March 24, 2015

 

Dear People of Central New York:

 

With love to all of the people of the faith communities of our beloved Diocese, I write to inform you that I have indicated to the Standing Committee my intention to resign as your Bishop Diocesan on or about October 31, 2016.  At that time I will be concluding fifteen years as your Bishop.  As best I can tell personally and drawing on wise people around me in prayerful discernment, this is a good time for a transition to new possibilities for the ongoing health of the Diocese in service of Christ’s mission.

 

Being your Bishop is an amazing privilege for which I will always be grateful.  It has formed me and drawn things from me in ways that I could never have imagined.  By grace I believe it has made me a more deeply faithful person.  This wonderful and, at the same time, crazy vocation as Bishop has drawn me over the years to an ever-deepening life of prayer resting in Christ as my center and life.  I have all of you to thank for that.

 

You may have noted above that I used the word “resign.”  That is the specific canonical word, even when the intention is retirement.  Even though I am retiring from Central New York, I do intend to allow myself to be available to the Church in any way that God’s Spirit may call forth.  I am not stepping aside for any other position, although it is my understanding that once my resignation is public, I will likely receive offers for other opportunities.  If it occurs, that will also be a time for discernment bathed in prayer and open to the Spirit who blows wherever she wills.

 

The Standing Committee has met with Bishop Clayton Matthews of the Presiding Bishop’s Office to begin to engage the process of transition to the election of a new bishop.  My hope is that this journey to new leadership will be healthy and smooth and I trust the Standing Committee to oversee that process.  You will hear more from them as time unfolds, as they are canonically responsible for overseeing this transition.  It also means that even as anxiety for the future may raise its head, sometimes in ways we do not expect, it is essential that all along the way we keep our hearts centered on Jesus and the mission to which we are called.  Our Gospel work continues.

 

The next nineteen months will offer us many opportunities to connect and prepare well for all that is to come.  For now, know that I continue to be your Bishop and I will continue to work hard among you and be fully engaged in our mission “To be the passionate presence of Christ for one another and the world we are called to serve.”  Please continue to pray for me as I pray for you.

 

Grace and peace in Christ,

 

 + Skip

 

 The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III

10th Bishop of Central New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS!

New Editor Messenger eNewsletter

                                                       

I am Chris Williams the new Editor of the Messenger eNewsletter. As you may know, I am also the Communications Director at Grace Church in Utica where I oversee the webcast of the weekly services, the weekly Grace Church eNewsletter, and the new Grace Church website which I built and maintain.

 

You may notice the new layout of this issue is "Mobile Friendly" and easier to read with your smart phone.  

 

Please submit your articles and pictures to me by Wednesday of each week. I plan to publish the Messenger weekly if there is new content.

 

Christopher Williams
Editor
The Messenger eNewsletter
The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
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Click here to view the April 3, 2015 edition: E-Messenger Newsletter

Vestry Day 2015

Abundant Life in Christ: Gifts for Parish Leadership

 

Vestry members – clergy and lay! – come celebrate the gifts God has given us for ministry at this time and in this place.

 

Reflect on how you have been putting them to use in your parish and be inspired with some new ideas.

 

Date: Saturday, May 30th

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Place: Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Rd., Syracuse

 

Please click here to register on-line 


Click here for more details and a mail-in registration form

 

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SAFE CHURCH TRAINING 


Saturday, April 18th - 9:00 am - Noon - St. Alban's Church, 1308 Meadowbrook Dr. Syracuse, 13224. 

 

Sunday, April 19th - 12:30 pm until 2:45 pm - St. Matthew's Church, 408 S. Main St., Horseheads, 14845. Please pre-register by 4/15/15 by calling the parish office at (607) 739-5226.  A light lunch will be provided.

 

Wednesday, May 13th - 6:00 to 9:00 pm - St. Matthew's Church - 14 Church St., Moravia, 13118.Please pre-register by 5/11/15 by calling the parish office at (315) 497-1171.


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

 

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Migration and Human Trafficking Course Offered


 We invite you to join a group led by Chuck Stewart (cnstewart@verizon.net or 315/685-8578) and attend a most informative course on Migration and Human Trafficking being sponsored by Foundation Cristosal in El Salvador from July 11 to 18 of this year.

 

Many say human history is the history of migration. This course will focus on the historical evolution of forced migration in Latin America, including issues of human trafficking and refugees. Using El Salvador as a case study, participants will examine the various social structures that contribute to forced migration and internal displacement.

 

The cost is only $800 (all inclusive) plus air fare. There is more information at http://cristosal.org/migration-human-trafficking/.

 

Registration deadline is May 1.

 

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Habitat for Humanity Work in El Salvador

for Youth 16 and Older

 

Kip Coerper, Board member and volunteer coordinator at Cayuga Habitat for Humanity will be leading a Habitat Global Village work trip for up to12 people to El Salvador on August 8 – 16, 2015.

 

No construction experience is necessary.   Come and learn to build and make new friends!  Our week will include one day of learning and experiencing the culture of El Salvador, including a possible trip to a coffee plantation, and a final day at a beach resort.

 

Habitat Global Village Trips provide an opportunity for members to learn and contribute while expanding their knowledge of unfamiliar cultures and developing their spiritual identity.

 

The entire trip costs around $1380 plus airfare – all tax deductible.  (Scholarship money is available.)  To find out more about this type of trip go to Global Village Trips in El Salvador at Habitat.org or contact kipcoerper@gmail.com

       

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