Diocesan Digest



 August 8, 2016


THRIVE Leadership Formation Day - Aug. 13


Still Time to Sign Up!

Reimagining Faith Formation

An introduction to a formation project in partnership with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas Spiritual Center, Lancaster, Pa.

Workshops on:

  • Biblical Storytelling
  • Prison Ministry
  • Creating Group Adult Learning Initiatives
  • Formation and Leadership in a Smaller Congregation
  • Confirmation & How to Do it Well
  • Youth Ministry From the Ground Up
  • Episcopal Youth Event & Convention Youth Presence Info Meetings
  • Children’s Spirituality
  • Implementing Change in Formation Programs Old & New
  • Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer & Intercessor Training

Read more and register here.


Diocesan Convention News


146th Annual Diocesan Convention


Storytelling was the first way we as humans could store and share information.  Becoming engrossed into a good story can stir emotions in us. Sharing stories can provide a teaching moment, make a personal connection or simply be some entertainment.

Bishop Scanlan invites you to bring your stories to share during the October convention.

How does your story connect you to your faith, your parish, your diocese and God?

Take a few minutes and listen to another story of belonging, first memories of church, exile and return…all connecting us as ONE in Jesus in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. 

Dates: Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15
Location: The Spooky Nook Conference Center, Manheim, Pa.

Registration is now open here.

Please note: The Diocese has a block of overnight rooms reserved at the Spooky Nook Hotel. Reservations must be made through the convention registration. Cut-off to reserve overnight rooms is Sept. 20.

Convention registration deadline is Oct. 8.

Fall Convocation Dates & Locations - All Invited!

  • Harrisburg Convocation – Tuesday, Sept. 6 – St. Luke’s, Mechanicsburg
  • Lancaster Convocation – Wednesday, Sept. 7 – St. Paul’s, Columbia
  • Susquehanna & Altoona – Tuesday, Sept. 27 – St. John's, Bellefonte
  • Southern – Thursday, Sept. 29 – St. Andrew's, York
  • Northern Tier & West Branch – Thursday, Oct. 6 – St. James, Mansfield

Got Cursillo?


What is Cursillo?

Cursillo is a movement by the Episcopal Church intended to help the faithful understand their own calling to personal vocation and bring the world to Christ. Cursillo helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment and renew a sense of purpose in the participants, all within a supportive environment of the faithful.

Cursillo is patterned after Jesus’ example serving among the people and calling the faithful to carry out the mission of bringing others to a deeper knowledge and relationship with Him Cursillo is largely a lay-driven movement and is conducted in collaboration with, and oversight of, clergy and the diocese.

Cursillo had been previously a part of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and now there is interest expressed by some lay members in renewing the Cursillo Movement in this diocese. Currently we are looking to see if there is enough interest to begin exploring the feasibility of renewing the Cursillo movement. If you are interested in learning more about Cursillo, go here.

If you would like to join the discussion about Cursillo, you can email Anna Fleck.

Diocesan Youth Events 2016-2017 - Save the Dates



Aug. 26-28 Happening Planning Meeting
Oct. 8 Acolyte Festival in Washington DC (All ages)
Oct. 14-15 Annual Diocesan Convention
Dec. 2-4 Jr & Sr. High Youth - Diocesan Retreat


Jan. 6-8 PYE Jr. & Sr. High Claggett Center, Adamstown, Md.
Jan. 20-22 Happening Planning meeting
Feb. 17-20 Happening Sr. High Youth
March 17-19 Diocesan Jr. High Retreat
June 16-23 Summer Retreat Sr. High Youth
July 10-14 EYE Oklahoma Sr. High Youth
Aug. 5 Knoebels Reunion All ages

All youth from across the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania are invited and encouraged to attend any or all of the above events. Please contact Mrs. Mary Ellen Kilp for more information.


Diocesan News


The Rev. Canon Nelson Kuule Baliira will be installed as rector of St. Andrew’s in the Valley on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. All are invited!

Bishop's Open to Support Feed My Sheep Ministry


Proceeds from the golf event went to support various feeding ministries throughout the diocese:  Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; The Gleaning Project-Chambersburg; Trinity-Chambersburg; The Gleaning Project-Gettysburg; Christ Church-Williamsport; St. Stephen’s, Mt. Carmel;  Christ Church-Coudersport; Project Share-Canstruction; St. Matthews-Sunbury  and the  The Gleaning Project-Lancaster.  

So, practice your golf swing and Save the Date of Sept. 12, 2016 for the next Bishop’s Open to be held in State College. Come out and support Feed My Sheep and spend the day on the course with Bishop Scanlan!

Register to play golf or become a sponsor.  

Summer Reading

"God’s Dangerous Book" is a history of the Bible

Book Review by The Rev. Canon David Robson, St. Andrew’s, York

It’s a book about how the Bible was put together, where it came from and who decided what went in there in the first place. More, it’s a book about how the Bible has always been a dangerous, incendiary text. The Bible is more than just a piece of literature. It’s a challenge, an inspiration, a wild, unsettling mandate for revolutionary behavior. And that is exactly how people have used it over the years – for good and ill.

Read the review here.


Save the Date

  • THRIVE Leadership Day: Reimagining Faith Formation, Aug. 13, St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • Bishop's Open, Sept. 12, Mountain View Golf Club, Boalsburg
  • Deacons' Annual Retreat, Sept. 17-18, Kenbrook Retreat Center
  • ECW Retreat, Sept. 30, Claggett Center, Adamstown, Md.
  • 2016 Diocesan Convention, Oct. 14-15, Spooky Nook Conference Center, Lancaster, Pa.

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