Central New York bishop finds her spiritual center atop a motorcycle
Bishop DeDe will be at Christ Church in Jordan this Saturday, May 13, 2017 to lead the church’s annual Blessing of the Bikes. She spoke to David Paulsen of Episcopal News Service in advance of the event:[Episcopal News Service: May 10, 2017] Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe isn’t the kind of Harley-Davidson rider who publicly promotes her love of motorcycles. Riding, for her, is like a form of personal prayer, not a Sunday sermon. But on a recent ride through upstate New York, she had stopped for water at a store, and some men walked in and asked whose cool, new motorcycle was parked outside.
That’s mine, she said, striking up a conversation with the men. Eventually, their questions turned to what she does for a living.
So she told them: “Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.” And much to her delight, the conversation turned to the topic of faith, a discussion as lively as the one about the Harley Softail Slim. Her motorcycle had become a tool for evangelism.
“It’s given me opportunities to share the love of Christ in ways that are wonderful and include other people,” Duncan-Probe told Episcopal News Service in a phone interview. “I’ve just been blessed with conversations that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.”
New Episcopal bishop gives Blessing of the Bikes in Jordan. Auburn Citizen, May 14, 2017.
Motorcycle ministry: First female bishop of CNY Episcopal Diocese to bless bikes, join ride in Jordan. West Onondaga County Journal, May 10, 2017.
Bishop Duncan-Probe to bless motorcycles–and ride her own. Episcopal Cafe, May 5, 2017.
New bishop to lead annual Blessing of the Bikes in Jordan. Auburn Citizen, April 28, 2017.