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COVID-19 Update: December 21, 2020

  To our diocesan family, I come before you today after reviewing the most recent directives from Governor Lee and the Shelby County Health Department as well as guidance from advisors.  We are all aware of the rapidly increasing stresses on our health care system given the rise in COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Update: Nov. 11, 2020

Resumption of Activities Announcement from Bishop Phoebe To the Diocesan Family, Last month, we updated the diocesan guidelines regarding in-person worship and the resumption of Eucharist in one kind (bread only). As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have received questions regarding the status of indoor Christian formation offerings, such as…

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COVID-19 Update: October 14, 2020

To the Diocesan Family, On May 20, 2020, the Diocese provided guidelines for the resumption of in-person Morning Prayer being mindful of the health and safety of others.  Some churches began offering Morning Prayer in June.  Several weeks ago, congregations had the ability to provide the Eucharist in one kind…

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Election 2020: Resources for Civil Discourse

Resources for Civil Discourse “Let us use Christ as our model as we seek to come together and focus more on what unites us instead of what divides us.” – Bishop Phoebe Roaf BISHOP PHOEBE ROAF National Institute for Civil Discourse TOOLKIT: Vote Faithfully Resources from the Episcopal Church Office of Government…

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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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