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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.

Worship Online During Holy Week: New Link Required

You can join any of the partnership Holy Week and Easter online services listed below using this link: https://zoom.us/j/127336938?pwd=cm8zUWh0Y2loTjYyKy91YURsTVBCQT09. If you need a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial 646-876-9923 and use code 127336938#. Palm Sunday April 5 at 10 a.m. Bishop Sean Rowe, preaching The Very Rev. Derrick Fetz,…

Financial Relief for Congregations During the Pandemic

Congregations have a variety of options for financial relief during the pandemic. Some details and recommendations are posted below. Any congregation seeking financial relief is urged first to email Canon Cindy Dougan, canon for finance, or Maria Manocchio, missioner for finance, to discuss best options and how the partnership dioceses can be of assistance. Paycheck…

Watch Worship for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

On March 22, Bishop Sean led worship online with the Very Rev. Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie. Watch the service on YouTube.

Suspension of In-Person Worship to Last Through Holy Week and Easter

Earlier today in a video conversation with clergy of the partnership, Bishop Sean announced that the suspension of in-person worship will extend at least through Holy Week and Easter. His decision follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended. Bishop Sean is working with…

Worship Opportunities during COVID-19 Social Distancing Period

On March 12, Bishop Sean wrote to the partnership dioceses that, due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, he is suspending in-person worship for the next three weeks. “My only concerns are the safety of the people of our dioceses and the welfare of the communities in which we live and work,” he writes. “As…

Suspending In-Person Worship: A Letter from Bishop Sean

March 12, 2020 Dear People of God: Today, I write with regret to tell you that I am suspending Sunday worship effectively Sunday, March 15. The COVID-19 epidemic is spreading so quickly that I cannot in good conscience permit gatherings that could easily hasten the spread of the disease and contribute to the collapse of…

Offering Online Worship: A Simple Guide

During this time as we respond to the spread of COVID-19, parishes may wish to provide live streams of their services so that those who must stay home feel included. Some churches may at some point not be able to gather in person at all, and may want to offer online worship only. Below are…

COVID-19 Updates and Guidelines

updated March 18: Bishop Sean has announced that the suspension of in-person worship will extend through Holy Week and Easter. Read more. *********** updated March 13: Bishop Sean has suspended in-person worship, meetings and gatherings until further notice. Read his letter. *********** updated March 11: Dear People of God: As I am sure you know,…

Implicit Bias Training Continues Work of Dismantling Racism

In late February, more than 75 people from around the region gathered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown for a workshop on implicit bias led by Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, a licensed psychologist and member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo, as part of the partnership’s efforts to combat racism and work toward racial justice…