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A Pastoral Teaching on Marriage

A Pastoral Teaching on Marriage

The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, the Diocese of Tennessee, December, 2018 


There is no doubt that in our time the Church’s traditional doctrine of marriage is being reappraised. Cultural currents in the societies of the West are flowing in new directions, shaped by new ideas and situations. This is true not simply in regard to marriage but more broadly as well, as many well-known markers of our cultural life … Read more

A Pastoral Teaching on the Episcopate

The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, the Diocese of Tennessee, October, 2018


Over the past three years in the Diocese of Tennessee there have been questions among our members about the responsibilities and role of the bishop. These questions were spurred in part by the Supreme Court decision in 2015 that made same-sex marriage possible in civil jurisdictions across the United States, including Tennessee. Changes in the Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the authorization … Read more

Bishop’s Letter and Policy Regarding Same-sex Marriages

January 17, 2019

Dear Clergy and Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

I greet you in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is risen from the dead, and who is himself the Good Shepherd of the flock.

This letter accompanies a Procedure for the implementation of Resolution B012, which governs the use of the Trial Rites for Marriage authorized by the 2018 General Convention. B012 makes the Trial Rites available within every diocese … Read more

Implementation of B012

The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, the Diocese of Tennessee, January, 2019

About B012:
A) General Convention determines the conditions for Trial Use of any liturgical rite. Trial Use is a process established by the Constitution of the Episcopal Church.
B) Resolution B012 establishes the conditions for the continued Trial Use of the liturgies “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage” and “The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2,” as well as the Trial Use of “The … Read more

Bishop’s Letter to the Diocese, General Convention, 2018

Dear Parishioners of the Diocese of Tennessee,

I greet you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our only Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5) and the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6), who calls us into union with himself and with one another.

The past two weeks have seen your bishop and our elected deputies from the Diocese of Tennessee engaged in the business of the church, at the triennial gathering of the General Convention. The … Read more

Proper 22, Year B, St. Michael & All Angels, Cookeville

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’” (Mk. 10:6).

Like a lot of folks in this time of pandemic, Caroline and I have been doing some home-improvement. These were some long-term plans, often deferred, but now put into action. Renovation of our downstairs bathroom, and a back room, uncovered things we didn’t know were there. We discovered a couple of layers of old wall paper, very quaint, but not to … Read more

St. Luke the Evangelist, Clergy Day, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro

“As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation” (2 Tim. 4:6).

It’s appropriate that our readings for the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist today bear so directly on the nature of pastoral ministry and the Christian calling. It’s good that we gather today in the shadow of the great Evangelist Luke, author of the “orderly account” that we call Luke’s Gospel, as well as the Acts of the Apostles that … Read more

Bishop’s Address, 186th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro


My dear friends and fellow members of the church, welcome to the 186th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee. For almost two centuries the diocese have been gathering in this way, not only to do the business of the church but to encourage one another in the ministries that we are called to. There is much to be encouraged about. We thank St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, for being our hosts this year, and … Read more

Bishop’s Statement on the Primates’ Meeting, 2016

The Primates of the Anglican Communion concluded their meeting today with the issuing of a Communique dealing with a wide range of issues, including climate change, the rise of religiously motivated violence in many places of the world, and the need for child protection measures in all the churches of the Communion. They committed themselves and the churches of the Communion to the evangelical proclamation throughout the world of “the person and work of Jesus … Read more

Proper 23, Year B, Church of Our Saviour, Gallatin

“Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me’*” (Mk 10:21).

“Tough love”: I guess we’re familiar with the concept from exposure to the Recovery Movement, where “tough love” is exercised with folks who are dealing with addiction. In Twelve-Step processes people are encouraged to hold each other accountable, to … Read more