Bishop DeDe: Looking ahead to our 150th Diocesan Convention
What glimpses of our shared future compel you to offer your best self?
Dear Friends in Christ:
I am eager to be with you at our 150th Diocesan Convention in just a few weeks. Our theme for this milestone Convention, Becoming Beloved Community, speaks to the work that God has done and continues to do in our midst. With gratitude we will share stories of faithfulness, courage, and all that has gone before us, while recognizing that each one of us is called to continue the journey. Together we will seek to discover God’s dream for our beloved community for the next 150 years; what glimpses of our shared future compel you to offer your best self to this dream?
Our keynote speaker Carrie Boren Headington and her associates, two of the Episcopal Church’s “Story Weavers,” will help us begin to answer these questions. Committed to helping people “meet God, know God, and share God,” Headington is a consulting evangelist to our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The Story Weavers are young people from around our church who help members share and receive stories of faith, race and difference. Together, they will inspire and prepare us to realize the Jesus Movement in our own lives, in our congregations, and in our villages and neighborhoods.
Our beloved community extends beyond our individual parishes and beyond our diocesan community to encompass a worldwide ministry. I am delighted that the Right Rev. Prince Singh, bishop of our neighboring Diocese of Rochester, and the Right Rev. David Alvarado, bishop of our companion Diocese of El Salvador, will be present for this 150th Convention and celebration. Thank you for extending your Central New York hospitality to them and to our visiting speakers.
This 150th Convention is an occasion for rejoicing in God’s gifts and turning our focus toward God’s ongoing call for our diocese. Good people of the Diocese of Central New York, I love you and my heart is full of gratitude for God’s faithfulness in ages past and in our ongoing ministry. Truly God is alive and at work in our life together.
Blessings for the journey,
The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe
Bishop of Central New York
About the 150th Convention
Complete information and materials for the 150th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York may be found at cnyepiscopal.org/convention.