Bishop Susan Hassinger

Bishop Susan W. Hassinger began serving the Albany Episcopal Area effective September 1, 2006. She is the fourth Bishop to serve the Albany Area. At the 2008 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, she was assigned to continue in that capacity to oversee the transitions of the Wyoming and Troy Annual Conferences into new conferences being formed in New York and Pennsylvania and to facilitate the work of all six annual conferences taking part in these changes.

The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference elected Bishop Hassinger to the episcopacy in July 1996, and from 1996 until 2004 she served as the episcopal leader of the Boston Area. After retiring in 2004, she served as bishop-in-residence and adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to being elected to the episcopacy, she served as the pastor of several churches, as a district superintendent and in various staff positions in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference.

I WONDER AS I WANDER . . . EPIPHANY: Season for Recognition and Moving Outward

By: Bishop Susan Hassinger on 1/13/2010

 Bishop Susan Hassinger offers insight into discussions at a recent extended area cabinet gathering. She writes that as part of that time, "We considered, as we worshiped together and sought God’s guidance, where were the bright stars among us that were lighting the way to the Christ, and to the future.  We reflected on those pastors and congregations and communities where new moving outward of the gospel message was happening, or where we were seeing the potential for that to happen."

She shares the characteristics used to identify those situations and invites pastors and local church leaders to look at your congregations in this way. 

I WONDER AS I WANDER . . . ADVENT 2009: Anticipating "God's Renewed Creation"

By: Bishop Susan Hassinger on 11/17/2009

At the recent Council of Bishops meeting, this semi-annual global gathering of United Methodist Bishops, active and retired, adopted unanimously a pastoral letter which we are asking every congregation to hear during the season of Advent.  The theme of the pastoral letter is “God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action,” and is the result of more than four years of study and listening to many persons and groups around the world. Bishop Susan Hassinger shares her thoughts on the letter and urges churches to use it and supporting documents in worship during Advent and in study in the new year.

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