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Bishop Paul Marshall's 2007 Convention Address

Diocesan Convention News

[Updated October 23]

Some 400 clergy, lay delegates and visitors from Episcopal congregations in eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania gathered at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, October 12-13, for the 136th annual convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem. They worshiped together, heard Bethlehem Bishop Paul Marshall’s address to convention, welcomed retired Bishop of Newark Jack Croneberger,  as Assistant Bishop, met Bishop Anthony Poggo of the Diocese of Kajo Keji in southern Sudan, heard reports on relationships with Moravians, Methodists and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, considered several resolutions, set the 2008 agenda for mission, celebrated the initial success of the New Hope campaign for a New Sudan and the poor among us, celebrated their common ministry and membership in the 14-county diocesan community and thoroughly enjoyed and swayed with delight to the sounds of the Cathedral Jazz Band after Friday evening dinner at the nearby Masonic Temple in Bethlehem.

Detailed news will be uploaded below at various times over the next few days. Keep checking here.

Bishop Paul's address to convention may be downloaded as a Word or pdf file.

Download bishops_address.doc

Download bishops_address.pdf

Bishop Anthony Poggo of Kajo-Keji delivered greetings on Friday afternoon and preached the sermon at the convention eucharist Saturday morning. Download both below, as word or pdf file

Download Poggo.Greetings.doc

Download Poggo.Greetings.pdf

Download Poggo.Sermon.doc

Download Poggo.Sermon.pdf

Podcasts: (1) Bishop Paul Marshall's address, (2) Eucharist, including sermon by Bishop Anthony Poggo, (3) Evensong, (4) Introduction of Bishop Anthony Poggo by Archdeacon Rick Cluett and Bishop Poggo's greetings/remarks to convention delegates, and (5) Introduction of Bishop Jack Croneberber.

The file below includes people who were elected to diocesan offices, committees, commissions and as deputies from the Diocese of Bethlehem to the General Convention 2009 of the Episcopal Church.


Download Elections.pdf

Delegates approved the following resolutions:

Download resolution_on_the_budget.pdf

Download resolution_on_salary_shedule.pdf

Download resolution_on_office_of_assistant_bishop.pdf

Download resolution_on_evangelism.pdf

Download resolution_on_participation_of_all_baptized_members.pdf

Below are the resolutions of courtesy.

Download resolutions_of_courtesy07.pdf

If you receive The Morning Call, Michael Duck's story, A Reason to Unite, begins on the front local page, Sunday, October 14, with a great photo of Bishop Paul and Bishop Anthony interacting and with a shaded How to Help box. The story without photos, is here and below. Photos will soon be uploaded at This Week in Photos on the website of The Morning Call.

Download morningcall.A reason to unite.pdf


Download cathedral_jazz_band.pdf

Ecumenical Reports on dialogue with the Moravian Church and the United Methodist Church ... and greetings delivered at convention from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton.

Download Tjeltveit.Moravian.pdf

Download Howson.Methodist.pdf

Download altavilla.RC Diocese of Scranton.pdf

The "Proceedings" of the 136th Diocesan Convention may be downloaded below.

Download CvMinutes136.doc

Download CvMinutes136.pdf

See the November issue of Diocesan Life for more convention news and photos. 


David K Moyer

What a great gathering, it seems to get better every year. I have met a lot of new people made some new friends and was so happy to see old friends. God IS great.

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