In Prov 2 - August 2020
From Province II
Report from Executive Council
Summary of the Executive Council Call Meeting
by The Rev. Lillian Davis-Wilson, Clerical Representative to Executive Council
On July 22, 2020 a virtual meeting of the Executive Council was called to keep members updated on changes brought on by the Pandemic. Read the report >
EpisComm20
One of the real joys of being a member of Episcopal Communicators is the opportunity to participate in the annual conference. In addition to being a chance to attend a fun gathering of bright, enthusiastic people engaged in communication for the Episcopal Church, the speakers and workshops of the conference provide a continuing education opportunity not to be missed.

We were afraid we might miss the conference this year. It was to have been held in Savannah, GA in April, and we all know what was happening in April. At that point many communicators were working frantically to figure out how to live stream virtual church. The good news was that the event was postponed until August and then re-worked as a virtual conference. Wow! Read more>
Heading toward General Convention
  • A Special Meeting of the Synod of Province II of The Episcopal Church will take place on September 1, 2020 at 1 pm Eastern at Woodbury Commons, Central Valley, NY. More information >
  • Looking Ahead: General Convention planning 2021 - July '20 update - Find out what is happening >
Around the Province:
Diocese of Albany
POETRY AS PAINTING: A free workshop following "Painting as Seeing" on Zoom
Join Evan Craig Reardon for this workshop which focuses on exploring poetry through color and painting. More information >
Diocese of Central New York
Anti-Racism 101: A personal story
"We thought of ourselves as race-blind, yet, here we had been made participants in an act of overt racial discrimination. And therein lies a lesson: it’s not enough to be race-blind to be counted among the people who love thy neighbor as we love ourselves..." Read the story here >
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
The Trinité Magazine, Spring 2020 issue is now online!
It includes four pages devoted to the activities of the Convocation.
The articles include:
  • Nourishing minds and preparing futures, Students in Niamey, Niger
  • Anglican roots of the American pursuit of happiness, Colonial Identity
 and more! Check it out here >
Episcopal Church in Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — With its airports closed to commercial flights and its economy tanking, Cuba has launched the first in a series of long-promised reforms meant to bolster the country’s struggling private sector. Read more >
Diocese of Haiti
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Reforestation Project is supporting farmers to produce and store food such as grass or hay to improve the health of their animals, in order to adapt to the shifting weather patterns that impact food production. Read more >
Diocese of Long Island
From the Cathedral of the Incarnation: Operation Feed the Front!
The work continues! Even though we met our original goal, we are continuing to bring food to frontline workers and our neighbors with food insecurity every day. We continue to provide over 1,000 meals a week to hospitals in Queens and Nassau counties as the volume of Covid 19 patients is declining day by day.
Diocese of Newark
Hawthorne’s neophyte food pantry unfazed by pandemic
When Martha’s Pantry first opened at St. Clement’s, Hawthorne in November 2019, nobody came. Now, nine months after it opened and five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's regularly feeding over 100 people – and doing it supported only by donations. Read more >
Diocese of New Jersey
Virtual Action for Social Justice - NJ Together
Bishop Stokes is encouraging congregations to join 1,000+ faith & non-profit leaders from more than 100 religious congregations & non-profits in New Jersey on August 31 as we come together to press for concrete actions from state leaders around racial equity & criminal justice.
Diocese of New York
Coming this fall, 2020
All 200 parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York are invited to form local groups to read, discuss, and learn from one of the most timely and important books of our day: How to Be an Antiracist, by the acclaimed winner of the National Book Award, Ibram X. Kendi. Find out more and take part >
Diocese of Rochester
Rev. Nickoloff is serving as a member of the Police Accountability Board in Rochester. Matthew gives us an inside look, from his perspective serving as a clergy person, on how policing can improve.
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Pastoral Message - The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday the 9th of August 2020, ​Proper 14A- Ordinary Time
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Lincoln Speaks on White Privilege in WBFO Interview
The Rev. Matthew Lincoln of Trinity, Buffalo and the Rev. Kinzer Pointer of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo shared their thoughts on their upbringing, the challenges they have faced, and what white privilege means to them as part of WBFO's series WNY Conversations About Race. Read more and listen to the conversation online
Complete information is on the website
Opportunities
  • Reopening Church in a New Reality
  • Leadership Institute – Bishop Michael Curry, Keynote Speaker
  • Triennial International Black Clergy Conference
  • Many more events listed on the Episcopal News Service website
Resources
  • Racial Justice and Reconciliation Vestry Papers – August Issue
  • Christian Formation & Discipleship Newsletter - August 2020
  • Episcopal Relief & Development has added a new section to the website
Provincial Council
President: The Rev. Dahn Dean Gandell (Rochester)
Vice-President: The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe (Central New York )
Secretary: Canon Paul Ambos, Esq. (NJ)
Provincial Coordinator: Ms. Neva Rae Fox (NJ)
Lay Representative to Executive Council: Canon Noreen Duncan (NJ)
Clerical Representative to Provincial Council: The Rev. Johnnie E. Ross (Rochester)
Clerical Representative to Executive Council: The Rev. Lillian Davis-Wilson (Western New York) 
Lay Representative to Provincial Council: Yvonne O’Neal (New York)
Episcopal Representative to Provincial Council: The Rt. Rev. William H. (“Chip”) Stokes (New Jersey)
Webmaster, Editor, InProv2 Ms. Jan Paxton (NJ)
Chair, Synod Planning Committee Dorothy-Jane Connolly (Albany)