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An Experiment for the Sake of the Gospel

Our dioceses are on a journey to discover how collaborating can help us transform our congregations and communities through the power of Jesus Christ. In our churches, everyone is welcome, without exception.

Welcome from Bishop Rowe

Welcome! God is calling us into a new reality here on the southeastern shores of Lake Erie. We hope you will join us in answering this call as we reach out to people who do not know the transformational power of Jesus Christ, people who have been pushed to the margins, and people who feel like they aren’t worthy to step into one of our big stone churches. The road to transformation may be rocky at times, but we hope you will walk it with us.

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About our Partnership

In 2018, our dioceses pledged themselves to an unprecedented collaboration because we believe that God was calling us to embrace new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel here along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie. We are 90 congregations, spread across 20 counties, but we are one church, united by faith and dedicated to serving our communities and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Here in this part of the country that many have forgotten, we believe that we have the potential to lead the church into a new season of growth.

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Find a Church

It isn’t always easy to find our way to God. The disciples we encounter on the road to Emmaus were heading in the wrong direction! They didn’t even recognize Jesus, whom they had followed for years—until he broke bread with them. Our church finder was created to make your search a little easier. Use it to locate congregations, ministry centers and church-related organizations across the region. You don’t have to be a member to attend our services, get involved in our work, or find solace and sustenance through our ministries.

News

Diocesan Convention Materials Now Available

Materials for the upcoming diocesan convention are now available on the convention portion of the website. Delegates to the 2021 Diocesan Convention can visit the page to review the budget, resolutions, and nominations ahead of the joint business sessions on Thursday, October 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Zoom. A recording of the pre-convention meeting…

Bishop Sean Rowe

Conventions to Be Held Online: From Bishop Sean

Dear Friends: By now, we had hoped that COVID-19 would be behind us and that we would, at long last, be able to gather as a large group for diocesan convention. However, the number of COVID cases in Erie, where we had planned to hold our conventions, continues to rise, and across our region, health…

Events

Sunday
October
31,
2021
Bishop Sean’s Visit to St. Mark’s and All Saints
Oct 31 all-day
St. Mark's and All Saints
Thursday
November
4,
2021
Building Creativity for Ministry Workshop
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On November 4 from 7-9 p.m., Najja Bouldin, principal of the Phoenix Innovation Group in Buffalo, will lead a free workshop on creativity practices that can help lay and clergy leaders respond to challenges in today’s church with resilience and ideas for positive change.

“I have often said that many of the challenges we face in today’s church are ones for which we don’t have ready solutions,” Bishop Sean says. ‘Najja’s creativity workshop will give us tools to be innovative and imaginative in our ministries and to shape the church of the future together.”

Participants can expect the workshop to be active and include small group discussion and time for questions and answers. Register by emailing Gabrie’l Atchison.

Sunday
November
7,
2021
Bishop Sean’s Visit to St. Paul’s, Springville
Nov 7 all-day
St. Paul's