Bishop Dobbs 2018 Pastoral Address

In the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Thank you for responding to my invitation and request to gather as a synod of this Missionary Diocese of CANA East.  This is our sixth synod together.  I am grateful to God that you are here and I am looking forward to all the Christ centered interaction that the next two days will provide for us.2018-05-04-DC-G9-980LEICA DG 12-60-F2.8-4.0-29

Why is it that we gather as a synod?  Is it for reasons of fellowship, strengthening and renewing relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ across the diocese?  Is that why we gather?  The synod planning team recognizes that fellowship and strengthening our relationships with each other is a very important part of our annual missions conference and synod.  That is why last night we ate together and shared in a wonderful banquet.  On two occasions today, we will eat together again and then on Saturday we will share a meal not only with each other but also with the Lord, as we break bread and share the cup of the Lord’s Supper.   Our fellowship and relationships are important.  That is one of the reasons why I urge the clergy to use the diocesan prayer schedule each week during the Prayers of the People to pray and intercede for those who are gathered here at this Synod.

Read the entire address here.

Interview with Ashley Null

Cranmer Scholar says God still Speaks to us through His Word
Archbishop Cranmer was a martyr, many follow in his footsteps today, says Dr. Null

David W. Virtue interviews the Rev. Canon Dr. Ashley Null
April 14, 2018

The Rev. Canon Dr. Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation. He holds research degrees from Yale and an advanced degree B.D. from the University of Cambridge, and has received numerous awards for his work, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships as well as being elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries in London. He currently holds a research post funded by the German Research Council at Humboldt University of Berlin and is a visiting fellow at the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and St. John’s College, Durham University. His project is editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer, the author of the independent Church of England’s founding formularies, for Oxford University Press. This is a five-volume project.

Dr. Null will be the guest speaker at the CANA East 2018 Synod being held this year at the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, NY. May 3-5. The title of his address is The Divine Allurement of God Archbishop Cranmer’s Missional and Pastoral Principles for the 21st Century.

CANA East Bishop Julian Dobbs will officiate. Those wishing to attend may do so by registering at


Read the full interview here


An Opportunity

Holy Week is not an obligation. It is an opportunity.

In the chaos of our increasingly fast-paced and hectic society, the annual coming of Holy Week each spring is a reminder to pause and ponder, to carefully mark each day, and not let this greatest of all weeks fly like every other.


It is a chance to walk with the church throughout the world and throughout time as she accompanies her Bridegroom through the eight most important days in history. And it is an opportunity to focus our minds on, and seek to intensify our affections for, the highest and most timeless realities in the universe (from Desiring God).

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.