Author Archives: Alexis Guszick

St. Thomas, Lancaster shares the Bible Challenge with women at a local prison

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To read about how St. Thomas, Lancaster, is sharing a Bible Challenge with women at a local prison, click here.


Bishop Scanlan’s Easter 2019 Message

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  Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania,   The last line in Wendell Berry’s bold, prophetic, and inspirational poem, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” (1973) is this: “Practice Resurrection.” Practice Resurrection. In a complicated world that can overwhelm us on a daily, if not hourly basis; in the maelstrom of political divide, […]


April 2019: Diocesan Digest

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, Read below to find out the latest diocesan news, information and upcoming events. If you have parish news, photos, events or information you would like included in the next Digest, please contact Alexis Guszick, Canon for Diocesan Communications, aguszick@diocesecpa.org. Ordinations to the Priesthood Kyle Murphy Friday, May […]


Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport feeds the community

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  The first Saturday free meal has been part of the mission of Christ Episcopal Church for the last decade.  Each month, the doors are open to the entire community to join in the sharing of a home-cooked meal and fellowship among neighbors. Often, college fraternities and sororities, girl scout troops, service organizations, and other […]


Clergy Conference 2019

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  Clergy Conference Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22 Registration is now open for Clergy Conference 2019. Our conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg. Our theme is “Walking Together in the Way of Love,” and our keynote speaker is the Rev. Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, Canon for Transitions and Church Development, […]


A Letter to the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania

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To download this letter, click here. 17 March 2019 2 Lent We bishops of the Episcopal Church were gathered in the hills of North Carolina, at the Kanuga retreat Center near Asheville, on Friday morning when we learned of the terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that resulted in the death of […]


Ashes to Go takes Bishop Scanlan “Out of the Box” and up to the Capitol Building

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On Ash Wednesday, Bishop Scanlan, the Very Rev. Robyn Szoke, the Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, and the Rev. Shayna Watson, Transitional Deacon, all offered Ashes to Go in the main Rotunda at the Capitol. Ashes to Go was part of the monthly, "Bishop Out of the Box" initiative to show God's love in the Community. [...]

Bible Challenge at St. Thomas, Lancaster

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The Bible Challenge at St. Thomas, Lancaster The Bible Challenge is an easy way to read through the entire Bible in a year! Close to sixty St. Thomas parishioners have already signed up. The women of Lancaster County Prison will be joining them. Participants will read three chapters of the Old Testament, one Psalm, and a […]


A letter from Bishop Scanlan

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To download this letter, click here. 11 February 2019   Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Among the record number of 502 resolutions considered at our most recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church (Austin, TX July 2018), was Resolution D034, “Amend Canon IV.19.4- Suspending Statute of Limitations.”    This resolution was passed […]


Diocesan Digest: February 2019

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Parish Information Requests Parish Annual Meeting season is upon us and we ask that you provide the names and contact information for those elected as Lay Delegates to Convention as well as your Vestry. Each parish is required to submit your Parish Annual Meeting dates, Lay Delegates […]


A Letter from Bishop Scanlan

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Tuesday                                                                                                                     22 January, 2019 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, I write to you today to invite your generosity for our brothers and sisters in Pennsylvania who are furloughed federal workers, experiencing the effects of a partial federal government shut-down that has lasted, now, 32 days. The Pennsylvania Food Bank has opened […]


Celebrate Theological Education During the Month of February 2019

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Celebrate Theological Education During the Month of February 2019 “There are people waiting in our pews and in our communities, hungry to learn more about God and faith, looking to be fed in deeper ways, just wondering how to discover the world of saints and traditions that guide us through the decisions we make today.” […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Christmas Message

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19 December 2018   For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)   Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, In the 8th century Before the Common Era, […]


DIO CPA Youth Ministry E-News: December 2018

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Report of the Bishop’s Address Team to the Diocese

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Report of the Bishop’s Address Team to the Diocese November 30, 2018 Introductory comment:  Following Diocesan Convention in October, Bishop Scanlan asked a group of lay and clergy members of the diocese to reflect on what we heard about the Bishop’s vision for the diocese as it was articulated in her convention sermon and address. […]


“Politics, Facts and Civility” at the Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg.

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The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg provides a space for people with different beliefs and ideas to discuss Politics People from all sides are gathering to discuss politics from in a civil manner at The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace in Gettysburg. It’s called, “Politics, Facts and Civility”. To read […]


2018 Advent Resources for your Parish

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Advent Resources for your Parish The Episcopal Church is offering Advent curriculum resources for your parish. Please click on the link below for more information. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/advent-and-christmas-resources-2018


St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg, walks in the Way of Love

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St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg walks #theWayofLove by feeding people. Click below. https://www.dailyitem.com/…/video_45d883fd-7e78-5287-81ee-9… #diocpaWeeklyWorshipWednesday #theWayofLove


A letter from Bishop Scanlan regarding the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

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30 October 2018 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, I write today to invite your compassion and action in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In these past days, I have written to the rabbis and congregation members of synagogues, temples and Jewish Community […]


Diocesan Digest: November 2018

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Diocesan Convention Information

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Invite, Welcome, Connect

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Bishop Scanlan: The Way of Love is the Way of Life

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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 […]


Response to the announcement made by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg

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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 […]


Diocesan Digest: July 2018

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Pastoral Letter, Prayers for our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

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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 […]


New Episcopal Service Corps Members to arrive in August at The Sycamore House, Harrisburg

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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 […]


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, […]


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