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I want to bring greetings to you, the good people of the Diocese of East Tennessee, as we prepare for another season of Easter.
In the season of Easter, the Church hears again of the love of the resurrected Christ, the one who meets us in the garden and surprises us by knowing our name. In the Christ, we are reconciled and redeemed and it is a story of hope that we have been given, a story of hope that we have been given to share with all.
In the letter that we see in the New Testament of First Peter, we are encouraged to be prepared to give a defense for the hope that is in us. So, in this season of Easter, along with hearing the story of hope, I hope we as a people in the Diocese of East Tennessee will also be prepared to give that story of hope to others. We as a diocese are working now on ways to equip and teach and prepare all to share that story of hope.
We live in a time of great uncertainty, of opioid addiction, of rising suicide rates and people need to know there is a story of hope. You and I have been given that story, a story that we will hear again in this season of Easter.
Please know that we as a diocese are working together, not only to know the story, but to learn how to share the story of hope in a time when resurrection and reconciliation is a great need for all.