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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.

Service of Reconciliation on November 6

On November 6, the evening before we gather for our joint diocesan conventions, the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination will host an online Service of Reconciliation. This service, an introduction to the ongoing work that our congregations and dioceses will be doing together, is meant to bless and inspire our shared ministry of racial justice and healing….

Smith and Shank Join Bishop Sean’s Staff

The Rev. Twila Smith and the Rev. Jason Shank have joined Bishop Sean’s staff in new part-time positions that will provide congregations with resources, tools and capacity to participate in the partnership’s mission strategy and form vital partnerships in their communities. “As we continue responding to the ministry and financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Pre-Convention Workshops on Tuesdays in October

Join us on Tuesdays in October from 5-6:30 p.m. on Zoom for our pre-convention workshops. Use this link to join, and password lakeerie. To join by phone, dial 646-876-9923 and use code 96821787415#. October 6:  Taking Risks for the Sake of the Gospel with Bishop Sean Join Bishop Sean to learn about adaptive change, a…

Evancho Comes Home

The Rev. Nicholas Evancho, the new priest-in-charge at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Grand Island, New York, calls both the Diocese of Western New York and the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania home. Born and raised in Hamburg, New York, just 25 miles from his new parish, Evancho attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where he became an…

Opening Space for Dialogue: Sacred Ground Reaches Midway Point

Earlier this summer, more than 200 people across the partnership dioceses enrolled in Sacred Ground,  an Episcopal Church dialogue series about race that includes readings, documentary film and short videos. Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Western New York’s Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination and the partnership Mission Strategy Advisory Group, the ten-week program includes…

New Online Sunday Worship Begins September 13

Beginning September 13, online diocesan worship services will be led from the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo on alternating Sundays. The services will be posted on Facebook and YouTube each Sunday morning at 10 a.m., and will also be available for viewing on demand. The services will include…

A Humbler Approach: A Sermon by Bishop Sean

“When we are asked the question ‘who do you say that I am,’ we can take a humbler approach. We can say that you are the Messiah, the Christ. You will lead us, we will follow,” said Bishop Sean in his sermon on August 23. “And we understand that it is a journey that we…