News & Publications

There are many ways to stay connected with us and aware of exciting things happening around the Diocese of RI. In addition to our publications below, you can connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out Bishop Knisely’s page to hear him directly speak in tweets, posts and on his blog.

RISEN Magazine is our Diocesan News and Special Interest Magazine. We switched from a newspaper format to the current full color journal in 2007. By doing so, we have been able to focus our attention on producing a high-quality print periodical with staying power. It is something that people go to again and again for articles of interest and words of inspiration. Each issue is now focused around a central theme.

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2021 Budget Hearings

09/12/2020 12:15:55 PM

The Proposed Draft of the 2021 diocesan budget was presented at the Pre-Convention Meetings last week. You may watch a recording of one of the meetings here. Draft Budget    

Journeying by Stages – A plan to reopen our buildings

06/15/2020 3:08:16 PM

UPDATED – Journeying by Stages is our guidance for re-opening our church buildings. In this plan you will find our suggestions and recommendations for the gradual return to in-person worship, a checklist for preparation of the buildings and re-thinking elements of the services, and a covenant describing how we should approach these times with care […]

St Augustine’s is buzzing

05/21/2020 10:32:59 AM

On Saturday, April 25, the grounds of St. Augustine’s, Kingston, became home to a hive of 10,000 bees, in their latest initiative. The Rev. Beth Sherman, vicar, has long been interested in bees, but has not actually kept them until now. She teamed up with friends of the congregation, Judy and Diane Landry, to take […]

Bishop’s Message – What Comes Next?

05/06/2020 1:27:30 PM

Governor Raimondo and her staff are talking about plans to start relaxing restrictions here in Rhode Island and allowing more of us to return to a sense of normalcy. She described the process as more akin to “turning a dial” than to “flipping a switch”. It’s a good analogy. What happens next is going to […]

“Soup for the Docks”

05/06/2020 1:25:35 PM

“Soup for the Docks” supports a crucial part of our community It can be cold and windy in Galilee. Yet on almost every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, a small band of volunteers faithfully sets up stations, in two places, to serve a simple, hot noonday meal of soup and crackers to the members of the […]

Good News from Trinity Church, Newport!

04/27/2020 12:51:07 PM

Trinity Church, Newport, has called their 31st Rector, The Rev. Timothy Watt.  Fr. Tim currently is serving as the Associate Rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona and has experience in organization leadership, communications, and social media.  A message from Fr. Tim is available on YouTube. Congratulations to Trinity and to Fr. Tim!

Bringing Everyone Across – A message from Bishop Knisely

04/15/2020 10:34:47 AM

As this difficult time continues, one thing that has become clear is that — even as we remain separated in our homes — we are all in this together. You are finding new ways to be part of your congregations, including creative online worship. And the diocese and wider Church are finding new ways to […]

Support for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe

04/14/2020 1:24:45 PM

The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely has joined the other bishops of New England in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Please read their letter here.

Emergency Management

03/02/2020 3:51:22 PM

Is your congregation prepared in the event of an emergency? If a devastating storm hits, or there is an outbreak of something like the coronavirus, what will you do? Points to consider: Get your contact lists up to date! You will need to use your congregation’s lists – mail/email/phone/etc, to keep in touch with people. […]

The Ven. Janice Grinnell

12/03/2019 12:07:59 PM

Episcopal Cafe has published an interview with our own Archdeacon, the Ven. Janice Grinnell, as part of a series on the diaconate. You will find the interview here.