Many of you have heard that a gunman fired upon an event at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, killing two parishioners and wounding another Thursday evening. The
In January 2022, the Church Home Board awarded a grant of $145,000 to Literacy Mid-South, a nonprofit in Shelby County whose mission is to bring the gift of literacy to
The 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held this summer, July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. It meets every three years and is the governing body of
https://vimeo.com/676392841 Sisters and brothers, You are invited to participate in the 2022 Bishop’s Missionary Appeal which builds upon last fall’s Episcopal Mutual Ministry Review (EMMR) process. In October 2021, the
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.
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.
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.
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.
To our Diocesan Family – As the summer draws to an end, we find ourselves still managing the COVID pandemic. Diocesan guidelines have incorporated the CDC’s directives as well as
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.