News from our dioceses...
Diocese of Albany
Following his retirement as Bishop, the diocese of Albany joined in a virtual celebration of The Rt. Rev. Bill Love’s episcopate on 27 February. Read a news article >
The Episcopal Church in Cuba
The Rt. Rev.Griselda Delgado Del Carpio sent news about Lent in Cuba and photos of one of their projects.
En Cuba en la Estacion en Cuaresma iniciamos un tiempo de encuentro virtual cada Domingo.
Cada clérigo y su familia y personas cercanas preparan este espacio de lecturas, oraciones y reflexion. Todo en audio. Es d bajo costo y llega a la mayoría de las Congregaciones.
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The Diocese of Long Island
First Tuesday March: Mapping Structural Racism in Long Island -
Watch the First Tuesday Webinar on the data story behind structural racism with the Rev. Ken Howard of FaithX in the borough of Brooklyn. Moving beyond opinion, the data tells a compelling story of present day impact of historical actions in redlining, the GI Bill, and more. Fr. Howard also introduced us to Map Dash and how to use Map Dash from FaithX to inform your parish mission and vision. Mapping structural racism for the entire diocese will be available in late May. Webinar link here .
The Diocese of New York
Great Music in a Great Space, the premier concert series at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine,will present a virtual performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7pm. The St. John Passion has become a signature production of the Cathedral Choir and the instrumentalists of Ensemble1047, under the baton of Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music. During this time of quarantine, musical expression reminds us that while we may be alone, we are also part of a larger community. The message of Jesus’ sorrow and humankind’s redemption, told through Bach’s music, is all the more pertinent in these circumstances. See the press release with ticket information >
Diocese of Central New York
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992: Re-building and Healing
Watch recording: On Thursday, February 11, 2021, Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe joined the Syracuse Police Department’s new Community Engagement Director, Jimmy Oliver, and actress Patrese D. McClain for a panel discussion hosted by Syracuse Stage. The panel discussed Syracuse Stage’s current production of the docudrama Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, created in 1992 as a response to the assault on Rodney King and the subsequent unrest following the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers charged in the attack.
The Diocese of Haiti
St. Vincent’s Center for Children with Disabilities in Haiti was founded in 1945 by Sister Joan of the Episcopal Order of the Sisters of St. Margaret. St. Vincent's is known throughout Haiti as a place where children with disabilities are both educated and cared for.
Reflections from the SVC Board President on the Past Year
As the New Year begins, I think back on the extraordinary year of 2020. In spite of months of political upheaval in Haiti, the COVID crisis, the radically fluctuating dollar/gourdes exchange rate, and so much more, St. Vincent’s prevailed and grew stronger. Together, with God’s help, much was accomplished. Here are a few of the highlights. Read more >
The Diocese of Newark
Troubled by emerging records, Redeemer forms group to explore its roots
By the Rev. Cynthia L. Black, Rector, Redeemer, Morristown
The story about Redeemer, Morristown’s origins suggests that at the time its members split from St. Peter’s, Morristown in 1852, they held a strong abolitionist position. Was this true? Were we being honest about our roots?
A 200-year-old advertisement and a 100-year-old letter suggest that Redeemer's story may be more complicated. Read more.
The Diocese of Rochester
St. George's Episcopal Church Hilton, NY:
Our Youth have chosen to take on a number of projects for Lent as a way to live out their faith in the world.
A BOTTLE DRIVE will raise money for the Hilton Clothing Closet.
A BOOK COLLECTION with the books to be donated to ‘Mainly Books’ in Hilton in support of the Parma Public Library.
MINISTRY TO SHUT-INS - cooking, baking, flowers, small treats all being worked on to deliver to shut-ins and those in need
MINISTRY TO A YOUNG CHILD RECOVERING from a serious injury. One of our youth is recording video stories to be shared with him.
SUPPORTING LIFE SOLUTIONS - collecting gently used household items to donate in support of the ministry of “Life Solutions” in Hamlin.
FIRE HYDRANT CLEARING - One family worked hard to clear the snow away from 17 fire hydrants in their area (pictured here)
We applaud the efforts of our Youth as they use Lent as a time to make the world around us better.
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Covid-19 has made everyone work on new, creative things to do. The Convocation's Lent program is Lent Sur La Table for 2021: An Invitation to Share in Meditations and Meals - "At a time when feelings of fatigue and isolation surround so many of us, we invite you to a shared table for renewal and re-connection." Find out more >
Congratulations to the winner of a Campus Ministry Grant: St. Michael’s Church Thuringia, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, $3,725
The Diocese of New Jersey
Bishop Chip Stokes writing on NJ.com, about the Diocese’s new Reparations Task Force and a broader need for similar action to redress “America’s original sin” of racism:
"Right now, we are in what theologians would name 'a KAIROS moment' — an opportune time in which we are being called to a historical reckoning — including right here in New Jersey, which, unknown to many, was known as the slave state of the north."
Read the article >
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
The Parish Congregation of St. Peter in St. Croix in the Diocese of the Virgin Islands on Monday March 8th, 2021 celebrated its 51st anniversary as a congregation. Read the story >
The youth of St. Paul's, Sea Cow's Bay, have also been busy. The parish has also launched two new ministries. Read their story >
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Early in the pandemic, St. Philip’s, Buffalo began holding services online as a way to gather while COVID-19 made it unsafe to be together in person. Now, what began as a short-term solution has become a long-term commitment to a new way of worshipping. The congregation has transformed its space, installing technology that will allow in-person and online attendees to worship together as a single congregation once pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
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