The diocesan offices will be "offline" from Ash Wednesday, February 10th through Friday, February 12th. Staff will not be responding to everyday phone messages or e-mails on these days.


Please also note that the diocesan offices are closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of President's Day. Offices will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, February 16th.


Please see the latest issue of The Messenger for additional information about diocesan "offline" days and instructions for emergency contacts. 

Resources for Lent

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Get resources and ideas for observing this holy season of repentance, preparation and contemplation - at home or in your congregation. 


Read "Getting Honest," Bishop Skip's reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent 2016. 


Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Message for Lent 2016




"Remain Steadfast in God’s Hope"

Bishop Skip's Response to the Anglican Primates' Decision to Censure The Episcopal Church

"...We, the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, will continue to embrace our baptismal promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” As we believe everyone is made in God’s image, we will continue to work to be a faith community that offers God’s radical hospitality to all, assures everyone of God’s loving embrace, and supports relationships lived in fidelity to God and one another, no matter one’s sexual orientation.  All leadership positions of this Church remain open to all who seek the Way of Jesus." [Read the full letter...]


To Everything A Season: Bishop Adams Reflects on His Episcopate


Watch: In this series of short videos, Bishop Adams reflects on his time as our bishop.


The video series was created from footage of an interview with Bishop Adams held at our 147th Convention.








How Long, O Lord?

Bishop Skip laments the violence in San Bernadino and calls the faithful to respond with acts of love. Read his letter in the December 3 issue of The Messenger.


Get resources for addressing our nation's epidemic of violence. 







The Refugee Crisis: How You Can Help


Learn more about the global refugee crisis and how you can respond.

[photo by Fotomovimiento on Flickr]









Bishop Search Update


The nomination period for candidates for the position of Eleventh Bishop of Central New York closed on December 31, 2015.  The Search Committee is currently reviewing nominations and screening candidates.  “We’re feeling very hopeful and optimistic as we look at the number and quality of our nominees,” stated the Very Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, Chair of the Search Committee.

A slate of 3-5 candidates will be announced in late April or early May 2016. Please hold the nominees, the Search Committee, and our Diocese in prayer as we pray and discern.

For more information about the Search for the Eleventh Bishop of Central New York, please visit the Bishop Search and Transition website.

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Winter Skating and Overnight Event for Youth

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. through Sunday, February 28, 11:40 a.m.

St. Paul's Church, 220 East Fayette Street, Syracuse.


Youth in grades 6-12 are invited for a free weekend of fun hosted by the Diocesan Youth Council. Activities will include open-air ice skating at the Clinton Square Ice Rink, a talent show, a sleepover at St. Paul's Church in Syracuse, and Sunday morning worship.


Click here for more information and registration instructions.


JumpStart! CNY/Upstate

Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

DoubleTree Hotel, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse

Clergy, wardens, parish administrators and all members of vestries and building committees are invited to "Jump Start" your church's ministry through creative use of your buildings. 



Click here for more information and registration instructions


Parish Finance 101 Workshop: Audits and Clergy Compensation

Save the Date! Saturday, May 14 at St. Matthew's, Liverpool.

Keep your parish in a strong financial position and avoid common pitfalls. This interactive workshop will cover the basics of parish audits and clergy compensation. 

Click here for more information.





Youth Pilgrimage to El Salvador

Youth Pilgrims in El Salvador

July 1320, 2016


Build relationships with Episcopal youth and children of another culture.

Crash course in the Salvadoran civil war, liberation theology, poverty, health care, economics and education.

Spend some hours in craft projects with little kids  they never have this experience.

Go to the beach and the mountains.

And maybe change your life forever.



Click here for more information.


Safe Church Trainings

Free, half-day Safe Church workshops are intended for all people who serve in our parishes (paid staff, parishioners and volunteers), especially those in leadership positions and those who make Eucharistic or pastoral visits.

When:  Sunday, February 21, 2016

Where:  St. Paul's Church, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse 13202

Time:  11:45 am - 1:45 pm

  • Please pre-register with Sue Wright at:
  • Please bring a brown bag lunch - coffee and snacks will be provided

Click here for information on setting up Safe Church Training in your parish or district.


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