October 11, 2021 Friends, After much prayerful consideration and several months of discussion, the Standing Committees of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania have voted to extend by two years the timeline for evaluating the historic partnership our dioceses initiated at our joint convention in October 2018. These votes were finalized on…
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.
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.
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.
Materials for the upcoming diocesan convention are now available on the convention portion of the website. Delegates to the 2021 Diocesan Convention can visit the page to review the budget, resolutions, and nominations ahead of the joint business sessions on Thursday, October 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Zoom. A recording of the pre-convention meeting…
Dear Friends: By now, we had hoped that COVID-19 would be behind us and that we would, at long last, be able to gather as a large group for diocesan convention. However, the number of COVID cases in Erie, where we had planned to hold our conventions, continues to rise, and across our region, health…