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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.

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…

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…

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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…