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2020 Parochial Report, Due March 1, Tracks Challenges of COVID-19

During the spring and summer of 2020, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person worship across the Episcopal Church, the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee raced to create a new parochial report form, designed just to track the “opportunities, innovations and challenges” that congregations experienced while dealing with the pandemic,” according…

A Future Transformed by Love: A Sermon by Canon Twila Smith

Like Jesus in the wilderness, our own season of being tested can be “a time to be transformed as only God’s love can do,” says Canon Twila Smith in her sermon on Mark 1:9-15. “In this wilderness, however long, we are being prepared, as Jesus was, for the ministry ahead. Recognizing as Jesus proclaimed, that…

Be Reconciled To God: Bishop Sean’s Ash Wednesday Sermon

  “If we oriented ourselves toward reconciliation with God, we might orient our interior life to the kingdom of God, so that the kingdom not only becomes a destination, a place we go, a world transformed, but the kingdom is also a place from which we come. It is the source, as well as the…

Everyone Is Searching For You: A Sermon by Canon Vanessa Butler

Like Jesus in today’s gospel reading (Mark 1:29-39), most of us have had the experience of being told that we weren’t available when we were needed. In her sermon, Canon Vanessa Butler points out that Jesus doesn’t let the demands around him fluster him or detract from his mission. “I aspire to the expert level…

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The Promise of Spring: A Letter from Bishop Sean

Dear Friends in Christ: Last Sunday was Septuagesima Sunday, an ancient commemoration that means Easter Sunday is just about 70 days away. In our region, it comes in the dead of winter, when we know we have a long way to go, but it brings with it the promise of eventual spring. This year, Septuagesima…

Taking A Journey of Discovery: Sacred Ground Participants Reflect

In December, more than 100 Episcopalians from across the partnership dioceses completed Sacred Ground, a dialogue series about race launched in 2019 by Becoming Beloved Community, the Episcopal Church’s long-term initiative on racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. During the twenty-week program, participants met ten times, completed readings, and watched videos about race and American history. To go…

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Ash Wednesday All-Day Vigil On February 17, the partnership dioceses will hold an all-day vigil of Ash Wednesday liturgies, prayer, music, readings and reflections on Zoom beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding with a worship service at 7 p.m. Bishop Sean will host the evening service. The entire vigil will take place on one Zoom…

Called by Name as His Disciples: A Sermon by the Rev. Jason Shank

“We have been as disciples to learn and sent out as apostles to do,” said the Rev. Jason Shank in his sermon for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. Let it be so for each of us that God’s love through us can teach, restore and heal.”