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Bishop Urges Support for Prison Education Initiative

February 28, 2014

Bishop Dietsche wrote today (full text of letter follows below) to the members of the diocese urging their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “far-sighted” initiative to provide college educations to men and women in 10 state prisons. He described the proposal as a “heartening initiative fully consistent with the missional and transformative work and vision of the church.”

In addition to observing that prisoners who are released with an education are far less likely to return to prison, he also referred to his own experience of contact with the Bard College Prison Initiative, which, he wrote, with “people no longer defined by their mistakes or offenses but by their possibilities” provides a “living witness to Jesus’ teaching that in visiting the prisoner we are serving him.”

The text of the letter follows below, first in English, and then in Spanish.

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Bishop-elect Shin Receives Necessary Consents

February 13, 2014


The office of the Presiding Bishop announced today that Bishop Elect Allen K. Shin has received the canonically-required majorities of consents from bishops with jurisdiction and from standing committees. The full statement, with explanations of the process and requirements, follows.


More information on Bishop-elect Shin and on the election process is available at


Bishop-elect Shin will be consecrated at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Saturday, May 17.


Female Clergy Meet for Global Women

October 2, 2013

Img_8347 Well over 60 female clergy of the diocese gathered Wednesday, October 2 in the Bishop's residence, Ogilvy House in support of the Global Women's Fund and for the launch by Assistant Bishop Chilton Knudsen of the new "Sister to Sister" initiative in honor of retired Suffragan Bishop Roskam. Bishop Knudsen asked her sister clergy for their support in raising the $10,000 that will make it possible for a woman in the developing world to attend seminary for three years. The Sister to Sister program is one part of the Global Women's Fund, which supports women in developing countries in secular as well as religious education. Read more about it here.

Diocesan Indaba Launched

September 28, 2013

Indabakickoffforweb The Diocese of New York Indaba was launched on Saturday, September 28, as 54 teams gathered in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  Each congregational team was joined into a group with two others. It was only when the teams went to sit at their assigned table that they learned who their Indaba partners would be. Read more...

Bishop on the 50th Anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

August 28, 2013

Bishop Dietsche today, on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, sent the following pastoral letter to the clergy and people of the diocese.

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Bishop Regrets Voting Rights Act Decision

June 27, 2013

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Bishop Dietsche issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's Decision to nullify important parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Yesterday I produced a statement celebrating the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and same-sex marriages in California.  Yesterday was, in my judgment, a landmark day for those who celebrate the dignity of every person and strive for justice and equality for all people.  


Yet on the preceding day the same court stripped key provisions from the Voting Rights Act of 1965-a decision seen by many as gutting the force of an Act that has had a transformative effect to the good on the landscape of American life.


People born in the last half century may find it hard to fully understand how formidable were the barriers that had in the past been erected and rigorously, even violently, defended to prevent African Americans from exercising their voices in the public square. That such barriers were enshrined in the laws of states covered our nation in shame. 


But in 1965 that changed: since then and until two days ago, the Voting Rights Act has guaranteed to all people the right to participate fully in our public life. 


The protections and guarantees which were established in that Act and in the other landmark civil rights legislation of its era -- very largely driven forward by people of faith and by religious institutions in what was among the church’s finest hours in our age -- were hard won and extraordinarily costly. They witness, I believe, directly to our love of God. They are precious to us, and are not to be taken for granted -- a fact that has been only too amply illustrated during recent elections, when alarmingly regressive statutes have surfaced in many states, designed, it is clear, to limit the ability of people of color, young people and poor people to exercise their right to vote.


Now the Supreme Court has nullified the most vital part of the Voting Rights Act. And in the short time since it announced its decision two days ago, the reasons for preserving that Act intact have already been amply demonstrated: already several attorneys general have announced that legislation in their states regarding voter ID laws will now be immediately implemented.


This week, then, has brought both setbacks and steps forward in the ongoing struggle for the rights of people.  Let no one doubt that that struggle is of God. The struggle for freedom, and the rights of people, and the fullness of human life is ongoing; it never ends, it is marked by victories and defeats, and it requires constant vigilance.  God being our helper, let us recommit to the protection and preservation of the rights of every person to participate in full in our common life.  Let us never lose faith, but bind ourselves to the pursuit of justice. 



The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche

Bishop of New York


Bp Dietsche on Anti-Gay Hate Crime

May 31, 2013

The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche issued a pastoral letter today, May 31, (attached in full below) expressing “sorrow and outrage” at the May 18 murder of Mark Carson, and deploring the fact that it was one of a total of nine violent anti-gay hate crimes in the month of May in Manhattan.

Dietsche, who took over as the diocesan bishop in February, said in his statement that the Diocese of New York has “labored to remove every barrier to the full inclusion of and participation by the LGBT community in our church in the whole of our life” and most recently “broadened our understanding of and teaching regarding marriage to include same sex couples.”

While, he observed, there are many who insist that homosexuality is incompatible with the Christian life, “we emphatically do not believe that,” and encouraged the people of the diocese “to let the world see and know that there are countless faithful Episcopalians in the LGBT community, and that they are loved, embraced and respected by the larger body of the Church of which they are and have always been a part.”


Bishop Dietsche's Installation Sermon

February 6, 2013

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Sermon delivered by


The Right Reverend Andrew M.L. Dietsche
XVI Bishop of New York

at the

Recognition, Investiture and Installation
of the XVI Bishop of New York

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine


Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple




Bp Dietsche Installed as 16th Bishop of NY

February 2, 2013

At a service this morning at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Marion Lenow Dietsche was “recognized, invested and installed” as the 16th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

During the service, a congregation that filled the Cathedral to capacity, including 20 bishops and hundreds of clergy, witnessed the passing to Bishop Dietsche of the symbols of office—the stole, cope, miter and crozier of the Bishop of New York— by retiring Bishop Mark S. Sisk, and his seating in the Cathedra, or Bishop’s throne, by Dean Kowalski.

Following the Peace, a letter from the Bishop of London was read out by his commissary, the Rev. Dr. Alan McCormack, and Congressman Charles B. Rangel also addressed the congregation.


A slideshow of selected photographs is available here. 

Text of Dr. Ann Ulanov's Hobart Lecture Published

October 10, 2012

The text of Dr. Ulanov's 2012 Hobart Lecture In Praise of Space is available here.

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