Message From Bishop Hayashi Regarding Diversity Training

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In light of the increase in racial tensions and almost daily news coverage of violence based on racism in our country, there is a real need for mindful conversations and awareness of how we as Episcopalians respond to what the House of Bishops in 1994 named racism as a sin in our society:

“We, the bishops of the Episcopal Church, acknowledged the painful reality of the consequences of racism in the 1994 pastoral letter “the Sin of Racism.” In that letter, we stated “the essence of racism is prejudice coupled with power. It is rooted in the sin of pride and exclusivity which assumes ‘that I and my kind are superior to others and therefore deserve special privileges.'” We issue this new pastoral on the pervasive sin that continues to plague our common life in the church and in our culture. We acknowledge our participation in this sin and we lament its corrosive effects on our lives. We repent of this sin, and ask God’s grace and forgiveness.

Whenever individual or community behaviors work against God’s vision, we have promised to respond in ways that will serve to heal: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will with God’s help (BCP p 305).” God has created us with skins of many colors, God has created us in thousands of tribes and languages, and none is adjudged more godly than another. It is our behavior that gives evidence of godliness, not the color of our skin.”

We are blessed with resources in our Diocese to bring in experts on this issue. On April 17th and 18th, we are hosting a conference, Each One/Teach One at the Cathedral of St. Mark’s. Dr. Maura Cullen and Dr. Kathy Sisneros will be the speakers. This is an incredible opportunity to learn ways to continue our learning of this issue that affects all of us in this diocese, and to become instruments of peace in the midst of our community.

So regardless of past trainings you have attended or whether this is mandatory for you, I urge you to participate in this conference. Please encourage and invite others to attend as well.

To register, please go to this link:
For further information or questions please contact The Rev. Susan Toone and The Rev. Canon Pablo Ramos at the following email addresses: and

In Christ,

+Scott B. Hayashi

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Easter Message 2015

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Easter Message 2015

“The only place we will not find him is in the tomb.”

“We will find him already there before us, bringing new and verdant life,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her Easter Message 2015. “The only place we will not find him is in the tomb.”

In 2015, Easter is celebrated on April 5.

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2015.


Easter message 2015

It’s still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb.  The graveyards around Jerusalem don’t have much greenery today.  The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body.  Jesus’ body was put in a cave-like space, with a stone rolled across the opening to close it up.  Mary has made the journey from wherever she’s sheltered over the last day, through darkened streets, perhaps hearing cocks begin to crow and townspeople start to stir.

She nears the place, but somehow it seems different than they left it – this can’t be it, can it?  Who moved the stone?  A trip begun in tears and grief now has added burden– confusion, anger, shock, chaos, abandonment.  His very body has been stolen.

She runs to tell the others.  The three tear back to the tomb – no, the body is not there, though some of the burial cloths remain.  Who has torn away the shroud and stolen him away?  Why must the cruel torture continue, sacrilege and insult even after death?  Who has done this awful thing?  The men run away again, leaving her to weep at even greater loss.

She peers in once more – who are these, so bold appearing?  “Fear not, woman… why do you weep?”  She turns away and meets another, who says the same – why do you weep, who are you looking for?  This gardener has himself been planted and now springs up green and vibrant, still rising into greater life.  He challenges her to go and share that rising, great news of green and life, with those who have fled.

Still rising, still seeking union with Creator, making tender offering to beloved friends – briefly I am with you, I am on my way.  Go and you will find me if you look.

The risen one still offers life to those who will look for evidence of his gardening – hope, friendship, healing, reunion, restoration – to all who have been uprooted, cut off, to those who are parched and withered, to those who lie wasting in the desert.  Why do we weep or run away when that promise abides?

We can find that green one, still rising, if we will go stand with the grieving Marys of this world, if we will draw out the terrified who have retreated to their holes, if we will walk the Emmaus road with the lost and confused, if we will search out the hungry in the neighborhood called Galilee.  We will find him already there before us, bringing new and verdant life.  The only place we will not find him is in the tomb.


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church