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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.


40 Ways: A Heart for Social Justice

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Bishop Scanlan will host one-hour discussions on February 24, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 7 – 8 PM on Facebook Live On February 24, Bishop Scanlan began hosting a Lenten program on Facebook titled, “40 Ways: a Heart for Social Justice.” The Bishop, along with co-hosts and special guests, will discuss how we develop […]


IMPORTANT COVID-19 – Diocesan Information & Resources

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The Bishop, diocesan staff, and The Task Force on Operations have been tracking COVID-19 INCIDENT RATE PER 100,000 PER 7 DAYS / New Cases / PCR % Positivity, by county. To view the most recent spreadsheet, click here. Parishes with two consecutive weeks where both the % Positivity Past 7 Days and Rolling 7 Day […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/26/21

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26 February 2021     Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the COVID-19 Vaccine, resources and the scriptural foundations of caring for our neighbors. Watch below. Episcopal Church Toolkit for COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution (English/Español)   The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations has developed a toolkit for individuals, […]


Lessons Learned: A call for papers reflecting theologically on the Church’s faithful response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Lessons Learned: A call for papers reflecting theologically on the Church’s faithful response to the COVID-19 pandemic During this time of disorientation, uncertainty, and change, God’s call to us has not changed: as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to be a people of faith, hope, and love.  Our faithful response to that call […]


Save the Date for Shaped by Faith “CELEBRATING OUR STORIES”

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Save the Date for Shaped by Faith “CELEBRATING OUR STORIES”A Diocesan Zoom Gathering onSaturday, May 22, 20219:00 AM – 3:00 PM All are welcome! We will have a special guest speaker, time for worship and networking, and workshop sessions on gathering, honoring, and preserving our parish stories so that we can use our history as […]


Out of the Depths: a liturgy of remembrance for those we love who died from COVID-19

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2/23/2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, This week we reached a milestone in the pandemic surpassing 500,000 Covid-19-related deaths in the United States. More Americans have died from this disease now, than the casualties that we suffered in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, combined. Across our global community, […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/19/21

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19 February 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan continues the series about the orders of ministries in the church and discusses the ministry of the laity. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/12/21

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Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/12/21 12 February 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In her weekly video series, Bishop Scanlan explains the ministry of Deacons in the Episcopal Church. Watch below.


Shaped by Faith Update – 2/5/21

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To download the PDF, click here. To download the PowerPoint presentation, click here. Please contact The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter with questions.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/5/21

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5 February 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan explains what it means to be a Bishop in the Episcopal Church. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 1/29/21

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29 January 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the four orders of ministry and how that may inform us as we move forward in redesigning the church.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video Message about Hope

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Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video Message about Hope – Also included Weekly Facebook event reminders 22 January 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about her feelings of hope after watching the inauguration, and how she believes, “that hope is a central tenet in our faith.” Watch below. Don’t forget […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message – 1/15/21 – A call to the powerful practice of prayer

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15 January 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan reminds us that God can and will make all things new and invites you to join her in prayer on Tuesday nights beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 PM via Facebook Live. If you have not read Bishop Scanlan’s letter on […]


Bishop Scanlan’s call to the powerful practice of prayer – join us on Facebook Live

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January 12, 2021Aelred Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,  Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday, I have been holding our country, her leaders, her people and her ideals of democracy, freedom and justice close in my prayers. The letter I sent to you on Wednesday evening –January 6th— […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Call for Prayer

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6 January 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, I write to you today on this Feast of the Epiphany and on a day in which we have witnessed violence and unrest in our country as the capitol building in Washington has been overtaken by protesters. Yesterday, in our own capital of Harrisburg, […]


Pastoral Letter from Bishop Scanlan on 12/28/2020

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28 December 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In my last pastoral letter addressing the Covid-19 vaccine on 14 November, I indicated that we would be ceasing in-person, indoor worship beginning on 21 November and extending through the Christmas season.  I know that this was heartbreak for so many of you, and […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on Christmas Day

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25 December 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, This Christmas Day, Bishop Scanlan invites us to consider our relationship with God. “God who comes to us as a small child, who comes to us, who needs us, and yet, this small child who can give us the gift of eternity, who […]


Four FB live sessions based on Verna Dozier’s The Dream of God: A Call to Return.

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Where do I fit in the Dream of God: Wednesday evenings on Facebook LiveJan 20, 27. Feb 3, Feb 10 at 7 PM This is a series of four-one-hour Zoom/FB live events based on Verna Dozier’s The Dream of God: A Call to Return. An exploration of God’s call for lay ministry, moving from spectator to full participant in bringing […]


Shaped by Faith Christmastide Liturgies

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Christmastide Virtual Liturgy Offerings Sunday, December 27 & Sunday, January 3, 2021We offer virtual liturgies for the Sundays in Christmastide: Sunday, December 27, and Sunday, January 3. Liturgies include offerings from members of Diocesan staff and other Diocesan leaders. Each service is approximately 35 minutes in length and includes readings, prayers, sermon, and music. The video for […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/18/2020

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18 December 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,Bishop Scanlan explains Ember Days letters and shares a prayer for all of us. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s 2020 Christmas Message

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Christmas 2020 Dear Members of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Christmas Greetings to you and yours! One of our parish priests told me the other day that she is calling this year’s celebration, “A Christmas Like None Other.” I think that is an apt title to mark this year’s holiday in the middle of a pandemic.  […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/11/2020

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11 December 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, During this third week of Advent, Bishop Scanlan talks to us about Anglican Identity. Watch below. For more information about Sources of Authority (in Anglicanism), click here and https://diocesecpa.org/shapedbyfaithwebinars/.


CANCELED: Christmas Drive-In Worship

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Due to the impending snowstorm scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, Dec. 16, our December Drive-in Worship services have been canceled. For questions, contact the Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, dmorrow@diocesecpa.org. Each month, Bishop Scanlan and Canon Morrow head out into the community to showcase easy ways to share God’s love, easy ways to live out The Way […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/4/2020

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4 December 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan asks us to examine how we can use the season of Advent to prepare our hearts for the relationship that we live today with Christ. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Thanksgiving Message

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24 November 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares about Thanksgiving in our church calendar, one of her favorite Thanksgiving memories, and a family tradition. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/20/20

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20 November 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares her gratitude for all the work that our diocese has done and that “she believes that this work will make a difference.” Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Pastoral Letter 11/14/2020

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To view a copy of Bishop Scanlan’s letter, click here. To watch the Bishop’s message on video, click below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 11/13/2020

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13 November 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan explains triskaidekaphobia and how fears and phobias of Friday the 13th relates to God’s providence. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Election Letter

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Feast of All Saints1 November 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, On this day in which we celebrate the saints of the Church- those who have modeled for us “virtuous and godly living” (BCP 245)- let us remember our own striving to “lead lives worthy of the calling to which God has […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video

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10/30/20 – Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 30 October 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan explains All Saints Day, Halloween, and “souling.” Watch below.


Diocesan Convention

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Thank you to everyone who joined us online for the 150th Annual Diocesan Convention. The Keynote presentation with Bishop Scanlan, the Bishop’s Address and the Response to the Bishop’s address can be found at https://diocesecpa.org/diocesanconvention/ Other Convention Videos can be found at or on the Diocesan Youtube Channel and on our Facebook page.


10/23/20 – Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message

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Bishop Scanlan talks about how we are living in community during this time of stress and how we can create a more gracious space for each other.


10/23/20 – Shaped by Faith Update

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As we continue our Shaped by Faith work with regional teams in each of our seven Convocations, we want to invite all members of our Diocese to explore the resources of this initiative. We are in the process of producing a Study & Formation Guide focusing on the four guiding values of Shaped by Faith: […]


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