Bishop’s Voice

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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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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Bishop Johnson Calls for the Ordination of his Successor in 2019

June 15, 2017 Dear Friends, I met with the Standing Committee of the Diocese today to inform them of my plan to continue, God willing, to serve as Bishop Diocesan of West Tennessee into 2019.  I have been in contact with the Presiding Bishop to ask him to set the…

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Post-Election Reflection

To the people of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee: As we look into the new world of post-election America, I am reminded of the words of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple. During World War II, the Archbishop sought to promote the values of Christians exercising their civic…

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What do you say about a tragedy?

The Bishop responds to the shootings in Orlando, Florida.

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