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Thinking Big at the 146th Diocesan Convention

Kitch and Bonnie Bay

  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

scaffolding at Trinity Carbondale

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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People as Problem-Solvers, Not Projects: Michele Causton’s Ministry in Stroudsburg

Michele Causton

When Michele Causton, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Stroudsburg, became worn down by having to repeatedly turn away people in need, she decided to do something about it. “Although I’m a member of Christ Episcopal Church, I work at St. John’s Lutheran Church on the main street in town,” says Causton. “Because of the…

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Striving Valiantly and Daring Greatly at Diocesan Convention

Slater on camino

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

Kemmerer

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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