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Everyone is welcome to join in this day of celebrating the people of the Diocese of Central New York and the way God is working through and among us. No matter your age, no matter your location, we hope you’ll join us either on-site or online for this free, festive diocesan gathering.

Available from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: 

Prayer Station, Storytelling Station, Giving Boutique, Cozy Corner

  • 8 a.m. Arrival and Gathering Time
    Coffee, donuts, and socializing
  • 8:45 a.m. Please be seated in the Nave
  • 8:50 a.m. Welcome
    The Rev. Christine Williams-Belt, Rector, Grace Church, Utica
    The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
    The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
  • 10:30 a.m. Session One
    Choose from one of the three options described below.
  • 12 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. Session Two
    Bishops’ Panel: A Conversation about the Doctrine of Discovery

    • The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
    • The Most Rev. Douglas J. Lucia, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
    • The Rev. Lee Miller II, Bishop, Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • 2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
    Take time to refresh yourself with snacks and by exploring some of our interactive options that are available all day.
  • 3:30 p.m. Festive Eucharist
    Presiding Bishop Curry, Preacher
    Bishop Duncan-Probe, Celebrant

Option One:
What’s the weather, what’s for dinner, and what can we do about it? A Conversation about Creation Care

In this session, Dr. Michael Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus in the Cornell College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and meteorologist Katherine Lenninger will present their unique perspectives on climate change. Dr. Hoffmann, an entomologist, brings his expertise in pest management to bear on questions of food production in light of climate change, the grand challenge on which his research is focused. Dr. Hoffmann “tells the climate change story with passion, a little humor, and without doom and gloom.” Katherine Lenninger is passionate about storm chasing, aviation, and farming. She brings her expertise about weather, weather patterns, and growing food to her understanding of climate change and care.

Option Two:
“How then shall we live?” A Conversation with the Canons

In the Book of Ezekiel, in response to the challenges the Israelites are facing, the people call out to God:  “How then should we live?” (Ezekiel 33:10).  Many of us may be asking a similar question as we look at the challenges facing our world and our church.  In this conversation with Rev. Canon Tom Ferguson, Canon to the Ordinary for Transition and Church Development, and Rev. Canon Megan Castellan, Canon to the Ordinary for Mission and Formation, we will look at how we as people of faith can find comfort, hope, joy, and inspiration in addressing the challenges of our time.

Option Three:
Our Stories: A Conversation about Sacred Ground

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care, joins us to share the power of stories in helping us in the work of racial healing, especially in light of the Episcopal Church’s “Sacred Ground” program. Rev. Canon Spellers is known for being an invitational and engaging teacher and leader who combines messages of hope with clear calls to action. She will be joined by a group of Central New York Episcopalians who have participated in Sacred Ground and who will offer suggestions for how parishes and individuals can embody the work of racial healing through inclusive storytelling.

Give: Support ACR Health

In line with our Diocesan Vision of “A World Healed by Love,” our offering at Celebrate Dio CNY will support ACR Health, “a not-for-profit, community-based organization providing an array of support services to individuals affected by a wide range of chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS, with the goal of positive health outcomes.” Operating in Cayuga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties, ACR Health is a comprehensive health organization that reaches a number of vulnerable populations, including people struggling with addiction and through its network of Q Centers that offer safe places for the people of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and their families and allies. You can give online here.

Give: Support Mission of Miracles

The Mission of Miracles, a medical mission to El Salvador, is planning its last mission for January 2024. After 20 years of serving the people of this Central American country with medical, dental, vision, nutrition and pastoral care, and after careful consideration, it has been decided to end our Mision de Milagros. Our dedicated team of medical professionals and support staff have brought our passion to serve, along with the generous support of the people of Central New York to serve our neighbors in a country struggling with poverty and violence. The team is experiencing aging (as we all are!) and with the increasing costs, we feel it is time to bring this to an end.

Over these years, we’ve been so grateful to all the parishes and individuals who have generously supported this ministry. If you would like to help with this year’s mission, the items below may be brought to Grace Church, Utica for “Celebrate Dio CNY” on Saturday, December 2, 2023, where a collection box will be placed for your contributions. You may also contact Rev Pat Kinney (texting is best) to arrange pick-up/delivering your donations. Your help is deeply appreciated!

  • Acetaminophen, (Tylenol) 325mg or 500mg
  • Individually wrapped single soft toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Larger tubes preferred, please:
  • Muscle rub (like Bengay)
  • Anti-fungal cream (clotrimazole)
  • Triple-antibiotic cream
  • Reader glasses, 2.00 and stronger
  • Gently used braces for wrists, ankles, knees, elbows
  • Canes

Please note that we are no longer collecting empty prescription bottles or flip-flops.

Worship Service Zoom Link

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Worship Bulletin

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Registration for onsite participation is closed. Online only participation is still available. If you registered and can’t make it, please let us know ASAP so we can allow those on the cancellation list to attend.

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