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Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 6/18/21

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18 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the importance of World Refugee Day and how we as Christians are called to welcome refugees. Watch below. To find out more information about the Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources group, visit https://diocesecpa.org/refugeeresourcegroup/.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video -6/11/21

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11 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan along with special guest, The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter, Canon for Mission Development and Innovation, talk about the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 6/4/21

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4 June 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In an informative video, Bishop Scanlan talks about time in the church and the order of how it is that we engage scripture. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/28/21

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28 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan wants to talk about Evangelism. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/21/21

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21 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares an interesting Baptism story with us and also talks about Pentecost and the Discovering Gifts online offering from the Stevenson School for Ministry. Watch below. Pre-register here for Discovering Gifts with The Stevenson School for Ministry on Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30, […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/14/21

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14 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan is excited to be on the road again and talks about transition and change. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/7/21

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7 May 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the upcoming Feast of the Ascension and how it has made her reflect on what this Easter season has meant to her. Watch below.


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.


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.


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

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 […]


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 […]


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/.


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 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 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.


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.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Message

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Bishop Scanlan shares Diocesan Convention information and also talks about Anglican Identity.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 10/9/2020

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Bishop Scanlan talks about the needs of children and families during Coronavirus and the importance of “going back to basics.” Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 10/2/2020

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares a few ideas on how we are to move forward during this time. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 9/25/2020

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Bishop Scanlan hopes that together, we can “move forward with hope and good spirits” during this difficult and challenging time. Watch below. The COVID-19 Task Force on Theology and Ecclesiology can also be found here https://diocesecentralpa.s3.amazonaws.com/2020+Website/COVID-19/Theological+Task+Force/TF+Theology+Final+Document+09172020.pdf The Parish Resource document can be found at https://diocesecentralpa.s3.amazonaws.com/2020+Website/COVID-19/Theological+Task+Force/Spiritual+Companions+Parish+Resource+Document+09222020.pdf. For COVID-19 resources, visit https://diocesecpa.org/parish-news/coronavirus-facts-precautions-and-prayers/


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 9/18/2020

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In Bishop Scanlan’s weekly video, she shares Episcopal Haikus, petitions for your prayers for Diocesan Convention, but, most importantly, she wants to remind you that you matter. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video

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Bishop Scanlan’s weekly video returns and she remembers the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and shares with us the heaviness on her heart in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video on 7/31/2020

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In the last message of her 21 week video series, Bishop Scanlan reminds us to wear your mask, stay safe, and shares a prayer for the good use of leisure.


Bishop Scanlan’s Video on 7/24/2020

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24 July 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,In her weekly video, Bishop Scanlan shares about the challenging times of COVID-19, and the teachings and wisdom of Saint Thomas a Kempis, from his book “The Imitation of Christ”.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video on 7/10/2020

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Bishop Scanlan asks the question, “how are you experiencing and living into community these days?”


A pastoral letter from Bishop Scanlan

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3 July 2020 Dear members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, As we enter the fifth month of the COVID-19 pandemic in our region, I write to you with words of gratitude and encouragement; gratitude for your faithfulness in this time, and encouragement to persevere- to “run with patience the race that is set before us.” […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Invitation

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06/19/2020: Bishop Scanlan discusses Worship

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In today’s video, Bishop Scanlan talks about the differences in the ways we worship during the pandemic, but also how we continue to find new ways to be in community. As members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, each of us has a part to play in God’s unfolding future. Every voice counts. To that end, […]


A Letter from Bishop Scanlan

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29 May 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, George Floyd. This is the name of the latest victim of racial violence in our country- violence perpetrated against people of color in brutal and deadly ways, violence that without proportion targets black men- Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, and Alton Sterling to […]


May 8, 2020 – Bishop Scanlan’s message about returning to church.

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https://youtu.be/gQapTmwgUFQ For COVID-19 resources, click here.

Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 5/1/2020

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1 May 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares her weekly Friday message below and features the numerous ways members of our diocese can all stay connected online during these challenging times. In the Way of Love, The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. ScanlanXI Bishop


Bishop Scanlan’s video message to the diocese on 4/24/2020

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, As you know, Bishop Scanlan has said that it is unlikely that we will be able to meet in person before the end of May. However, in the video message below, the Bishop shares her thoughts on initial preparations towards reopening. For COVID-19 resources and information, […]


4/17/2020 Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message

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Bishop Scanlan’s Good Friday Video Message

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10 April 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares a message on Good Friday as we journey together as a community. All diocesan Holy Week Resources are available online at https://diocesecpa.org/holy-week-2020/. Today’s offering is “Good Friday: The Seven Last Words of Jesus,” which features lay and ordained Episcopalians across the diocese […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 03/27/2020

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27 March 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,Bishop Scanlan has a message regarding these difficult times, Holy Week and Easter Services. To watch, click on the video below. The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his […]


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