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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.”

Staying Home Does Not Mean Staying Silent: A Letter from Episcopal Bishops

January 13, 2021 Dear People of God: Earlier this week, the FBI warned that armed protests are being planned for Washington D.C. and all 50 state capitals sometime between Saturday, January 16, and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. As your bishops, we write today imploring you to stay away from these…

Choosing a Side: A Sermon By Jim Naughton

In his sermon this morning on the Baptism of Jesus, Jim Naughton, a partner at Canticle Communications, said, “I don’t need to tell you that John the Baptist was a controversial figure. Herod saw him as a threat, and it cost John his life. He was a strident, anti-establishment, ‘I am calling you to be…

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Dangerous Time: A Message from Bishop Sean

Dear People of God in the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York: Like many of you, I watched with disbelief today as an armed insurrection agitated by the President of the United States occupied the U.S. Capitol. I am particularly appalled that some members of this mob, still at large, are displaying flags…

Traveling on Together: A Sermon by Canon Twila Smith

  In today’s sermon, Canon Twila Smith considers the story of the Magi who traveled to find the Christ Child. Like us, she says, they were “people seeking to understand what is beyond them.” “The good news is that God keeps appearing,” she says. “God does not send us on this journey alone.”