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 

Preface.

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.

A Pastoral Teaching on the Episcopate

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

Preface.

Over the past three years in the Diocese of Tennessee there have been questions among our members about the responsibilities and role of the bishop. These questions were spurred in part by the Supreme Court decision in 2015 that made same-sex marriage possible in civil jurisdictions across the United States, including Tennessee. Changes in the Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the authorization … Read more

The Rev’d Roger Saterstrom appointed Archdeacon

Deacon Roger Saterstrom, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, has been appointed Archdeacon for the Diocese of Tennessee. Roger will oversee the Vocational Deacon Formation Program and serve as the convener of the deacons group.

Bishop’s Letter to the Diocese, General Convention, 2018

Dear Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

I greet you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our only Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5) and the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6), who calls us into union with himself and with one another.

The past two weeks have seen your bishop and our elected deputies from the Diocese of Tennessee engaged in the business of the church, at the triennial gathering of the General Convention. The … Read more

Bach and Barbecue Are on the Menu at Christ Church Celebration

Bach and barbecue are on the menu for the 150th anniversary of Christ Church, Tracy City, Tenn., Sept. 8-9, 2018.

Add a gospel quartet, an Americana band and an organ recital and you have the entertainment lineup for the church’s weekend festivities on the lawn and inside the church—the oldest continuously operating Episcopal Church on the South Cumberland Plateau.

The public is invited to the community celebration, … Read more

Bishop’s Statement on Child Separation Policy

At one point in his ministry Jesus placed a child in the midst of his disciples. In response to the question “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”, Jesus told them “Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” (Matt. 18:4-5).

Christianity was known from its earliest days for its distinctive care for children and the weakest members of … Read more