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40th Anniversary: The Episcopal Church Approves the Ordination of Women as Priests

img_8027-2 On an afternoon just like this one 40 years ago, The Rev. Cn. Mary June Nestler (pictured, right) was exercising in her apartment. She had the radio on; anxiously awaiting what she hoped would be good news. And then it came, the announcement that the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church had voted in favor of the ordination of women as priests. Mary June remembers all of her emotions that day. She explained, “I remember bursting into tears, then standing up and jumping up and down, then calling all my friends.” This exciting... Read more

Ordination of Aimee Marie Altizer to the Sacred Order of Priests

img_0216 Bishop Scott B. Hayashi ordained The Rev. Aimee Altizer to the Sacred Order of Priests in a festive Eucharist Tuesday night in Park City. (Photo: The Rev. Charles Robinson, The Rev. Aimee Altizer, Bishop Scott B. Hayashi) img_0149The service at St. Luke’s was well-attended by friends and family of the new priest, who completed her Master’s in Divinity, with a special concentration in Feminist Liberation Theologies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She serves the parish of St. Luke’s and is the Chaplain, Chef... Read more

Bishop’s Fall Message

Bishop Scott B. Hayashi offers blessings for the fall and a reflection on political decisions Americans will be making in the fast-approaching Presidential Election. (more…)... Read more

Getting Ready for the 150th

As the Diocese prepares for its 150th year in Utah... the Anniversary Task Force continues its work.

The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi has selected a task force from throughout the diocese to suggest a legacy ministry as a bold statement of our 150th year as a voice, a source of social justice and of course, a major religion in Utah and northern Arizona. The Committee met under the direction of The Rev. Terri Heyduk to discuss the work of subcommittees that are cataloging existing ministries, the changing demographics of Utah,... Read more


The treasured and historic 120-year-old Holy Spirit Episcopal Church building of Randlett, Utah has been restored and is again a worship space. The white clapboard and red trimmed church was the first church of a Gothic Revival style built on the Ute Reservation in 1896 during a time the Federal Government asked Christian religions to establish missions on the reservations. The Episcopal Church was selected for the Ute reservation in the Unitah Basin. The Church of the Holy Spirit was the first of those churches and the last surviving church of the architectural design that features hand drawn paintings... Read more