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
The Diocese of West Tennessee is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of The Peace, our new quarterly newsletter! This first issue features articles from all around our Diocese and
Ordinations to the Diaconate Saturday, May 29, 2021 10 a.m. CST | Livestreamed Make an offering
To our Diocesan Family: I want to provide an update on diocesan policies regarding in person worship given recent directives from the CDC. Our guidelines are based upon scientists’ recommendations
East will meet West as the Episcopal Dioceses of East and West Tennessee host a Stewardship Conference on Saturday, April 24, beginning at Noon Eastern / 11:00 AM Central. The
The escalation in frequency and frequency of attacks on persons of Asian descent during this pandemic has drawn our consciousness to the insidious toxicity of prejudice, scapegoating, and hate. Over the past year, we have heard of many overt and covert projections of anger onto members of the Asian American-Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. As Bishops of African Descent, we would like to say to anyone who has been impacted directly or indirectly by acts of anger that we suffer and stand with you. You are not alone.
Over the last year, we have been reminded of the critical role of technology in ministry. While we look forward to re-introducing physical presence in our interactions, we are grateful for the lessons learned as we worshiped, prayed, and served together virtually. These practices will continue to help us share the Good News throughout West Tennessee. Your donation will enable us to improve upon the good work that has already begun.
Lent 2021 breaks with tradition with some speakers participating via recorded messages from a physical distance. Attendees for in-person services will sign up in advance, wear masks, and sit spaced apart from others. A new addition for 2021–a line-up of local musicians specializing in everything from the hammer dulcimer to the harp–will play preludes to a mostly empty house. And Waffle Shop will serve customers through pre-orders and take-out food.
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.