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August 23, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

The first day of the Lambeth Conference was a retreat for bishops in the hallowed halls of Canterbury Cathedral. That morning I sat jet-lagged in the cathedral, waiting for worship to begin, feeling apprehensive about how the various long-running conflicts in the Anglican Communion would affect our time together. Then the organ began to play […]

August 16, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you […]

August 9, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 I’m writing to you from the Lambeth Conference, where, to my regret, I tested positive on August […]

July 22, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

On Monday, I will be departing for England for the pomp and pageantry of the Lambeth Conference. This conference is a meeting of the active bishops of the Anglican Communion from all over the world (some 650 bishops from 165 countries are expected this year). Lambeth customarily happens every ten years, but it has been […]

July 19, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

COVID-19 cases in our region are back on the upswing. San Diego, Imperial, and Yuma Counties have entered the high-risk category for COVID infections, according to the CDC (Riverside County remains in the medium-risk category). I give thanks that a large majority of Episcopalians are vaccinated and boosted and that many who catch Covid have […]

July 19, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

This year, General Convention began to redefine the Book of Common Prayer. I mentioned this development in my recap of General Convention on July 12. But exactly what happened, and why does it matter?  The first thing to understand is that the Book of Common Prayer is a vital symbol of the unity of the […]

July 12, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is normally a giant spectacle – a gathering of thousands every three years, complete with inspiring worship, multiple gatherings of every possible interest group, and a vast exhibit hall offering many products and services. This year’s version in Baltimore, which just concluded, was a smaller, quieter, more cautious convention. It […]

June 17, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

Dear Friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to you today with some difficult news. We learned last week that the diocese has been named in a lawsuit filed by a man alleging he was sexually abused as a teenaged minor in 1974-1975 […]

May 17, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

“Ten dead at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.  Give to the departed eternal rest  Let light perpetual shine upon them.”   So reads the May 14 addition to ‘Litany in the Wake of A Mass Shooting’ on Bishops Against Gun Violence website. Just a day later, Sunday, May 15, yet another addition is needed:  “One dead at […]

April 19, 2022 | by Susan Brown Snook

Bishop Susan Brown Snook is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Archdeacon for our diocese: The Rev. Deacon Cindy Campos. In her role as Archdeacon, she will provide leadership, communications, community-building, and pastoral support for our deacon community, in collaboration with the Bishop. Deacon Cindy is particularly interested in using this role to […]

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