Diocesan Digest



January 16, 2013

Calling All Clergy: Clergy Conference, Feb. 4-6


Registration is now open for the 2013 Winter Clergy Conference at the Holiday Inn, Harrisburg.  This year, our guest speakers are The Rev. Canon Kortright Davis, Professor of Theology, Howard University, and The Rt. Rev. Edward Little, Diocese of Northern Indiana.

Read the draft agenda here.

Registration deadline: January 21, 2013

Attention, All Parishes with Mission Projects!

The deadline for United Thank Offering applications is January 31, 2013.  Visit the UTO website or email Michelle Koons for more information.

Diocesan-Wide Online Lenten Study

Explore the topic of calling and discuss what it means to live out our vocation as Christians with people from around our diocese (and even elsewhere). This year, the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will offer a free online Lenten study of Caroline Westerhoff's book "Calling: A Song for the Baptized," led by diocesan webmaster Lesley Carter.

Participants will have the opportunity to post questions and reflections on the book in a special, private online discussion forum beginning on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13). Regular blog reflections on the book will also be available. To register, please email Lesley Carter with your name, the email address you wish to use for study communications, and the name of your church. (This book is available from Amazon, from Cokesbury, or used from sellers such as half.com or abebooks.com.)

We are also seeking guest writers for the blog reflections - if you would like to write 200-300 words on the topic of calling (note: you are not required to read the book to submit a reflection, although it would be helpful), please email Lesley Carter.

LARC Day of Dialogue for Clergy (Rescheduled from October)

"Engaging the Word of God Ecumenically"

The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at this event on Monday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cardinal Keeler Center, 4800 Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg. Find out more here.

Convention 2013 News

The 143rd Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College. Registration will open online March 1, 2013.

The featured keynote speaker is The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Episcopal Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania celebrates young people who are the church and affirm that we need their voice, gifts, and leadership to fully represent who we are as the body of Christ. Students in grades 10-12 may apply to be one of 14 Youth Delegates who have seat, and voice during our 143rd Diocesan Convention. Find out more and apply here.


On Making Small Differences: A Note of Appreciation to Richard Rohr

The Rev. John Emmert, co-chair of the Diocesan Wellness Program, writes about the work of Richard Rohr in this month's book review.  To read more book reviews on the diocesan website, click here.  Would you like to submit a book review for consideration?  Contact Linda Arguedas.

WE Are the Diocese...

St. Luke's Choral
                        EvensongRead about new and exciting things that make us proud to be the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

MiContraFa is the ensemble in residence at St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster. Click here to enjoy hearing a selection from their Epiphany performance at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Lebanon.


Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers

The Ven. Molly Solbak, Archdeacon for Deacons, who is at home recovering from hip surgery.

The Rev. Kim Brooks, long-term supply priest at St. Stephen’s Mt. Carmel and Holy Trinity, Shamokin, who is at home recovering from extensive leg surgery to repair damage sustained in a recent fall.

Gillian Lacey, wife of Jason Lacey, Sr. Warden at St. Benedict’s, New Freedom, who is recovering from surgery for a broken leg sustained in a fall.

Susan Hinton, wife of Canon Greg Hinton, who has returned home to continue her recovery from surgery.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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