Diocesan Digest



 April 20, 2015


THRIVE Is Alive! Diocesan Leadership Day for All Clergy and Laity

May 2, St. Thomas, Lancaster

Workshops on:

  • Your Church is not stuck with financial problems, a look at transformative stewardship. Participants will engage with best practices, planning, and recruitment to implement a stewardship practice designed to move to a gospel based intentionality.

    Speaker: The Rev. Jerry Keucher, author, "Remember the Future: Financial Leadership and Asset Management for Congregations" (2006) and "Humble and Strong: Mutually Accountable"
  • Eliminating Racism Workshop

    Speakers: Diocesan Racism Taskforce
  • “Leading Through Change” a roadmap for wardens and vestries.

    Speaker: The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka

Cost: $20.00 per person

Child Care Available

Register online

Save These Dates!

June 12-13 (State College)

Keynote Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

On Friday evening, The Rev. Canon Stephen Casey will facilitate a workshop using clips from the BBC series "Rev" (popcorn included).

Workshops on:

  • Stewardship and Finance
  • Eliminating Racism
  • The Vital and Effective Leadership Institute
  • Biblical Story Telling
  • Stewardship of Environment
  • The Episcopal Church Building Fund—Jump Start
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training
  • Worship Leadership Training
  • …and more

Registration will open Apr. 27 for this event.

Note: The April 25th THRIVE in the Northern Tier has been postponed and is being re-scheduled. Stay tuned for a new date.

Diocesan Youth Events


Calling all youth campers!

Youth will be stomping in cold mountain streams, hiking trails, swimming, exploring the forests, paddling sacred waters and spending nights roasting marshmallows, singing, and laughing around the camp fire! If that interests you, join us the weekend of June 26-28 at Camp Hebron. You will also have a chance to meet a bunch of new friends, grow spiritually, and get closer to God!

Learn more here.

Need more information? Contact Youth Diocesan Youth Leaders Mary Ellen Kilp or Theda Tallman.

WE Are the Diocese...

Read about new and exciting things that make us proud to be the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

Bold Strategies/Brave Results: Diocesan Staff Experience Cutting-Edge Conference

The Episcopal Church Building Fund presented empowering resources for congregations to develop or enhance their missions.

During a three-day conference in Raleigh, N.C., The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge and Linda Arguedas learned how congregations and dioceses are able to turn fear and failure into new ways of being church.

Marlon Hall, The Awakenings Movement, was the opening keynote speaker. His powerful presentation focused on creating communities of social visionaries "where dreamers become believers and believers become doers." He shared his story of how he developed Christian community by tending to the passion and gifts of his congregation to create new mission to those who were not churched. The heart of his message was that failure inspires deeper creativity; loss can always be turned into new life through Christ.

Missed the conference? No worries, Jump Start, from the Episcopal Church Building Fund is coming to us with the same inspiring empowerment. Join us for the June 12 and 13th THRIVE, St. Andrew’s State College. 

Visit the Episcopal Church Building Fund here.

Workshops offered included "design thinking" as a way to move forward in ministries; collaborating partnerships to strengthen ministry and ways to lead through the creativity of your congregation, and branding as one of the most effective ways to communicate your congregation.

The hashtag for this conference spoke to Robyn and Linda’s experience: #ChangedChurchChangedWorld

Click here for resources available to your parish leadership.


From the Transition Committee


Save the Date: September 12, 2015 - The consecration of our new bishop, The Rev. Canon Audrey Scanlan. This event along with a banquet the evening before will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg. You will be hearing much more about this.

If you wish to be a part of a diocesan choir, please contact Walter Wells.

From Health Coach The Rev. Rowena Gibbons


Are you tired all the time? Learn here about adrenal fatigue.

The Rev. Rowena Gibbons is a certified health coach who works with clergy and laity on personal health issues: recovery of health, weight loss, and prevention of chronic disease. Distance is not an issue. She also offers classes periodically for parishes. The current class being offered is "Prayer Poses Toward Meditation." Contact her for more info about this offering or to set up a class in your parish.

Dates to Remember


  • May 2 - THRIVE Leadership Day, St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • May 13, 6:30 p.m. – Harrisburg Spring Convocation Meeting, St. Paul's, Harrisburg - light refreshments
  • May 21 - Clergy Addiction Seminar, St. Andrew's, State College
  • June 12-13 - Diocesan THRIVE, St. Andrew's, State College
  • June 22 - Bishop's Open, Mt. View Country Club, State College
  • Sept. 12 - New Bishop’s Consecration
  • Sept. 18-20 - Deacon’s Retreat
  • Oct. 16-17 -  Diocesan Annual Convention


Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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