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!


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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 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, 40 E. Church St., Adams, NY 13605

Please register by calling: (315) 232-2916

Please bring a brown-bag lunch, refreshments will be provided


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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:



Friday and Saturday, November 14th - 15th

Holiday Inn, Liverpool





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