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Watch Worship for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

On March 22, Bishop Sean led worship online with the Very Rev. Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie. Watch the service on YouTube.

Suspension of In-Person Worship to Last Through Holy Week and Easter

Earlier today in a video conversation with clergy of the partnership, Bishop Sean announced that the suspension of in-person worship will extend at least through Holy Week and Easter. His decision follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended. Bishop Sean is working with…

Worship Opportunities during COVID-19 Social Distancing Period

On March 12, Bishop Sean wrote to the partnership dioceses that, due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, he is suspending in-person worship for the next three weeks. “My only concerns are the safety of the people of our dioceses and the welfare of the communities in which we live and work,” he writes. “As…

Offering Online Worship: A Simple Guide

During this time as we respond to the spread of COVID-19, parishes may wish to provide live streams of their services so that those who must stay home feel included. Some churches may at some point not be able to gather in person at all, and may want to offer online worship only. Below are…

COVID-19 Updates and Guidelines

updated March 18: Bishop Sean has announced that the suspension of in-person worship will extend through Holy Week and Easter. Read more. *********** updated March 13: Bishop Sean has suspended in-person worship, meetings and gatherings until further notice. Read his letter. *********** updated March 11: Dear People of God: As I am sure you know,…

Implicit Bias Training Continues Work of Dismantling Racism

In late February, more than 75 people from around the region gathered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown for a workshop on implicit bias led by Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, a licensed psychologist and member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo, as part of the partnership’s efforts to combat racism and work toward racial justice…

New Mission Strategy Group Begins Work

In February, a new advisory group will begin the next phase of developing a mission strategy for the partnership dioceses. The group, which will be chaired by Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie, and Twila Smith of St. Simon’s, Buffalo, was appointed by the councils of both dioceses. “I am grateful to the people of…

Pennsylvania Bishops Issue LGBT Non-Discrimination Letter

On February 3, Bishop Sean joined all of the Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in issuing an open letter supporting statewide LGBT non-discrimination legislation.  To the Honorable Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly: As bishops of the Episcopal Church and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we urge the General Assembly to update…

Emmaus Gatherings Draw More Than 225 Participants

Last week, more than 225 people from across the region participated in the Emmaus Gatherings, a series of five meetings designed to invite participation in the development of the partnership’s mission strategy. “This was amazing,” said Cheryl Wild of Epiphany, Grove City, and Memorial Church of Our Father, Foxburg. “I felt connected with people because…

Emmaus Gatherings To Be Held Around The Region

In early December, members of both dioceses are invited to join Bishop Sean, Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and other diocesan leaders at regional conversations, called Emmaus Gatherings. At the meetings, participants will have the opportunity to offer ideas and hopes about the future of our partnership and how we can direct our shared skills and experiences toward…