Bishop's Visitations
June 24 - St. James, Union City - Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Deacon Chuck McMillen
July 1 - All Saints', Memphis
July 2-12 - 77th General Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 22 - St. Philip, Memphis

Click here to download Bishop Johnson's full 2012-2013 Visitation Schedule.

150 pairs of shoes for Haiti
Through the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership, Chung Shi North America has donated 150 pairs of Dux footwear to the people of Haiti. Not just the simple gift of footwear, but also the gift of better health for the wearer, thanks to a patented material and design that provide heel pain relief and arch support. Hopefully, this footwear will give a little relaxation to people whose days otherwise can be difficult.

Happening #52
Happening #52 will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church August 31- September 2. Visit the youth page of the diocesan website to download an application, due August 8.

Thanks to Frances Boyd for submitting this shot of Bishop Johnson on Trinity Sunday, June 3rd at Old Trinity in the Field.

Click here to watch a brief video of the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of Los Angeles, discussing the grace of God he has experienced while undergoing treatment for leukemia, which is now in remission. Bishop Jon Bruno is a close friend of our Bishop, who requests your prayers for Bishop Jon and his wife, Mary.

Looking for a Vacation Bible School or other summer camp for your kids? Go to the calendar page of the diocesan website and choose "Youth" from the "Type of Event" menu to see offerings around the Diocese.

White Water Rafting Trip
Join youth from all over the Diocese for this opportunity to fellowship, play and pray in the mountains August 1st–3rd. Stay at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, and raft the Ocoee River on Thursday. All youth in rising 7-12 grade, college freshman and adult leaders are invited to go. Cost is $175, and the deadline to register is July 8th. Click here for a registration form.

Laymen's Conference
August 17-19
Dubose Conference Center, Monteagle

"Run With Endurance the Race Set Before You” is the theme for this years Layman's Conference at DuBose on August 17-19. The speakers are Coach Philip Fulmer, the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, and Rudy Kalis. Register online for a weekend of fellowship with men from all over the Diocese.

Saints Departed
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Carolyn Prewitt Bell
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Memphis

Virginia Darnell
Church of the Holy Communion, Memphis

Casey George
Church of the Good Shepherd, Memphis

Janice Dean Johnston
St. George’s, Germantown

Milton “Mickey” S. Jones
Church of the Good Shepherd, Memphis

Elizabeth “Betty” S. Mills
St. Philip, Memphis

Susan Scott
Immanuel Church, Ripley

Please notify Lauren Stone when there is a death in your parish family.

Want to advertise your event to the Diocese? Click here to visit the calendar page of the diocesan website and click the "Add Your Event" button to submit your information. Please allow 24-48 hours for your event to be reviewed and posted to the site. 

The Diocesan Communicator e-newsletter is published every two weeks. Please submit information to Lauren Stone at The deadline for the next issue is Friday, June 29th.

Please encourage members of your parish/mission to stay in touch by signing up for this e-newsletter at


On General Convention, from Bishop Johnson
In less than three weeks, the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will convene in Indianapolis. We gather as the Church in community  in order to discern what the Holy Spirit is calling us to accomplish at this particular time. On topics ranging from the Church’s response to the Anglican Covenant, the implementation of modifications to the Church’s health and pension plan for clergy and lay employees, consideration of proposed rites for the blessing of same gender relationships, reorganization of the General Convention process and structures, or any of a number of other wide ranging topics, it will undoubtedly be a time when decisions made will affect our Diocesan life.

Without knowing the actual specifics of what the Convention will decide on any given topic, I have outlined various implementation plans based on a range of possible scenarios. Some will be as simple as directly implementing a new Church-wide policy. Others will require some explanation and local adaptation to make them work in an effective way. It is all do-able, but we will need to await final Convention action to know which plan will need to be put into effect. To that end, I ask your prayers for us as we do that work of discernment. The Diocesan deputation will be in touch with you throughout the Convention using our communication plan. Follow this each day by checking our diocesan deputation page. +Don

If  you are going to be in Indianapolis during the upcoming General Convention and would like to offer yourself as a volunteer during some or all of that time, click here. It is a great opportunity to be a part of this always interesting event.

A Post-Sabbatical Reflection
While I have been back from sabbatical for a month now, it is still serving its original purpose as a time that refreshed, renewed and informed me for ongoing ministry. That our Diocesan sabbatical policy and the generosity of many made it possible for Jeannie and me to have that time, I am grateful. I anticipate hearing from your clergy when they also get to take advantage of the opportunity. As a result, their life and ministry among you will undoubtedly be enriched.

Enough people have asked if my going on sabbatical meant that I was about to retire that I want to respond. The short answer is no. In fact, my sabbatical was not about retirement planning but about ministry planning for the Diocese. With a great diocese, a strong staff, health and enthusiasm, I plan on sticking around. I wouldn’t want to miss all this fun! God willing, I look forward to continuing with you as your Bishop. For that privilege I am thankful. + Don 

General Convention Conversation
June 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Church of the Holy Communion

Those interested in learning more about General Convention 2012 are invited to an informal conversation on Wednesday, June 27 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Church of the Holy Communion in the Carrick Room. Our diocesan deputation includes three persons from Holy Communion: Mark Rutenbar, Stephanie Cheney, and Andy Cobb. These three representatives will converse about the shape and work of the General Convention and some particular issues that will be coming before the Convention next month.

Feast of St. Columba Success
One hundred sixty-two friends and family members, representing at least 12 different churches and organizations, gathered June 2nd for the first-ever Feast of St. Columba. "Just like God calls us to be in community with each other when we come together in his name, I know that he calls us to be in community together when we sit down to eat. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have made everything taste so good..." Read blogger Thomas Robinson's full speech and see more pictures of the event at

Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission were developed by the Anglican Consultative Council and adopted by the General Convention in 2009. The Episcopal Church Office of Communication is asking you to share videos of local ministry and work in action. The winner of the online populare vote will be featured at General Convention 2012! Take the "what's your mark" quiz, upload a video of local ministry in the Making Your Mark video contest, and vote for your favorite video by July 5th.

Geoffrey Ward Organ Recital
June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Saint John's Episcopal Church

Wednesday June 20 at 7:00 pm at Saint John's, Dr. Geoffrey Harris Ward will be performing organ compositions by Buxtehude, Rinck, Langlais, Bridge and Bach as part of the Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series. Dr. Ward will be performing organ recitals this summer in Montreal at Saint James United Church and in Quebec City at Chalmers Wesley United Church. Come get a preview of his Canadian recital tour!

Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
July 6,  7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

Recently voted the fifth best choir in the world, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge (UK) comprises around thirty Choral Scholars under Director of Music, Stephen Layton.  The College’s long and distinguished choral tradition dates back to the fourteenth century. An ambitious tour schedule has taken the Choir to five continents and they regularly perform to sold-out halls. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest choirs in one of Memphis’ most sacred spaces!

Book It 5k
September 29, 9:00 a.m.
Church of the Holy Communion

Church of the Holy Communion is excited to announce its second annual “Book It 5K.” The 3.1 mile run/walk will start and finish at Holy Communion, and a 400-meter dash for children 10 and under will be held on the church/school track. Proceeds will benefit Shelby County Books from Birth and the Emmanuel Episcopal Center.  Sign up to run or walk the race, volunteer, or sponsor an Emmanuel Center youth to participate in the race! To register for the race, go to

St. Clare Silent Retreat
October 19-21
St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center

St. Clare Silent Retreats for Women is pleased to announce that Sybil MacBeth will lead our weekend retreat October 19-21 at St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center. Sybil will offer her unique gifts of prayer, theology and creativity for what promises to be an invaluable weekend. Learn more about Sybil at her website St. Clare Retreats are open to all women. Sign up now or get more information, by contacting Debbie Balling at or 901-335-4001.


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