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COVID-19 Update from Bishop Phoebe: August 5, 2020

To our Diocesan Family, Coronavirus continues to negatively impact our community.  I was hopeful that the summer heat and humidity would slow the spread of COVID-19 but unfortunately that has not been the case.  In early June, our faith communities had the option of returning to in person worship after…

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Creativity in Faith: West Tennessee ministries partner to nourish neighbors’ bodies, spirits during the pandemic

Life has changed for everyone dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down restaurants, businesses, and schools across the country in March. However, when uncertainty was still plaguing everyone, parishioners at Church of the Holy Communion took that as their cue to transform the ministries that were so lifegiving to them…

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A Statement From the Clergy of the Diocese of West Tennessee

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Friends – Aligning ourselves with the Bishop’s pastoral statement of June 2, 2020, we, the undersigned clergy of The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, declare that we know that in the eyes of God, all of God’s people matter. We know that we cannot say and…

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Three Churches in Rural Tennessee Become One in Quarantine

Back in March, when Ravenscroft Chapel in Brighton, St. Anne’s in Millington and St. Mathew’s in Covington learned they couldn’t host in-person services any longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they knew they were given a special opportunity.   “At first we didn’t how to proceed with suspended services,” said…

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History, Collaboration and Teamwork Frame Success for Three Churches during COVID-19

When the Coronavirus reared its ugly head in the beginning of March, clergy and other leaders from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mason, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Memphis and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Memphis knew just what to do. Through an annual historically Black Episcopal Church picnic, the three…

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A Message from Bishop Phoebe: June 2, 2020

Brothers and sisters, We are in the midst of one of the most troubling periods in American history.  I have not witnessed this level of collective anger and grief during my lifetime.  I have deliberately been silent because there are no words to express how I feel in the depths…

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College Missioner and Good Shepherd Vicar Appointed

The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Noah Campbell will serve as diocesan College Missioner and Vicar at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church effective July 1, 2020.  In his role as College Missioner, Noah will provide an Episcopal presence and ministry at the University…

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Faith Community Guidelines for Resumption of In-Person Worship

Brothers and sisters, We contemplate the return of in-person worship being mindful of the health and safety of others.  I ask that our decisions be based upon the recommendations of health experts.  Each congregation is engaged in ministry in its own context, so there isn’t one solution which will be…

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The Rev. Hester Mathes delivers invocation for Memphis City Council meeting

On Tuesday, May 5, the Reverend Hester Mathes, Senior Associate Rector of Church of the Holy Communion (Memphis), gave the invocation at the Memphis City Council’s first online meeting. Rev. Hester’s invitation was a result of Church of the Holy Communion’s inaugural “Pray for Memphis” prayer service in January 2020….

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COVID-19 Update from Bishop Phoebe: May 7, 2020

Brothers and sisters, Governmental authorities have begun to relax restrictions on shelter in place orders. Lay leaders and clergy have requested guidance regarding the timeframe for reopening our church buildings. There are many things to consider in this decision. The health of those who live and work in West Tennessee…

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