Province VIII Bishops in Navajoland

Province VIII Bishops in Navajoland

by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

Bishop Barry Beisner joined bishops from Province VIII for their Annual Meeting and Pilgrimage to The Episcopal Church in Navajoland on January 5-9, 2015. This pilgrimage included visits to churches and scenic areas of worship in the Four Corners region where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. Navajoland is part of Province VIII and is a missionary diocese of The Episcopal Church. As the largest geographical First Nations Tribal land in the United States, the Navajo Nation covers 27,000 square miles.

Bishops met with clergy and lay leaders throughout Navajoland, and were welcomed into their worship centers to share their hopes for the future. Joining Bishop Beisner were bishops from across Province VIII, which includes the following Dioceses: Hawaii, Alaska, Navajolands, Taiwan, Micronesia, Spokane, Olympia, Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Northern California, El Camino Real, California, San Joaquin, Los Angeles and San Diego. Nearly all of the bishops of the province were present. On this pilgrimage, the bishops listened, learned and engaged the local congregations and church leaders, in an effort to discover ways to create deeper partnerships and more culturally astute environments for worship.

"I have great hope for the Diocese of Navajoland," says Bishop Beisner, "but it will continue, for a while yet, to need partners in the transition to self sufficiency." Pictured here are Bishop Beisner and the Rev. Cornelia Eaton, Transitional Deacon at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Fruitland, New Mexico. The Rev. Eaton was one of two Navajo clergy who joined ordinands from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California for the  2014 Holy Land pilgrimage. "What a blessing to see her again in this place," noted Bishop Beisner.

Click here to view images from this Navajoland Pilgrimage.


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