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Episcopal Bishops Implore President, Congress not to end DACA, and to enact “permanent and meaningful legislation that will protect ‘Dreamers.’ “

” While at the House of Bishops’ meeting gathered today in Fairbanks, I became aware of a statement supported by many of us in the Episcopal Church. However, having been on vacation literally until the day I arrived for the meeting, I was not aware of the document but do…

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Bishop Consecration Date Named

From the Standing Committee  September 21, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Office of the Presiding Bishop has informed us that Saturday, May 4, 2019, has been chosen as the date for the consecration of the next bishop of West Tennessee. Now that this date has been established the…

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Update from Search Committee: September 15, 2017

From the Standing Committee  September 15, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On September 8 and 9, 2017, the Standing Committee welcomed our newly appointed Search Committee and Transition Committee to an Orientation Retreat hosted at Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis. Our retreat leader was Mrs. Lynn…

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Watershed Pilgrimage: Paddling the Ghost River

Are you interested in exploring the theology of water and the theology of creation on a day paddle on the Ghost River?  Join the Rev. Katherine Bush and the Rev. John Burruss as they lead a day’s journey through the Wolf River Watershed.  The journey will take place on Saturday,…

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When a Statue Becomes a Symbol: Thoughts from Bishop Johnson

A chalice, a cross, an empty tomb, a loaf of bread and wine are all familiar symbols of our faith as followers of Christ.  In fact, the history of these symbols is not restricted to their Christian application. They can be found in cultural and religious settings that bring the…

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Update from Bishop Johnson about Bishop Transistion

Greetings!  It continues to be my privilege and responsibility to serve as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee until my successor is elected and ordained to that servant ministry.  Therefore, I join you in finding myself in an in between place.  I still have work to do…

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Bishop Transition and Search Committees Named

The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee A Letter from the Standing Committee August 22, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Tennessee is delighted to announce that we have appointed the following individuals to lead us in the search and transition process…

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Churches in the Diocese Welcome Immigrant Families Back to School

On Tuesday, August 1, community leaders including Bishop Johnson gathered to hear the concerns of the Latino community in Memphis and the effect of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers’ sweeping raids.  As expected, the stories they heard were about the consequences of the ICE raids and the environment of…

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A Call for Help Welcoming our Neighbors on Monday

Clergy, people, and friends of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, I write to ask your help. On Tuesday of this week, I gathered with about 100 other faith leaders in the community to hear reports from those who work each day with our local Latino community.  As expected, we…

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2017-2018 Holy Currencies Incubation

Does your congregation have an idea for a new ministry that supports community development and engagement but you don’t know how to get started?  Apply to be part of the diocese’s Congregational Engagement Holy Currencies Incubation program.  If your application is accepted, we will help you incubate your idea and move…

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