations are now accepted for the Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshop September 14 – 17, designed to train leaders in methods and tools to enhance local ministry and mission.

Called to Transformation is a partnership between the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development. The Asset-Based Community Development online toolkit and workshops were developed to train facilitators in leading a faith community in understanding the ABCD process, explained the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Find out more...

Icon Writing Retreat

There will be an opportunity to learn about icon writing on Oct. 20-23 With Patricia Miranda at St. Marguerite’s Retreat House. Cost: $410 full board, $350 (Day only) & all meals. For more information, call Sister Pamela, CSJB 973-543-4641 ext 9 or sr-pamela@csjb.org

Episcopal Foundation Webinars July - September

For the full calendar, information and registration, go to the website.

  • Introducción a la “Guía de recursos para juntas parroquiales” - August 13, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
  • Las campañas anuales de la mayordomía - August 27, 2015 7:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
  • Using the Tools of ECF's Planned Giving on Demand - September 2, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
  • Vestries: The Next Six Months - September 10, 2015 7:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
  • Blessings and Struggles of Scrappy Church Ministry - September 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign - September 23, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

An Adult Learning Retreat

  • Friday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
  • Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, New York
  • Leaders: Dean & Lynne Weber
  • Info & RSVP:parish.admin@atonement-tenafly.org 201-568-1763
  • Cost: $220 for retreat, room & meals Friday eve – Sunday lunch (confidential scholarships available – contact Lynne Weber)
  • Deposit: $100 deposit due July 1; balance due August 1, 2015
  • Checks payable to: Church of the Atonement
  • Information: 201-568-1763 or parish.admin@atonement-tenafly.org

Mons Nubifer Sanctus

Mons Nubifer Sanctus (Holy Cloud-Bearing Mountain), a contemplative retreat center at 55 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi, NY 13753 announces its Fall/Winter Program Schedule. Many opportunities for contemplative prayer, vigils, and education are available in the programs offered this fall and winter. See what is being offered...

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as the Presiding Bishop

Nov. 1 at Washington National Cathedral, live webcast [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop ofThe Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral. Information on the process for general seating tickets will be announced after Labor Day. Read more...

Dioceses of the Province...

Check the websites of the dioceses: Albany, Central New York, Convocation, Haiti, Long Island, New Jersey, New York, Newark, Rochester, Virgin Islands (no website), Western New York