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Bishops United Calls for Assault Weapons Ban, Prayers of Lamentation

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, of which Bishop Rowe is a member, is calling the church to advocate for an assault weapons ban and to offer prayers of lamentation in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Read their statement on the Bishops United Against Gun Violence website, and follow Episcopalians Against Gun Violence for…

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Thinking Big at the 146th Diocesan Convention

  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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Kitch Becomes Canon to the Ordinary on April 1

The Rev. Canon Anne Kitch will become canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Bethlehem on April 1, Bishop Sean Rowe announced today. Kitch, who has served as canon for ministry formation and transitions in the diocese since 2014, will report directly to Rowe and assume the responsibilities previously held by the diocese’s archdeacon,…

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Solidarity with Refugees and Relief for Kajo Keji

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: International news events are having an impact on our life as a diocese, and I wanted to talk to you about them and suggest a couple of ways in which we might respond. The Trump administration’s recently announced suspension of the refugee resettlement program and its restrictions on immigration…

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Call for the Election of the Ninth Bishop of Bethlehem

January 5, 2017 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: When you gave me the honor of serving as your bishop provisional in March 2014, I pledged to spend several years working with you to discern the Diocese of Bethlehem’s common mission and update and streamline financial, governance and administrative practices. With thanksgiving for your remarkable…

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Returning from Pilgrimage:  What Next?

At Diocesan Convention in October 2015, Bishop Sean Rowe invited the Diocese of Bethlehem on a pilgrimage, which he described as “a time of discernment, planning and decision making.” The yearlong effort, led by the Very Rev. Tony Pompa, dean of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, and the Rev. Charles Cesaretti, a retired priest…

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Upcoming Diocesan Staff Changes

Earlier this week, Bishop Sean informed the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council of two upcoming changes to the diocesan staff: Jo Trepagnier, who has served as canon for administration and communications for the past year, will conclude her time on the diocesan staff on May 6. “I am grateful to Jo for her service and…

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A Letter from Bishop Sean: Living Under the Shadow of the Lynching Tree

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: The spring meeting of the House of Bishops concluded today, and I am grateful to have had a time of retreat and collegial reflection with so many colleagues and friends. At the close of our meeting, those of us gathered–137 bishops from across the Episcopal Church–unanimously approved a statement…

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Policy on Marriage and Blessing Liturgies of The Episcopal Church

The Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania & The Diocese of Bethlehem Policy on Marriage and Blessing Liturgies of The Episcopal Church At the 78th General Convention, which met in Salt Lake City from June 25 through July 3, 2015, two resolutions were adopted regarding marriage and blessing liturgies. Following their adoption, the House of Bishops approved…

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Not in Egypt Anymore: Call to Pilgrimage at Diocesan Convention

The 144th convention of the diocese may have taken place is a new location, but it definitely wasn’t in Egypt. At the gathering, which drew more than 200 people to the Best Western Lehigh Valley Conference Center and Hotel, delegates debated six resolutions, elected lay and clergy leaders to five diocesan leadership bodies, and were…

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