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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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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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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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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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Announcement from Bishop Johnson and Canon Burruss

The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee A Letter from Canon Burruss December 5, 2017 Dear Friends in West Tennessee, Over the past few years, I have loved walking with you and your congregations as we have lived into the vision of our Bishop to create new ministries and find new…

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36th Annual Convention Wrap-up

At the 36th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, new elected and appointed officers were named and commissioned. You can see all elected and appointed officials here. The Convention heard a report on works of ministry already underway at St. Columba, developing sustainable ministries including the West Tennessee Pollinator…

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A Message from Bishop Johnson and Dean Andrews

My friends, I encourage you to read Dean Andy Andrew’s thoughtful response to the tragedy of the act of terror perpetrated in Las Vegas on Sunday night.  I also would ask that as a Diocese, that our faith communities might consider how we can open our doors this week and in…

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Episcopal Bishop’s Implore President, Congress not to end DACA

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 want…

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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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