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.

September 28
Implicit Bias Workshop
St. Luke’s, Jamestown

  • from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (breakfast and Registration starting at 8:30 am)
  • Opening: Bishop Sean Rowe
  • Presenter: Dr. Ursuline R. Bankhead
  • This workshop is recommended for clergy, church leaders, vestries and church educators.
  • No pre-registration is required and members of the community are welcome
Dr. Ursuline R. Bankhead

Implicit Bias is something that impacts each and every person, regardless of race, culture, age, gender identity, ability status, or belief system. Dr. Ursuline R. Bankhead will be holding an interactive presentation and discussion with small group breakout opportunities to: provide definitions of bias and implicit bias; clarify how implicit bias impacts all of us personally, culturally, and spiritually; to recognize the impact of implicit bias; and, to help us learn to better see the God’s grace in those who are “different” from us.

Dr. Ursuline Bankhead is a native of Buffalo, New York, and a graduate of Buffalo Public Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Penn State University; her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University; and, her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo. She works as a Psychologist in Western New York and serves on several committees and work groups in the area. She has led various programs and initiatives to address issues of equity and inclusion. She has presented on the topics of communication, health equity, implicit bias, grief and loss, aging, cognitive impairment, and gender issues to various groups and organizations in Western NY and throughout the Episcopal Church. She is currently serving on the Attorney Grievance Committee for the 8th Judicial District, belongs to the Psychological Association of Western New York, is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church (Buffalo, NY), and serves on the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York’s Commission to Dismantle Racism.

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September 28
Our Little Roses Tea
Diocesan Ministry Center

The annual Our Little Roses Tea will take place at the Diocesan Ministry Center on September 28 at 1 p.m. Come early to shop the boutique table and a selection of theme baskets. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained from local Our Little Roses representatives or by calling Merrie Hill at 716-574-1886. This year’s guest speaker is Wendy Bourgault, executive director of Our Little Roses.  

Our Little Roses provides a full-time residential home for 60 Honduran girls, a bilingual Episcopal school, medical and dental clinics, a Spanish language program, and a living-learning center for girls pursuing post-secondary education through university, teachers college or trade school. 

October 20
Regional Confirmation
Trinity, Hamburg

Bishop Sean will hold two regional confirmations this fall:

Congregations can choose whichever date or location is most convenient to bring their candidates for confirmation and reception. Please contact Vanessa Butler at 814-452-3779 or via email if your congregation plans to present candidates for confirmation.

Additional regional confirmations will be held in Eastertide 2020; watch fall issues of the newsletter for dates and locations.

November 3
Regional Confirmation
St. Mark’s, Erie

Bishop Sean will hold two regional confirmations this fall:

Congregations can choose whichever date or location is most convenient to bring their candidates for confirmation and reception. Please contact Vanessa Butler at 814-452-3779 or via email if your congregation plans to present candidates for confirmation.

Additional regional confirmations will be held in Eastertide 2020; watch fall issues of the newsletter for dates and locations.

Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • September 7 – Episcopal Day at Darien Lake
  • October 25-26 – Joint Diocesan Convention with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania at the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA