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Thinking Big at the 146th Diocesan Convention

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  At its 2016 convention, the Diocese of Bethlehem returned from a year-long pilgrimage that not only fostered connections among people and parishes, but also allowed leaders to identify the diocese’s core values and make plans for the future. At this year’s convention, the members of the diocese set off on another year-long journey of…

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Seeing Jesus’ Face at Trinity Church, Carbondale

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During its 185-year history, Trinity Church, Carbondale, has suffered floods, furnace glitches and financial hardship. Through it all, with clergy and without, the gritty congregation has continued to gather for worship and faithfully minister to the community. “There is something special happening here,” says member Jerry Williams, explaining his devotion to the church and the…

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Striving Valiantly and Daring Greatly at Diocesan Convention

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The Rev. Scott Slater is bringing Theodore Roosevelt to the diocese’s annual convention, September 29-30 in Carbondale. In a manner of speaking. Slater, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Maryland, says he will draw deeply in this keynote presentation on the insights of Brené Brown, whose research into vulnerability, shame and courage is…

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Restoring the Flow

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Jeff Kemmerer wrote the following reflection on the 2017 diocesan convention theme, Jesus said, ‘Iam the Way.’” Kemmerer is a chemical engineer by training and was baptized at the church he still attends, Grace Episcopal Church, Allentown, more than 60 years ago. Our 2017 diocesan convention is rapidly approaching. It promises to be an important…

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Which Road Do I Take?

Lynne Graham, senior warden at St. Paul’s, Montrose, wrote this reflection on the 2017 diocesan convention theme, “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way.’” The Diocese of Bethlehem recently completed a pilgrimage that left us as a different people and a different diocese than when we began. The purpose of a pilgrimage is not to simply…

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Diocesan Convention Approves Canons, Elects Leaders

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At the 145th convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem, held in Reading on October 7 and 8, delegates approved a new version of the diocese’s canons, approved the first reading of a new version of the diocese’s constitution, and elected leaders to the Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry and Diocesan Council. The convention also approved the 2017…

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Final Proposed Changes to Canons and Constitution

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The Committee on Constitution and Canons met recently to consider the feedback it received on the proposed amendments to the diocese’s canons and constitution at three pre-convention hearings held around the diocese in September. The committee now asks convention delegates to: Download a memo from Bishop Sean and the Committee on Constitution and Canons. Download the final…

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2017 Proposed Budget and Assessments

The proposed budget for 2017, which will be voted on by the 2016 diocesan convention in October is available for download (pdf). The parish assessments and acceptances for the proposed 2017 budget are also available for download (pdf). Assessments are mandatory contributions from each congregation to the diocesan budget; acceptances are additional, optional payments earmarked…

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Diocesan Convention October 7-8 in Reading

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Registration is now open for the 145th convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem, which takes place on October 7-8 in Reading, and will be hosted by the southern region of the Diocese of Bethlehem. The convention will be the culmination of the diocesan pilgrimage that began at the 144th Convention in 2015. Find more convention information,…

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Changes to Canons, Constitution Proposed

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Bishop Sean explains the proposed canonical changes: Prefer the video with no music? Here it is: At the Diocese of Bethlehem’s convention in October, delegates will consider a series of twelve changes to the diocese’s canons and one change to its constitution. “These are changes that I signaled at our last diocesan convention, and which over…

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