Diocesan Digest



March 14, 2012

Wardens and Vestry Leaders Conference

Registration remains open for the spring Wardens and Vestry Leaders Conference, which will take place March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Andrew's, Lewisburg. This year's conference will include a morning presentation on stewardship and an afternoon question and answer period with Bishop Nathan Baxter on the General Convention Resolution regarding same gender blessings.


Lenten Podcasts

Several speakers from around the diocese continue to focus on the theme "Our Trinitarian God, the Model of Diversity and Unity" in short devotional podcasts on the website.

Topics and speakers include:

  • How is the Trinity a reflection both of unity and diversity? (The Rev. Chris Pyles, rector, St. John's, Bellefonte)
  • Reflect on the Baptismal Covenant as a restatement of the Apostles’ Creed – how do we live out our faith by embracing and reaching out to all diverse peoples? (The Rev. Duncan Johnston, rector, Mount Calvary, Camp Hill)
  • "Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” How is this lived out in light of the Trinity? (The Rev. Christine Purcell)
  • "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” – How is our understanding of who God is (in light of the Trinity) lived out in this question? (Elaine Thomas)

Dr. Philip Jenkins, Emeritus Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities, Department of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University, will respond to the first four podcasts for Lent V. Bishop Baxter will complete the series for Holy Week.

The podcasts are posted here, together with discussion questions for use in small groups.

Renewal of Vows

The Very Rev. Ian Markham, Dean of Virginia Theological Seminary, will preach at the Renewal of Vows on April 3 at 10 a.m., St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg.  View more details about the event or download Dean Markham's curriculum vitae.

Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament Sponsorships

This year's Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament will take place June 11 at the Links at Gettysburg. For the tournament this year, Bishop Baxter advised that he has designated The Episcopal Home to share in the net proceeds.  A sponsorship form is now available for download.

For more details about the tournament, visit the website or contact John Stevenson or Mark Wivell, event co-chairs.

Convocation Assembly Meetings

Spring Convocation Assembly Meetings will be held on the following dates:

April 18 - West Branch & Northern Tier - St. Paul's, Wellsboro; meeting at 6 p.m., light refreshments served.

April 19 - Altoona & Susquehanna – St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg; dinner at 6 p.m., meeting to follow.

April 25 - Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern - Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg; meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Who is to attend: Representation is to include all clergy canonically resident or serving parishes in the convocation and three lay delegates from each parish, with at least one lay delegate from each parish who has served as a delegate at the last diocesan convention. The nature of parish representation in the canons points out an expectation that delegates to diocesan convention are chosen not only to represent the parish at the time of convention itself, but that delegates also have a responsibility for helping to carry out decisions made by convention. The thought is that as "partners in Christ" we need to have individuals who both formulate decisions (from convention) as well as help implement them in local regions.

New Book Review: Spiritual Care at the End of Life

Spiritual Care at the End
of LifeThe Rev. Kerry Walters has written a review of "Spiritual Care at the End of Life: The Chaplain as a Hopeful Presence" by Steve Nolan.  Deacon Walters teaches philosophy and peace and justice studies at Gettysburg College.

Read the review here.  Other book reviews are available here.  To submit a book review for the diocesan website, please contact Linda Arguedas.

Remember in Your Prayers

Maryanne Kornmeyer, sister of The Rev. Veronica Chappell, died recently after a long battle with cancer. There will be a memorial service in Maryland on March 17. Please remember Maryanne, Veronica and their family in your prayers in the days ahead.

The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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