News from our dioceses...
Diocese of Albany
Profile and Search Committee Update - The Profile and Search Committee continues to labor diligently to fulfill our charge and mission. We are getting closer to our first goal – to produce a comprehensive profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. We have reached out to the people of the diocese through our on-line survey and the structured listening sessions. Our profile is intended to present a holistic, honest, and transparent description of the diocese, including our past, our present, and our hopes and dreams for the future. Read more >
La Iglesia Episcopal en Cuba
The Diocese of New Jersey
Choir Camp is on!
We will once again have choir camp this summer! It will take place at Holiday House/Cape May on July 17-21.
The choir camp experience gives young choristers the opportunity to join with peers from communities throughout the Diocese and the region. This intense period of growth—socially, musically, and spiritually—provides experiences that last a lifetime. Choristers leave choir camp with a sense of enthusiasm that they bring back to their respective parishes and communities that help spread the Gospel and grow the church! Read more >
The Diocese of Rochester
Bishop's Writing / Enews April 2022
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
As I write, Covid is once again surging in our region. In the last few days, priests of the diocese and a member of the staff have tested positive for the virus. I urge you all to be cautious about in-person meetings and encourage masking for public worship. I remind you that the common cup is not authorized yet, and I hope we will continue to keep the needs of the vulnerable at the forefront of our thinking as we go about our ministries. I am taking a break from in-person meetings for a couple of weeks.
I want to spend the rest of this note raising some questions about the election of the next bishop. These are questions for you to ponder as we begin to make preparations for that election. Read more >
Diocese of Central New York
Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe was at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chittenango for coffee, donuts, and a blessing of the bikes before Saturday morning rides on Saturday, May 7th - see the video
The Diocese of Haiti
Haitian Gang Leader Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking for Kidnapping of 16 U.S. Missionaries in Fall 2021 - A Haitian national was indicted on May 10, 2022 by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to commit hostage taking for his role in the armed kidnapping of 16 U.S. citizens in Haiti in the fall of 2021. The victims were Christian missionaries serving in Haiti and most of them were held captive for 61 days before escaping. Read more >
The Diocese of Newark
Justice Groups presentation at Diocesan Convention, May 7, 2022
In 2021, Bishop Hughes announced the formation of three new diocesan groups: the Racial History Committee, the Racial Justice and Healing Commission, and the Commission for Justice and Peace. These groups join the Anti-Racism Commission in forming a fulsome approach to justice ministry in our diocese. In this video, the co-leaders of these four justice ministry groups provide an update, describing their purpose, their plans going forward, and how you can get congregations involved and support their work.
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
All Saints Cathedral School April 8, 2022 - Congratulations to 7th-grade student Naitik Jhanwar who has advanced to the @2022 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition! Naitik placed 4th overall in the territory and will travel to Washington D.C. in May to represent All Saints Cathedral School and the USVI.
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Creating Spaces for Children Program on May 21 - On May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the partnership dioceses will hold "Creating Spaces for Children" at Trinity, Fredonia . The Rev. Anne E. Kitch , a specialist in the faith formation of children, leadership consultant, retreat leader, and author, will lead the program.
"How can we best nurture our children and youth in this time? What gifts do our children and youth bring to this space we now inhabit? Join others for conversation, learning, and visioning about how we support our youngest as full members of the church," Kitch writes.
The program will begin with worship, and afterward, participants will explore the relationships we have, or want to have, with children in the church. "We’ll navigate the landscape of worship, ministry beyond Sunday school, and other programs for children and youth," Kitch writes. "Small groups will meet in the afternoon on topics such as intergenerational worship, Godly Play, and hands-on experiences that invite all to live more fully into our Baptismal Covenant."
The cost to attend Creating Spaces for Children is $15 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is May 15.
Learn more and register.
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
The Province II Synod on May5, 2022 heard Bishop Mark Edington's report on the situation of Europe and the Ukraine.
The Diocese of Long Island
Rhythms of grace: Alum promotes church that works for autistic people - Lindsay Lunnum ’08 M.Div. graduated from Yale Divinity School just a few months after giving birth to her son, Seamus. Her experience as a pregnant, then postpartum, student at YDS gave her a glimpse into the challenges people face in trying to advocate for accommodations in spaces where their needs aren’t fully understood.
Her insights deepened a few years later when she was serving as Assistant Rector at The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington, New York. Seamus, who had been diagnosed with autism, was becoming an older toddler. As Lunnum became more aware that Sunday School wasn’t an environment that worked for his needs, friends and family began sending her articles about a ministry called Rhythms of Grace that supported children on the autism spectrum. Read full story.
The Diocese of New York
The Spring issue of The Episcopal New Yorker is out! The issue is on doubt: