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16 August 2018 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, As the stores begin advertising back-to-school sales, and the hours of daylight grow incrementally shorter, I am led to thinking about the fall and what lies ahead for us in our common life together as God’s people. The time that I spent […]
2 August 2018 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, I am writing to bid your prayers for our brothers and sisters of the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Harrisburg as they receive the names of persons accused of sexually abusing children in the Church. The Rt. Rev. Ronald Gainer, Bishop of […]
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26 July, 2018 Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, I write to ask your prayers for our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as he anticipates surgery this Tuesday, July 31st, for prostate cancer. Earlier this week, The Episcopal News Service (ENS) published an article sharing the news of Bishop Curry’s diagnosis and treatment […]
It was 2006, just before I graduated from college, that I first heard rumblings about this house attached to a church in Harrisburg where young adults could live in a community setting and volunteer locally. Once graduating, I ended up moving just a few blocks from what I learned was called the Sycamore House, a […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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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 […]
The following Resolutions have been submitted for the 148th Annual Diocesan Convention: Resolution #1 The Episcopal Home Commendation Resolution #2 Loving Care of the Aging Resolution #3 Resolution Equal Gender Rights Resolution #4 Care of Creation Resolution #5 Racial Reconciliation Resolution #6 Evangelism Please see below for helpful information when drafting convention resolutions. Please […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]