Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Bishop's Writings

A Busy August Welcomes In Autumn

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear saints,

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Our Leader is a Good Shepherd

Monday, August 14, 2017


Dear friends,

I hope you and yours are enjoying our rather rainy summer. Please join me in rejoicing and thanking God for a successful launch of the first-ever College for Congregational Development sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester. This week-long intensive involved the engagement of eighteen congregational teams of clergy and lay leaders who met and marinated in learning-communities. If you pause a little and take just that information in you will realize that about half of our active diocesan clergy sat in learning communities with their lay leaders to engage in intense aspects of everything from personality characteristics, spiritual practice, change theories and many more important aspects of being church leaders in this changing world.

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Summer Happenings and More

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear saints:

Summer rains are here often saturating our part of God’s vineyard. For many of us this is the part of the year when things are winding down and we are making time for rest, relaxation, and refreshment. I pray that you and your loved ones can do that. Roja, Eklan and I look forward to sometime away later in August. Let me remind you of a few happenings!

Launch of College for Congregational Development:
This summer is a busy one for several of us with one of the main investments of the year, the College for Congregational Development, which we will launch next week by the grace of God. Starting next Sunday, July 23, a fully registered week-long intensive on congregational leadership development will engage the first of two modules at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua. This strategic investment has emerged after

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Love as Faith in Action

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear friends,

I'd like to share with you the speech that I gave at the recent gathering of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches (GRCC).

The Rev. Alan Dailey told me that the GRCC's Metropolitan Award is given annually to someone who has through their life and work, shown a willingness to put their Faith into Action. Well, when I look at the kindnesses shared freely and thoughtfully by people in our neighborhoods,

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