Scriptural Centering

April 3, 2020
The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

Bishop’s Scriptural Centering: Colossians 1:15-20

Bishop John offers a third Scriptural Centering for the time of the Coronavirus.

Posted by Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee on Thursday, April 2, 2020 Watch and listen to the Bishop’s 3rd Scriptural Centering message.

Bishop’s (updated) Pastoral Letter

March 26, 2020

Dear Clergy and Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:2).

I write in these extraordinary times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), to offer further direction regarding the worship of the church over the next two-week period.

We are all keenly aware that the next several weeks include the solemn observance of Palm Sunday (Lent 6), as well as … Read more

Bishop’s (updated) Pastoral Letter

March 17, 2020

Dear Clergy and Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore” (2 Cor. 13:14).

These are extraordinary times in the world, our nation, and in our diocese. In the rapidly evolving situation in regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to monitor communications from the civil authorities in our … Read more

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter

March 13, 2020

Dear Clergy and Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

Less than two weeks have passed since the destructive tornadoes that affected so many parts of Middle Tennessee. Now we are faced with new challenges in our communities through the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I share with you again the words from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which apply equally well to this situation. “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve … Read more

Bishop’s Message to the Diocese, March 5, 2020

I write to you in the wake of the two devastating tornadoes that impacted our community in Middle Tennessee in the early morning of March 3rd.

Neighborhoods in North and East Nashville, Donelson and Hermitage, Mount Juliet and Lebanon, as well as in Cookeville and Putnam County, among others, have been affected. Loss of life is significant, particularly in Putnam County, and likely to increase as the missing are recovered or accounted for. We … Read more

A Statement from the Bishops of The Episcopal Church in Tennessee on the Coronavirus/Covid19

Dear Clergy and People of the Dioceses of East Tennessee, West Tennessee, and Tennessee,

We understand the news of the spread of the COVID19 virus (Coronavirus), on top of an already difficult flu season, raises concerns and anxieties.  Our respective Dioceses are working together to stay informed and supportive of our faith communities across the state. As new information which may be helpful arises, we will post it on our websites and share it with … Read more

Prayer for Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman.

The Following resolution was passed by the 188th Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee, meeting at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville on Saturday January 25, 2020.

Whereas, the Episcopal Church holds a long-standing opposition to the use of capital punishment, most recently affirmed at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (D077); and

Whereas, Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman, an inmate of the State of Tennessee’s death row at Riverbend Maximum Security … Read more

Texas’ Bishops Statement on Border Detention Camps

The Bishop commends to you this recent statement of Episcopal Bishops in Texas. https://episcopaldiocesefortworth.org/texas-bishops-statement-decrying-conditions-at-border-detention-camps/

Ordination of The Rev. Charles Hall

The Rev. Charles Hall was ordained to the Diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville.  Charles is a recent graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Diploma in Anglican Studies. 

Celebrations of New Ministry

The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee would like to thank everyone who came to help welcome our new rectors at the two recent Celebrations of New Ministry for The Rev. Nicholas Cho of The Church of the Holy Spirit, Nashville, and The Rev. Canon Chad Jones of The Church of the Resurrection, Franklin.