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

Bishop Bauerschmidt Will Bless Liturgical Ministers on August 26th

Although we often think of the priests and deacons as being the sole actors in the conduct of our liturgy during worship together at church, there are actually many lay people who are as integral to the conduct of the services as the clergy. These lay ministers may be actively participating in the conduct of the service or may be working “behind the scenes”. Those who serve in any lay capacity in our diocesan churches … Read more

St. Paul’s, Franklin Welcomes New Rector

St. Paul’s Church in Franklin has called a new rector, the Rev. William Russell (Rusty) McCown.  Rusty’s first Sunday service at St. Paul’s was the 9th of July.  To officially mark his arrival, a Celebration of New Ministry (see p. 559 in the Book of Common Prayer) is planned for Wednesday evening, August 23rd, beginning at 6:00 PM at the church, with a reception following the service.  Bishop John and the clergy and congregation of St. Paul’s … Read more

Canon Andrew Petiprin Begins Work in the Diocese of Tennessee

The Rev. Canon Andrew Petiprin will begin work at Diocesan House on Monday, June 12th, as Canon to the Ordinary assisting our present Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev. Pamela Snare, until her retirement in early 2018.  Canon Petiprin and his family recently moved from Orlando, FL where he was rector of St. Mary of the Angels Church.  In the Diocese of Central Florida, he served on the Standing Committee and as chair of the Clergy … Read more

New Transitional Deacon Ordained

On June 3, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral, Naomi Tutu was ordained by The Right Reverend John Bauerschmidt as a transitional deacon. She has been called to serve as curate at Christ Church Cathedral. On being called to Christ Church Cathedral, Naomi said, “Being given the opportunity to start my ordained ministry at Christ Church Cathedral is a great privilege. I know it to be a community full engaged in the life of the city. … Read more

Reclaiming Hope Through Remembering – Memorial Eucharist To Remember Victims of Lynching

The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Diocese of Tennessee, in conjunction with Lipscomb University’s Christian Scholars Conference, invite the Diocese to attend a memorial Eucharist at Fisk University on June 7 during which the known and unknown victims of lynching in Davidson County will be acknowledged and honored.  The Revs. Carolyn Coleman and Rick Britton will be celebrants while Naomi Tutu will preach.  Following the service, a permanent plaque commemorating the victims will be dedicated … Read more

Making Stewardship Fun – A Workshop

On Saturday, June 3, lay and clergy members of our diocese will convene at St. Paul’s in Murfreesboro to learn how to make stewardship fun.  The leader for this year’s annual workshop is Richard Felton, Executive Director of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS).  He will provide examples of successful stewardship practices and introduce year-round stewardship models from other dioceses and churches in the Episcopal Church.  Please join other members of our diocese this day to learn how … Read more

An Ecumenical Evensong Service with the Catholic Diocese of Nashville

Common Prayer+Common Mission refers to the efforts led by Bishop Bauerschmidt and diocesan Ecumenical Officer, the Rev. Clint Wilson, to explore how the Episcopal Church might open up a greater sense of unity with the Roman Catholic Church.  As the first joint event held locally by our two denominations, the liturgy of Evensong (Vespers) will be sung on the Feast of Pentecost at St. George’s Episcopal Church (4715 Harding Pike, Nashville), at 5:00 PM on June 4, … Read more

Diocesan Clergy Gather At 8th Annual Colloquium in May

The clergy of the Diocese of Tennessee will gather together at St. Mary’s Center in Sewanee from May 9th to the 11th.  This annual clergy gathering is an opportunity for them to spend time together as colleagues around a theological theme.  The guest speaker is Dr. Christian M.M. Brady, Associate Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies at Penn State University, and currently the interim leader of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville.

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