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New Hope Update: Rebuilding Schools in Kajo Keji

In the midst of turbulence in South Sudan, New Hope Schools continue to educate girls and boys in the Diocese of Kajo Keji. Thanks to a peace agreement signed by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Reik Machar last September, New Hope representatives report that it is now safer to travel more freely in-and-out of…

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Statement from Bishops Against Gun Violence

Bishops Against Gun Violence, of which, Bishop Kevin is a member, released the following statement repudiating Christian nationalism and systemic racism.  AUGUST 6, 2019—Since last weekend, three young white men—all American citizens, all in legal possession of assault rifles—have murdered more than 30 people in cold blood. Most of the precious children of God who…

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A Message from Bishop Kevin: “Baltimore: the Greatest City in America”

“The greatest city in America” by James Cridland is licensed under CC By 2.0 Baltimore – the Greatest City in America As I drove from St. Mary’s Seminary to my favorite restaurant on Loch Raven Boulevard, I saw a bench that announced this truth. I have held that sentiment since arriving in Baltimore, Maryland in…

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A Statement from Bishop Kevin: Reach Out in Love at the Border

I write to you this day broken-hearted. Vulnerable people, especially children are being mistreated, neglected, and are, tragically, even dying at our nation’s border. What is happening at detention centers is inhumane, deplorable and counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who tells us, “just as you did it to one of the least of…

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Ramblings With No Destination: An Essay on Grief by Deacon Don Howells

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans -John Lennon A while back, I received a letter from Ron, an old friend and former co-worker that I had not heard from in years. It was a pleasant surprise After some kind thoughts and “days of old” memories and promises to do…

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Sandy Milien to Cohost “Way of Love” Podcast

Sandy Milien, Missioner for Community Engagement & Assistant to the Bishop, will be cohosting a podcast featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Hear ideas on how you can incorporate the Way of Love into your life, as Milien and cohost Kyle Oliver discuss the seven practices for a Jesus-centered life: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. “I believe…

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Momentum Builds With Envisioning Retreat in Hazelton

Last month lay and clergy leaders from around the diocese, comprised in largest part by members of the Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, met at St. Peter’s in Hazelton to discuss a vision for the future of the Diocese of Bethlehem. Bishop Kevin D. Nichols called for the Envisioning Retreat in an effort to continue the momentum that…

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Children & Youth of St. George’s Help Fund Navajoland Hogan Project

The Children and Youth of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Hellertown recently raised $1000 for the Hogan Project in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland. The Episcopal Church in Navajoland encompasses parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, and is unified by the Navajo language and culture. In recent years, the Episcopal Church in Navajoland has…

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Easter Message from Bishop Kevin

A transcript of the message: Though many consider Easter to be a time to eat chocolate and paint beautiful eggs, we who have come to know Christ know that it is so much more. On Easter we celebrate all that God has done for us through Christ’s death and resurrection. This miraculous event, this rising…

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Footage from Chrism Mass (Including Bp. Kevin’s Sermon) Now Available

If you missed this year’s Chrism Mass, you can still watch the livestreamed footage. The service begins around the 12 minute mark. Bishop Kevin’s sermon begins 30 minutes and 30 seconds in.

Grace Montessori School Hosts Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

Grace Montessori School in Allentown will be hosting its annual Field Day Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4 from noon to 3pm. Since it was founded in 1992, Grace has made it its mission to provide quality education to students in the Allentown area, regardless of their economic background. 30 percent of students who attend…

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Canon Kitch Called to St. Luke’s in Phillipsburg, NJ–Special Service on April 7

A Letter from Canon Kitch: Dear friends and colleagues, I write to share the good news that I have accepted the call to become the next rector of St. Luke’s Church in Phillipsburg, NJ, Diocese of Newark. While I enter with joy this next season of my ministry, it is with a heavy heart that…

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Ash Wednesday Message from Bishop Kevin

 Bishop Kevin’s Ash Wednesday Message Transcript of the message: We are invited to a Holy Lent. We hear the words, “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the church…by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.”* “To Make a Right Beginning.”** During Lent we consider…

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Letter from the Bishop: Staff Changes

Dear Friends in Christ, After prayerful consideration and consultation with Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, I wish to announce some changes in the arrangement of the staff at the diocesan office. My purpose in these changes is to build upon the momentum that is present, to increase missional support to our congregations, and to expand and…

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Lehigh Valley Churches Create Formation Coalition

Episcopal Churches in the Lehigh Valley are banding together to offer more adult education programs to their members. The goal of Lehigh Valley Episcopal Adult Formation, or LEAF, is to pool resources and create opportunities for learning and fellowship among different Episcopal Churches. The Rev. Maria Tjeltveit, rector of Church of the Mediator in Allentown…

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Christmas Message from Bishop Kevin

Christmas Message from Bishop Kevin from Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem   A transcript of the message: I’m bringing you good news of great joy—born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a heavenly host praising God and singing, “Glory to…

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Refugee Community Center Creates Partners for Ministry

Though new U.S. policies are limiting the number of refugees entering into the country, the Refugee Community Center at Church of the Mediator in Allentown is still providing a vital ministry to the community. “The low admission cap for refugees, and even less funding, means there just aren’t the new arrivals we had become accustomed…

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Thanksgiving Message from Bishop Kevin

As I celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, I have been reflecting on how spending the holidays with family can seem like a rerun of a special Thanksgiving episode of a TV series. Our families often have interesting characters that show up just around the holidays. We have difficult and uncomfortable conversations. And a…

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Watch Footage of the Seating of the Bishop

Bishop Nichols was officially seated in the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Friday, October 12, at the Convention Eucharist. Watch full footage of the service below. Bishop Nichols’ sermon begins at the 42 minute mark.  

Designer Who Created Bishop’s Pectoral Cross Explains Symbolism

Bishop Nichols’ pectoral cross, which was gifted to him at his consecration by the clergy of the diocese, was created by local designer Curtis Dretsch. Dretsch, the Director of Design and Technical Theater at Muhlenberg College, created the cross with designs and materials that carry special regional and theological significance. The following is an explanation…

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