Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, a way of life

Bishop's Writings

Happy Thanksgiving Message

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Philippians 4

Joy in Christ is a way of life for all followers of Jesus. When we chose joy, we also chose hope. Hope draws us to gratitude and gratitude is the foundation of peace that all will be well. John Lennon said, "everything will be okay in the end and if it's not okay, it's not the end."

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Clergy Leadership Resource Reallocation Strategy Update

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

October, 2019

Dear friends, 

Thank you for the outpouring of prayer for my mother and our family!
 

Last month I announced my Clergy Leadership Resource Reallocation Strategy and

promised more information on these significant changes that I have made as Bishop. My decisions followed my sense of how to organize ourselves to optimize our help across the Diocese, 

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Inductions, Ordinations, callings, transitions, and appointments

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Published September 2019

Dear saints,

Life is full of transitions and we know this well in the church because lay and clergy leaders move for various reasons. We had four clergy leaders leave this summer to take new cures in other parts of the church. While this was sad, we are also delighted to bless the larger church and to welcome clergy leaders to take their place in new cures among us.

We rejoice in a fountain of Induction ceremonies as we seat Rectors to affirm and bless the discerned community visions with their lay leaders!

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Clergy Leadership Resource Reallocation Strategy Effective: 10/1/2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Published September, 2019

Dear friends, 

We are a small diocese in terms of both the number of worshipping communities and the average size of our congregations. More than 75% of our congregations are Family Size churches with Average Sunday Attendance of less than 75. 

While we may be a small diocese by these measures, we are blessed with some incredibly talented clergy, and collectively we now have greater clarity about what it takes to grow and develop congregations spiritually, numerically and in missional leadership. 

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