The annual Bishop’s Day for Vestry and Mission Council members and church lay leaders takes place at St. Paul’s Church in Murfreesboro on Saturday, February 18th, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Other church members of the diocese are also invited to attend as Bishop John conducts a short Bible study and shares the news of our diocese with everyone. Holy Eucharist will be offered and workshops will be held after lunch. There is no … Read more
Bishop’s Day with Vestries, Wardens, and Treasurers, Saturday, February 18, St. Paul’s, Murfreesboro
From Monday until Thursday next week (January 30th until February 2nd), many of the clergy of our diocese will join Bishop John for a silent retreat at St. Mary’s Center in Sewanee, TN. This retreat is an annual opportunity for all clergy (canonically resident and licensed to officiate, parochial, non-parochial and retired) in the Diocese of Tennessee to rest and reflect in anticipation of the upcoming season of Lent which begins March 1st.
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On Friday, January 20, at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, the Rt. Rev. Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop Suffragan of Dorking in the Church of England’s Diocese of Guildford, will be the Guest Speaker of the 185th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee. Bishop Jo was consecrated last summer after serving as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She is no stranger to the Episcopal Church in the US in that she served for 8 years … Read more
Thank you to all who have supported our Annual Fund, “Faithful & Focused” in 2016. Your gifts this year have made so much possible for the Church in Middle Tennessee. We give thanks to God who has inspired your hearts with a spirit of generosity and faithfulness.
It is still possible to make a contribution 2016 to the 2016 Annual Fund by clicking here.
The Diocesan House office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 – 27, 2016, in observance of the Christmas holiday. In addition, the office will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017, for the New Year holiday.
Blessings to all of you for a holy Christmas and Happy New Year!
The horrendous wildfires that flared up from the nearly 90 miles per hour winds last week have greatly impacted the lives and businesses of those living in the Gatlinburg/Sevier County area. Over 1,500 buildings were burned down leaving many without homes or their livelihoods. While the fire is now nearly contained completely and fire fighters are being released from their deployment, Bishop John is asking that you continue to keep in your prayers and thoughts … Read more
The Presiding Bishop issued a new statement on November 14, 2016. In the statement, he is reminding everyone of what our welcoming others is meant to look like in the wake of the continuing dissension following the presidential election last week. He said, “‘The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,’ is not just a slogan, it’s who we seek to be and the witness we seek to make, following the way of Jesus.”
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At the conclusion of the 2016 Fall House of Bishop’s meeting in Detroit, MI yesterday, a special video message was released. The message to our church for the world pertains to the current “stark joylessness” surrounding us. We are reminded as Christians that we are called to respond by looking beyond the turmoil of our times just as Christ did in his time of political strife and economic dislocation. The video can be viewed here … Read more
Bishop John Bauerschmidt pictured with Bishop Dabney Smith (Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida) at the House of Bishops in Detroit, MI. Many of you will recall that Bishop Smith was the keynote speaker at our Diocesan Convention in 2015.
Sometimes you just have to unplug! I thought about that as I strolled from the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, to the cozy nave of a country church, on a late summer afternoon last week. The heat of the day was beginning to dissipate in the afternoon light, insects whirred in the trees, and there was no traffic on the two-lane stretch of old road. I had traveled from Nashville to the Cumberland Plateau … Read more