Bishop John Requests Your Prayers for the People Affected by the Wildfires

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

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

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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Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church for the World

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 and a transcript of the … Read more

House of Bishops

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.

Deacons Off The Grid

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

“Flooding in Louisiana – Assisting at the Right Time”

Read what Episcopal Relief and Development has to say about volunteer efforts to assist in the aftermath of flooding in Louisiana. http://www.episcopalrelief.org/stories/flooding-in-louisiana-assisting-at-the-right-time

New Deacons for the Diocese of Tennessee

Church of the Advent, Nashville
The Church of the Advent in Nashville recently welcomed the Rev. Holly Rankin Zaher as the Assistant to the Rector.  Holly who was ordained in June as a transitional deacon, describes her journey in faith on Church of the Advent’s Facebook page here. Holly’s first Sunday at Advent was August 14.

St. Mark’s, Antioch
Bishop John has assigned newly ordained … Read more

The death of Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning

We have learned that the 24th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning died on July 11, 2016, in Oregon.  Bishop Browning served as Presiding Bishop from 1986-1997 and was the last PB to serve a 12-year term.  One of his many signature accomplishments was to consecrate the first female bishop, the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris, in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

In a press release written by current PB Curry and … Read more

Bishop Saw Stylo Visits Diocesan House, June 22

The Rt. Rev’d Saw Stylo, Bishop of the Diocese of Hpa-an in Myanmar (formerly Burma), and other members of that diocese, met with Bishop Bauerschmidt and members of the Diocese of Tennessee at Diocesan House on Wednesday.

Hpa-an is one of six dioceses of the Anglican Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma), a member church of the world-wide Anglican Communion. The diocese is located in the mountainous border area between Thailand and Myanmar. Many … Read more

Bishop Stylo Saw Arrives

We welcome the Rt. Rev. Saw Stylo of the Diocese of Hpa-An in the Church of the Province in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) who has just arrived in the United States.  While here, Bishop Stylo will be visiting with the members of his Diocese who have immigrated to the US, including the Karen people who are active members within the Diocese of Tennessee.  Many of the congregation of  All Saints in Smyrna are of Karen … Read more