News from our dioceses...
Diocese of Albany
June 11, 2021
It has been almost 8 months since our former bishop announced that he would resign, and it has been almost 6-months since his terminal sabbatical began on January 1st of this year. We have worked hard as a diocesan family and have come a long way in that short time. While we acknowledge that there is still much work to be done, the Standing Committee feels that the diocese is ready to begin the work toward electing the 10th Bishop Diocesan of Albany. Therefore: The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, acting as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, calls for the election of the 10th Bishop Diocesan of Albany. Read the rest of the announcement >
The Episcopal Church in Cuba
The Diocese of New York
Holyrood Church/ Santa Cruz was designated a Landmark by the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission. For over 125 years Holyrood Church / Iglesia Santa Cruz has been the heart and soul of Washington Heights, " writes Fr. Luis Barrios, priest-in-charge. "The beauty of being a Landmark is defined not only by the prettiness of its physical structure but also by its ability to allow the community to have access to enjoy this space as a zone of liberation to reaffirm and accompany them in their daily struggles. Hence, we are proud to move our church into this new phase of interconnectedness and interdependence with the community. In the midst of a pandemic that calls for physical distancing, we have told the people that this building is theirs and it continues to be a social approach that makes us better people. Thanks to all the people who made this dream come true. We are a community Landmark friendly and hospitable church." https://holyroodsantacruz.org/
Diocese of Central New York
The Episcopal Church of Saints Peter & John (Auburn, NY) hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in conjunction with their soup kitchen ministry yesterday. The Cayuga County Health Department vaccinated several dozen individuals, mostly regular guests of the soup kitchen.
"Nancy Purdy [of the county health department] was masterful at talking with guests, quickly establishing relationships and trust, and getting folks vaccinated," said the Rev. John Rohde, priest of Ss. Peter & John. "We also served 120 lunches—it's what I call (humbly) Kingdom work."
The Diocese of Haiti
The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 50 brand-new, state-of-the-art oxygen concentrators to Haiti to assist in its fight against COVID-19. This donation is part of a broader effort to provide leading-edge oxygen equipment, technology, and assistance to reinforce the medical oxygen ecosystem in Haiti. Read more >
The Diocese of Newark
During January and February, three parishioners from St. Elizabeth’s, Ridgewood participated in Bishop Hughes’ six-week study group on Pursuing Racial Reconciliation through Scripture, Film, Word and Prayer. Inspired to continue the conversation within their home church, these parishioners offered a 4-week discussion group featuring the recently released PBS documentary, The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, which traces the 400-year-old story of the Black Church in America.
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The Diocese of Rochester
St. John's Episcopal Church, Wellsville NY has been able to donate 18 pairs of shoes for children at Wellsville Elementary. We appreciate those who generously gave towards this outreach to our community. Sunday (June 6th), we blessed the shoes and then delivered them on Tuesday (June 8th).
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Christ Church, Lockport Stocks Little Free Pantries - During the 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christ Church, Lockport has helped keep 716 Little Free Pantry boxes filled. Community members who would like to contribute non-perishable food items may drop off donations the second Saturday of every month, between 11 am and 1 p.m. at the church .
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Bishop Edington's Pentecost sermon from the American Cathedral in Paris — preceded by a Gospel reading in nine languages!
The Diocese of Long Island
Witnessing unwarranted suffering is a solemn duty of the priesthood. But when one of my parishioners died of Covid-19 in a New York State prison, I felt the need to not only witness but to also tell the story he no longer can — the story of a prison system that failed to protect his life and the lives of so many others in its care, subjecting them to confusion, fear and even death.
This man committed a crime and was sentenced to two years in prison; he was not sentenced to death. But death is the penalty he received. I hope that my parishioner’s story will heighten the sense of urgency for a wholesale reform of New York’s prisons. Read the whole story >
The Diocese of New Jersey
From The Very Rev. Dr. Caroline Carson, Dean, Atlantic Convocation, Diocese of NJ, Rector, Holy Innocents' Beach Haven
I know many are concerned about the Covid-19 crisis in India. Indeed, the world has been watching. I thought I'd share something I'm doing to respond that might be of interest. I’m an international board member of The Rambo Committee, which supports the Christian Hospital Mungeli (CHM) in the rural and poorest state of Chhattisgarh, known as “The Rice Bowl.” I did some mission work with the hospital and the English grade school there for many months in 2014 and 2015 and have stayed in touch. Though a world apart, we work together to raise awareness in the tribal villages surrounding CHM and have generated plans to hold vaccine fairs, similar to how our Diocese of New Jersey has tried to ensure everyone can have access to a vaccine if they choose to have it. Read the whole story and find out how you can help >
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Do you want to visit the US Virgin Islands? Here is the latest information:
Every traveler aged five or older who enters the U.S. Virgin Islands, by air or sea, including anyone in-transit to another destination, is required to use the USVI Travel Screening Portal and submit a COVID-19 test result prior to travel. COVID-19 test results must be submitted via the portal and not via email. Visit the portal >