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Online Explorers’ Series in February

In February, the partnership dioceses will host a new, three-part online program, called the Explorers’ Series, for people discerning a possible call to ordained ministry. “This is called an “Explorer” series because you do not have to be certain of a call or certain of a particular type of ministry to attend,” said Canon Twila…

“It’s Like A Fish Not Knowing He’s in Water”

Joseph Croskey, a member of Christ Church in Oil City, is experienced in the slow work of dismantling racism in a predominantly white community. “Even close friends here in rural western Pennsylvania will say ‘I don’t understand what Black people are talking about. I’ve got it hard, so does everybody else, and I don’t do…

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God Comes With Us: A Christmas Message from Bishop Sean

In a video recorded at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo on December 15, Bishop Sean reminds us that Jesus came to share our humanity in an uncertain and changing world, and that God’s comfort goes with us, even in difficult times.

From Bishop Sean: Christmas Offering for the Diocese of Kentucky

Dear People of God in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York: Earlier today, I was in touch with Bishop Terry White of the Diocese of Kentucky, which is reeling after the terrible tornadoes that ripped through the western part of that state last weekend. The storm was likely the worst ever to hit Kentucky, and…

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…

Congregations Expand Afghan Refugee Resettlement Efforts: “Welcome Boxes” Provide Support to Newly Arrived Families

The Diocese of Western New York has long been active in refugee resettlement ministry, and with the expected arrival of 330 Afghan evacuees in the region, several congregations are stepping up their involvement. The Rev. Barbara Price and Deacon Tom Tripp have both active in organizing financial support for Buffalo United for Afghan Evacuees, and Tripp says that…

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…