Bishop John invites Episcopalians to Chrism Eucharist

An important service in Holy Week will take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Maundy Thursday morning, March 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. Bishop John invites all Episcopalians of the diocese, lay and clergy, to join him for this Chrism Eucharist a day before the triduum commences on Good Friday. During the Chrism Eucharist, the Bishop will bless the oils used throughout the next year for baptisms and healing. In addition, … Read more

Bishop’s Address, 186th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro


My dear friends and fellow members of the church, welcome to the 186th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee. For almost two centuries the diocese have been gathering in this way, not only to do the business of the church but to encourage one another in the ministries that we are called to. There is much to be encouraged about. We thank St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, for being our hosts this year, and … Read more

Canon Snare to Retire at the end of January

The Rev’d Canon Pamela Snare will retire from her position as Canon to the Ordinary at the end of January, 2018. She has served in this position since the Summer of 2007.

In over ten years in the Diocese of Tennessee, Canon Snare has worked closely with the Bishop in matters of congregational transition and clergy placement. She has worked with almost every parish and mission in the diocese through the call process; for a … Read more

Bishop’s Christmas Message

Ancient writers often commented on a now often overlooked theme of the Christmas story: humility.  God’s humility, that is, in condescending to take on human flesh, human reality, in the person of Jesus Christ.  Luke’s story of Jesus’ birth, with the details of the long journey of the Holy Family, the stable and the manger bed, attempts to picture this humility with some force.  The Eternal God makes his home in the rudest of circumstances, … Read more

Bishop’s Advent Message

The Bishop has prepared an Advent video message, focusing on the meaning of the season. It may be seen here.

Report to the 186th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee: The LGBTQ Task Force

Report to the 186th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee

The LGBTQ Task Force


The 184th Annual  Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee, held in January, 2016 adopted a resolution entitled “Pastoral Response to the LGBTQ Members of the Diocese of Tennessee” and thereby formed The Task Force on Pastoral Response to LGBTQ Members of the Diocese (LGBTQ Task Force for short). This resolution acknowledged the faith and ministries … Read more

Bishop’s Statement on White Supremacist Rallies in Tennessee

In the Book of Revelation, Holy Scripture places before us a vision of the kingdom of God, a reconciled humanity gathered “from every tribe and language and people and nation” to worship before the throne of God. Those assembled for worship from all corners of the earth are “a kingdom and priests serving our God” (Rev. 5:9-10).

The church that contains within it the seed of that kingdom is likewise brought together from all the peoples … Read more

Bishop’s Statement on Nashville Church Shooting

I ask for your prayers for the congregation of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, and for all affected by the shooting that took place there on Sunday morning.

Gun violence that reaches into a place of worship is a direct challenge to the Gospel of peace and our own call to be peacemakers. In the Diocese of Tennessee we are called to be responsive to a world that is in need of healing … Read more

Gulf Coast Dioceses Prepare For Response To Hurricane Harvey

Episcopal Relief & Development [the disaster response agency of the Episcopal Church] is partnering with dioceses throughout the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana as they assess the ongoing impact of Hurricane Harvey and prepare to respond.


Regular updates and press announcements about the relief efforts can be found at the ERD website.  Just click here to read the … Read more

A Word from the Bishop and the Racial Reconciliation Task Force on Violence in Charlottesville

I commend to you the following statement from our Task Force about the recent events in Charlottesville. The Gospel calls all people into fellowship. Racism and violence have no place in the life of discipleship. I’m grateful to the Task Force for their leadership.

“Members of the EDTN Beloved Community: Task Force for Racial Reconciliation are heartbroken at news of the events that occurred over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA. Hate speech is … Read more