The Diocese of Tennessee supports the efforts of multiple ministries, each with their own focus, missions, and events within the community.
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a four-year program developed and administered by the School of Theology Program Center at the University of the South, better known simply as Sewanee.
Throughout the 4 years, participants are given an opportunity to study the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology.
Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God’s call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief & Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world.
Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church that raises up and supports Christian leaders in ministry, helping them live out the Great Commission.
During a three-day retreat, participants focus on the essentials of the Christian message, hear the call to take up their role as leaders in all the environments in which God has placed them, and receive tools to support their individual personal commitments to increased piety, study, and action through small friendship groups.
Clergy and laity unite in mutual ministry to participate in Christ’s mission of reconciliation to the world.
The mission of the Evangelism & Congregational Development Committee (ECDC) is to help the diocese in its mission “to encourage and equip one another as the baptized people of God, to witness to the transforming and reconciling power of Jesus Christ” through providing educational opportunities and resources.
The Diocesan Youth Steering Committee exists to resource and cultivate ministry to teens in the Diocese of Tennessee. This is implemented by:
Camp Gailor-Maxon at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle has served the Episcopal Church across Tennessee since the 1920s, bringing children and young adults together from all over the state to live, play, talk, eat, sing, and worship as a community of faith.
Each camp session includes small groups, daily worship, camp songs, skits, and fellowship designed to help kids explore their faith fearlessly, to ask questions, to be themselves.
To register or for more information, please visit their website.
The Beloved Community Commission was established by the Bishop of Tennessee as a Task Force in the summer of 2016 and became a Commission late in the inaugural year of 2017. A professionally facilitated discernment process was conducted in 2017 through which the following mission statement was developed:
“To live out our Baptismal covenant; “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being.”
To this end, the commission strives to:
For further insight into the issues involved in race and reconciliation, browse through the various media resources below and actions taken within our diocese and around The Episcopal Church.
“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.”
– Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Bishop’s Introduction to the Letter from the Beloved Community, September, 2020:
The tradition of Christian political thought is a long one, with deep roots extending back to the New Testament, and beyond that to ancient Israel. As Christians, we aim for the heavenly Jerusalem, while at the same time we remain citizens of an earthly republic.
A persistent theme in Christian reflection on politics is the value of community and connection. The practical application of those values in the present day is the exercise of the voting franchise. With the privileges of citizenship come responsibilities, not least of all the vote.
I commend to you this letter from our Diocesan Beloved Community, encouraging members of our diocese, and their neighbors, to be active in this process. I am grateful to all of you for your attention, and for your action.
— The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee
In a democracy, voting rights are fundamental to the dignity of every citizen, and the free practice of that right is necessary for the establishment of justice. We have an obligation through our Baptismal Covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”
There is a Primary Election coming up on August 6. Candidates on the ballot include individuals vying for their party’s nomination for United States Senate and House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives, and a variety of local and municipal offices. The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to voting safely. Voting by mail (absentee voting) is the safest option.
“Pursuant to the June 4, 2020 order of the Davidson County Chancery Court, if you are a registered voter and do not wish to vote in person due to the COVID-19 situation, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail.”
– Tennessee Secretary of State. Complete information about absentee voting (voting by mail) in Tennessee is at the Secretary of State’s website.
There are two steps to Absentee Voting:
Please know that the focus of this article is on voting by mail. You may also vote in person on Early Voting days and on Election Day, August 6. We will provide guidance about that in a future article. If you would like to take a deeper dive into this issue, the National Church provides a toolkit called Vote Faithfully.
Questions and concerns may be directed to Sally Carlson-Bancroft at firstname.lastname@example.org, Member, Voting Subcommittee, The Beloved Community: The Commission for Racial Reconciliation.
Election Commission websites for the most populous counties encompassed by the Diocese:
From the Trinity Institute of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City:
From the Diocese of Atlanta:
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