In Prov 2 - September 2020
From Province II
Synod Meeting Report
Short meeting ensures long term business
On Tuesday, September 1, a short special Province II Synod meeting was conducted which will ensure smooth and legitimate operations in the future. The business meeting was prompted by the pandemic, which has caused a move to almost complete virtual meetings and actions throughout the country. Read more >
Heading toward General Convention
Around the Province:
Diocese of Albany
Beaver Cross offerings are diverse:
They include:
  • Father & Son and Mother & Daughter Retreats
  • Young Adult Fellowship Days
  • Young Adult Retreat
Diocese of Central New York
September is Recovery Month, celebrating all who are living in recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders. On Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m., please join us for an online diocese-wide worship service for Recovery Month to support individuals in recovery and their loved ones. It will also be a time to remember those who have have lost their lives while seeking recovery. Read more >
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Sermon on the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 13th: “What we most have to offer is how we can make ourselves useful to those around us.” Mayor Pete Buttigieg discusses the changes we’re seeing now in the season, in the health of the world, and in how we should strive to treat each other.
Episcopal Church in Cuba
A 'hoppy' solution to the food shortage in Cuba
In 1987 I spent a year at the seminary in Matanzas and one of my classmates then was Evelio Perez, now the Rev. Eveilo in Camaguey. Evelio sent me a project proposal in May of this year for $1000 that would go towards the purchases of cages/coops to raise chickens for the purposes of providing vulnerable church families with needed animal protein. Read more >
Diocese of Haiti
The United States government, via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated $2,676,900 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help Haiti respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this project, UNICEF will support COVID-19 response activities in line with the Haitian government’s nationwide plan. Read more >
Diocese of Long Island
Test & Trace Corps Announces Faith-Based Partnership with St. Albans Church to Fight Covid-19
“Healing the sick and soothing the suffering is a central tenet of the Christian faith and through partnering with NYC Test & Trace Corps to provide space for free testing to our community is one way we live and activate this belief, said Father Keith Voets, Episcopal Church of St. Alban the Martyr.
Diocese of Newark
When other food pantries hit pause, St. Agnes' filled the gap
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced other area food pantries to hit pause, the food pantry at St. Agnes’, Little Falls stepped up. For four months, from mid-March until mid-July, theirs was the only area food pantry able to continue operations. Usually open on the first and third Saturdays of the month, during that four-month interval St. Agnes’ opened its food pantry every Saturday and distributed more than 7,500 bags of groceries, according to Bob Dombrowski, who co-manages the food pantry along with Pat Keating. Read more >
Diocese of New Jersey
At Church of the Holy Innocents, Beach Haven, the congregation is learning about ending modern-day slavery. They will be holding a Freedom Sunday celebrating the fight to end human trafficking! At the church picnic there was a table with lots of information on how the battle is proceeding and how each of us can help. On Sunday, September 20, the entire service will be dedicated to the spiritual side of ending slavery.
Diocese of New York
Episcopal Urban Caucus Board Member Diane Pollard was part of the organizing committee that brought the Frederick Douglass Memorial to Harlem. The Memorial, located at the northwest corner of Central Park honors the African-American abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass, consists of an eight-foot bronze portrait sculpture by Gabriel Koren, and a large circle and fountain with ornamental and symbolic features designed by Algernon Miller.
During the production of the latest video, Diane Pollard visited the statue with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Read more >
Diocese of Rochester
Bishop Singh, Rev. Georgia Carney from our Diocese, and Bishop John S. Macholz of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church led a prayer and rememberance for Daniel Prude who died while in police custody. The vigil was held at the location of Prude's death.
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Pastoral Message from Bishop Gumbs on The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday the 13th of September 2020.
The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Rethinking Policing: An Interview with Michelle Cray
Susan Woods, a member of the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, recently interviewed retired Buffalo police officer and fellow Commission member Michelle Cray of St. Philip's, Buffalo, about strategies for rethinking policing. Watch the interview on YouTube or listen to it as a podcast on SoundCloud.
Complete information is on the website
Opportunities
  • Leadership Institute – Bishop Michael Curry, Keynote Speaker - Online Conference , Sept. 24-25
  • Invite Welcome Connect: Building Your Digital Advantage in Pandemic and Beyond! September 26th, 10am - 12pm
  • Virtual Anglican Prayer Bead Workshop through Zoom, on Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET.
  • In Common: A Faithful Response to 2020 - In Common Workshops - September 28 & 30, 2020, Keynote September 29
  • “The African Diaspora United: Woke and Ready to Go” - November 10 – November 12, 2020.
  • Many more events listed on the Episcopal News Service website
Resources
  • We Shall Be Changed: Questions for the Post-Pandemic Church - Over the summer, Bishop Edington edited a book with contributions from thought leaders across the church on the questions the church will face as a consequence of this season of pandemics—both COVID and racism.
  • UTO Ingathering News
  • Christian Discipleship and Formation News
  • And more!
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)