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Who we are
and what we believe
The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is a community of 11,000 faithful Episcopalians in 85 congregations, following Jesus and reaching out to our neighbors.
We are glad you have found us, and we hope we’ll have a chance to welcome you!
What We Believe
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in following Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection are saving and transforming the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you–no exceptions.
Who We Are
We are followers of Jesus: noisy infants, curious teens, busy professionals and parents, steadfast seniors, wise elders.
We have gifts to share and we seek God’s gifts in our neighbors and visitors.
We’re not perfect, and we don’t expect you to be.
We trust in God’s love, and we do our best to share that love.
Meet Some CNY Episcopalians
Meet Our Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe is the 11th Bishop of Central New York and the chief priest and pastor of our diocese.
Meet Our Presiding Bishop
The Most. Rev. Michael B. Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Visiting an Episcopal Church
What to expect
No two Episcopal churches are exactly alike, but we’re all trying to seek and share God’s love.
Haven’t been to an Episcopal Church in a while? Here are a few things you can expect:
We offer the sacrament of Holy Communion to all baptized Christians. If you do not wish to receive Communion, we also welcome you to come forward for a word of blessing from the priest.
You will see both men and women, straight and LGBTQ individuals, married and unmarried folks serving as priests, deacons, and lay worship leaders. Leadership and ordination to ministry in The Episcopal Church is open to all people.
We love to sing together. In some churches, you’ll even find the priest and people chanting portions of the worship service. Feel free to listen and join in when you are ready.
We all participate in worship through our liturgy–prayers and ceremonies that ground us in ancient traditions and give our common life a rhythm. First time in an Episcopal Church? Please relax and don’t be afraid to ask for help navigating the service. Over time, the repetition of words and movement gives our worship a pattern that becomes comforting and familiar.
There’s usually coffee hour after the service, and we hope you will enjoy the goodies and the conversation!
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Contact the diocesan office
The offices of the Diocese of Central New York are located at:
1020 7th North Street, Suite 200
Liverpool, NY 13088