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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.

News

Staying Home Does Not Mean Staying Silent: A Letter from Episcopal Bishops

January 13, 2021 Dear People of God: Earlier this week, the FBI warned that armed protests are being planned for Washington D.C. and all 50 state capitals sometime between Saturday, January 16, and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. As your bishops, we write today imploring you to stay away from these…

Events

Monday
February
1,
2021
Thomas Indian School Book Study
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On Monday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 25 to February 15, people from across the partnership will gather online to discuss “The Thomas Indian School and the ‘Irredeemable’ Children of New York,” a book that examines the history of the school that the State of New York operated on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation from 1875 to 1957, and some of the history of Indigenous people in our region. “Although the school was in New York, the history presented in the book extends beyond state boundaries and offers insight on systemic issues,” says Canon Twila Smith, who will lead the discussion.
The book is available in print and e-book formats. To prepare for the disusssion, participants can watch the PBS documentary Dawnland, about the removal of Native American children from their families. The documentary was featured in the partnership’s Sacred Ground course, which was the inspiration for the book study. To learn more and sign up, email Canon Smith.
Monday
February
8,
2021
Thomas Indian School Book Study
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On Monday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 25 to February 15, people from across the partnership will gather online to discuss “The Thomas Indian School and the ‘Irredeemable’ Children of New York,” a book that examines the history of the school that the State of New York operated on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation from 1875 to 1957, and some of the history of Indigenous people in our region. “Although the school was in New York, the history presented in the book extends beyond state boundaries and offers insight on systemic issues,” says Canon Twila Smith, who will lead the discussion.
The book is available in print and e-book formats. To prepare for the disusssion, participants can watch the PBS documentary Dawnland, about the removal of Native American children from their families. The documentary was featured in the partnership’s Sacred Ground course, which was the inspiration for the book study. To learn more and sign up, email Canon Smith.
Monday
February
15,
2021
Thomas Indian School Book Study
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On Monday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 25 to February 15, people from across the partnership will gather online to discuss “The Thomas Indian School and the ‘Irredeemable’ Children of New York,” a book that examines the history of the school that the State of New York operated on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation from 1875 to 1957, and some of the history of Indigenous people in our region. “Although the school was in New York, the history presented in the book extends beyond state boundaries and offers insight on systemic issues,” says Canon Twila Smith, who will lead the discussion.
The book is available in print and e-book formats. To prepare for the disusssion, participants can watch the PBS documentary Dawnland, about the removal of Native American children from their families. The documentary was featured in the partnership’s Sacred Ground course, which was the inspiration for the book study. To learn more and sign up, email Canon Smith.