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All over our region, congregations are embracing new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel. If you have a story to tell about work your community is doing, please email us.

New Mission Strategy Group Begins Work

In February, a new advisory group will begin the next phase of developing a mission strategy for the partnership dioceses. The group, which will be chaired by Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie, and Twila Smith of St. Simon’s, Buffalo, was appointed by the councils of both dioceses. “I am grateful to the people of…

Pennsylvania Bishops Issue LGBT Non-Discrimination Letter

On February 3, Bishop Sean joined all of the Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in issuing an open letter supporting statewide LGBT non-discrimination legislation.  To the Honorable Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly: As bishops of the Episcopal Church and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we urge the General Assembly to update…

Bishop Sean’s Christmas Message

In his Christmas message, Bishop Sean says, “It’s been a full year, and now as we end the season of Advent and begin the wonderful season of Christmas, we take this time of watching and waiting for Jesus to come as a child who we will follow, and who will return as a king. We…

Donate to the Theological Education Fund

Dear Friends, Our partnership is uniquely suited to train leaders for the future of the Episcopal Church, and as 2019 draws to a close, I ask for your help in doing just that. By making a gift to our theological education fund, you can help limit the student debt accrued by our seminarians and clergy…

Emmaus Gatherings Draw More Than 225 Participants

Last week, more than 225 people from across the region participated in the Emmaus Gatherings, a series of five meetings designed to invite participation in the development of the partnership’s mission strategy. “This was amazing,” said Cheryl Wild of Epiphany, Grove City, and Memorial Church of Our Father, Foxburg. “I felt connected with people because…

Looking for Jesus in Disguise: Bishop Sean’s Advent Message

First Sunday of Advent Dear People of God in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, You might recall that, as we have been working toward a mission strategy for our diocesan partnership, I have been thinking a good deal about the story of Jesus and his disciples on the Road to Emmaus. I return often…

Emmaus Gatherings To Be Held Around The Region

In early December, members of both dioceses are invited to join Bishop Sean, Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and other diocesan leaders at regional conversations, called Emmaus Gatherings. At the meetings, participants will have the opportunity to offer ideas and hopes about the future of our partnership and how we can direct our shared skills and experiences toward…

Only One Agenda: Bishop Sean’s Convention Address

Bishop Sean gave this address on October 25 to the joint convention of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: Last October, our two conventions made a bold decision to set into motion a partnership between two dioceses that has led us, and will lead us, on quite a new adventure. We are…