Diocesan Digest



 February 1, 2016


Diocesan Leadership Day - Feb. 13


From the desk of Bishop Scanlan:

“I am glad to see we are offering four educational workshops to address racial inequality and social justice during our upcoming Diocesan Leadership Day February 13th at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg.  These workshops relate in many ways to our most recent collaboration with the Lutherans during the Trinity Institute Seminar as we shared with them in a collective awareness and response to issues of social justice. Working alongside our Diocesan Committee in Social Justice and Equity, our Eliminating Racism Taskforce is striving to transform unjust structures of society by educating and inspiring participants to live out God’s mission of reconciliation and restoration. Addressing racism in all its forms is a priority in this diocese, in our Church and in God’s Kingdom.”

Keynote Speaker: Felicia Brown-Haywood, D.Ed.


  1. Moving From Concern to Action; Anti-Racist Organizational Development
  2. Straight Talk on Race in the Church and in the Workplace
  3. Best practices, Anti-Racism Related Programming
  4. Building Ongoing Accountability Groups for People who are White and Working Against Racism

From the Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean of The Stevenson School for Ministry

“I encourage your participation in this leadership day because as people of faith, we have the ability and responsibility to serve as models for inclusion and justice making, to commit ourselves to being multiculturally competent persons resisting racism. Engaging in the workshops is a significant step in learning the skills and acquiring the tools to dismantle systemic and institutional racism.”

Register online.

Download a flyer for your church bulletin board.


Parish Lenten Schedules


A listing of parish Lenten services and programs is now available on the website.  Don't see your parish listed?  Contact Linda Arguedas with your parish's schedule.

Featured Parish: St. John the Baptist, York


Digging Up the Past to Make Way for the Future - Graves Antedating 1800 Are Moved to Make Way for Great Step of Faith

St. John's York

Founded in 1755, St. John the Baptist records in the diocesan archives report the original church building cost “459 pounds one-and one-half shillings” (or approximately $660.00 in US currency). Fast forward to 2016 and read about the huge undertaking (no pun intended) that the St. John the Baptist Church family is currently supporting in their Capital Campaign of $3.8 million!

The Rev. Lauren Schoeck Joins Diocesan Staff


Lauren Schoeck
We are pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Lauren Schoeck as the Interim Diocesan Transition Minister. Lauren’s primary responsibility is to assist parishes in transition and to provide support to priests called to new ministries. This position is a part-time, senior-staff appointment which begins Feb. 1. Welcome Lauren!


House of Bishops Theology Committee Offers Free Online Daily Meditations for Lent


This Lent, the theology committee of the House of Bishops invites the Church to explore ways to recover and renew economic imagination with a new resource, Repairing the Breach: Discipleship and Mission in a Global Economy.

Produced in partnership with Forward Movement, Repairing the Breach provides daily meditations and videos during the season of Lent.  The meditations move through a pattern of reading, watching, reflecting, and praying, and each week of Lent is devoted to a particular aspect of economic life. 

“The project's digital format is a welcome new direction for our work as the theological arm of the House of Bishops. We have sought to model a process of theological reflection that is open, interactive, and accessible to everyone,” said the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

The reflections examine the causes of economic injustice and our role, both personally and corporately, in unsustainable patterns of consumption and self-interest. The project also highlights specific practices where the Spirit of God is moving in local congregations and communities to bring new life.

“This resource provides an opportunity to engage in an important topic during Lent— especially in a pivotal election year,” said Richelle Thompson, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement. “Most of us have been impacted by the economic crisis, whether we lost homes and jobs or know someone who did. This is a chance for us to reflect on concrete changes that we can make in our lives to avoid another meltdown.”

Visit repairingthebreach.forwardmovement.org to learn more and watch for the first meditation on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.  A print-friendly downloadable PDF of the reflections is also available for download at www.forwardmovement.org.

Forward Movement is a ministry of The Episcopal Church located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1935 we have produced resources to inspire disciples and empower evangelists around the globe.

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