Welcome.  I hope you will see herein that we are a people committed to our relationship with God in Christ and to one another.  We seek to be vibrant faith-filled communities of worship, prayer and service that make a transformative difference in the lives of the people with whom we are privileged to engage.  In so doing we, by grace, open ourselves to the possibility of being "The passionate presence of Christ for one another and the world we are called to serve."


We do this work of mission and ministry with a deep sense of thanksgiving, grateful to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Our faith communities are set amidst the landscape of rolling hills, small cities and abundant lakes and streams.  Grateful for all God has given us, we hope you will experience among us the radical hospitality God offers to all people.


Peace to you in Christ,

 Bishop Skip Adams

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Your Brain on God:

A day with neurologist and best-selling author, Dr. Andrew Newberg




  Why do people believe what they believe?

    Are human beings hard-wired for God?

   Is God only in the brain? 

   Are there health benefits to religion and religious behaviors?


   Why won't God go away?



We invite you to a compelling and enjoyable workshop day around topics such as these with the nationally known neurologist, Dr. Andrew Newberg.  An engaging presenter and the author of several books (How God Changes Your Brain, Why We Believe What We Believe, Why God Won't Go Away), you may know him best from his published brain scans of monks and nuns in meditation and prayer as well as from his surveys of people's spiritual experiences and attitudes.  


We invite you to a compelling and enjoyable workshop day with the nationally known and engaging presenter, Dr. Andrew Newberg.  The author of several books (How God Changes Your Brain, Why We Believe What We Believe, Why God Won't Go Away), Dr. Newberg is a Professor and Director of Research at the  Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia.   He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine and a pioneer in the emergent field known as “neurotheology" -- the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences. 


You may know Dr. Newberg best from his published brain scans of monks and nuns while in meditation and prayer and from his surveys of people's spiritual experiences and attitudes.  His research now largely focuses on how brain function is associated with various mental states—in particular, religious and mystical experiences.


Our program runs from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 8th at the Sheraton University, 801 University Ave., Syracuse. Your registration fee includes hotel garage parking on site and we are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early. 

Please join us -- we look forward to seeing you there!


Event flyer attached. 


This event is sponsored by the Compass Institute, a venture of the Episcopal Diocese of CNY inviting exploration and dialogue for anyone intrigued by the junction of science, the arts, postmodern life, and spirituality.  







Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main St., Binghamton, 13905


This training takes place in the Common Room.


Please register at trinity@trinitymemorial.org or (607) 723-3593 by September 10th. 



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A Living Tree: The Invention of the Cross in the Imagination of the Ancient Church

Mosaic, St. John Lateran, Rome

Led by: Dr. Robin Jensen 

Presented by: The Very Rev. Donnel O’Flynn

Sponsored by: The Compass Institute of the Diocese of Central New York

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 3:15pm

Place: Trinity Episcopal Church, 106 Chapel St., Fayetteville, NY 13066


Dear Friend,

It is truly a pleasure to invite you to a presentation by Professor Robin Jensen of Vanderbilt Divinity School on a subject dear to my heart. That subject is exploring how exactly the Cross and salvation were depicted in early Christianity, which was quite different from what we

might expect. I was privileged to lead a Lenten quiet day for diocesan clergy called, “Re-discovering the Cross as the Tree of Life.” The title reveals all: early Christians depicted the Cross as a source of life and healing, a tradition many of us would like to see renewed.

My talk to the clergy was that of an enthusiastic amateur. Professor Jensen will approach it as a scholar who has dedicated her career to early Christian art and speaks with great academic authority. You will see from her biography how exceptionally well prepared she is to speak with us. Robin is engaging as a person and a practicing Christian for whom these studies are more than merely academic. Those who attend will feel both enlightened and enlivened as a result.

Many thanks to the Compass Institute for making this event possible. I hope to see you there!

(Rev) Donnel O’Flynn,

St. Thomas, Hamilton

Dr. Jensen’s Biography

Robin Jensen is the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses in both the Department of the History of Art and the Divinity School. Most of her research and writing focus on the interpretation of early Christian art and architecture in light of its theological significance and practical contexts. Her courses include introductions to Jewish and Christian pictorial hermeneutics; visual representations of God, the Trinity, Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the saints; and the religious art of Late Antiquity.

Jensen’s books include Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000); Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2005) and The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith and the Christian Community (Eerdmans, 2004); Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism (Brill, 2011), and Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity (Baker Academic, 2012). She was also a contributing editor to Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art (Yale, 2008), co-editor of Visual Theology (Liturgical Press, 2010), and co-editor of the Cambridge History of Late Antique Archaeology(expected 2015). With her husband, J Patout Burns, she recently completed Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of its Practices and Belief (Eerdmans, 2014). Her current project, The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy, is due to be published by Harvard University Press in 2015.


Schedule & Format for the Day

9:30                  Gathering and Coffee

10:00               First session: “The First Centuries: Overcoming the Scandal of the Cross or An Exercise in                               Re-Narration”

10:45                Coffee Break

11:00                Second session: “The Earliest Visual Depictions of the Cross and Crucified Christ: Not

                            What You Expected”

12:00                Lunch

1:00                  Third session: “Legends of the Cross: Mighty Signs and Fantastic Stories”

1:45                  Coffee Break

2:00                  Fourth session: “The Future of the Cross: Reclaiming the Tree of Life”

3:00-3:15       Closing prayer


Each session will be a combination of speaker presentation (with PowerPoint) and discussion. There will be about a half hour of informal lecture, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.


Register on or before September 5th.

By mail



Anti-Racism Training

Saturday, September 20th

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Trinity Memorial Church, Binghamton

In 2000 The General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed a resolution that said, “Resolved, That beginning on September 1, 2000 the lay and ordained leadership of the Episcopal Church, including all ordained persons, professional staff, and those elected or appointed to positions of leadership on committees, commissions, agencies, and boards be required to take anti-racism training and receive certification of such training...”  Our own Diocesan Convention affirmed this resolution in 2007 and the 2009 General Convention passed a resolution recommitting to the work of Anti-Racism.  

The Diocese of CNY is offering Anti-Racism Training in a one-day workshop that will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton.  

The training will be led by Ernestine Patterson, Regina Grantham, The Rev. Peter Williams, The Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, The Rev. David Drebert, and a team of people from the Diocese of Rochester helping us with our initial effort in this important ministry.  

Please register no later than Monday, September 15th by contacting The Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew at Christ Church, Manlius at 315-682-5795 or leaving a message at church.office@christchurchmanlius.org. 

Lunch and workshop materials will be provided.  Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or special needs.  Donations to cover expenses will be gladly accepted.  

General Convention Resolution 2000:

General Convention Resolution 2009:



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