Prayer for Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman.

The Following resolution was passed by the 188th Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee, meeting at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville on Saturday January 25, 2020.

Whereas, the Episcopal Church holds a long-standing opposition to the use of capital punishment, most recently affirmed at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (D077); and

Whereas, Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman, an inmate of the State of Tennessee’s death row at Riverbend Maximum Security … Read more

Texas’ Bishops Statement on Border Detention Camps

The Bishop commends to you this recent statement of Episcopal Bishops in Texas.

Ordination of The Rev. Charles Hall

The Rev. Charles Hall was ordained to the Diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville.  Charles is a recent graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Diploma in Anglican Studies. 

Celebrations of New Ministry

The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee would like to thank everyone who came to help welcome our new rectors at the two recent Celebrations of New Ministry for The Rev. Nicholas Cho of The Church of the Holy Spirit, Nashville, and The Rev. Canon Chad Jones of The Church of the Resurrection, Franklin.

Walk in Love

Remembering Z. Alexander Looby: The “Walk In Love”

Led by Chaplain Mary Murphy of the Center for Contemplative Justice and others from the community, we recognize the life of Z. Alexander Looby in an annual interfaith commemorative prayer walk. The “Walk in Love” is a 2.2 mile walk beginning at St. Anselm’s church, leading up Jefferson Street, through the middle of the Bicentennial Mall, up the hill past the “Witness Walls” at the Courthouse and … Read more

Bishop’s Letter and Policy Regarding Same-sex Marriages

January 17, 2019

Dear Clergy and Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

I greet you in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is risen from the dead, and who is himself the Good Shepherd of the flock.

This letter accompanies a Procedure for the implementation of Resolution B012, which governs the use of the Trial Rites for Marriage authorized by the 2018 General Convention. B012 makes the Trial Rites available within every diocese … Read more

Implementation of B012

The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, the Diocese of Tennessee, January, 2019

About B012:
A) General Convention determines the conditions for Trial Use of any liturgical rite. Trial Use is a process established by the Constitution of the Episcopal Church.
B) Resolution B012 establishes the conditions for the continued Trial Use of the liturgies “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage” and “The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2,” as well as the … Read more

Bishop Announces Call of Canon to the Ordinary

The Bishop of Tennessee, the Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, announces the call of the Rev’d Joseph B. Howard, II, to serve as Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, beginning February 11, 2019.

As Canon to the Ordinary, Fr. Howard will focus on the transition of clergy in congregations, as well as other areas of diocesan life. He will act as the Bishop’s Chief of Staff. “The Canon to the Ordinary serves as another pair … Read more

A Pastoral Teaching on Marriage

A Pastoral Teaching on Marriage

The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, the Diocese of Tennessee, December, 2018 


There is no doubt that in our time the Church’s traditional doctrine of marriage is being reappraised. Cultural currents in the societies of the West are flowing in new directions, shaped by new ideas and situations. This is true not simply in regard to marriage but more broadly as well, as many well-known markers of our cultural life … Read more

Episcopal Relief & Development Partners With Local Dioceses

The recent wildfires in Northern and Southern California have caused significant damage and loss of lives. The dioceses of Los Angeles and Northern California, along with Episcopal Relief & Development, are working to provide emergency support to those who have impacted by these fires. For more information regarding the efforts by Episcopal Relief & Development, click here. To make a contribution to the organization’s U.S. Disaster Fund, click here.