[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 Marshallâs 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.
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.
Delegates approved the following resolutions:
Below are the resolutions of courtesy.
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.
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.