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Bishop’s Staff Full Time Return to Close Delay to Nov 1

The Bishop’s staff, which has been working partly in the office and partly from home since early July, will return to working five days a week in the diocesan offices starting in November. This represents a Delta-variant driven change from earlier plans to return full time immediately after Labor Day, and will be the first…

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The Journey

The Rev. James Lee Burns

Presence Absence Presence Absence Intimations Hints Breadcrumbs on the path Epiphany Abandonment Lost Found Lost  Found Again and Again Serendipity Confusion Clarity Labor Gift Love the thread Into God

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Chrysalis

The Rev. James Lee Burns

A soft fog wraps itself around the fading colors of the season. A blurry lens through which everything looks embraced like an infant swaddled. Such a morning brings a kind of peace. A seed planted in sleep and nourished by the stillness, imposed, welcomed. I am wrapped in it like a chrysalis in a cocoon,…

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Voices Heard: A Diocese Explores Pathways Toward Reparations

The diocesan Reparations Committee sponsored a series of well-attended webinars in May, June, and July including: Equal Education Denied: The Legacy of Segregated Housing Systemic Racism and Medical Apartheid Reaching for a Better Tomorrow: “The Work of Hudson Link Working for Higher Education in Prison The Awakening of Unwoke People: Church, Religion and State Clergy…

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Episcopal Charities Receives $1 Million Anonymous Donation

Episcopal Charities recently received a $1 million anonymous donation—the largest single gift in its history. The gift will be used to grow the organization’s endowment to build long-term organizational capacity as well as support new programs in the short term. In the past year, Episcopal Charities has introduced a number of new programmatic initiatives, including…

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2021 Wardens’ Conference: Presentations and Recorded Sessions

After a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, the Warden’s Conference returned for 2021 via Zoom with a strong lineup of well-attended presentations, delivered over two weekday evenings and a Saturday morning in early June. All sessions were recorded and are now available online at  www.dioceseny.org/wc21. Presentations included: The Role of Wardens: (Best) Practices Make Perfect By…

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Episcopal Futures Learning Communities Launched at Pentecost

Episcopal Futures, which launched on the Day of Pentecost (May 23), is a new diocesan initiative for collaborative transformation of congregations in the Diocese of New York. All congregations in the diocese are invited to apply to participate. Full details and the application are now online on at episcopalfutures.org.

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Diocesan Protocols for Covid 19 Now Mirror Those of the State of New York

In an email communication replacing all previous statements of diocesan protocols and policies regarding reopening of churches in the diocese, Bishop Dietsche wrote May 27 to state that he would no longer impose Covid-related restrictions on churches beyond those already imposed by the State of New York, and that he is “counting on clergy and…

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New Executive Director for Episcopal Charities

Rev. Kevin W. VanHook, II, who previously served as minister of justice, advocacy and change at the Riverside Church, took up his position at the head of Episcopal Charities on May 10, 2021. An ordained minister of the National Baptist Convention, VanHook brings to Episcopal Charities extensive experience of pastoral leadership with action-oriented, grassroots ministries,…

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“Hybrid” Diocesan Convention Planned for 2021

Subject to the safety caveats to which we’ve grown accustomed, the main business of the 245th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New York—for which the theme this year is “Your Faith Has Made You Whole” (Luke 17:19b)—is scheduled to be conducted in person by clergy and lay delegates at the Cathedral Church of Saint…

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