Author Archives: Alexis Guszick

Special Message from Bishop Scanlan

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Tuesday 17 July, 2018   Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, I write to you from the big comfortable chair in the corner of my living room, having arrived home on Saturday afternoon from General Convention #79 in Austin, Texas. It was a whirlwind 14 days in which we worked, prayed, witnessed, debated, […]


A great sense of hope

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Today is the last day of the 79th General Convention in Austin, TX.  I will begin this day in the House of Deputies serving as an Alternate Deputy.  There will be nine hours in the legislative session, so I am writing this early because I may need to relieve a lay delegate currently serving on […]


Color blocks, breakfast tacos and making a difference

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A word about our schedule.  It consists of colored-coded blocks so you know what’s going on in the course of the day.  Legislative meetings are represented by blue blocks, worship is green, joint sessions are a different shade of green, deputy certification is orange, and legislative sessions are pink.  At the beginning of General Convention, […]


Keeping a sense of humor while doing serious work

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Wow, What a Day! The longest day yet of this General Convention.  If we were tired before, we better buckle up and push through the 20-mile ‘wall’ of this marathon convention.  As I sat down to write this at 11:40 pm, when finished with all my work, forgive me if I ramble or make little […]


2017 Photo Gallery

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Didn’t Attend 2017 Convention?   View photos   Watch Online The 147th Annual Diocesan Convention was live-streamed via Facebook. To view the footage, click here.


Documents Archive

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Convention Information Archive 2017 Convention 2016 Convention 2015 Convention 2014 Convention 2013 Convention 2012 Convention


Hotel Information

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Hotel Information We look forward to seeing you at the 148th Annual Diocesan Convention in Williamsport on October 19th and 20th, 2018. Please note that overnight accommodations are not included with convention registration. If you attending Diocesan Convention, the cut-off date to reserve a hotel room at the group rate is September 16, 2018. Please indicate Convention 2018 […]


2018 Resolutions

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2018 Nominees

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Council of Trustees  Clergy Nominee The Rev. James (Jim) Jenkins, Deacon, St. Paul’s, Bloomsburg While new to this diocese and ordained ministry, I have served on the vestries of four different parishes and I have served as Treasurer, Junior Warden and Senior Warden. I have both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. For […]


Forms & Instructions

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Convention Forms The Annual Meeting Date Form, the Church Leadership/Vestry Data Form and the Certification of Lay Delegates to Convention Form must now be completed online. If you have not yet completed these documents, please read the instructions below. Step One: Electronically submit the date of your Parish Annual Meeting Date. To submit the date of the […]


Held Together in Prayer

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Since my committee (Congregational and Diocesan Vitality) didn’t meet this morning, I admit that I started my day by hitting the snooze button a couple of times!  But then it was time to jump in and get to work, and it seems that in all we do, we are held together by prayer.  We began […]


We can learn to love each other

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  Being a first-year deputy at General Convention has its advantages and its disadvantages and the entire process can be pretty overwhelming. So, to get your “sea legs”, first-year deputies are usually not assigned to committees. The advantage is that your schedule is open and you can attend meetings that other delegates do not. At […]


Music, a Suitcase, Bats and General Convention

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This being my first General Convention, I was not quite certain what to expect. I arrived late afternoon, Monday, July 2 and from 30,000 feet in the air, I was given tickets for Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real at Austin City Limits. Seeing a live show at Austin City Limits has been […]


Learning and Listening

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Today was my first full day in Austin, so I spent some time in the morning exploring before the Exhibit Hall opened at 11 a.m. I am helping host an exhibit table for The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (ENEJ), which is part of a larger network in The Episcopal Church called “The Consultation”. As […]


Struck by Sincerity

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Today, I sat in on the Structure & Governance committee during a discussion of legislation proposed by the task force I participated in for 3 years, about whether to continue the province structure within the Episcopal Church.  The discussion echoed many of the issues we struggled with in the task force. This is not an easy […]


A small slice of General Convention

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General Convention is giant. There are about 5,000 Episcopalians gathered in the city of Austin for these next 10 days to study, pray, sing, debate, break bread, and, if one is lucky, to hear some good ‘ole country music. Each one of us in the deputation from Central Pennsylvania gets to experience a small slice […]


Committee Work at General Convention

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In addition to Bishop Scanlan, five deputies were appointed to the following committees: The Rev. Canon Daniel (Dan) Morrow, Evangelism and Church Planting Committee “I am thrilled to be a part of the Evangelism and Church Planting Committee at General Convention 79 in Austin, Texas. At our last General Convention three years ago, the Church […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Ministry Committee work at General Convention

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The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, Chair Committee #15- Ministry As Chair of Committee 15 on Ministry, Bishop Scanlan will oversee the consideration of several resolutions related to increasing formation for ordination to include knowledge of  gender-based issues in the church (equitable compensation and opportunity); increased  training in the stewardship of creation; greater oversight of developing resources for training […]


Diocesan Digest: June 2018

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To download, the Diocesan Digest: June 2018, click here.


General Convention News for the Episcopal Church in Central PA

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Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, What is General Convention? General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church, meeting every three years and made up of the Church’s bishops and elected lay and ordained deputies from each diocese. The 79th General Convention will be held at Austin Convention Center in Downtown […]


Pastoral letter from Bishop Scanlan regarding immigration

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June 19, 2018   Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, The news of our government’s immigration enforcement at the Mexico-United States border has captured our attention in recent days; as a nation we are coming to understand how the “no tolerance” policy of regarding illegal immigrants is impacting families. Parents are imprisoned […]


“Reflections on a Royal Sermon”, The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster

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I had not intended to watch the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, however, when it was announced that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, was to preach the sermon, I changed my mind. Having had a “selfie” taken with the Presiding Bishop at an event only a few days prior, how […]


Health Update & Thank you note from Bishop Baxter

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To the Diocesan family: I am recovering nicely from my last surgical procedure (5/22), per my recent medical exam.  I have more schedule exams over next month, including pathology report. But I can feel the progress and all physical evidence reported by health professionals is encouraging. I went out yesterday for the first time and […]


Thank you to all diocesan clergy who attended “The 8th Day” Clergy Conference

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Thank you to all diocesan clergy who attended “The 8th Day” Clergy Conference and spent time with us at the Ramada Inn, State College. A big thank you to The Rev. Canon Dr. Gil Stafford, the Canon Theologian for The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and Priest in Charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Litchfield Park, Arizona (pictured above) […]


Diocesan In-Residence Day for Southern Convocation

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Diocesan In-Residence Day in the Southern Convocation is coming up. On Wednesday, May 30th, diocesan staff will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church, York. Come with questions, ideas, concerns or just to say hello! Diocesan staff will hold a short staff-only meeting from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us for Bible […]


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral, Ascension Thursday Special Guests

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral welcomes well-known Episcopal theologian Dr. Deirdre Good as guest preacher for the Ascension Day service on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. In addition to featuring a sermon by Dr. Good, the service will include scripture readings, incense, a combined convocation choir, and Holy Eucharist. For more information, click here.


Diocesan Digest: May 2018

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Diocesan Digest: May 2018


“One Body?”

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Click here to read the Bishop’s Blog from April 27th.


2018 Commonwealth Interfaith Service on May 7th at Beth El Temple, Harrisburg

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Several Clergy from our Harrisburg and Lancaster Convocations attended the Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace to be held on Monday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. The location was the Beth El Temple, 2637 Front Street, Harrisburg. This was the 10th Anniversary of the Interfaith Service.


5/2/18, Martha’s Table Free Community Dinner, All Saints, Selingsgrove

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All Saints, Selingsgrove On every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday, except in December, Martha’s Table hosts a FREE community meal in our parish hall. All are invited to dine and socialize with fellow community members in attendance. The dinner is served on a first come, first served basis. Donations are greatly appreciated, but in no […]


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