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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.

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Conversation with Bishop Sean

On July 19, people from across the partnership joined Bishop Sean online to hear updates about what’s happening around the diocesan partnership, how we’re continuing to respond to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more about our new Sacred Ground groups that are discussing race and faith. Watch the conversation at the link above…

“In God, We Have All:” A Sermon by the Rev. Shawn Clerkin

In his sermon, the Rev. Shawn Clerkin of St. Stephen’s, Fairview, shared a prayer from the Order Julian of Norwich, to which he belongs: “God, in your goodness, give us your all, for you are enough for us. We can ask for nothing less that is to you glory, and if we ask for anything…

There Is No Easy Church: A Sermon by the Rev. Kathleen Moore

“Jesus – drifting in his makeshift floating pulpit – is telling the crowd, and he is telling us, that there is no time and no place ideal for the seed-sowing work of sharing Gospel truth. He is telling us that there is no easy church,” says the Rev. Kathleen Moore of St. Mark’s and the…

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Letter from Bishop Sean: Committing Ourselves to Holy Change

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: In May, I wrote to you in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police officers and the protests that followed. I called for primarily white churches such as ours to examine ourselves and acknowledge the ways in which we benefit from an entrenched…

I Will Give You Rest: A Sermon by the Rev. Helen Harper

“I remember when I was a child in church, whenever I heard or read the words ‘heavy burden’ in Scripture, what came to my mind as a picture were many people walking along a road carrying large sacks that seemed way too heavy,” says the Rev. Helen Harper in today’s sermon. “When I think back…

Genesee Deanery Initiative: “These Places Are Critical”

The Genesee Deanery of the Diocese of Western New York is made up of small towns and small churches that are struggling to survive. Only one of the nine churches in the three-county region between Buffalo and Rochester has an average Sunday attendance of more than 40. Five have an average attendance of 15 or…