Monday, September 8

Ebola Outbreak Forum at All Saints Memorial Church

Ebola Outbreak Forum at All Saints Memorial Church
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - September 11, 2014

Rhode Island is home to the largest Liberian population in the country. Citizens of Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone, Ghana, and other countries have been affected. Quarantines have been established, and there have been many protests because the health care infrastructures in these countries are often inadequate to cope with this disease. While there have been some remarkable cures, there is also fear for the safety of unaffected populations.

All Saints Memorial Church will host a panel of experts on Sept 11, to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Guest speakers will include Dr. Maria Melino, an infectious disease physician; Elaine Williams, a local nurse who has been working with Rhode Island’s Liberian community; Bill McBorrough, a local African with many friends and family in affected areas; and Donald Cunnigen, Professor of Sociology at URI, will moderate the panel.

Joins us for a panel discussions on health and safety, tips on how to communicate with family and friends in affected areas, and a Q&A with the panelists. Donations will be accepted for Episcopal Relief and Development. Refreshments will follow.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
All Saints Memorial Church
674 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Friday, August 1

Our New Website is Live!

We are excited to announce the release of our new mobile-responsive diocesan website, with a fresh clean look designed around the award winning diocesan logo that you all loved so much when we unveiled at Convention last year. Stop by to check it out.

We've done more than change the colors. We've organized the menus to make it easier for our church leaders to find the resources they need to do the best ministry they can, and to make it easier for newcomers to learn more about the Episcopal Church in RI and find a church to attend nearby.

The whole site is also now mobile responsive for easy access no matter where you are and what device you are browsing it on.

This means that you can find directions to a church from your smartphone, or in your vestry meeting you can pull up diocesan forms and documents on your tablet right there. No wifi? No worries. You can get it all on your phone too.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site! Each time you come back you can expect to find more helpful resources and information. Check out Bishop Knisely's page to see what he's been saying on social media, And if you see anything on the site that is missing or needs updating just email and he'll take care of it.

Monday, July 28

The ‘New’ Church in Little Compton Turns 100

Celebrating 100 years of worship
A visit to Little Compton’s Commons is like stepping back into history. From the white-steepled church founded by the Pilgrims’ offspring to the Civil War-era General Store to the ancient slate gravestones in the picturesque burial ground, time seems to have stood still.

Set against this venerable background, the “new” church in Little Compton – St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church – is turning 100 this year, and the parish is gearing up to celebrate its centennial in grand style. A newly-renovated parish hall will be dedicated by Bishop Knisely, and a 21st century stylized logo has just been unveiled that symbolizes the parish’s focus on the future while hearkening back to its historical roots as “the fisherman’s church.”

St. Andrew's by-the-Sea (1914)
It was August of 1914 when Laura Lloyd Wainwright drove her “touring automobile” to nearby Tiverton to persuade the Rev. John A. Gardner of Holy Trinity Church to hold a service for the summer visitors. The pair quickly organized an evening prayer service for 125 worshipers at the “Casino” or Clam House at Sakonnet Point where, just hours earlier, day-trippers enjoyed a bountiful shore dinner before returning back to Providence via steamship.
In the following weeks, Mrs. Wainwright convinced her husband to donate an oceanfront garage that was soon transformed into a summer chapel. In 1918, the chapel was moved to a 4-acre pasture near the Sakonnet Golf Club. From this idyllic setting, St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea served residents and summer guests alike as an unorganized mission of the Diocese of Rhode Island for the next eight decades.

In 1998, a new building for St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea was created from the bones of the historic Guild Hall on the north end of the Little Compton Commons. This central location could better serve the townspeople, as well as worshippers from South Tiverton and nearby Westport, Mass. In 2001, the now year-round St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea achieved parish status in the Diocese.
On Saturday, August 23rd, St. Andrew’s will host a centennial gala on the church grounds to commemorate its first 100 years. Bishop Knisely will celebrate Holy Eucharist the following morning to ask God’s blessings on the parish, and on its ministry for the next century, in what will undoubtedly be a joyous commemoration.

In a town where institutions are measured in centuries, not years, St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea has now joined the revered “Century Club.” Its best years are still to come!

Wednesday, July 23

Ben Sibielski appointed as new Communications Director for the Diocese of Rhode Island

Bishop Knisely is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Sibielski as the new Director of Communications for the Diocese of Rhode Island.

Ben comes to us from a position at Providence College where he worked in marketing communications for the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Development. His prior experience included several years as the Integrated Media Manager at the Roger Williams Zoo where he was responsible for publicity, implementing advertising campaigns, and managing digital communications efforts such as website and social media campaigns. He is also experienced in event planning and fundraising.

Many of you might have already met Ben, as he grew up in this diocese attending St. David's on the Hill in Cranston. He is currently a member of Church of the Ascension in Cranston where he has served on the vestry, taught Sunday school, and led the church's youth group.

Ben is a local graduate of Rhode Island College where he majored in Communications and Public Relations. This combination has served him well in his previous positions and brings a breadth of experience to our diocese. As Bishop Knisely said:

“We were impressed with his experience and reputation for using a wide range of media and methods to communicate with all ages, his ability to think strategically, and to develop and implement a plan...We also believe that his development experience will be a real benefit to us. Plus, Ben knows Rhode Island and the Episcopal Church, which is an added bonus.”

Ben begins his work with the Diocese on July 28, 2014. He is looking forward to meeting people in the congregations, diocesan groups and organizations around the state, and "sharing the stories of our parishes with the community at large". You can reach him at the diocesan office at 401-274-4500 x226 or email him at

Monday, July 14

Help Support & Celebrate the Opening of Jonathan Daniels House

It is early July and right now nobody wants to think about the fall, but bear with us for a moment as there is some exciting news. Jonathan Daniels House is all set to open this fall with a fantastic group of interns living communally in an apartment on the west side of Providence.

Between now and then there are a few ways you
can get involved in supporting and celebrating this amazing new diocesan ministry. Here they are, please spread the word to any who may want to be involved:
  • JDH needs to furnish a 3BR apt with good-quality used furniture--everything from tables to towels to teaspoons. Contact Ann Rheault if you have an item you can donate Dropoffs will be accepted August 2-9th.
  • JDH is still accepting applications, so if you or someone you know is an interested college grad in their 20s or early 30s, apply ASAP! Think what it would mean to give a year to explore the connection between faith and social change, to live among other young adults who are also committed to community and simplicity, and grow in capacity for compassionate, courageous, and imaginative leadership.  Interested persons should email JDH Director Gillian Barr at and fill out the official application at Be sure to list Jonathan Daniels House as your program of interest. More info is available at and
  • Lastly, save the date to come celebrate the opening of JDH with an Evensong on Jonathan Daniels Day! The date is Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m and the Evensong will be held at Church of the Transfiguration in Cranston. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

Monday, June 9

3 RI Churches Stream TENS Conference

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is offering a great opportunity to treasurers and stewardship committees this year: They are recording a webcast of their June conference called "Walking the Way" and several R.I. congregations are hosting webcast events so that clergy, treasurers, and stewardship committees can benefit from the resources.

The keynote addresses and one of each of the four workshop sessions will be available for streaming so come get inspired! Please check with church to RSVP and verify which workshops they will webcast. More info on the sessions is included below!

  • June 10th (workshops A&B) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660
  • June 11th (workshops C&D) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660 
  • June 14th at St. Peter's by-the-Sea in Narragansett 9 am to noon 401-783-4623 
  • June 24th (Workshops A, B & Plenary) at St. Martin's in Providence 6:30 - 9 pm 401-751-2141
  • June 25th (Workshops C&D) at St. Martin's in Providence 6:30 - 9 pm 401-751-2141
Here's what the webcast options are:

Plenary One Webcast: The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright
Penary Two Webcast: Plenary two: Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Plenary Three Webcast: The Rev. Charles Lafond
Read more about plenary speakers

Webcast Workshop Sessions:
from A: Walking the Way Annual Giving Campaign: A Path Ahead
from B: Launching a Legacy Society
from C: Faith & Possessions: Stewardship in the New Testament
from D: Communicating Stewardship Year Round

Please check with church to RSVP and verify which workshops they will webcast:

  • June 10th (workshops A&B) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660
  • June 11th (workshops C&D) at Trinity Church in Newport 6:30 - 8:30 pm 401-846-0660 
  • June 14th at St. Peter's by-the-Sea in Narragansett 9 am to noon 401-783-4623 
  • June 24th & 25th at St. Martin's in Providence 6:30 - 9 pm 401-751-2141

Friday, May 30

Wednesday, May 28

Don't know what to do after graduation? JDH is still looking for residential interns!

Wondering what to do next?
Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly with God.

You’re invited to apply to live and serve for 10 months in Providence, RI with Jonathan Daniels House (JDH), an Episcopal Service Corps community.

As a JDH Fellow you will live together with 3 other Fellows in a house in south Providence and spend 5 days a week serving in a social service organization. House residents also commit to regular prayer and worship and study, and you will learn leadership skills and spiritual practices that you can use for the rest of your life. 

JDH is a program of the nationwide Episcopal Service Corps and is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.  It is open to anyone who has completed college, is in their 20s or early 30s, and is willing to live in Christian-based community.  Fellows receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses, and health insurance if needed.  

Applications are still being accepted for August 2014.

For more information and to apply to any Episcopal Service Corps program around the country, see    

For more information about JDH in particular,go to or contact the Rev. Gillian Barr, Director, at or 401-285-1219 . 

Tuesday, May 13

VIDEO: Bishop Knisely's "Pursuing the Mystery of Science and Faith" Homily at ERT2014

Bishop Knisely gave the homily "Pursuing the Mystery of Science and Faith" at the 2014 Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology & the Church, which was held at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah in Salt Lake City.  The event included representatives from many different denominations, and was hosted by the Episcopal Network for Science, Technology and Faith.

Looking for more on this topic? Follow ENSTF on facebook or follow the roundtable twitter conversation at  #ERT2014.  You can also check out Bishop Knisely's blog or read his new full-length book on science and religion titled "Entangled States".

Friday, May 2

Entangled States; Bishop Knisely's new full-length book on science and faith

Bishop Knisely's new full-length book on science and faith, titled Entangled States, has been published and is now available in print and ebook versions at

This is exciting news! Many of you got a taste of Bishop Knisely's thoughts on this topic in his sold-out book of Lenten meditations titled Lent is not Rocket Science. Now that we have entered the Easter season, if you're looking for a more in-depth discussion of science and faith snap up a copy of Entangled States, and do it quick if you want to get your hands on a first edition.

Here's a taste of what this new book discusses, taken from the back cover:

"By telling a kind of story that got under the skin of the people who heard it, Jesus began a revolution that was to change the world. His audience couldn't get the stories out of their heads because they altered the way they saw the world.

Now, science is telling us a new story that transforms how we see ourselves. One of the fundamental insights of quantum physics is that our reality isn’t limited to our physical boundary but extends throughout time and space. This is not poetry, but the revelation of modern mathematics. It means we are all interrelated, and the things we think keep us apart are in reality illusory. We are completely entangled in each other’s lives.

The gift of being human is the recognition that just out of our grasp, there is a harmonious connectedness, so that we are all part of a piece and therefore sisters and brothers under the skin.

No matter how adamantly we insist on being divided, every now and then we can’t help but catch a glimpse of the fact we are bound together. Such a glimpse may come in the form of a spiritual experience, a sense that the universe is suffused with a divine Presence. Or it may occur in a laboratory, as a scientist discovers a connection no one has ever seen before and realizes there is a unity to reality.

Both a scientist and Episcopal bishop, Nicholas Knisely invites us to open up to the possibility that this unity might really be here, and that all of us might be able to experience it. This is why the book is called Entangled States. For we are all entangled one in another, and the human in the divine.

You can also visit Bishop Knisely's blog for his real-time thoughts on science and faith.