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All over our region, congregations are embracing new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel. If you have a story to tell about work your community is doing, please email us.

A Letter from Bishop Sean: Committing Ourselves to Holy Change

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: In May, I wrote to you in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police officers and the protests that followed. I called for primarily white churches such as ours to examine ourselves and acknowledge the ways in which we benefit from an entrenched…

I Will Give You Rest: A Sermon by the Rev. Helen Harper

“I remember when I was a child in church, whenever I heard or read the words ‘heavy burden’ in Scripture, what came to my mind as a picture were many people walking along a road carrying large sacks that seemed way too heavy,” says the Rev. Helen Harper in today’s sermon. “When I think back…

Genesee Deanery Initiative: “These Places Are Critical”

The Genesee Deanery of the Diocese of Western New York is made up of small towns and small churches that are struggling to survive. Only one of the nine churches in the three-county region between Buffalo and Rochester has an average Sunday attendance of more than 40. Five have an average attendance of 15 or…

Reopening Guidelines Released

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: In mid-March, when we suspended in-person worship, none of us could have imagined the ways the world was about to change or what would be required of us in response. Throughout these long months, you have been resilient, flexible and collaborative as we have…

Let’s Get Some Things in Order: A Sermon by Bishop Sean

“Let’s get some things in order,” said Bishop Sean in his sermon for Trinity Sunday, which took 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 as its text. “Do our work on race justice and relationships with each other. And I don’t mean just read a book, I mean do the work. Sit with each other and talk about these…