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Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 1/7/22

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7 January 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan wishes you a Happy New Year and talks about the Feast of the Epiphany.


Bishop Scanlan’s Christmas Message – 12/25/21

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25 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In this Christmas Eve video, Bishop Scanlan reflects on the theme of peace. Watch below. We wish you a very Merry Christmas! May it be a peaceful and reflective time for you and your loved ones.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/24/21

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24 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In this Christmas Eve video, Bishop Scanlan reflects on the theme of peace. Watch below. We wish you a very Merry Christmas! May it be a peaceful and reflective time for you and your loved ones.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/10/21

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10 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs, Bishop Scanlan talks about the theme of love. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/03/21

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3 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From St. Mark’s, Lewistown, Bishop Scanlan talks about the diocesan digital advent calendar and shares a message about hope. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/19/21

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19 November 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In the final video of our Baptismal Covenant Series, Bishop Scanlan asks the question, “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?” Watch below.


IMPORTANT Task Force for Operations Update COVID-19 Guidelines

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November 2021 As we approach the Holiday Season, the Diocesan Taskforce for Operations wants to remind parishes to remain vigilant protecting the health of one another. As of November 12, all counties within our Diocese remain at a High Level of Community Transmission of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC. Here are the current recommendations [...]

Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/12/21

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12 November 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the fourth question in our baptismal covenant. “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/5/21

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5 November 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From downtown Harrisburg, Bishop Scanlan talks about the third question in our baptismal covenant. Watch below.


Youth Ministry News

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Update on our Diocesan Youth Ministry Task Force Work Interviews are being held with youth in local congregations who are invited to respond to questions of losses and longings. At this time we have completed 12 interviews with young people from 8 different congregations and are in the process of continuing those interviews. Learnings so far:1)     A […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 10/8/21

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8 October 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, This week, Bishop Scanlan talks about two administrative parts of our life together, finance and a long term goal of possible collaboration of staff positions with the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Watch below. To pre-register for the Open House with Bishop Scanlan on […]


Convention Information

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The 151st Annual Diocesan Convention Diocesan Convention will take place on Thursday, October 14 from 6 to 9 pm on Zoom Webinar. If you missed Bishop Scanlan’s important Fall Convocation Meeting presentation regarding five strategic priorities for the future of our diocese, please watch below. Clergy and delegates will attend the Convention Zoom webinar. Alternates […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 9/3/21

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3 September 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares words of gratitude for keeping us “connected and informed,” which is such an important part of being in community together and being one body in Christ.


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Visit to our diocese to be postponed to 2022

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8/26/21 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,  In conversation this week with the Presiding Bishop’s office, we have come to the mutual decision to move our Pastoral Visit with Bishop Curry from October 22-24, 2021 to June 10-12, 2022.  This shift in dates is in response to the rising infection rates of the COVID-19 […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 8/27/21

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27 August 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares with us a prayer for our diocese, and the reasons behind the decision to postpone the Presiding Bishop’s visit in October. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 8/20/21

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20 August 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares exciting new course opportunities from The Stevenson School for Ministry. Learn more about these and other courses at https://diocesecpa.org/stevensonschoolforministry/ Watch the video below.


A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Scanlan on 8/18/21

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18 August 2021 Dear members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, In the past couple of weeks we have seen the devastation of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti—a country already besieged by political unrest and still recovering from a similar natural disaster more than a decade ago; we have witnessed the fall of [...]

Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 7/30/21

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30 July 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares the importance of getting vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 7/23/21

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23 July 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, What ordinary things have you overlooked or taken for granted lately? Bishop Scanlan encourages us to practice gratitude in our experiences of every day ordinary places and things that we might otherwise overlook. What are your experiences? The Bishop would love to hear […]


COVID-19 Guidelines

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COVID-19 Guidelines (5/20/21) Click here for other IMPORTANT COVID-19 – Diocesan Information & Resources


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 7/16/21

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16 July 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In this week’s video, Bishop Scanlan, along with special guest, Wobbles, asks the questions, “How have you been transformed in this time individually?” and “How is your congregation living into this time of transformation?” The Bishop would love to hear from you. Please […]


Diocesan Convention News

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For the latest news on the 151st Annual Diocesan Convention, click here.


Diocesan Digest: June 2021

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24 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Scroll below to read about diocesan convention, news and happenings, and opportunities from The Stevenson School for Ministry. All About Convention * This year, Convention will be a business meeting that will be held on Zoom the evening of October 14 from 6 [...]

Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 6/25/21

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25 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, This week, Bishop Scanlan shares a video message that includes a cat, a prayer, birds, and a poem, all from her backyard. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 6/18/21

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18 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the importance of World Refugee Day and how we as Christians are called to welcome refugees. Watch below. To find out more information about the Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources group, visit https://diocesecpa.org/refugeeresourcegroup/.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video -6/11/21

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11 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan along with special guest, The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter, Canon for Mission Development and Innovation, talk about the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Watch below.


New Lay Employment Openings

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Ministry Associate, Part-Time The position will be staffed initially at 16-20 hrs. per week, ideally scheduled over four (4) days. Sunday morning availability is required, however other days and times are flexible. Position includes employer pension contribution (lay or ordained). Health insurance is negotiable. Starting salary is $25,000 and there is a possibility for growth. […]


Diocesan Clergy Gathering/Renewal of Vows

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Diocesan Clergy Gathering/Renewal of VowsTuesday, June 22, 2021, 10 am – 1 pmSt. Andrew’s in the Valley, Harrisburg4620 Linglestown RoadHarrisburg, PA 17112 A reminder that on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 10 am – 1 pm, we will host a clergy gathering at St. Andrew’s in the Valley, Harrisburg. We will have a chance to renew our vows […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 6/4/21

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4 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In an informative video, Bishop Scanlan talks about time in the church and the order of how it is that we engage scripture. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/28/21

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28 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan wants to talk about Evangelism. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/21/21

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21 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares an interesting Baptism story with us and also talks about Pentecost and the Discovering Gifts online offering from the Stevenson School for Ministry. Watch below. Pre-register here for Discovering Gifts with The Stevenson School for Ministry on Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30, […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/14/21

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14 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan is excited to be on the road again and talks about transition and change. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/7/21

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7 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the upcoming Feast of the Ascension and how it has made her reflect on what this Easter season has meant to her. Watch below.


Celebrating our Stories Webinar Series

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ACCESS THE FREE WEBINAR HERE Shaped by FaithCelebrating our Stories Webinar SeriesWednesday, April 28,May 5, 12, 19 & 266:00-7:00 pm Join us for five webinars on Wednesday evenings in late April and May to learn how to create space to hear again the stories of our faith communities.   April 28th – Creating a parish archive – Debbie Robelen, […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 4/23/21

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23 April 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan would like to draw attention to an opportunity that we will all have in the Commonwealth on May 18th, 2021, as we are invited to go to the polls to participate in the primary elections. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 4/20/21

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20 April 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares a message regarding the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video -4/16/21

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16 April 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan invites us to think about how we use the gifts of spiritual joy and energy of Eastertide to transform the heaviness of the events happening in the world. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video -4/9/21

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9 April 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan reflects on Easter at Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport, and talks about finding ways that we can meet people where they are. Watch below.


Shaped by Faith Virtual Liturgy – April 11

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Virtual Liturgy Offering for Sunday, April 11, 2021The Shaped by Faith Virtual Liturgy for Sunday, April 11 is now available. The service is approximately 35 minutes in length and includes readings, prayers, sermon, and music. Watch below. Please contact The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter with questions.


“Nothing is impossible with God” – Bishop Scanlan’s Easter Letter 2021

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Holy Week 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,  This morning I took my coffee out to the back porch and even in the still dark of the early morning I could tell that something had changed: overnight the crabapple tree on the other side of the porch railing had burst into bloom. The […]


On 3/26/21, Bishop Scanlan asks the question, “What is the loss?”

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26 March 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan explores the recent acts of violence in our country in the context of preparing for Holy Week. Watch below.


A Statement on Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; A Response by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches

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The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches and stands with other members to denounce Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. To read the official statement, click here.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video -3/19/21

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19 March 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about how Saints began in the church and shares many other facts about Saints. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 3/12/21

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12 March 2021Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,Bishop Scanlan talks to us about the origin of Becoming the Beloved Community and "its importance around issues of racial tension and the need for racial reconciliation in our world and in our diocese." Watch below. https://youtu.be/D6znpFou6rk

A letter from Bishop Scanlan regarding an update from the Task Force for Operations

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3/9/2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, The following letter from Bishop Scanlan was sent this morning to all diocesan clergy and parishes without clergy leadership. The letter provides an update from the Task Force for Operations regarding Returning to Church. Please read below. 3/9/2021Dear Clergy, At a meeting of the Task […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 3/5/21

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5 March 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the idea of change and extends an invitation to join us for Discovery Day. Watch below. For more information about Discovery Day, click here. To register, click here. To read and signup for the Bishop’s Blog, click here.


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