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Let’s Get Some Things in Order: A Sermon by Bishop Sean

“Let’s get some things in order,” said Bishop Sean in his sermon for Trinity Sunday, which took 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 as its text. “Do our work on race justice and relationships with each other. And I don’t mean just read a book, I mean do the work. Sit with each other and talk about these…

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Message from Bishop Sean: It is not enough to be outraged

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Like you, I have seen the video of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd while three other officers stood by and watched Floyd die. Like you, I know about the peaceful protests and the spasms of destruction in cities…

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Message from Bishop Sean: Keeping Each Other Safe

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is now permitting New Yorkers to gather for worship in groups of ten people or fewer, as long as people wear masks and practice social distancing. Similarly, earlier today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf moved ten counties…

We Are All in This Together: A Sermon by the Rev. John Downey

“The virus pays no attention to politics, religion, nation or location,” said the Rev. John Downey in his sermon on the sixth Sunday of Easter. “The air we breathe, breathing in and out, connects us, for good or ill, and we have been made more deeply aware of our social and economic connections … for…

Ministry meets unspoken needs: tampons, diapers, wipes

When she first realized that her church, like others across the country, would be closing its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenn Campbell of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Warren, Pa., thought of her diapers and feminine hygiene ministry clients first. “I broke into tears,” she says. “And it wasn’t me I was worried about,…