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

Celebration at St. John’s, Ashwood

Parishioners and friends from all over the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and beyond turned out for the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to St. John’s Church, Ashwood, in Maury County. St. John’s is one of the oldest Episcopal Churches in Tennessee, and ceased to be an active parish around 1900. It has been lovingly cared for since then by a board appointed annually by Diocesan Convention. The churchyard is the final resting place of bishops Otey, Maxon, … Read more

Ordination to the Diaconate

Your prayers and presence are requested by Bishop Bauerschmidt at Christ Church Cathedral, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018 for the ordination of Robert Wesley Arning and Benjamin Keith Wyatt as transitional deacons. A reception is to follow. Clergy will wear red stoles.

Christ Church Cathedral is located at 900 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Questions or inquiries may be made to Kim Jones at the diocesan house, 615-251-3322.

Celebration of New Ministry Held May 9, 2018

Celebration of New Ministry held May 9, 2018 for the Rev'd Sammy Wood.The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee gathered for the Celebration of the New Ministry of Fr. Sammy Wood as Rector at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville on Wednesday night, May 9, 2018. Mother Beth Maynard, rector of Emmanuel Church In Champaign, Illinois, preached. The St. B’s congregation and clergy from around the Diocese participated in this beautiful Ascension Eve liturgy.

Special Showing at St. David’s Church

The Beloved Community: Commission for Racial Reconciliation and Saint David’s invites the Diocese of Tennessee to attend a showing of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. This showing will take place Tuesday, March 27, during Holy Week at Saint David’s Episcopal Church, 6501 Pennywell Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37205. We’ll gather in Sanders Hall for a small dinner of soup and bread at 5:30pm, then move into the Nave for a viewing … Read more

19th Annual Cathedral Chorister Festival at Christ Church Cathedral

The 19th Annual Christ Church Cathedral Chorister Festival was held this past weekend at the Cathedral, under guest director Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon Musician at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. The Festival, hosted by Canon Dr. Michael Velting, Michael Gebhart, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, and the Cathedral Senior Choristers, welcomed a total of 40 Choristers from the … Read more