Category Archives: Leadership News

Yesterday’s announcement made by the Bishop of the 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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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) […]


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.


Bishop Scanlan follows-up to the “March for Our Lives” event and provides resources for Clergy

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To read Bishop Scanlan’s letter and resources for diocesan Clergy, click here.


Bishop Scanlan’s Official Statement, “March for Our Lives”

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As adults, we have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe and just society for our children in which to live and work, pray and play.  We have failed.  And now, it is time for the “little child(ren) to lead us”.  (Isaiah 11: 6) God’s mission is of restoring peace and wholeness. Our society […]


Cathedral Study Council Task Force

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Our Bishop has convened a task force, named the Cathedral Study Council, to study the role and function of our Diocesan Cathedral and Pro-Cathedral. This groups charge is to study the historic role of cathedrals, and gather information on the potential future of our cathedrals. You will be asked, in a survey, about your past […]


Clergy Opportunities

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Clergy Opportunities There are a number of churches in the northern part of our diocese that are in need clergy coverage for services. If you are interested, please contact the Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, dmorrow@diocesecpa.org.


Spring Convocation Meeting Dates

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Spring 2018 Convocation Meeting Dates Wednesday, May 9, Northern Tier Thursday, May 10, West Branch Wednesday, May 30, Southern Thursday, May 31, Lancaster Tuesday, June 5, Harrisburg Wednesday, June 6, Susquehanna Wednesday, June 13, Altoona


Leadership Days in the Diocese

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The Academy for Missional Formation has developed a new system to build diocesan convocation leadership groups.  (which have replaced the model of “Thrive” days) are peer-based and centered on learners’ interests, enabling them to gather information, tools, and models that foster creativity and support growth of congregations and convocations. Our goal is to encourage leaders […]


Mission Resource Team Update

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The Southern Convocation of our diocese has been chosen as the first test site of Bishop Scanlan’s, Mission Resource Teams (MRT) initiative. The MRT project will bring together people with unique gifts and skills in our diocese with new opportunities to build relationships and to serve others in our church. We know that transformations in […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Christmas Message

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For Bishop Scanlan’s Christmas Message, click here.


Youth Ministry in Central PA, 2018

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Youth Ministry in Central PA for 2018: Building Community, Deepening Faith and putting it into Action for all youth in Central PA. Two diocesan retreat opportunities for youth. March 16-18, Middle Schoolers New Beginnings a Christian Experience presented by teenagers and adult mentors for youth (grades 6-9). Essential to this ministry is youth leadership that […]


Stevenson School for Ministry 2018 Information

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Preparing for leadership Days 2018 We are so thankful to those who completed the brief leadership Day survey to help us learn more about the design and content for our training days that focus on your needs.   Please Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, March 17, 2018           Southern Convocation Location TBD Saturday, […]


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