Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Witness Palestine Film Festival

Friday, September 14, 2018

The story of the widespread, nonviolent Palestinian uprising of the late 1980’s, the First Intifada, is told through the lens of a young activist, Naila Ayesh. This remarkable period was shaped at the grassroots, with much of the leadership springing up from neighborhood-based women’s organizations.

Jews Step Forward

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

REQUIRED READING Please come prepared on Oct 27th

Resolution A - Amendment to Canon 7


87th Convention Official Reports.pdf 

ESLC Convention Message

2017 Diocesan Audit

2018 Nominees Election Worksheet FINAL.pdf 

2018 Standing Committees 

Convention 87 Agenda


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Monday, August 20, 2018

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Rochester has partnered with the West Irondequoit School District and the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA), also known as summerLEAP.   SummerLEAP is a tuition-free summer learning and enrichment program for low-income students, serving students from PreK -8thgrade at host institutions, including the Harley School, Allendale Columbia, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth College, and the YMCA. 

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Another Roadblock in the Effort to Help the Homeless

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Canandaigua- Members of the Canandaigua City Zoning Board of Appeals upheld a previous decision by the city zoning officer that St. John’s Episcopal Church needs a permit to utilize St. John’s rectory as a day center for homeless families last night.  The permit was denied last year by the city Planning Commission.  Last night's ruling by the ZBA was based on the interpretation of zoning code.  This is another road block in the efforts of St. John’s and The Rev. David Hefling.

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SOOP (Summer of Opportunity Program) at St. Marks/St. Johns

Monday, August 13, 2018

On Monday, July 9th, 10 teenagers from across the city arrived at SMSJ to begin their summer internship experience in their EDEN gardens. Over the next 6 weeks, the interns will be working to maintain the gardens and share SMSJ’s vision of a happy, healthy, connected community with their Beechwood neighbors.

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‘Heartbreaking’ Devastation from California Wildfires

Thursday, August 2, 2018

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Carren Sheldon’s evening on July 26 was supposed to go something like this: Evening Prayer, dinner, compline, sleep. But after dinner, she returned to All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Redding, California, to find the neighborhood on the brink of disaster. Heat, wind and “bizarre weather patterns” fueled the sudden advance of a growing wildfire.

“The sky was orange, and the wind was blowing cinders and...

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