In this issue: Photos, videos and more from the Consecration of Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe. December 8, 2016. 
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The Consecration of our 11th Bishop

Twenty Bishops at Consecration
Twenty bishops, from El Salvador to Eastern Oregon to Long Island, attended the Consecration of The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe as the Bishop of Central New York. [Photo by Cindy Barrus]
Hundreds of Central New Yorkers and bishops and dignitaries from across the United States and beyond were at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool on Saturday, December 3rd for the Ordination and Consecration of DeDe Duncan-Probe as 11th Bishop of Central New York.

The Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Ph.D., intends to foster dialogue and reach out to diverse communities in the region.  “I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude today as I join the people of Central New York in ministry,” she said, “Especially because I believe we have a crucial role to play right now. The Episcopal Church’s radical welcome, and our commitment to reconciling dialogue, make our communities a beacon of hope in an increasingly divided society.”

Reflecting the new bishop’s commitment to diversity and dialogue, notable leaders from the nationwide Episcopal Church and local faith and civic organizations participated in the historic celebration. The Most Rev.Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, led the ceremony as chief consecrator. The first African-American to serve as chief leader of the 1.8-million-member denomination, Curry is widely regarded as one of the leading preachers in the United States. He speaks frequently on matters of social justice, equality, and reconciliation. The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, the first woman to serve as a bishop in The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, preached in the consecration ceremony. Also present were leaders from the Islamic Society of Central New York, the Upstate Lutheran Synod, Thekhen Choling USA (Buddhist), Bahai’is of Syracuse, the National Council of Churches, Upstate University Hospital Spiritual Care, and InterFaith Works of CNY.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (l) was Chief Consecrator for the service. [Photo by Cindy Barrus]
Bishop Duncan-Probe and Bishop Adams
Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe (l) with her predecessor, Bishop Skip Adams (r). [Photo by Cindy Barrus]
Bishop Duncan-Probe greets Bishop Harris
Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe (l) greets Bishop Barbara Harris (r), who preached at the Consecration service. Bishop Harris is the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion. [Photo by Sue Cenci]
Bishops prepare for laying on of hands.
Bishops prepare for the laying on of hands during the service of Ordination and Consecration. [Photo by Sue Cenci]
Visit the diocesan website to view more formal portraits and photos from the Consecration service for Bishop DeDe. Additional photo galleries will be posted in the coming days.

Video: Consecration and Sunday Visitations

Watch the Ordination and Consecration of the 11th Bishop of Central New York (full service).

Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to Grace Church in Syracuse on Sunday, December 4th (full service). 

Watch Bishop DeDe's visit to St. Paul's Church in Syracuse on Sunday, December 4th, including both the 9:30 a.m service (English) and 12:00 p.m. service (Dinka/ South Sudanese).
Bishop DeDe with St. Paul's South Sudanese congregation
Bishop DeDe, pictured here with members of the South Sudanese congregation at St. Paul's Church in Syracuse, preached and presided at two services at St. Paul's on Sunday, December 4th. Also pictured are The Rev. Rebecca Amour, Priest Associate at St. Paul's, and The Rev. Philip Major, Rector. [Photo by Meredith Sanderson]
Presiding Bishop Curry serves communion at Grace Church in Syracuse
Presiding Bishop Curry preached and presided at Grace Church in Syracuse on Sunday, December 4th. [Photo by Willson Cummer] View more photos here

Media Coverage

Get links to media coverage of the Consecration of Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe.

See previous media coverage of Bishop DeDe (October and November 2016)

News from The Episcopal Church

Standing Rock: Water protectors, supporters rejoice over victory for Native Americans

Fireworks at Standing Rock --ENS
Photo from Episcopal News Service. 
[via Episcopal News Service] Episcopal and interfaith chaplains were about to raise a tent in the Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 4th when a message runner approached and called them to join the crowd already gathering around the sacred fire in the camp’s center. They left the tent, poles inserted, on the ground, and they went.

As they joined the hundreds of people around the fire, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II took to the microphone to announce that the federal government said it would not allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, the drinking water source for some 8,000 people living on the Standing Rock Reservation, which covers 2.3 million acres in North and South Dakota.

Read more from Episcopal News Service.

Read Presiding Bishop Curry's response to the announcement.

Prayer Book Revision Options to be presented to General Convention 2018

[Via Episcopal News Service] The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) plans to present the 2018 General Convention with four options regarding the possible revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

The options, discussed in detail on the SCLM’s blog, are:
  • Revision of the prayer book beginning after the 2018 General Convention;
  • Creation of a book or books of alternative services beginning after the 2018 General Convention, with no accompanying revision of the prayer book;
  • A postponement of the decision on the prayer book and supplemental resources until the completion of a church-wide conversation on liturgical theology and practice during the 2018-2021 triennium;
  • A step back from liturgical revision and a commitment to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth.
Read more from Episcopal News Service.

United Thank Offering 2017 Grants

The focus for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants is The Jesus Movement—evangelism, reconciliation, and following Jesus' way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation.

The 2017 United Thank Offering Grant Application is now available. Access the application and necessary information on the Episcopal Church website. The deadline for submission of a completed application (and required documents) is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Announcements & Events

Diocesan-Wide Announcements & Events

Free Energy Audits & Implementation Grants

Audits: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers free energy audits to help congregations identify and pursue opportunities to reduce heating and electricity costs.

Please contact the NYSERDA program administrator for your county to sign up for your energy audit. You can find your county's administrator on the NYSERDA website. The program ends on December 31st, so time is running out. 

Implementation Grants: In 2017, the Foundation of the Diocese is offering grants of up to $1,000 in matching funds to parishes that have conducted a NYSERDA audit in 2016 and are ready to implement recommendations and enjoy energy savings in 2017. Grant requests are due February 2, 2017. 

For more information on these programs, please contact Charles Moore, a member of the Foundation of the Diocese, at (315) 637-9338 or  

Advent Quiet Day with EfM Trainer Rev. Bill Hinrichs

Join others in the Diocese of Central New York for sharing, silence, and reflection on Advent-based themes through the lens of the Education for Ministry (EfM) program. EfM is a distance-learning program that has formed laypeople for ministry in the Diocese for more than three decades.

The Advent program is open to all, regardless of previous experience with EfM.

Additional information, including the program for the day, is on the diocesan website

When: Saturday, Dec. 17th, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where: St. Margaret's House & Ecumenical Center, 47 Jordan Road, New Hartford. 

Donation: A donation of $15 (or two for $20) is requested to help defray the cost of our meal. You are also invited to bring some non-perishable food items for donation to a local food bank to celebrate God's abundant blessings this Advent season.

Registration: To reserve your place, please contact Diocesan EfM Peg Coleman by Friday, December 9th via email at or leave her a message at (607) 898-3614. You will receive an e-mail verification by December 15th. 

Save the Date! Winter Skating Weekend for Youth

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited for a weekend of winter fun, sponsored by the Diocesan Youth Council. We’ll spend the night at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Syracuse (use the Montgomery Street entrance when you arrive) and enjoy skating at the Clinton Square Ice Rink. Get details, RSVP, and download a mandatory permission slip.

When: Saturday, Jan. 28th at 2:00 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 29th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Church, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. 
Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip to El Salvador

Mr. Kip Coerper of St. James' Church in Skaneateles will be leading a Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip to El Salvador (our Companion Diocese) from May 27 to June 4, 2017. Learn more about the trip, and how to volunteer.

Parish Announcements & Events

Trinity Church, Lowville: Stone Soup Supper

All are welcome at this free community meal featuring baked ziti and salad. We look forward to seeing you there and be sure to bring a friend.

When: Thursday, Dec. 8th, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Church, 5411 Trinity Avenue, Lowville.
St. James', Clinton: Advent Vespers

Join us for a time of beautiful music by a quartet of singers, scriptures and hymns, and candlelight. A passing of cheese, grapes, olives and wine with quiet conversation follows. Take a break for a little peace and joy. Each service lasts approximately 30 minutes. 

When: Thursdays, Dec. 8th, 15th and 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Where: St. James' Church, 9 Williams Street, Clinton. 
St. Paul's, Syracuse: Thursday Soup Lunches

Most Thursdays at 12:40 p.m. (following the 12:10 p.m. Healing Service) enjoy homemade soup, bread, a piece of fruit and a cookie for a $4 donation. All proceeds support the Samaritan Center. Feed yourself and others all for one low price! More details here
When: Thursdays, 12:40 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Church, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. 
Cost: $4; proceeds benefit the Samaritan Center.
Trinity Church, Watertown: Holiday Bazaar

Featuring an assortment of gifts such as hand-knit pieces; including baby items, Rada knives, White Elephant Treasures, tote bags, & accessories, crafts, Christmas decorations, and a variety of holiday treats & baked goods.

When: Friday, Dec. 9th, 12:00–5:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10th, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Where: Macsherry Parish Center of Trinity Church, 227 Sherman Street, Watertown.
Admission: Non-perishable food item or cash donation for Watertown Urban Mission.
Resurrection, Oswego: Advent Quiet Day

Where does the time go? Have you ever found yourself wondering this?

An Advent Quiet Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the passing of time, past, present, and yet to come, through the lens of faith.

Join us for a day imbued with silence, meditations, worship and sustenance. The theme for the day is "Behold, I make all things new." (Revelation 21:5)

For those traveling, a limited number of accommodations are available for Friday evening by arrangement. 

Download flyer for additional information.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10th, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where: Rectory of Church of the Resurrection, 70 Cayuga Street, Oswego (please use back porch entrance next to the church).
RSVP: For more information or to reserve a place, please contact The Rev. Anne Wichelns at or (315) 350-4844. 
St. Margaret's House, New Hartford: Advent Quiet Day

Refresh, reflect and renew at this retreat led by St. Margaret's house chaplain, The Rev. Joell Szachara.

Download flyer for additional information.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10th, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where: St. Margaret's House, 47 Jordan Road, New Hartford.
Registration: $15 per person covers materials, snacks and lunch. Please call (315) 724-2324 to reserve a place.
Zion Church, Rome: 30th Annual Messiah Sing
Come and sing-along to the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah at Zion! Bring your score, use one provided, or sit back and enjoy the music!
This milestone anniversary honors the memory of longtime Zion music director Carol Stack, who started this tradition in Rome. The concert is conducted by G. Roberts Kolb of Hamilton College, accompanied by pianist Sar-Shalom Strong, and features soloists Lauralyn Kolb, Katrina Schell, and David Kolb.
The event is free and is followed by Zion's feast of a reception.

When: Sunday, Dec. 18th, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Zion Church, 140 West Liberty Street, Rome.
Grace, Carthage: Chatterbox Gathering

Featuring musical guest Jim Gratch. Join us for good food, good music and Good News! 

When: Sunday, Dec. 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Chatterbox Diner, 266 State Street, Carthage.
Grace, Carthage: Stone Soup Supper

All are welcome at this free community meal featuring beef stew. 

When: Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Church, 421 State Street, Cathage.

Churchwide Announcements & Events

Episcopal Relief & Development Launches $500,000 Holiday Matching Gift Challenge

Through the end of December, Episcopalians and friends are invited to participate in Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2016 Holiday Matching Gift Challenge. With generous support from a group of exceptionally committed donors, gifts to any listed fund during this time will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. The match amount benefits the Global Needs Fund, sending help where it is most needed to fight poverty, hunger, disease and disasters worldwide.

Donations to any Episcopal Relief & Development fund made online, over the phone or via mail before year-end – including through Gifts for Life, the organization’s alternative giving catalog – are eligible for matching. Matching is automatically enabled when supporters make a gift. For new and existing monthly donors, any scheduled contributions during the challenge will also be matched.
Videos and Handouts from the November Evangelism Matters Conference

Videos of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, workshops and plenary sessions from Evangelism Matters, along with handouts and additional resources, are now available on-demand at no charge.

Held in Dallas, Texas on November 18th-19th, the Evangelism Matters conference was designed to support anyone in The Episcopal Church who would like to learn more about evangelism and available resources to share our faith.
Webinar Recording: Developing Your Communications Plan

Too often, congregations, dioceses and other Episcopal organizations jump straight into communications tactics (What should we put on our website? What kinds of articles should we put in our newsletter?) before thinking through their communications strategies.

Before You Say A Word: Developing Your Communications Plan, a recent webinar from the Episcopal Church Foundation, focuses on how to figure out what you want to say (your message) and who you want to say it to (your audiences), then focuses on how the answers to those questions will shape your efforts in communications and evangelism.

Watch the webinar recording and download presentation materials free of charge courtesy of the Episcopal Church Foundation.

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