Diocesan Events

These are events that are happening in the next few weeks in the Diocese and the dates of some events further out.  If you are part of a committee or commission of the Diocese and are having an event or meeting that you want people to know about, please submit your event for posting on this page.


March 22-24
Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases. From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. 

With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues.

This conference is sponsored by Trinity Church Wall Street in NYC and webcast all over the world. Grace Episcopal Church, in Randolph NY, is the regional host for this conference to allow live interaction and discussion between interested persons. We hope you will join us.

Plan to attend as much of this dynamic conference as possible. Register for one, two or all three days. Meet other local church leaders. Clergy and laity from all denominations and faith traditions are welcome.

You can find much more information at: https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/trinity-institute/2017/home.

To participate, please RSVP to Grace Episcopal Church:

Wednesday evening worship and keynote address is FREE.

Thursday and Friday, we request a $10 donation to help offset the cost of hosting this event.

Continental Breakfast, snacks and beverages are provided.

Lunch on Thursday and Friday — either bring your own “brown bag” or join the group at a local restaurant.


April 6
“A Space for Grace” Gathering

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 different.  Instead of all reading the same book, Bishop Franklin is inviting the Diocese into conversation.

The program is called A Space for Grace.  It consists of a program for each of the first five weeks of Lent.  The program connects one of the Scripture readings assigned for Sunday and a reflection piece that connects the theme of the Scripture to themes important in the world right now.

Each week as several conversation starters and a question.

The sessions are designed to be used in a variety of ways from Sunday morning adult education, to weekday small groups, to gatherings around dinner tables.  The sessions can be led by lay people, deacons or priests.

Everyone is invited to visit the Space for Grace blog at spaceforgraceweb.wordpress.com and join in the conversation about each week’s question.

On Thursday April 6 at 6:30 pm the Diocese is invited to gather at the Diocesan Ministry Center for evening prayer, reflections by Bishop Franklin and further conversation.

Download the program brochure!


May 6
Safe Church Training

It is the charge of every Christian to respect the dignity of every human being, to that end we offer Safe Church Training.

Safe Church Training protects not only volunteers and employees, but also those under their charge. By raising the awareness of leaders, everyone is safer.

Safe Church consists of two courses: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Adult Sexual Harassment & Exploitation Prevention. Volunteers such as Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and youth camp staff are required to take “A Safe Place for Children.” All clergy and employees of the diocese and its congregations are required to take both courses.

The next classes will be held:

  • Saturday, May 6, at Grace Episcopal Church in Randolph.  The Church: A Safe place for Children will run from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Church: A Safe Place for Adults will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register online!


May 7, 2017
Discover Sundays!
The Perils of Plastic

dsplasticDr. Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Studies at SUNY Fredonia, will present the latest information about freshwater plastic pollution.

The study of plastic pollution started in the world’s oceans, most famously focused on what has been called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Despite a United Nations report suggesting that 80% of oceanic debris comes from land and, thus, was likely transported through fresh water systems to the sea, very little research with regard to marine debris has focused upon these freshwater systems. Dr. Mason and her team conducted the first-ever survey for plastic pollution within the open water of the Great Lakes, and will present the results from these studies as well as additional investigations that were conducted as a result of them, including impacts upon fish, birds and other wildlife.

She will offer suggestions on simple ways we can help to lessen the problem.

A reception will follow the program.

Register at bit.ly/perilsofplastic


Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • April 11 – Renewal of Ordination Vows (St. Paul’s Cathedral)
  • April 28-29 – Journeys: The Overnight for Junior High Youth (Advent, Kenmore)
  • May 6 – Senior High Event (Holy Communion, Lakeview)
  • August 13-17 – Sleepaway Camp (Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp)