August 2015
What's happening around the province?
Diocese of Albany
In his pastoral letter of July 18, 2015, Bishop Love explains his position on same gender marriage. Read the letter... On August 7, 2015, the Albany Times Union published an article detailing some of the reactions in the diocese to the Bishop's letter. Read the article...

Diocese of Central New York
The diocese has begun its search for its 11th bishop. A new website has been launched to help facilitate that search.  Check it out...

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon has published an article entitled "Arming Civilians" on the website of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Read the article...

The Diocese of Haiti
[Episcopal News Service] More than five and a half years after a catastrophic earthquake destroyed Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on July 20 workers began cleaning the site, sectioning off the work area, removing bricks, terracotta tiles, sections of the cathedral's walls and other remnants that eventually will be incorporated into the construction of a new cathedral. Read more...

Diocese of Long Island
Bishop Lawrence Provenzano and the Chapter of the Cathedral of the Incarnation announced that Myra Garnes Shuler will be installed as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral at a service in September.  Read more...

Diocese of New Jersey
The Committee on Ministry to the Imprisoned will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on ministering to the men and women in New Jersey's jails, prisons, and detention centers on Saturday, October 10 at Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River, NJ. Registration and more information...

Diocese of New York
Basement Bags! The Youth Economic Group of Rural and Migrant Ministries is a group of high school students from all around Sullivan County who seek to create change by educating themselves about issues of social and economic justice that affect the community, hosting community forums, rallying, fundraising and spreading awareness. As a tool for self-empowerment, they manage their own cooperative business, Basement Bags. Find out more...

Diocese of Newark
"Memorials to the Lost", Bishop Beckwith's blog post of August 5, includes a call to action. "...what I am proposing that we do in the Diocese of Newark. Sunday, December 13 is Gun Violence Sabbath, so chosen because it coincides with the third anniversary of the Newtown, CT murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Read the blog...

Diocese of Rochester
Congratulations to St. Stephen's! A grant of $30,000 has been awarded to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church to launch an anti-poverty program called SewGreen@Rochester.  Read more...

And guess who's coming to the diocesan convention! Dinner & Keynote with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop Elect, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. Hobart & William Smith Colleges as well as Convention 2015 (Worship with the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry preaching) Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Diocese of Western New York
Orchard Park Church Forges New Relationship - Recently, 25 people from St. Mark's Orchard Park joined with their Muslim brothers and sisters at the Turkish Cultural Center in Buffalo to celebrate a community Iftar dinner.  Read more...
The Rt. Rev. David C. Bowman

RIP: The Rt. Rev. David C. Bowman died peacefully on July 10. The Burial Office for Bishop Bowman was held on Saturday, July 18,at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. Memorial contributions may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058 (, and the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main Street, Rangeley, ME 04970. Read the obituary... Notes of condolence may be sent to Nancy Bowman at 3289 Grenway Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Coming Soon...
Details and links for all of these are on the Province II website

Writing Our Witness: Poetry & Prayer Workshop for Young Adults
Led by Bowie Snodgrass Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23 (by application) Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan Tuesday, August 25 (open to the public) Church of the Heavenly Rest, Manhattan.

APLM Regional Conference - North American Anglican/Episcopal congregations, Wednesday & Thursday, September 9-10 2015 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon, New Jersey 

Healing A Woman's Soul
Healing A Woman's Soul offers its annual retreat entitled Tools for the Journey: Well Woman on Friday, September 11th - Saturday, September 12th.

Registrations accepted for Called to Transformation
Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, announced that registrations are now accepted for the Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshop September 14 - 17.

Icon Writing Retreat
There will be an opportunity to learn about icon writing on Oct. 20-23 With Patricia Miranda at St. Marguerite's Retreat House, Mendham, NJ.

Mons Nubifer Sanctus
Mons Nubifer Sanctus (Holy Cloud-Bearing Mountain), a contemplative retreat center at 55 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi, NY 13753 announces its Fall/Winter Program Schedule.

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop ofThe Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral.

Vital Practices
Episcopal Foundation Webinars August - September
For the full calendar, information and registration, go to the website.

Canon Charles Perfater,
The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano,
Rosalie S. Ballentine, Esq., Vice President
Canon Paul M. Ambos, Esq., Secretary
Canon Richard J. "Jerry" Carroll, Treasurer
Jan Paxton,
The Rev. Gloria E.E. Payne-Carter, Clerical Representative to Provincial Council
The Right Reverend R. William Franklin,
Canon Noreen Duncan,
The Rev. Dahn Gandell,