An Experiment for the Sake of the Gospel

Our dioceses are on a journey to discover how collaborating can help us transform our congregations and communities through the power of Jesus Christ. In our churches, everyone is welcome, without exception.

Welcome from Bishop Rowe

Welcome! God is calling us into a new reality here on the southeastern shores of Lake Erie. We hope you will join us in answering this call as we reach out to people who do not know the transformational power of Jesus Christ, people who have been pushed to the margins, and people who feel like they aren’t worthy to step into one of our big stone churches. The road to transformation may be rocky at times, but we hope you will walk it with us.

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About our Partnership

In 2018, our dioceses pledged themselves to an unprecedented collaboration because we believe that God was calling us to embrace new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel here along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie. We are 90 congregations, spread across 20 counties, but we are one church, united by faith and dedicated to serving our communities and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Here in this part of the country that many have forgotten, we believe that we have the potential to lead the church into a new season of growth.

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Find a Church

It isn’t always easy to find our way to God. The disciples we encounter on the road to Emmaus were heading in the wrong direction! They didn’t even recognize Jesus, whom they had followed for years—until he broke bread with them. Our church finder was created to make your search a little easier. Use it to locate congregations, ministry centers and church-related organizations across the region. You don’t have to be a member to attend our services, get involved in our work, or find solace and sustenance through our ministries.


Resources for Celebrating Pride Month

Last week, the partnership hosted an online Pride Sunday vigil. The following resources may be useful for congregations wishing to host their own services during Pride Month. Liturgical Resources Pride Sunday sermon by the Rev. Canon Cathy Dempesy-Sims “The Welcoming Prayer” by Father Thomas Keating Welcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me…

Tech Works Conversations in June: Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning June 9

Starting June 9, the partnership will host a series of online conversations focused on congregations’ use of communications technology. Each session will begin with a presentation from a congregation currently using technology in new ways, such as providing live streaming or hybrid worship. Congregational leaders will offer practical details, sample videos and advice on purchasing and…

The World is Important: Bishop Sean’s Pentecost Sermon

“What makes Christianity and the incarnation powerful is that the world is important,” said Bishop Sean in his Day of Pentecost sermon. “We are, our bodies are; this isn’t something from which to escape. The kingdom of God about which Jesus speaks and about which the Advocate comes is the place where it happens. In…


Book Discussion on “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God” by Kelly Brown Douglas
Jul 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas
On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., from June 3 to July 29, Dr. Gabrie’l Atchison will lead a discussion of “Black Bodies and the Justice of God” by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. In the book, Douglas, who visited Buffalo in 2018 to help relaunch the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, examines the myths and narratives underlying “stand-your-ground” culture. Learn more about the book and order it online.
Register online by June 3 to receive Zoom information and updates.
Bishop Sean’s Visit to St. Stephen’s, Niagara Falls
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am
St. Stephen's Church
Celebration of New Ministry
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church

Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Nick Evancho.

Time (TBD)