Bishop’s Reflection: I am DONE with…

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Making community and connection through cooperation, A Message from Bishop Diana

Dear Friends in Christ, Last week Oregon Episcopal School (OES) welcomed its students onto campus for the beginning of the school year. It was energizing and fun to be with them and to give the […]

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Diocese of Oregon COVID-19 Guidelines Update

View as a PDF. En Español. August 25, 2021 Dear Friends in Christ, It is the end of August 2021 and we find ourselves continuing to fight COVID-19, with cases and hospitalizations on the rise, […]

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Diocesan Staff

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the evolving variants of the COVID-19 virus throughout Oregon, vaccinations are more important than ever to move beyond this pandemic. Therefore, effective immediately, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required […]

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Project Resource: Yielding to Yield more

Dear friends in Christ, It is such a joy to begin traveling around the diocese for Sunday visitations. Connecting with parishes and missions in person allows me to feel the physical faces and spaces of our diocese. Some […]

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Retirement of the Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley

Diocesan Announcement: Retirement of the Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, Canon to the Ordinary August 2, 2021  View as a PDF.En Español. Dear Friends in Christ,  I’m writing to share that I’ll be retiring at […]

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God is a basic need and Deacons will help us see that.

Last Saturday I spent the morning with the Community of Deacons to get to know them and to begin a conversation about the ways they are called to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. We talked about the central metaphor for the diaconate: a bridge. Deacons are the bridge between the church and the world. Their ministry is anchored in the sure and certain knowledge that their work is to make tangible the healing and hope of Christ’s presence in the midst of suffering. This is no great insight as the deacons in this diocese know this and are living it out with deep faithfulness. But, further thought and engagement is needed around the way in which deacons are uniquely called to interpret and demonstrate the need for God in one’s daily life.

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Courage vs. Conformity

After musing on this quote, it’s hard not to think of courage as a quality that is much more accessible than we realize. If we have the capacity to conform, we also have the capacity to act with courage by not conforming. But the ease of conformity can drain our courage, making it easier to go with the flow instead of stepping up to do the right or fair thing.

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Living with Integrity, a reflection from your Bishop

When we describe a person as one who has integrity, we are saying they are honest, upright, and treat others with respect. We think of such people as well-integrated; they have faced their imperfections and weaknesses, and know they are God’s beloved even so.

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Bishop’s Message regarding the latest mask guidelines for vaccinated persons and worshiping in-person

Dear Colleagues, The latest Covid guidelines issued by the CDC and the State of Oregon have raised questions about gathering for worship indoors. The current scientific data supports the return to in-person gatherings without face masks […]

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Bishop’s Reflection: I am DONE with…

I am DONE.  I’ve been hearing this phrase, or a version of it a lot lately.  It has not been expressed as a form of giving up or going away, rather I hear it in conversations about how […]

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