Sermon by Canon Anne E. Kitch at the ordination to the diaconate of Mary Lou Divis and Donna Jean Kiessling, May 17, 2006, at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Download the sermon and a photo of Mary Lou and Donna Jean with Bishop Paul.
Narnia: the Lion, the Bishop & the Wardrobe, Bishop's Day with Children, grades 1 to
6, will take place on Saturday, July 22, at Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, and Saturday, July 29, at St. Luke’s, Scranton. Those who
register by the early deadline of June 15, will receive a free Narnia T-Shirt.
Late registration deadline is July 1. You may
download below (1) A registration form, (2) A Medical form, and (3) An insert for
parish bulletins or newsletters.
Summer Splash, Bishop's Day with Youth, grades 7 to 12, will take place on Saturday, July 15, at Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, (Monroe County). Those who register by the early deadline of June 15, will receive a free CD of pictures from the event. Late registration deadline is July 1.
You may download below (1)A registration form, (2)A Medical Release/Community Life Standards forms, and (3)An insert for parish bulletins or newsletters.
Fifty-five junior and senior high youth and twelve adults gathered on the last weekend of April for Christophany in the Springtime, a three day retreat in celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Blue skies and the lush green landscape of Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis (Monroe County) was the backdrop for the Triduum journey. Together we mourned the death of Christ, contemplated life in his absence, and rejoiced in the hopeful Easter light of his resurrection.
See diocesan youth missioner Demery Bader-Saye's story about Christophany 2006, with color photos. Download the pdf file below.
"My goal has been to involve the whole diocese in a mission project that would reach a kind of completion and be celebrated each year at diocesan convention," said Marlene Hartshorne who has served as president of the diocesan Episcopal Church Women since 1997.
"In the ECW of our Diocese, we are seeing a vine bearing fruit, seeing what can happen when we are connected to Jesus Christ," said Bishop Paul during his sermon.
The ECW named Diana Marshall Outstanding Woman of the Diocese of Bethlehem.
Charles Cesaretti focused his presentations on "the most misunderstood woman of the Bible, Mary of Nazareth," detailing the similarities between Mary's Magnificat and Jesus' Beatitudes.
"Pointing out the endless 'errors' of the Code misses the point and misuses this godsend of publicity for the Church. The real question is: Why is the book, and presumably the movie, such a hit?" [Column by Bishop Paul Marshall]
"In the ten years I have been your bishop I have lost 63 pounds. Six pounds a year is nothing to brag about, as each of them came off the slow and hard way ... I have more work to do, a long way to go before taking modeling jobs for the AARP magazine. I am not skinny and still tremble at the sight of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. I cannot change my biology or background, and as the movie says, 'If you can’t fix it, you gotta stand it.'" [Bishop Paul Marshall, Diocesan Life, June 2006]
The Diocese of Bethlehem will sponsor a Bishop's Day with people from
across our diocese at the Fatima Renewal Center in Dalton (near
Scranton) on July 1. We will have the chance to participate in some
presentations on several aspects of finding God in our daily lives:
praying with music, the visual arts, and othe aids to deepening our
relationship with God. There will be time for solitude and for
fellowship, both spiritual nourishment and a bit of comfort food, quiet
walks in the woods and bocce ball. It's a day of holy leisure for the whole diocese. Contact Barb Gessner, email@example.com, 570-421-5925, at St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre, or Peter Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-848-2642, at St. Philip's, New Hope, for details. Download a schedule and a registration form below.
"Marshall does what few scholars ever really do: he tells us things that are both new and
true, and he does this with authority, and not as the scribes. No one who
wants truly to understand this crucial period of our history can do without
this book.” That's the concluding paragraph of a review in The Anglican, October 2005, by Peter Eaton, dean of St. John's Cathedral, Denver, Colorado, of One, Catholic, and Apostolic: Samer Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, 2004) by Bishop Paul Marshall.
When Richard J. Mammana, Jr. gave me permission to use the review on our electronic venues, he asked that I mention the Anglican Society website. Richard is the editor of The Anglican, (published by the Anglican Society) an editor at AnglicansOnline and the director of Project Canterbury.
Some of us remember Richard as a bright young parishioner at Christ
Church, Stroudsburg. Having graduated from Columbia University he now
lives in Stamford, CT, where he is still young and very bright. His articles and reviews have appeared in Sobornost, Anglican Theological Review, The Living Church, Touchstone and The Episcopal New Yorker.
It was a reminder that people will always be people; wherever we go, there will be stimuli to which we may react with aggression, anger, irritation, or hurt. Each response is a choice we made long ago, and is now so ingrained and automatic that it seems like a "feeling." The problem is about us, not about those who stimulate us in ways we don't like.
[From Bishop Paul Marshall's May 2006 column for secular newspapers, usually different from his column in Diocesan Life. Read it all at the pdf file below.]
Representatives from ten parishes have taken part in the first few of our regional Evangelism Workshops. Representatives from 19 additional congregations have registered to attend during the next few weeks. See the story by Andrew Gerns at the pdf file below. It's not too late to register for the workshops on May 13 at St. Peter’s, Hazelton and on May 20 at St. Stephen’s, Whitehall and St. John’s in Hamlin. The Evangelism Commission has designed these to be as close to as many churches as possible. The workshops are free and lunch is provided. Each Saturday workshop is scheduled to last from 10 am to 2 pm. To register, use the form found at the March 2006 archives of this blog (Regional Evangelism Training) or contact Barbara Lewis at Diocesan House.
The 2006 General Convention Deputation of the Diocese of Southeast Florida has put together 15 Myths/Facts of General Convention. See three below. The pdf file below those includes all 15. This file (along with the bulletin inserts available from Episcopal News Service) will provide helpful background information for parishioners. Permission to use has been granted by Southeast Florida.
Myth: General Convention Deputies are delegates representing the diocese. Fact: General Convention Deputies are deputies not delegates. They represent a diocese, but are deputized to make educated voting decisions not based on a constituency in their diocese, but based on their prayerful consideration of each question and issue and the dictates of their conscience.
Myth: The Episcopal Church has not complied with the Windsor Report. Fact: The Episcopal Church has complied with more of the recommendations of the Windsor Report than any other branch of the communion.
Myth: The 38 Primates are the authority of the Anglican Communion. Fact: The Primates are one instrument of unity in the Anglican Communion. While they have some moral authority, they have no formal legislative or executive authority or power over any part of the communion beyond their own individual provinces. The other instruments of unity are The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Lambeth Conference and the Anglican Consultative Council. None of these entities has formal "authority" or power over the provinces. Each province is fully autonomous and fully self-governing.