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Bishop Sean Rowe

A Conversation with Bishop Sean

On July 19, people from across the partnership joined Bishop Sean online to hear updates about what’s happening around the diocesan partnership, how we’re continuing to respond to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more about our new Sacred Ground groups that are discussing race and faith. Watch the conversation at the link above…

“In God, We Have All:” A Sermon by the Rev. Shawn Clerkin

In his sermon, the Rev. Shawn Clerkin of St. Stephen’s, Fairview, shared a prayer from the Order Julian of Norwich, to which he belongs: “God, in your goodness, give us your all, for you are enough for us. We can ask for nothing less that is to you glory, and if we ask for anything…

There Is No Easy Church: A Sermon by the Rev. Kathleen Moore

“Jesus – drifting in his makeshift floating pulpit – is telling the crowd, and he is telling us, that there is no time and no place ideal for the seed-sowing work of sharing Gospel truth. He is telling us that there is no easy church,” says the Rev. Kathleen Moore of St. Mark’s and the…

I Will Give You Rest: A Sermon by the Rev. Helen Harper

“I remember when I was a child in church, whenever I heard or read the words ‘heavy burden’ in Scripture, what came to my mind as a picture were many people walking along a road carrying large sacks that seemed way too heavy,” says the Rev. Helen Harper in today’s sermon. “When I think back…

Reopening Guidelines Released

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: In mid-March, when we suspended in-person worship, none of us could have imagined the ways the world was about to change or what would be required of us in response. Throughout these long months, you have been resilient, flexible and collaborative as we have…

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: 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…