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Vigil on Sunday at the Jefferson Avenue Tops Market in Buffalo

On Sunday, May 22 at 6 p.m., St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, together with the Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, will host an outdoor vigil at the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue where a white supremacist gunman killed ten people on May 14. Speakers at the vigil will include the Rev. Paul…

Community Foundation Funds to Support Buffalo

In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has created two funds to support the community financially. To provide aid to those directly impacted by the massacre, donate to the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund. To address immediate community needs, long-term rebuilding, and systemic issues that have marginalized communities of color, donate to the Buffalo Together…

Oil Region Episcopalians Begin Collaboration to Serve Their Communities

A picture of the Episcopal Church’s future – and how to get there – may well be seen in a budding collaboration among four congregations in the Oil Region area of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Collaborative Oil Region Episcopal Ministries is in its formative stages, but some things are already clear. First, there is…

Atchison To Return To Teaching, Continue UBE Leadership

Dr. Gabrie’l Atchison, who has served the partnership dioceses as missioner for administration for the past two years, has announced that she will resign her position to return to adjunct teaching at the end of May. “During her time on the partnership staff, Gabrie’l has been a thoughtful colleague and a catalyst for helping to…

Clergy Voice Enthusiasm, See Challenges in Interviews on Anti-Racism Resolution

The findings of almost 60 one-on-one interviews conducted by the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination (CDRD) indicate that the clergy and aspirants of the partnership dioceses are committed to enhancing their congregations’ ability to work against racism, but aware there may be significant challenges in doing so. The commission conducted 58 confidential interviews between August…

Prayer Services on April 8

On April 8, a number of congregations across the partnership dioceses will host prayer services to prepare for Holy Week. Everyone is invited to participate: 7 a.m.: Prayer on the Partnership in Prayer Facebook Page Morning Prayer at Trinity, New Castle (time to be determined) 10 a.m.: Morning Prayer at Ascension, Bradford (also livestreamed on Facebook) Noon: Stations…

Bishop Sean Rowe

Resuming Use of the Common Cup: A Letter from Bishop Sean

Dear People of God in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York: Although the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, I give thanks that, according to Centers for Disease Control data, our region is now experiencing low case counts. As a result, I believe that we can resume use of the common cup at the Eucharist…

Embodied Anti-Racism: How Mindfulness Practices Combat Racism

“Each of us is carrying racism,” said Gabrie’l Atchison, “and the way that racism exists within societyis carried within each of our bodies.” Last Sunday, Atchison, who serves as both missioner for administration on the staff of the partnership dioceses and president of the Bishop James Theodore Holly Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, offered a…

Diocese to Hold Joint Summer Camp August 7-13

From August 7-13, the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania will hold a joint summer camp at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, Pennsylvania. This marks the first year that the partnership dioceses have shared a summer camp. The camp will take place in August, when the Diocese of Western New York has traditionally held…