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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…

Choosing a Side: A Sermon By Jim Naughton

In his sermon this morning on the Baptism of Jesus, Jim Naughton, a partner at Canticle Communications, said, “I don’t need to tell you that John the Baptist was a controversial figure. Herod saw him as a threat, and it cost John his life. He was a strident, anti-establishment, ‘I am calling you to be…

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Dangerous Time: A Message from Bishop Sean

Dear People of God in the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York: Like many of you, I watched with disbelief today as an armed insurrection agitated by the President of the United States occupied the U.S. Capitol. I am particularly appalled that some members of this mob, still at large, are displaying flags…

Traveling on Together: A Sermon by Canon Twila Smith

  In today’s sermon, Canon Twila Smith considers the story of the Magi who traveled to find the Christ Child. Like us, she says, they were “people seeking to understand what is beyond them.” “The good news is that God keeps appearing,” she says. “God does not send us on this journey alone.”

May we not Keep it to Ourselves: A Sermon by Canon Vanessa Butler

“In these uncertain times, may the children of God remember to grab hold of that truth, that grace and that light that are ours,” said Canon Vanessa Butler in her sermon for the First Sunday After Christmas. “And may we not keep it to ourselves.”

Christmas Eve Worship 2020

Bishop Sean Rowe preached at this online Christmas Eve service, which included music from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fairview, the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. The service begins at 12:15 in the video after a singalong including favorite Christmas carols.