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  1. 1. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterA Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Prepared by the Nominating Committee for the Eighth Bishop of Rochester PO Box 1099 Canandaigua, NY 14424 www.rochestersnextbishop.org
  2. 2. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester In our search for a new Bishop, we seek...A Spiritual Guide and Teacher A Christ-centered person who is led by the Holy Spirit A guide who will foster spiritual growth and maturity A mentor for our clergy One who models the moral and ethical values of the Baptismal covenant One who is grounded in liturgy and relates it to daily lifeA Community Leader and Bridge Builder A supporter of mission and ministry objectives that promote social justice One who celebrates differences and promotes inclusiveness in terms of gender, race, socio-economic status and sexual orientation A unifying force who promotes trust within a diverse diocese A proactive spokesperson for the Episcopal church in the public arena An evangelist committed to the growth of the diocese A supporter of ongoing dialogue within the Anglican Communion The possessor of a good sense of humorAn Experienced Administrator A skilled communicator who is open and willing to hear parish concerns An individual who is able to work with varied groups A leader who will be visible and accessible to clergy and lay members A decisive person who delegates responsibilities An administrator with a strong background in organization and management A manager of the allocation of resources to parishes for ministry purposes One who understands the dynamics of small church ministryPage 2
  3. 3. You can complete and print thisform using Adobe Acrobat A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterReader! 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester Nomination Form Please mail completed form to: The Nominating Committee P.O Box 1099, Canandaigua, NY 14424 Completed forms must be postmarked by July 3, 2007. I suggest the following priest or bishop to The Nominating Committee as a potential nominee for Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester: (Please print or type) Name ________________________________________________________________________________ Street Address _________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip _________________________________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________ Phone ( ) _______________________ Present Position ____________________________________________________ Since ______________ Present Diocese _______________________________________________________________________ Please state how long you have known this person and how you are acquainted with him/her. Please list the reasons you consider this person qualified to be a bishop. (Be specific. Attach additional pages if needed.) Please provide the names, complete addresses, and telephone numbers of other persons who are in a position to furnish information about your nominee: Your Name ___________________________________________________________________________ Street Address _________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip _________________________________________________________________________ Phone ( ) ________________________________________________________________________ Page 3
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  5. 5. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester The Diocese of Rochester—An OverviewThe Diocese of Rochester stretches fromLake Ontario south to Pennsylvania; itseastern and western borders are formed bythe Diocese of Central New York and theDiocese of Western New York. It is amongthe smaller of the dioceses in the UnitedStates, but its compact size is balanced by Diocesan young people and adult repairingthe great variety in topography, economic homes during a mission trip to Dungannon, VA.conditions, and lifestyles within itsborders. University, Keuka College, Houghton College, Finger Lakes CommunityThe region includes spectacular natural College, and Corning Community Collegeresources: vast expanses of Lake Ontario There are State University Colleges atcoastline; Letchworth State Park, known as Brockport, Geneseo, and Alfred.the “Grand Canyon of the East”; severallakes including Canandaigua, Keuka and Among the internationally significantSeneca; the breathtaking gorge and historical figures that made their homeswaterfalls of Watkins Glen; and a within the Diocese of Rochester arewonderful variety of agriculture, including suffragette Susan B. Anthony, abolitionistthe grapes that yield many of New York Frederick Douglass, and Red CrossState’s award-winning wines and founder Clara Barton. This area has alsochampagnes. been home to important pioneers in science and industry. George Eastman,Our Diocese includes a number of pioneer in the field of photography,educational institutions of national and founded the Eastman Kodak Companyinternational reputation. Bexley Hall here; his legacy of philanthropy continuesInstitute, and Hobart and William Smith to drive many aspects of Rochester and theColleges are church-related institutions on surrounding region. Glenn Curtiss ofwhose boards the bishop of the diocese of Hammondsport was instrumental in theRochester sits ex officio. In addition, the establishment of the aviation industry inarea boasts the University of Rochester the early 20th century. Corning Inc.,(including the Eastman School of Music), formerly Corning Glass Works, is a worldRochester Institute of Technology, leader in the creation of glass forNazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan decorative, kitchen, scientific, industrial,College, St. John Fisher College, and and technical uses.Monroe Community College. Alfred Page 5
  6. 6. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Currently the Diocese is divided into five districts: Rochester, Monroe, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest. Rochester and Monroe Districts The City of Rochester and part of Monroe County comprise two of the fiveThe Men’s Association of St. Luke & St. Simon geographical districts in the Diocese ofCyrene (Rochester) cooking breakfast for the Rochester. Although they maintainparish. separate identities, these two districts haveThe area has a long tradition of social and functioned jointly for many years. Therepolitical activism and religious innovation. are seven churches and one EpiscopalThe nation’s first known abolitionist group Church-related nursing home chapel in thewas founded in Rochester in 1838, and the Rochester District and thirteen churches inunderground railroad was active in the the Monroe District. The Bishop’s officesregion. Joseph Smith published the Book are located in the city of Rochester. Thereof Mormon in Palmyra. In 1906 Algernon is no designated cathedral.Crapsey, rector of St. Andrews EpiscopalChurch, was convicted of heresy at a trial Rochester is the third largest city in Newheld here for his writing about the Virgin York State. It began as a prosperous flourBirth and the Resurrection. Following the mill center in the early 19th century. The1964 riots in Rochester, Saul Alinsky, earliest church (St. Luke’s, 1817) datesfather of community organizing, was from near the city’s founding. Rochester isinvited here to organize a community now the home of multi-nationalresponse to the poverty and racism that led corporations Kodak, Xerox, and Bauschto the riots. Rochester was among the first and Lomb, although each of thesedioceses to ordain women to the companies has struggled over the past tenpriesthood following the 1976 General years. There remains, however, a strongConvention; The Rev. Marilyle Sweet focus in the economy on bio-technology,Page recently celebrated the 30th imaging technology, and computeranniversary of her ordination and technology. Several first-class hospitalscontinues to serve in our Diocese. This are in the city, including Strong Memorialheritage is part of our identity. While our Hospital and Rochester General. TheDiocese is representative of the broader former is associated with the University ofchurch in the diverse views and attitudes Rochester, which is currently the region’sof its members, historically the Diocese of leading employer.Rochester has been proudly progressive.Page 6
  7. 7. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterThe City of Rochester, which has apopulation of approximately 250,000, isknown as a progressive city with a stronghistory of social justice. Like mostAmerican cities, the City of Rochester hasstruggled and continues to struggle withissues of poverty, violence, and a decayingdowntown. Rochester’s poverty, schooldrop-out rate, incidence of teen pregnancy,and murder rates are among the highest in Schola Cantorum of Christ Church (Rochester).the state and region well as the increasing encroachment ofThe economy for the entire region remains “urban problems” on suburbanflat, and there has not been a solid communities.recovery from the significant loss ofmanufacturing jobs in the 1990’s as Kodak There are signs of hope. The Eastmanand Xerox re-tooled. Even white-collar School of Music’s presence on the east endworkers have had to settle for lower- of downtown Rochester has helped spurpaying jobs or leaving the area. Racism renewed interest in downtown living, and aremains a live issue, particularly in the major revitalization of the downtown corerelation between suburbs and the city, is in the works. A newly elected Mayorbetween whom there is a long history of shows signs of renewed energy and visiontension. for the city. Recently, rectors of the city churches have been meeting to begin aSuburban Rochester is a great mix of systematic renewal of urban ministry and acommunities from an aging inner suburban more cooperative approach for theircircle to still-booming areas further out ministry together. The people of both thefrom the city. Smart growth is an issue, as Rochester and Monroe districts are working to more deeply understand theirSome Facts and Figures interconnectedness. There is a deep desire 67% of communicants in the diocese to stop the decline of ministry, particularly live in Monroe County in the city, where, since the inception of 63% of parishes in the diocese are the Diocese in 1931, a church has been lost located outside of Monroe County every nine years. These issues are the core 38 of 51 parishes have part-time concerns for the people of the Rochester clergy and Monroe districts. 2/3 of parishes in the diocese are considered “small church” Page 7
  8. 8. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester character and have been among the fastest growing areas in the state. The rest of the area is rural. Cash crops and dairy farms are important in both Wayne and Ontario counties. Wayne County, famed for its apple orchards, has a significant migrant population during harvest seasons. The nine congregations in the Northeast District range from family to programThe Gospel of Mark comes "Alive" at St. sized congregations. There is an EpiscopalMichaels (Geneseo). chaplain at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.The Northeast District All of the existing churches were foundedThe Northeast District is comprised of in the nineteenth century, and no newWayne and Ontario Counties. Extending congregations have been established in thefrom the shore of Lake Ontario south into suburbanizing areas at the western edge ofthe Finger Lakes region, the District forms the District.the northeastern border of the Diocese.Three historically important east-westroutes across New York pass through the The Southeast District The Southeast District stretches fromdistrict. The large towns are clustered Steuben County along the Pennsylvaniaalong these routes and many were settled border, north and east into Schuyler andvery early in the history of upstate New Yates Counties. The City of Corning inYork. Canandaigua had the earliest land the Southeast corner of the Diocese is theoffice in the United States and was settled home of Corning Glass, a multinationalsome forty years before Rochester. The corporation.towns along the Erie Canal grew rapidlyfrom its opening in 1825 until commerce The region is rural, characterized bymoved to the railroads and the Great rolling hills and deep valleys growing theLakes. Because of the growth of Rochester grapes that produce some of New Yorksin the first half of the twentieth century best wines and champagnes. Theand the flight from the city to suburb in the topography also creates some of the mostlatter half of the century, the western part isolated regions in the Diocese.of Wayne County and the northern part ofOntario County continue to experience This district shows the contrasts of wealthpopulation growth. and poverty characteristic of the Diocese as a whole.These northern and western sections closeto metropolitan Rochester are suburban inPage 8
  9. 9. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterThe ten congregations in this district range agricultural and decidedly rural, with nofrom family to program in size. The three cities in either county. Nevertheless, fourSchuyler County congregations are yoked. institutions of higher learning are located in the area, and Episcopal parishes areThe Southwest District involved in ministry with these colleges.The Southwest District is defined by two Many Allegany County towns andcounties, Allegany and Livingston, plus villages have lost population in the pastthe town of Hornell which is in Steuben years. The economy is stagnant and thereCounty. (The rest of Steuben County is in are few employment opportunities forthe Southeast District.). Allegany and well-educated youth.Livingston Counties are primarily Census 2000 Data Percentage Percentage Percentage Median Percentage Individuals Total Percentage Black or Bachelors Household Hispanic or Below the Population White African- Degree or Income in Latino Poverty American Higher 1999 LevelUnited States 281,421,906 75.1% 12.3% 12.5% 24.4% $41,994 12.4%New York State 18,976,457 67.9% 15.9% 15.1% 27.4% $43,393 12.4%Monroe District 515,570 93.2% 2.5% 1.6% 33.1% $55,168 3.8%Rochester District 219,773 48.3% 38.5% 12.8% 20.1% $27,123 25.9%Northeast District 193,989 94.4% 2.7% 2.3% 20.9% $42,868 8.0% Ontario County 100,224 95.0% 2.1% 2.1% 24.7% $41,579 7.3% Wayne County 93,765 93.8% 3.2% 2.4% 17.0% $44,157 8.6%Southeast District 142,571 96.5% 1.4% 0.9% 17.9% $35,479 13.1% Schuyler County 19,224 96.5% 1.5% 1.2% 15.5% $36,010 11.8% Steuben County* 98,726 96.4% 1.4% 0.8% 17.9% $35,479 13.2% Yates County 24,621 97.9% 0.6% 0.9% 18.2% $34,640 13.1%Southwest 114,255 95.5% 1.9% 1.6% 18.2% $37,086 13.0%District* Allegany County 49,927 97.0% 0.7% 0.9% 17.2% $32,106 15.5% Livingston County 64,328 94.0% 3.0% 2.3% 19.2% $42,066 10.4%*Hornell is in Steuben County. However, it is in the Southwest District and is located just east of AlleganyCounty.Source of Data: U.S. Census Bureaus American Fact Finder website Page 9
  10. 10. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterNine of the twelve congregations in theSouthwest District are clustered or yokedwith other congregations. Of the three non-yoked parishes in the District, only one isserved by a full-time priest; the other twohave part-time clergy.Six parishes are clustered in the AlleganyCounty Episcopal Ministry, a mission ofthe diocese and one of the oldest Episcopalregional ministries in the country Diocesan volunteers helping to rebuild villages in(established by Bishop Charles Henry El Salvador.Brent in 1921). Allegany CountyEpiscopal Ministry is served by one full-time Missioner and several non-stipendiarypriests raised up by their congregations.All its parishes are family-sized. Key Parish Indicators Communicants In Pledge Units Average Pledge Good Standing 1996 2006 1996 2006 1996 2006Monroe—13 congregations 3143 2600 1430 1212 $992 $1,581St. Lukes, Brockport 116 160 83 88 $904 $1,316St. Andrews, Caledonia 39 20 12 11 $977 $1,715St. Matthias, East Rochester 103 21 41 10 $838 $2,420St. Lukes, Fairport 300 158 147 93 $1,138 $1,849Church of the Epiphany, Gates 375 236 162 124 $943 $1,403Trinity, Greece* 2005 data 324 154 128 80 $1,086 $1,414St. Peters, Henrietta 217 83 89 74 $1,093 $1,555St. Georges, Hilton 204 79 103 46 $813 $1,230St. Johns, Honeoye Falls 198 108 47 49 $807 $1,737All Saints, Irondequoit 137 91 $1,338Church of the Incarnation, Penfield 365 235 129 86 $891 $1,638Christ Church, Pittsford 259 942 255 342 $951 $1,523Grace Church, Scottsville 84 50 32 36 $1,061 $1,570Church of the Good Shepherd, Webster 422 354 111 173 $1,045 $1,189Page 10
  11. 11. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Communicants In Pledge Units Average Pledge Good Standing 1996 2006 1996 2006 1996 2006Northeast—9 congregations 1334 1210 661 475 $884 $1,218St. Peters, Bloomfield 30 46 19 20 $1,412 $1,237St. Johns, Canandaigua 240 369 134 115 $976 $1,632St. Johns, Clifton Springs 75 85 41 48 $1,000 $1,249St. Peters, Geneva 250 313 88 72 $955 $1,500Trinity, Geneva 207 119 135 66 $790 $1,104Grace Church, Lyons 112 64 38 29 $574 $868St. Marks, Newark 118 56 70 43 $1,310 $1,325Zion Church, Palmyra 201 110 82 50 $938 $1,297St. Johns, Sodus 77 48 42 32 $548 $754St. Stephens, Wolcott 24 12 $337Rochester—7 congregations 2855 2392 1409 916 $1,101 $1,785Calvary-St. Andrews, Rochester 50 61 $1,192Church of the Ascension, Rochester 282 165 152 75 $890 $1,615Christ Church, Rochester 139 201 118 94 $1,614 $2,307Church of St. Luke & Simon Cyrene, Rochester 218 173 127 88 $974 $1,690St. Marks and St. Johns, Rochester 154 111 80 48 $706 $1,354St. Pauls, Rochester 1305 848 491 331 $1,045 $1,435St. Stephens, Rochester 102 78 79 34 $1,314 $2,412St. Thomas, Rochester 605 816 301 246 $1,071 $1,679Southeast—10 congregations 1308 903 524 385 $1,027 $1,264Church of the Redeemer, Addison 58 71 21 0 $1,024St. Thomas, Bath 189 125 91 70 $791 $1,153St. Lukes, Branchport 69 41 24 25 $1,104 $1,177St. Johns, Catharine 72 38 3 19 $739Christ Church, Corning 479 294 211 131 $1,265 $2,114St. James, Hammondsport 53 104 40 35 $1,041 $1,598St. Pauls, Montour Falls 59 17 19 14 $693 $637St. Marks, Penn Yan 135 116 69 49 $925 $1,550Church of the Good Shepherd, Savona 48 47 15 18 $1,133 $973St. James, Watkins Glen 146 50 31 24 $1,265 $1,436Southwest —12 congregations 875 605 391 265 $876 $1,387St. Pauls, Angelica 32 17 0 9 $1,058Zion, Avon 145 42 47 32 $1,021 $1,756St. Philips, Belmont 66 43 22 7 $1,136 $1,112Church of Our Saviour, Bolivar 19 12 8 9 $787 $1,429Trinity, Canaseraga 21 17 7 6 $1,038 $1,630Christ Church, Cuba 22 48 11 10 $564 $1,100St. Peters, Dansville 52 47 33 13 $727 $1,077St. Andrews, Friendship 56 11 15 10 $947 $1,516St. Michaels, Geneseo 250 168 111 82 $858 $1,314Christ Church, Hornell 99 90 64 50 $878 $955St. Johns, Mount Morris 30 41 18 5 $2,297St. Johns, Wellsville 83 69 55 32 $801 $1,406Diocese Totals 9515 7728 4415 3253 $976 $1,502Percentage Change -19% -26% 35% Page 11
  12. 12. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester for the Episcopal SeniorLife Chaplain and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, located on the campus of the Episcopal Church Home. Furthermore, the Bishop of Rochester serves on the Board of Directors. Episcopal SeniorLife Communities evolved from The Church Home, founded in 1868 in a farmhouse on Mt. HopeAuthentic Scottish celebration of St. Andrews Avenue by five Episcopal churches inDay. Rochester to serve needy children and older women. Episcopal SeniorLifeOur Chapels Communities is now a three campusThere are four summer chapels in the housing and service organization for adultsdiocese, located at Conesus Lake, Keuka providing multiple levels of care fromLake, Sodus Point and Nine Mile Point. independent living to skilled-nursing.During the summer, these are well- Founded on the Christian values of Theattended by enthusiastic worshippers. The Episcopal Church, Episcopal SeniorLifebishops have, for some time, made the Communities looks forward to maintainingrounds of the chapels each year. its long standing relationship with the Diocese as it seeks to expand and improveInstitutional chapels are located at both physically and programmatically toDiocesan House, Hobart College and the meet the growing needs of seniors in theChurch Home. Greater Rochester Community.Christ Church, Belvidere, a chapel at ease,is on the National Historic Register. Our Self-ConceptServices are held there on Thanksgiving Using the results from approximately 350Day, New Year’s Day, and other special surveys submitted by individuals andoccasions. groups within the Diocese of Rochester, we define ourselves in the followingEpiscopal SeniorLife manner:Communities We believe that we are an open, lovingThe Episcopal Diocese maintains a community bound together by our faith inrelationship with Episcopal SeniorLife God and Jesus Christ. It is important to usCommunities and supports their mission of that we stay at the table talking togetherservice to seniors. The Diocese provides rather than leaving and shutting doors.Page 12
  13. 13. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterWe have a strong concern for socialjustice. We believe that God’s mission isour ministry, and part of the role of thediocese is to strengthen parishes to do thiswork of ministry.We are a geographically, economically,and culturally diverse population ofcongregations.Geographically, many of our largest Outdoor folk Eucharist at St Phillip’s (Belmont).parishes are clustered around metropolitanRochester, yet there are numerous smallerparishes located in the surrounding rural parishes, the diocese as a whole has acommunities. While the majority of proud history of being progressive in areasEpiscopalians within the diocese reside such as the role of women in the churchwithin 30 minutes of downtown Rochester, and the inclusion of gay and lesbianthere are many enthusiastic, devoted persons. Three-fifths of our parishes haveEpiscopalians worshiping in older, self-identified as welcoming to gays,established parishes as much as 100 miles lesbians and trans-gendered persons.from the city. Certainly there are voices within the diocese calling for a more traditionalEconomically, our communities and approach, yet we believe that honest,parishes vary in resources. While some of caring people can have differing opinions,our parishes are financially secure, with even on important topics.large well-kept properties and activemission programs, others are coping withdwindling attendance and flagging income Challenges The greatest challenge we see for thefrom members. Frequently the economic Diocese of Rochester is growth. Whilechallenges faced by parishes reflect those continuing to care for our agingfaced by the communities in which they population, we urgently seek growth in theminister. number of active parishioners, particularlyCulturally, the parishes of our diocese youth and young families with children.welcome people of all backgrounds and We seek ways to attract and retainpolitical persuasions. Members of our teenagers and young adults. A Diocesancongregations reflect the political diversity Youth Missioner was hired two years ago,that is found throughout the nation. While and while a lot has been accomplished,in matters of import to our national church much remains to be done.often there is divergence of opinion within Page 13
  14. 14. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester struggle with the issues, while supporting the ministries of gays and lesbians within our Diocese. We pray that our future will be marked by an increased spiritual grounding. We seek to be more effective catalysts for personal spiritual growth throughout our diocese. Personnel Resources for Ministry Diocesan House Staff The Bishops staff includes a Canon for Congregational Development and Communications, a Canon for Finance, Resource and Community Development who is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese, and the Canon for Deployment and Ministry Development. These not only constitute core staff for theBaptism is truly a community event . Bishop, but also are available to assist the diocese at large. A full and capable support staff exists to assist in the administrationWe seek growth in our outward-looking of the diocese.community involvement. We want to The Canon for Congregationalencourage our parishes to look beyond Development and Communications istheir own survival and to anticipate Executive Editor of Living Water andChristian growth. We seek to become manager of the web site and the Diocesanmore visible and brave in engaging our “listserve.” She works with the Face Timecommunities in social justice and societal Team (youth ministry) and provides staffissues. support for the Christian EducationWe hope and pray that persons of Committee. She supervises the Rochesterdivergent opinions in matters of import to Congregational Development Institute,our national church may grow in unity and Leadings, and provides coaching andunderstanding. We seek to honor the training for clergy and congregationalopinions of church family members who groups in a wide variety of areas includingPage 14
  15. 15. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochestervisioning, strategic planning, leadership congregational leadership to develop andtraining, demographic analysis, and team improve programs with young people. Sheand ministry development. has organized and recruited young people for Episcopal Youth Event, GeneralThe Canon for Finance, Resource and Convention, Diocesan Convention, andCommunity Development is the Chief mission trips. She has supervised andFinancial Officer of the Diocese. Her continued to develop the Diocesan Faceresponsibilities include management of Time program for young people. Themaintenance and improvements at program is currently under evaluation.Diocesan House, supervision of budgetand granting processes, and development The Executive Secretary providesof a Diocesan gift planning program. She secretarial and administrative support toprovides education and consultation for the Bishopcongregations in areas related to benefits, The Benefits Officer and Assistantproperty and liability insurance, financial Finance Officer provides support toplanning and systems development, grant parishes regarding clergy and lay benefitswriting and parochial reporting. She serves as well as responding to financialas contact person for the Trustees and all questions.committees of the Trustees. The Diocesan Assistant and HouseThe Canon for Deployment and Manager provides support to the diocesanMinistry Development works primarily staff and visitors and to parishes needingwith clergy around issues such as: supply clergy.recruitment, deployment, orientation ofnew clergy, and training and support of The Assistant for Parish Audits serves asinterim and supply clergy. He is a resource to parishes in the areas ofresponsible for Partners in Ministry, a financial reporting and audit requirements.program designed for newly ordainedclergy and their mentors, and the required The Manager of The Good Bookstore,training sessions on sexual misconduct and provides congregations and clergy with aabuse. He facilitates mutual ministry wide range of books, gifts and otherreviews, and consults with and guides resources.congregations through search processes. The Archivist maintains the historicalHe serves as contact person for the records of the diocese and itsCommission on Ministry, and Total congregations.Common Ministry, and chaplaincy issues.The focus of responsibilities of the YouthMissioner has been to work with Page 15
  16. 16. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterStanding Committees of Educational ResourcesConvention for Ministry Arrangements Leadings, an Institute for Spiritual Nominations Formation and Ministry Development, was Resolutions developed by the Diocese of Rochester to Constitution and Canons offer a wide range of study and training opportunities. The vision is to buildDiocesan Program opportunities for learning andCommittees collaboration that enhance and renew each The Anti-Racism Committee individual journey in Christ, and that The Committee on the Companion empower lay and clergy leaders to build Diocese Relationship vital congregational ministries in response The Committee for Gay and Lesbian to the needs of the world around us. . Ministry Leadings is intended to be both a place of The Committee on Liturgy and Music learning and a place of gathering for the The Living Water Board people of this diocese, as well as other The Committee on Planned Giving dioceses and judicatories. It aims to open The Prison Ministry Advisory Board conversations of all sorts, to share The Public Policy Committee experiences among parishes, and to The Stewardship Consultants support ministry development throughout The Urban-Suburban Task Force on the Diocese. Violence Leadings offers training for all The Youth Council congregations in a "centralized" form so that each training opportunity doesnt have to be repeated for each congregation. Although sessions are "centralized," that does not mean that they always have to be presented in the same location. Recently, groups of small rural parishes were able to participate in a series of webinars offered through Leadings in collaboration with the Alban Institute. The Diocese of Rochester, inThe Committee for Gay and Lesbian Ministry collaboration with Bexley Institute, hasevangelizing during the 2006 LGBT Pride recently initiated a training program forPicnic at Genesee Valley Park. deacons. Now in its second year ofPage 16
  17. 17. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochesteroperation, the class is currently composed midsummer residential program ofof twelve students studying for the spiritual study which invites presenterspermanent diaconate, and one who has from throughout the USA.been raised up by Allegany County The diocese has several licensed EFMEpiscopal Ministry for eventual ordination (Education for Ministry) mentors.to the priesthood.. By the time our newbishop gets here, six new deacons will There is an Ecumenical Officer, an Adulthave completed the two year training Education Coordinator, and Diocesanprogram and will be waiting to welcome representatives for Episcopal Relief andhim or her. Development, the United Thank Offering, and the National Cathedral Association. The Finger Lakes Conference at Hobartand William Smith Colleges is a one-week Financial Resources for MinistryRevenue and Expense Summary 2003-2007 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 RevenueRevenue from Apportionment $ 967,881 $ 1,008,748 $ 1,015,383 $ 994,128 $ 998,528Revenue from other Sources $ 1,117,216 $ 1,138,895 $ 1,243,860 $ 1,285,284 $ 1,307,913(Including EndowmentsTotal Revenue $ 2,085,097 $ 2,147,643 $ 2,259,242 $ 2,279,412 $ 2,306,442 ExpensesGoal I. Resources: $ 87,283 $ 202,565 $ 205,435 $ 213,590 $ 239,482Individual GrowthGoal II. Ministry of Congregations $ 395,919 $ 340,120 $ 419,915 $ 429,185 $ 407,000Goal III. Diocesan Mission and $ 250,438 $ 228,770 $ 243,505 $ 255,339 $ 278,632StructureGoal IV. Renewal & Action in the $ 372,777 $ 351,238 $ 339,985 $ 302,020 $ 289,575WorldSupport of Diocesan Objectives $ 509,220 $ 524,505 $ 534,335 $ 545,022 $ 564,234Benefits $ 213,580 $ 235,000 $ 239,261 $ 244,046 $ 247,916Total Professional Reimbursements $ 78,400 $ 74,305 $ 76,125 $ 80,625 $ 76,625Administration Costs $ 177,480 $ 191,140 $ 200,681 $ 209,585 $ 202,978Total Expenses $ 2,085,097 $ 2,147,643 $ 2,259,242 $ 2,279,412 $ 2,306,442 Page 17
  18. 18. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester The Last Seven Years engage in ministry with the greater worldThe Episcopal Diocese of Rochester has around them; many feel trapped into usingundergone a period of sustained their resources simply to “stay afloat”.transformation during the past seven years. Annually the diocese invites parishes toThe beginning of Bishop Jack Marston apply for funds to inspire and igniteMcKelvey’s episcopate saw the ministry beyond their own walls; this yearestablishment of a new diocesan mission $139,685 is being distributed to assist 33statement and goals, which have served as parish mission programs. The diocese alsoa road map for growth during his tenure. provides programs to train leaders for suchClergy and lay leadership have been ministry. Leadings, with its emphasis onidentified as among our greatest strengths leadership training, and the Diaconate,and richest resources. Empowering with its emphasis on discernment andcongregations for ministry was identified servant ministry to the world, are eachas one of our greatest needs. Much has having an impact.been done to help congregations claim The clergy of the diocese have enjoyed antheir ministry, and the diocese has made increase in their interconnectedness duringchanneling resources to parishes a priority. the past seven years. Clergy in each districtThe city of Rochester and the surrounding engage in monthly Bible studies and caseareas spent much of the 20th century studies with the Bishop as well as districtreaping the benefits of a booming business business meetings. Social events for clergyclimate, and enjoying the legacy of and their spouses have also provided awealthy benefactors such as George means for growing collegiality among theEastman, founder of Kodak. Much of the priests of our diocese.abundance we enjoyed was taken for During the past seven years, no clergygranted. Harder times have certainly from outside the diocese have beenbefallen upstate New York in the past brought in to fill part-time vacancies, andtwenty years, and in a time of economic this is seen as an area in which additionalchallenge the diocese has had a tendency creativity may be brought to bear.to be lulled into a feeling of scarcity.Continually we need to acknowledge that Currently, with no cathedral to serve as aas a diocese we have many great assets, central gathering place for Episcopalians,not the least of which is a substantial our Diocesan House serves as the primaryendowment and a relatively stable locus, and our Diocesan Convention servesfinancial situation, compared to other as our only major gathering of clergy anddioceses in the northeast. laity. The only facility large enough to accommodate an overnight gathering ofIn the midst of economic turmoil, our Convention is in downtown Rochester.parishes have often found it challenging toPage 18
  19. 19. A Profile of the Episcopal Diocese of RochesterThese facts present a challenge to clergyand members of our outlying parishes,many of whom wish there were a way tocreate opportunities for more centralizedgatherings. Many of our diocesancommittees and programs meet exclusivelywithin the city, which contributes to asense of isolation among some in our morefar-flung rural areas. Delegates gather for dinner during DiocesanYouth development and leadership training Convention.are important facets of our Diocesancommunity. In June 2004, the Bishop to them on numerous occasions, assuringcreated the position of Youth Missioner to them that their theological stance had afacilitate youth programming and place in the Diocese, but that our canonseducation across the Diocese. Led by the were clear that the paying of thetwelve-person Diocesan Youth Council apportionment was an essential andand through creative collaboration with required part of our common life andspecific congregations, the Diocese has mission. In the end, Convention took thecreated a dynamic and robust youth step it had to take. All Saints’ resistedprogram. Initiatives include several annual turning over their property, but lost inmission trips, an acolyte festival, the court and the Diocese now has possession"HipHopE Mass", and active participation of it, although appeals are still pending.in Diocesan events including sponsoringresolutions at convention. All in all, we feel very good about the last seven years of our life together and feelTwo parishes have closed in the last seven ready to take on new challenges andyears. St. Stephen’s, Wolcott, had continue to build on the good foundationdwindled to a handful of members with no that has been laid.real prospects for the revitalization of thatministry. All Saints’, Irondequoit, wasclosed by vote of the Diocesan Conventionafter having failed to pay its diocesanapportionment in 2005. The leadership ofAll Saints’ was not supportive of recentevents in the Episcopal Church,particularly the consecration of the currentBishop of New Hampshire. Both ourBishop and Diocesan Council reached out Page 19
  20. 20. A Profile Mission Statement of the Diocese The of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester of Rochester (Adopted in 1997)God calls us through our Baptism to grow and be transformed spiritually to be God’s voice and hands engagingand renewing the world in which we live.Challenged by the mission statement of the Diocese of Rochester, Diocesan Council and the Bishop’s officemade a commitment to implement the following objectives:A. Strengthen Resources for Individual Growth and Transformation Develop Opportunities for spiritual nurture and growth Provide support for understanding stewardship as life long giving. Engage our young people in order to nurture and challenge their spiritual development, so they may be full members of the church of today. Promote Christian Education/Formation among all age groups. Enhance ministries to and with young adults on our college campuses. Support and provide resources to individuals as they discover and grow in their unique ministries. Encourage participation in social and civic structures that serve the common good.B. Strengthen the Ministry of Congregations Provide resources to strengthen relationships within and between congregations and the Diocese. Provide resources and training in congregational administration/management. Provide resources and training that empower congregations to look strategically at their vision for mission and ministry, enabling them to develop clear action plans.C. Transform and Strengthen Mission and Structure of the Diocese Create an open environment for conversation, communication and involvement. Assist in the enhancement of systems of communication in collaboration with congregations. Connect Diocesan structures and budget process to Diocesan goals. Develop strategic planning for new and renewed urban, suburban and rural ministry using diocesan, congregational and community resources. Provide supportive process of training, vocational development, spiritual nurture and pastoral care for the clergy of the Diocese. Enhance our experience of unity in community by offering unique opportunities to gather as a diocese for education and worship. Actively engage issues of racism and other forms of discrimination that deprive persons of their dignity. Provide a voice for the church in the public square.D. Strengthen our Work of Renewal and Transforming Action in the World Support the work of the Episcopal Church through participation and full financial support. Participate in ecumenical dialogues and action. Encourage socially responsible investing. Provide funds for ministries in the wider community. Respond with appropriate action for social, civic, humanitarian, environmental issues. Seek to accomplish our ministry in partnership with others who will help us fulfill our mission.