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 … 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

Bishop’s Statement about the Violence in Orlando

I ask your prayers for all who have been affected by the violence this weekend in Orlando, and especially for those who have died and for those who are still in hospital.

This largescale tragedy takes place at the intersection of serious societal concerns. There are many factors to be borne in mind: terror attack, hate crime, and gun violence, to name a few. Untangling the strands of our thoughts and reactions will take time. … Read more

Earthquake Relief Update from the Diocese of Litoral in Ecuador

The Bishop of the Diocese of Litoral, the Rt. Rev. Alfredo Morante-España, reported recently on the efforts to aid the people of Ecuador hit so hard by the earthquake in April.  They have conducted a survey of the needs of the people within the diocese and are offering relief accordingly.  The Episcopal Relief and Development agency is working with them to funnel needed support to them as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Also, to date, the … Read more

Whitsunday Festival, St. John’s, Ashwood, May 15, 2016

The Rt. Rev’d Don Johnson, Bishop of West Tennessee, will be the celebrant and preacher at St. John’s Church, Ashwood, on the Feast of Pentecost or “Whitsunday”, May 15th, at 11:00am. The historic St. John’s Church (no longer an active parish) was one of the earliest Episcopal churches founded in Tennessee, and is the site of an annual gathering of parishioners from across the diocese. The Eucharist in the church is followed by lunch on … Read more