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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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A Compassionate Response

A Compassionate Response: A Statement on Opioids (Prepared by The Task Force of Province III of the Episcopal Church) Opioid use disorder, like other substance use disorders, profoundly affects the mind, body, and spirit. Scientific research shows that addiction is a disease that originates in the brain – not a moral or spiritual failing. Much…

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Consecration Photos

Watch Footage of the Consecration

Full footage of the ordination and consecration of Bishop Kevin Nichols is now available for viewing.

Ecumenical Food Pantry Feeds Hungry, Builds Community

The Ecumenical Food Pantry (EFP) at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Milford is still thriving after 27 years serving Pike county residents. With the help of local businesses, community organizations, churches, and individual volunteers, the pantry helps feed around 40 families every week. When asked about what’s involved in running the pantry, the…

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Some Doubted: Chrism Mass Sermon by the Rev. Canon Anne Kitch

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…

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

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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Knisely to Keynote Conference on Social Media, Evangelism

Participants in the May 20 conference on social media and evangelism at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity will get a sneak peek at a new church-wide curriculum currently under development by a task force appointed by General Convention. The conference, which begins at 9:30 a. m., will be led by Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely of…

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Join us for Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers

Shrove Tuesday pancake suppers are taking place at the following parishes in the Diocese of Bethlehem on Tuesday, February 28. Join us! Church of the Mediator in Allentown 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adults: $4.00, Children, $2.00 St. Andrew’s in Allentown 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (in the parish hall) Adults, $8.00, Children under 12…

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All you need

Maggie Niles Grace Church, Honesdale There is a lot to learn about pilgrimages! Here in the Diocese of Bethlehem we have spent the summer reading, praying and thinking about pilgrimage. It turns out to be much more complex that I knew. I should have thought more about all those folks in the Old Testament who…

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