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Church Information Form

Church Information Form

The Church Information Form lets the bishop and diocesan leaders know who to communicate with about important events, forms and resources ...
Licensed Lay Ministers

Licensed Lay Ministers

The Bishop will license a lay person at the request of the priest in charge. In order to be considered ...
Clergy Position, Salary & Life Changes

Clergy Position, Salary & Life Changes

Clergy are required to file a variety of forms with the CPG whenever a change occurs that impacts your pension ...
Safe Church

Safe Church

Safe Church, Safe Communities The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Rhode Island recognize the potential for harm when a priest, ...
Diocesan Convention Journals

Diocesan Convention Journals

What to know what went on during last year’s convention -- or one several years ago? Read what has happened ...
Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program

The Church Pension Group provides an Employee Assistance Program to clergy and other church employees. Can it be of help ...
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Bexley-Seabury Offerings

The Diocese of Rhode Island, as part of Province I, has partnered with Bexley-Seabury Seminary to offer Pathways for Baptismal ...

Holy Eucharist of Convention

The Holy Eucharist of Convention was held on Friday, November 4 at 7 pm, at St Luke's Church in East ...
Parochial Reports

Parochial Reports

Each year our churches are required to file their annual Parochial Report forms with both the national church and with the Diocesan ...
Certificate of Delegates 2024 to Diocesan Convention

Certificate of Delegates 2024 to Diocesan Conventi...

  Download the CERTIFICATE OF DELEGATES 2024 Delegates and Alternates certifies that delegates and alternates for Diocesan Convention have been ...
Audit information for congregations

Audit information for congregations

Each congregation’s annual audit must be submitted to the diocesan Finance Office each year by SEPTEMBER 1. Here are the ...
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer 1 Advent 2023 – Last Pentecost 2024

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer 1 Advent 2023 – Last Pent...

The 2023-2024 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is available for congregations to use in their weekly intercessions. Each congregation is prayed ...
Clergy Compensation and Benefits

Clergy Compensation and Benefits

Each fall the Diocesan Council approves the Clergy Salary and Benefits Minimum Requirements for the coming year. Congregations are required ...
License to Officiate

License to Officiate

Canon III. 7. a: No Priest shall preach, minister the Sacraments, or hold any public service, within the limits of any ...
By-laws

By-laws

By-Laws are developed by each congregation and approved by the Standing Committee. In working towards having a standardized template that all ...
Learn and Lead - Spring 2023

Learn and Lead – Spring 2023

Come and See our Keynote speaker Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, talk to ...
Nomination form for elected positions

Nomination form for elected positions

Click here for nomination form for elected positions for Diocesan Convention ...
TENS -The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

TENS -The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

When Jesus tells the parable of the unproductive fig tree, it is told as a conversation between a man, perhaps ...
Diocesan Trust Fund (DIT)

Diocesan Trust Fund (DIT)

The Diocesan Investment Trust (the 'DIT') is an investment trust fund that is managed by US Trust and overseen by a ...
Lay Worship Leaders

Lay Worship Leaders

Diocesan Guidelines for Licensed Worship Leaders According to Title III, Canon 4 of The Constitution and Canons of the General ...
Diocesan Constitution and Canons

Diocesan Constitution and Canons

The diocesan constitution as approved in Diocesan Convention in November 2016, and Canons and Rules of Order revised in November ...

Convention Address 2022

At our Diocesan Convention on November 5, the Bishop spoke about the need to identify and uplift younger leadership. Watch ...
Convention 2021

Convention 2021

The Diocese of Rhode Island’s 230th Diocesan Convention will be held November 6, 2021 via Zoom. Anyone who would like ...

Convention Eucharist

We are live-streaming the Convention Eucharist here: ...
Mustard Seed and Vinyard Grants

Mustard Seed and Vinyard Grants

The following projects have all been aided by grants from the Congregational Development Commission. Food Pantry Outreach Project at St ...

Responding to Coronavirus and other emergencies

Statements Our Covid-19 Reopening plan, Journeying by Stages. Updated 3-19-21 May 26, 2020 - A joint statement from RI Faith ...
Substitute/Supply Organists

Substitute/Supply Organists

If you need an organist the Rhode Island American Guild of Organists website maintains a list of musicians you can ...
Changes - A message from the Bishop

Changes – A message from the Bishop

There have been some changes in the diocesan staff and in the staff of the Center for Reconciliation (CFR). We ...

Special Convention 2020

SPECIAL CONVENTION IN LIEU OF THE 2020 ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE DIOCESE OF RHODE ISLAND Our Special Convention was convened ...
Susan Beaumont Webinar

Susan Beaumont Webinar

How do we lead when we don't know where we're going? How do you lead an organization stuck between an ...

Getting your service Online

Paraphrasing from a webinar: Online is not the backdoor to worship anymore. It is the front door for many newcomers, ...
ECC Community Spotlight

ECC Community Spotlight

Dr. Robert Power Newport School Committee 2013 - 2015 “My time at ECC certainly impacted my work in schools and ...
Congregational Renewal Resources

Congregational Renewal Resources

Congregational Renewal Resources Tuesdays at 2 (EST) conversations are offered to support lay and ordained leaders as they reengage their ...
Ordination as a Priest

Ordination as a Priest

Derived from the Greek presbyteros, "elder, or "old man, " the term is used as a synonym for presbyter. Presbyters constituted ...
Reporting Misconduct

Reporting Misconduct

Reporting an Incident of Misconduct To report an incident of misconduct by a lay volunteer or church employee in a parish, in ...
Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs

Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs

The format and design of this manual should assist you in fulfilling the responsibilities for the financial oversight of a ...
Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Is your congregation prepared in the event of an emergency? If a devastating storm hits, or there is an outbreak ...
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Document retention guidelines for parish records

Here are two sources for information on what records your congregation needs to keep and for how long. The  Manual ...
Province I Coordinator

Province I Coordinator

Province I of The Episcopal Church, comprised of the Episcopal dioceses in New England  –Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Western ...
Province 1 School for Deacons

Province 1 School for Deacons

The bishops of Province One are excited to announce the call of the Rev Dr. Lynda Tyson to be the ...
Warning: Email and text message scams targeting church members by impersonating clergy

Warning: Email and text message scams targeting ch...

If you receive an email that appears to be from the Bishop, or your clergy person, asking you to take ...
Church Membership & Transfers

Church Membership & Transfers

Membership Membership in the Episcopal Church is simply through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. If you have not been Baptized, ...
Committees and Commissions

Committees and Commissions

Click here for descriptions of committees and commissions of this Diocese of Rhode Island ...
Fiduciary Responsibility Checklist

Fiduciary Responsibility Checklist

This checklist itemizes the practices that the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee of a church are responsible for overseeing to ensure ...
Workshop materials from Leadership Institute on March 23, 2019

Workshop materials from Leadership Institute on Ma...

A 'Parish Legacy Society' as Planned Giving How to create and nurture a Legacy Society, honoring those who name your ...
How2charist videos and discussion guide

How2charist videos and discussion guide

An instructed Eucharist in digital format, available 24/7. All of the How2charist videos for viewing on our diocesan video portal ...
Bishop's Address to Diocesan Convention 2018

Bishop’s Address to Diocesan Convention 2018

Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely's address to the 228th Convention of the Diocese of Rhode Island. The Bishop's Address ...
How do we publicize our parish's events to a larger audience?

How do we publicize our parish’s events to a...

The best way to publicize your parish’s events is in your local community. Develop relationships with the community-news editors of ...
Faith and Leadership

Faith and Leadership

Faith & Leadership is a website that provides a host of resources designed to "create lasting change by strengthening the ...
Permission for Remarriage

Permission for Remarriage

The bishop must give permission for remarriage when either or both parties have been married or in a civil union that ...
Ordination as a Deacon

Ordination as a Deacon

Deacons are members of one of three distinct orders of ordained ministry (with bishops and presbyters). In the Episcopal Church ...
Lay Employee Pension Plan

Lay Employee Pension Plan

All lay employees of the diocese or any congregation that work more than 1000 hours in a year receive pension ...
Planning for Retirement

Planning for Retirement

The Church Pension Fund provides ample resources to help you plan for your retirement. Begin by visiting their website: www.cpg.org ...
Workers' Compensation & Employer's Insurance

Workers’ Compensation & Employer’...

Why Most Churches Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance • In most states, Workers’ Compensation is compulsory for all employees. • A priest ...
Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is an annual, one-day event for congregational leaders offered each spring.  It seeks to equip wardens, treasurers, bishop's committee/vestry  ...