Statement of the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee, on the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson:

June 24, 2022

Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, and of the Episcopal Church as a whole, have varied convictions about abortion, and the right of access to abortion. The Episcopal Church has a nuanced position, articulated through its General […]

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Proper 7, Year C, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, June 19, 2022

June 19, 2022

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Gal. 3:27). Martin Luther is supposed to have said that when Christians get up in the morning, they should wash their faces… and remember […]

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Bishop’s Message to the Diocese on Alabama

June 17, 2022

We grieve with our fellow members of Christ in the Diocese of Alabama, following the deadly shooting last evening at St. Stephen’s Church in Vestavia Hills. The Church is the Body of Christ, joined by deep ties of […]

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Trinity Sunday, Year C, Trinity Parish, Clarksville

June 12, 2022

“Endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us” (Rom. 5:3-4). The philosopher Aristotle wrote, “Hope is the dream of a waking man,” which captures a fundamental aspect of the virtue of hope. Hope […]

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The Feast of Pentecost, Year C, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia, at St. John’s, Ashwood, Annual Whitsunday Pilgrimage

June 05, 2022

“You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; * and so you renew the face of the earth” (Ps. 104:31). Our psalm this morning gives us another account of the creation of the world: in keeping with […]

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year C, Parish of St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s, Sewanee

May 29, 2022

“I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (Jo. 17:26). Our Gospel today hinges on […]

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Church of the Resurrection, Franklin

May 22, 2022

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (Jo. 14:27). In our Gospel today, Jesus is talking about the heart: not just as the seat of the will, the metaphorical place where […]

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C, St. George’s Church, Nashville

May 15, 2022

“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jo. 13:34). Pundits and pollsters tell us that the partisan divide in our country is as bad as it’s ever been. Not only are we divided, […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Church of the Good Shepherd, Brentwood

May 08, 2022

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Ps. 23:4). I’ve always thought of the valley of the shadow of death as a metaphor, not an actual place; but apparently […]

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Renewal of Ordination Vows & Consecration of Chrism, Monday in Holy Week, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

April 11, 2022

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory” (Is. 61:3). I’ve lived a fair portion of my life in Florida and south Louisiana, not far from the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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Palm Sunday, Year C, St. Bede’s Church, Manchester

April 10, 2022

“And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts” (Lk. 23:48). Our Gospel describes Jesus’ execution as a “spectacle”: an event held for public […]

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Clergy Colloquium 2022

April 06, 2022

All clergy are invited to join Bishop Bauerschmidt from Tuesday afternoon, May 10th, through Thursday mid-day, May 13th, in Eastertide, for the eleventh Annual Clergy Colloquium in the Diocese of Tennessee.  The Colloquium will be held at the […]

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville

April 03, 2022

“This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). Today we’re at that […]

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Philip’s Church, Donelson

March 27, 2022

“This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Lk. 15:24). “I told you so”: for some, these are the most satisfying words in the English language. You know the context: […]

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The Second Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Andrew’s Church, New Johnsonville

March 13, 2022

“Wait patiently for the Lord” (Ps. 27:18) What a difference the context makes when we pray! This Lent that context is shaped by images of war. Not that last year there was peace on earth (there wasn’t): there […]

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The First Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Fayetteville

March 06, 2022

“Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world” (Lk. 4:5). There are three temptations in our Gospel today: the account of Jesus’ testing in the wilderness, which we […]

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