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Come One, Come All! Regional Gatherings Begin November 30

The first in a series of regional gatherings with Bishop Sean will be held on November 30 at Christ Church, Lockport. Everyone from across the partnership dioceses is invited to attend the gathering that is most convenient for them. A second gathering will be held on at St. James, Batavia on December 1. Doors at…

Four Partnership Priests Blend Ministry in Church and on Campus

by Melodie Woerman The season when congregations ramp up their program schedules and students head back to school is an especially meaningful time of year for the four priests in the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania who teach, or have taught, at local universities. The four are: The Rev. Shawn Clerkin, vicar…

Walking by Faith: A Diocesan Convention Wrap-Up

At a joint online convention last week, the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York passed operating budgets, elected members to numerous governing bodies and discussed a recent decision by the diocesan Standing Committees to extend the partnership between the two diocese for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We walk by faith,…

Diocesan Convention Materials Now Available

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…

Bishop Sean Rowe

Conventions to Be Held Online: From Bishop Sean

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…

A Q&A with Dr. Gabrie’l Atchison, UBE Chapter President

How did you first get involved with the Bishop James Theodore Holly Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians? I was working in the partnership office, and we were putting together the resolutions for diocesan convention and I heard that Wayne Blassingame [former chapter president] and the group had wanted to come up with a…