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

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