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Diocese of Albany
Toward Communion across Difference in
the Episcopal Diocese of Albany
Statement on the Implementation of General
Convention Resolution 2018-B012
That they may all be one … so that the world may believe. (John 17:21)
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La Iglesia Episcopal en Cuba
La Habana, 2 de noviembre del 2021
Querida familia diocesana:
La Paz de Dios sea con ustedes ahora y siempre.
Ayer celebramos la fiesta de Todos los Santos. Hoy conmemoramos a los Fieles Difuntos. Ambas celebraciones están unidas por el denominador común de la vida eterna después de la vida terrena. En las que se enmarca el sentido de la Escatología, que no es sino la convicción de la resurrección de los muertos y la respuesta al sentido de la vida y de la muerte.
El 1ro de noviembre es la solemnidad litúrgica de Todos los Santos. Se trata de una fiesta cristiana, que al evocar a quienes nos han precedido en el camino de la fe y de la vida, gozan ya de la eterna bienaventuranza, son ya -por así decirlo- ciudadanos de pleno derecho del cielo, la patria común de toda la humanidad de todos los tiempos.
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The Diocese of New Jersey
The October 30 rally - Say The Word: Reparations - attracted supporters from throughout the state of New Jersey. The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey was one of the sponsors of the event.
On Oct. 30, 2021, 200 people representing a statewide coalition of faith-based and civic-action groups, came together at historic St. Peter’s Perth Amboy to urge the State Legislatures to pass Bills S322/A711 to establish a state reparations task force to study ways to redress historical and systemic racism in the state of New Jersey.
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Diocese of the Virgin Islands
A wonderful All Saints Concert at the Cathedral of All Saints, November 7, honoring Dionne R. Donadelle, winner of the Diakonia Medal for service and commitment to the community
Diocese of Central New York
Creation Care: "Only more so" - Article by Peter Koeppel, member of Trinity Memorial Church in Binghamton and the diocesan Stewardship Resources team.
Years ago, a friend shared with me, “If you want to beat the system, play by its rules, only more so.
“Only more so” can be a dangerous perspective: its self-righteous cousins are pride of outdoing each other (“He who has more toys, wins”), and self-righteousness (remember the Pharisee and the tax collector?).
That’s obviously not what we’re talking about here; we’re not competing with each other who’s got more toys, or who is greener. We’re talking about redirecting a system which would love to keep us hooked on fossil fuel-derived energy by playing by its rules, only more so. Does our challenge sound like moving a mountain? Continue reading>
The Diocese of Haiti
To Love a Child is an organization in the Diocese of Albany that works to help children in Haiti. Here is a report from their October Newsletter:
Where do we begin? First, we managed to get provisions to the southwest part of the country within a week after the devastating earthquake which left 130,000 houses, over 1,000 schools and some 90 health centres damaged or destroyed. The situation is further complicated by gangs controlling highways resulting in very serious fuel shortages and the reduced supply of goods. Read more >
The Diocese of Newark
'The Worst I've Seen': Three churches describe Hurricane Ida recovery
“That was definitely a wild night,” said the Rev. Paula Toland. “We saw our neighbors’ cars floating” by St. Stephen’s, Millburn, where she serves as Rector.
“We have a sexton who lives on property – he and his wife had to run to get out of the way when the water rushed in,” said Pam Fueshko, Warden at St. Peter’s, Clifton.
When the Rev. Nate Darville, Rector of St. Peter’s, Essex Fells, got a phone call from his property manager early the next morning, the first words out of his mouth were, “How bad is it?” Read the whole story >
The Diocese of New York
In his address to the 245th Convention of the Diocese of New York, the Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, XVI Bishop of New York, called for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor to replace him, ultimately, as the XVII Bishop of New York.
"Four days ago," he said, "I turned 68 (which was kind of shocking: 67 felt like my “mid-sixties; 68 feels like my “late-sixties”). And last month I passed the twentieth anniversary of my coming to 1047 Amsterdam Avenue to serve the Diocese of New York, initially as Canon Pastor. And six days from today will mark ten years since you elected me bishop. "
Read the whole address >
The Diocese of Rochester
Partnering with Christ Episcopal Church to Provide Flood Relief in Steuben County, NY - Web Statement, September 14, 2021
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with Christ Episcopal Church of Corning, NY, to provide emergency assistance to communities that were impacted by flash flooding after Tropical Storm Fred.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred swept across the northeastern US the week of August 16, soaking areas of central New York state with heavy rains. Steuben County, in southwestern New York, declared a state of emergency due to flash flooding that washed out roads and inundated the lower levels of buildings. Read more >
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe -About CCME:
Founded in 1964, CCME is an ecumenical organisation that serves the churches in their commitment to promote the vision of an inclusive community through advocating for an adequate policy for migrants, refugees and minority groups at European and national level. CCME provides a space for churches and Christian agencies to share their experiences in the ministry among migrants, refugees, and minority ethnic persons.
Our Membership in CCME
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe is proud to announce that we have been unanimously accepted as a member of CCME.
Our membership in the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe will deepen our engagement and resources in support of migrants and refugees both at parish and European level. The Convocation’s Task Force saw four major benefits to CCME membership for the future work of congregations and the ongoing Ministry Initiative:
● Support our advocacy on migration, refugees and anti-racism at European and national level
● Provide contacts and networking for the Convocation and its parishes to find relevant European, national and local ecumenical and church partners for charitable outreach and for actions
● Provide contacts, resources and best practices for the Convocation to improve future charitable outreach and actions (such as the Convocation’s 2020 Moria fire statement)
● Provide contacts, resources and best practices for the Convocation to improve their witness, welcome and partnership with migrant-led and anti-racism initiatives within European churches
The Diocese of Long Island
In a time when studies find Americans more polarized than at any point since the Civil War, the Diocese of Long Island also reflects these divisions, we have a resource to share that hundreds of churches, libraries, classrooms, and community organizations across the country are using to build skills for communicating across differences and transform political divisions.
PURPLE, a new short documentary from political mediation organization Resetting the Table (RTT) and Emmy Award-winning Transient Pictures, tells the story of everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints addressing their differences head-on. Filmed in a swing region in rural Wisconsin and Iowa, PURPLE models a rare conversation that uplifts and inspires even while going toward the heat of passionate political differences. I’m reaching out to invite you to screen the film with your congregation as a tool to build greater empathy, critical thinking, and civic skills and dispositions.
Resetting the Table is providing a Discussion Guide, social media toolkit, and support materials for free to congregations to make it as easy as possible for people to host their own virtual screenings + discussions and to share the film with their networks.
To learn more about the film and/or to host a screening for your community, please fill out this brief interest form and/or contact Lillie Fleshler firstname.lastname@example.org
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Atchison Contributes Essay on Climate Change and Racism to Episcopal Church Website
Dr. Gabrie'l Atchison, the diocese' missioner for administration, has contributed an essay on the interaction of racism and climate change to the Episcopal Church website.
"Environmental racism (or environmental injustice) also calls attention to the ways in which environmental hazards cause lasting health disparities for BIPOC communities," she writes. "I grew up in the South Bronx, where Black and Brown children disproportionately live with and die from asthma. Completed one year after I was born, the Cross Bronx Expressway was designed to connect suburbs to employment centers in Manhattan with a total disregard for the well-being of the people in Bronx neighborhoods. City planners chose my neighborhood as a good location to store and dump toxic waste. Communities here in Buffalo face similar public health challenges because of the Peace Bridge and Scajaquada Expressway."
Read her essay on the Episcopal Church website.