Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Education

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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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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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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Working for Education Equity

Bishop Franklin attended the All Our Children national symposium on education equity in Columbia, South Carolina this week. The symposium was a gathering of people from a variety of Episcopal Dioceses, other denominations and secular organizations who are working for education equity. You can read Bishop Franklin’s reflection on his presentation here – https://jerusalem-crossing.com/ You can…

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COTB Seeking Carpenters to help Build Bookshelves

Calling All Carpenters! The Children of the Book Summer Reading Camp is seeking volunteers who are interested in building to assist them with a project to build bookshelves for program participants. The solid wood bookshelves will be constructed with wood that was purchased with a portion of the funds secured by the Jamestown Noon Rotary…

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Western New York Featured in New Book

Is a quality public education a privilege provided by a responsible government, or an inalienable right granted by God? For some, in recent years, the value of the public education system has come into question. At the same time, the call for better public education for the benefit of every child has grown equally loud….

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If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…

It’s a duck!  As many of you know, Bishop Franklin collects ducks.  He currently has over 600 ducks in his collection and wants to have 1057 ducks by the end of his episcopate. A flock of alphabet ducks have landed in Western New York.  Each duck has a different letter of the alphabet on them….

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Wardens and Vestry Day Draws a Crowd

The Second Annual Warden and Vestry day was held on Saturday.  More than 130 wardens and vestry members, and a few clergy, from 40 congregations gathered to talk and learn and pray and eat. Workshops were offered on topics ranging from implicit bias to websites and Facebook pages to partnerships with public schools to how…

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Second Annual Warden and Vestry Day

The Second Annual Warden and Vestry Day will be Saturday February 25 at the Diocesan Ministry Center (1064 Brighton Rd, Tonawanda). All wardens and members of vestry are invited (the clergy are invited to tag along if they want). Check in begins at 9:30 and the program begins at 10 am.  The day will include…

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Lent Program Announced

In the last several years, the Diocese of Western New York has done a “One Diocese, One Season, One Book” program.  The whole diocese was invited to read the same book, meet in their congregations to discuss the book and come together to meet the author. This year we are doing something just a little…

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Jim Eaton Summer Reading Program Now Underway!

The Jim Eaton Summer Reading Program has begun its second year with a new age range and new location. Taking the valuable lessons from last year, the Eaton Summer Reading Program made some changes for 2016, including a new location in the city of Buffalo (The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located in north…

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