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Inspiration
Emily Austin

2022 Lent Guide

Your guide to Lent in our Diocese is here. Explore a variety of opportunities to worship, learn, serve, and fellowship throughout the EDWTN during the season of Lent.  Read &

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The Reverend Noah Campbell

Dropped Donuts and Other Lessons Learned from a Semester at the Barth House

The highlight of our time on the front lawn on the first day of class? We were able to help many students find buildings, classrooms, and parking spots. A few of these brand new college students were near tears, anxious and worried. We were able to help, to offer a prayer, to lend a hand (and a donut). These sweet moments of ministry reminded us of our reason to be.

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Carter Webster

What Keeps Us Wanting More

I spend a lot of time in my role as a youth minister thinking back to my time as a youth – thinking about things I enjoyed doing, thinking about

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Emily Austin

The Calm After the Storm

On the night and early-morning hours of December 10-11, 2021, the deadliest late-season tornado outbreak in U.S. history occurred in the Southern United States and Ohio Valley. The path of

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Allison Pace

The Journey of Light

If you asked me to tell you the story behind this year’s family offering, The Journey to Bethlehem on December 23, 2021, I would tell you that the story did

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Emily Austin

Ordination to the Priesthood

We are delighted to share that the ordinations of Sarah Cowan and Amanda McGriff to the priesthood will take place this February. Reverend Amanda and Reverend Sarah were ordained to

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News
Canon Sharon Alexander

December Storm Disaster Relief

The storms that came through Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky the weekend of December 10 caused destruction that is still being covered by the national news. An EF3 tornado brought about significant damage in Henry County, Tennessee, where Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, Tennessee is located. Fortunately, Grace Church was not damaged, and no one in the congregation received significant damage or injury. Paris is not far from Mayfield, Kentucky, however, which received tremendous damage. In Henry County many homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed, along with barns and water wells.  

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COVID-19 Updates
The Reverend Dr. Randy McCloy

Covid, the Church, and the Hospital

The Episcopal News Service recently reported that certain churches in large cities (New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta) are requiring proof of vaccination for attendance. The rector of one of

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Missional Ministries
Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee

Responding to the Crisis in Afghanistan

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the refugee and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church, needs your support to welcome our Afghan allies to communities across the country. EMM is one of

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Missional Ministries
Canon Sharon Alexander

Helping Communities After a Natural Disaster

Many of us have been watching the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida. Our desire to be generous is heightened when we witness this type destruction. I served as Outreach Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans a few years after Hurricane Katrina, and as a Rector in southern Louisiana dealt with the aftermath of hurricanes and major flood. People have often asked me for guidance on providing help. These are a few things I have learned.

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Bishop's Voice
Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee

COVID Update: August 20, 2021

In an effort to help slow the transmission of coronavirus, congregations in Shelby County are encouraged to follow the recommendations of the Shelby County Health Department.  I also invite all of our congregations to consider the resumption of masks for worship services and other activities in our church buildings.  This recommendation remains in effect until there is a decline in the number of cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant.

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Faithfully Memphis Podcast

Bishop Phoebe Roaf of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee sits down with Memphians and others in Shelby County regarding the issues facing our community, as well as the ways in which to explore how our faith informs our perspective and unites people from a variety of backgrounds.