Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Diocesan News

Buckling the Belt on October 7

On October 7, two congregations—one in the Diocese of Western New York and the other in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania—will take a long walk. Along the way, they will pray for each other, for their dioceses, and for the upcoming convention at which they will vote on whether to embark on a partnership that…

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Intercepting the Stones of Racism: Dean Kelly Brown Douglas Reinvigorates Racial Equity Work in Diocese

Nearly 300 people turned out last weekend for three events with the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, an eminent theologian and dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her visit to the diocese marked the rebirth of the Diocesan Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, led by the Honorable…

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The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas Visits the Diocese in September: Save the Date

On Saturday, September 15 at 3 pm at the Diocesan Ministry Center, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and author of “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” will give a public address and answer questions from the audience. A reception will…

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A Message from Bishop Bill about General Convention

I want to share with you today my thoughts on two significant decisions made by our recent General Convention that I find to be most promising as we move forward as the Body of Christ and as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. First, the Book of Common Prayer.  Contrary to what a lot…

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Presiding Bishop Curry, Bishop Franklin and Bishop Rowe Wrapping Up General Convention

After a blessing from Buffalo native Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Bill and Bishop Sean talk about the support they have received for partnership between our dioceses from their colleagues at General Convention.

EfM (Education for Ministry) Seminar Group in the Southern Tier

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown will be hosting a new year of Education for Ministry in the fall, with the hopes of adding a new class of learners to the existing group that was formed in 2016. Participants do not need to be members of St. Luke’s (or even Episcopalians) to enroll in the EfM…

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A Statement by The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin on the Forced Separation of Children from their Parents

Children separated from their parents, tagged with numbers, herded onto vans and buses, transported to “detention centers.” Consider that scene. Taken from the only parent they have ever known. Branded with a number. Transported to large facilities where they are herded like cattle. Children. In America. My friends, this is not a political issue, this…

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General Convention Approaches

The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church.  It is made up of the House of Bishops – which is all of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church and the House of Deputies – which is four lay and four clergy deputies from each of the 109 Dioceses that make up the…

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Partnership Grants at Work!

This past winter, St John’s Church in Wilson was awarded a Partnership for Mission and Outreach (The Partnership) grant to assist the congregation in establishing a MOPS (Moms of Pre-Schoolers) program at St John’s. When St John’s was searching for a rector a few years ago they read the statistical analysis of the Wilson area…

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Children of the Book Reading Camp Prepares for Summer

The Children of the Book Reading Camp, a volunteer-based program held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown has been very busy getting ready for its fourth summer.  This year they will have an additional focus on “reading outside” with help of a special gift given by parishioner to help promote literacy in the city. Victoria…

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Bishop Franklin Dedicates Brent Altar

Bishop Franklin dedicated an altar in the baptistry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo to the memory and honor of Bishop Charles Henry Brent, during that parish’s Sunday evening Eucharist on April 22. Bishop Brent was the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.  He served as Bishop from 1918 to 1929.  Prior to serving as Bishop of…

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Lillian Davis-Wilson elected to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church

The Rev. Deacon Lillian Davis-Wilson was elected as the clerical representative from Province II to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church at the recent meeting of the Synod of Province II. Province II consists of the Dioceses of New York, Long Island, Albany, Central New York, Rochester, Western New York, New Jersey, Newark, Haiti,…

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