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244th Diocesan Convention

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 244th Convention of the diocese was conducted online via Zoom on Saturday November 7, 2020, with the exception that the bishops and other essential participants were at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, appropriately distanced from one another. The formal Convention of November 7 was preceded by a…

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Bishop Lifts Diocesan Restrictions on Public Worship

While emphasizing the importance of continuing precautions and the need to follow all New York State guidelines, Bishop Dietsche announced March 5 that he was lifting all of the restrictions that he had imposed on public worship. “This is still very much a time to exercise caution, and it would be imprudent to imagine that…

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Streamlined Procedure Continues for 2020 Audits

The diocesan trustees have voted once again to make available to all congregations in the diocese, regardless of net operating income, a streamlined Alternative Audit process used previously for 2018 and 2019 audits that permits a congregation’s leaders to conduct the audit internally and without the involvement of outside professionals, provided that they do not…

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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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Covid-19-Related Calculated Apportioned Share Relief for Congregations with Apportioned Shares of Less than $500,000

Following the Diocesan Convention last November, emails were sent in November 2020 and February 2021 to all congregations in the Diocese of New York inviting them to apply for Covid-19-related Calculated Apportioned Share relief for the first and second quarters of 2021 of between 5% and 25%, based on completion of a simple online form….

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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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2021 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Grants

Applications are invited from congregations in the Diocese of New York for grants to support projects that directly address one or more of the United Nations’ 17 SDGs (see https://sdgs.un.org/goals). Effectiveness, accountability and sustainability (addressing one or more SDGs, as well as financial sustainability) will be essential criteria which applicants must identify, define and measure….

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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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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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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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