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Pilgrimage Blog Call for Submissions

Dear Pilgrimage Shepherds, When Bishop Sean called us as a diocese to pilgrimage last fall, he encouraged us “To imagine a future we have not seen…, and to embrace the imagination of God.” Since Advent, our Pilgrimage Blog has highlighted personal imaginings on pilgrimage, journey, places left behind, unknown destinations ahead, challenges and joys along…

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Pilgrimage Update: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

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After months of meetings and discussions involving more than 170 people from 46 parishes, the themes of the Diocese of Bethlehem’s pilgrimage have come into focus. “The three resonating hopes that people expressed over and over again were to connect, communicate and collaborate,” said the Very Rev. Tony Pompa, dean of the Cathedral Church of…

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Good Fruit and Prickly Thorns

The Rev. Megan Dembi St. Thomas, Morgantown   ‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears…

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Claiming the Spirit: Updates from the Pilgrimage

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When Bishop Sean Rowe asked Dean Tony Pompa and the Rev. Charles Cesaretti to lead the diocese on a pilgrimage into its future, none of them knew how the diocese would respond. The answer, as it turned out, was: well. Almost 170 people representing 46 of the diocese’s 59 congregations attended one of four regional…

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Easter Season Regional Meetings

In April and May, pilgrimage leaders will meet in regional gatherings for conversations that will help shape a set of common values for the Diocese of Bethlehem. Find a list of regional gatherings and the congregations assigned to each one below. Congregations are asked to send clergy, a warden, the congregational pilgrimage shepherd, and a…

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Peregrinos on the Journey: Jeffrey Kemmerer Blogs the Pilgrimage

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Jeff Kemmerer wants you to know that he’s no Biblical scholar, and when it comes to the scriptures, he probably has many more questions than answers. “Actually, I am more comfortable discussing chemistry or nuclear physics than I am the Scriptures,” he says when asked about his pilgrimage blog, which will run January 25 until February…

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Lenten Pilgrimage Resources: A guide for leaders, shepherds & travelers on the way

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Welcome to this journey! Download the pilgrimage logo (png) for use in your congregation. A guide with Lenten Pilgrimage Resources is now available, offering ready-to-use materials and ideas for leaders and pilgrims throughout the diocese. With these resources – designed especially for the season of Lent – we can travel on this spiritual journey together, while adapting to local context…

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Many Little Epiphanies: Han van den Blink on the Pilgrimage Blog

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The Rev. Dr. Han van den Blink doesn’t use social media. He’s never blogged before, and you certainly won’t find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr or any other networking sites. So it’s a real gift to the Diocese of Bethlehem that you can read his thoughts and reflections as part of the diocese’s…

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Anna Thomas Blogs Christmas

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If you followed Anna Thomas’s pilgrimage blog during the Christmas season, you know how active she is in the Diocese of Bethlehem and how much the Episcopal Church means to her. “I’m an Episcopalian largely because of how much I love liturgy,” says Thomas, who is a lifelong member of Cathedral Church of the Nativity,…

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An Epiphany Letter from the Pilgrimage Leaders

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January 6, 2016 – The Feast of the Epiphany Dear Friends and Colleagues: The pilgrimage has begun. We are pleased with the response to the pilgrimage blog, which was launched on the First of Advent. Our thanks to Canon Anne Kitch for the insightful offerings. We began with the personal reflections because we firmly believe…

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