Holy Week & Easter in the Diocese of Tennessee

Holy Week and Easter services will be held throughout the Diocese of Tennessee this week. The Bishop will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 7pm on Saturday, April 15, at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, and will celebrate and preach on Easter Day, April 16, at the Cathedral at 7am, 8:30am, and 11am. Diocesan House will open at 1:30pm on Maundy Thursday but will be closed on Good Friday and the Monday after Easter Day.

Bishop Announces Call of New Canon to the Ordinary

The Bishop of Tennessee, the Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, announces the call of the Rev’d Andrew Petiprin to serve as Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, beginning in June of 2017.  He will assist our present Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev’d Pamela Snare, in her duties prior to her retirement in February, 2018, when he will take on the role for himself.

Fr. Petiprin has been rector of St. Mary of the Angels … Read more

House of Bishops’ Meeting, March 10-14, Kanuga Conference Center, NC

Bishop John will attend the spring meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church this week. The meeting is focused on the theme of racial reconciliation.

Bishop’s Day with Vestries, Wardens, and Treasurers, Saturday, February 18, St. Paul’s, Murfreesboro

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

Clergy of the Diocese Gather For A Silent Retreat

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.

Any clergy with … Read more

Bishop Jo Bailey Wells To Speak at Annual Convention

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 Our Donors From Bishop John

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.

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