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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,…

Home Is Where God Loves Us: A Sermon by the Rev. Al Johnson

In today’s sermon, the Rev. Al Johnson, congregational development consultant on the bishop’s staff, reminds us that Jesus says, “Let not your hearts be troubled” and promises to take us to himself. You can watch the entire service below:    

Bishop Sean Rowe

In-Person Worship Suspended Until At Least July 1

Dear People of God in the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: As the governors of our states begin outlining plans to reopen economies after Covid-19 shutdowns, it is clear that the risks of gathering in groups is still significant, particularly for people who are vulnerable to the most serious effects of the…

The Gate Has Been Thrown Open Wide: A Sermon by the Rev. Twila Smith

The Rev. Twila Smith of St. Stephen’s, Buffalo preached for the partnership’s online worship on the fourth Sunday of Easter. “In such times of uncertainty, the familiar is comforting, and so today’s words of the 23rd Psalm and these gospel images of sheep and shepherd may come as a kind of welcome balm for our…

Making a U-Turn on the Road to Emmaus: A Sermon by Dean Derrick Fetz

“Jesus meets us on our roads to Emmaus when we experience, desperation, pain, loneliness, and so much more,” said the Very Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. “Jesus joins us to be our constant companion on the way.” Find the video on YouTube. You can watch the entire service below….