Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Front Page

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…

Read the full article…

Bishop Franklin’s 2017 Christmas Message

Many families, including my own, are in the process of setting up our Nativity scenes.  The center of most Nativity scenes is the baby in the manger. I find the figure of the baby in the manger particularly meaningful this Christmas because my own family has our own baby, my granddaughter, Rey.  She isn’t lying…

Read the full article…

Ukeleles Sound in Kenmore

Church of the Advent in Kenmore (54 Delaware Rd.) has a unique feature: a Ukulele Sing A Long Group that gathers each Tuesday for an hour at the church. They formed 2 years ago, led by Jennifer May (former Secretary at Church of the Advent). They have performed at various Nursing homes and the Niagara Falls…

Read the full article…

Home for Christmas

Two Western New York congregations will be coming home for Christmas.  Both St. Paul’s in Mayville and St. Matthew’s in South Buffalo have not been able to worship in their sanctuaries for several months. Both congregations have had issues with their church buildings that led to their sanctuaries being unsafe for people to be in….

Read the full article…

You can Give and Save on Taxes Too!

Give stocks which have gone up in price since you bought them! The tax advantage is that you do not have to report the capital gains, but you get the income tax deduction for the gift to the church.  Giving is easy.  Most people hold their securities in a broker’s account.  Ask your broker for…

Read the full article…

Bishop Franklin’s Statement on Sutherland Springs

I wish that I could say that I was shocked by the shooting on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. I am deeply saddened by the senseless deaths of innocent people who had sought only to seek the presence of Christ and join together in worship and fellowship.  I am deeply…

Read the full article…

On Being Included in the Creative Process

The Forward, the blog of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has been publishing some pieces on the proposed collaboration between our two Dioceses.  The latest piece was written by The Rev. Sare Anuskiewicz from Western New York.  You can read The Forward here (https://dionwpanews.org/).  Here is Sare’s piece on the creative process.   We are…

Read the full article…

180th Convention Followup

The 180th Convention of the Diocese of Western New York was held October 27 & 28 in Amherst. Convention is a combination of worship, fellowship and business.  The theme of this year’s Convention was A New Reformation: Faith, Grace, Proclamation and Transformation. We welcomed guests from the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, including their Bishop, the…

Read the full article…

Considering a Shared Future

The Rev. Earle King had an organ recital on the books, and he was no more eager than the next busy person to lose two days of rehearsal time to attend a meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania, convened for something called “compression planning.” But he serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Western New…

Read the full article…

Middle School Youth Invited on a Journey

The next Journeys weekend for our middle school aged youth (grades 6-8) will be Friday November 17 to Saturday November 18 at the Diocesan Ministry Center.  Journeys is a program that allows the youth to explore different ways of finding how God may be found in their lives.  The underlying premise of the program is…

Read the full article…

St. Luke’s, Jamestown to Hold Community Dedication and Reception October 22

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be hosting a community-wide celebration and dedication on Sunday, October 22nd to mark the completion of the first two phases of the Jamestown church’s capital project. The event will begin with a festive evensong at 4pm, including a special blessing of the newly refurbished fellowship space. A celebratory reception and ribbon-cutting will…

Read the full article…

Message from Bishop Franklin about Puerto Rico

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I know that we have all been watching the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico over the last few days.  In the face of such destruction and need, the temptation can be to jump in and do anything, or to be overwhelmed and do nothing.  I believe the best…

Read the full article…