Diocesan Digest



August 29, 2012

The Impact of Safe Church Training

By Canon Robyn Szoke


Safe Church is about all of us being aware of potentially compromising situations and daring to address them in healthy ways before they become problems. Most especially, it is about living together in ways that prevent abuse from happening – to respect the dignity of every one. As such, it is a major part of ensuring our parishes are safe and welcoming places.


Read the full article here.



A Letter from the President, Diocesan Disciplinary Board

Dear Colleagues,


I am writing to encourage your participation in the Safe Church training program for all clergy, scheduled for Saturday, October 6th. As president of the Disciplinary Board of the diocese, I am acutely aware of the importance of this training. The recent unfortunate events at Penn State certainly highlight that regular reminders of the need for safe practices and procedures are critical to protecting ourselves as church leaders and those for whom we are pastorally responsible. Our participation in these sessions is a testimony to the seriousness with which we view this issue individually and as a church. I look forward to seeing you on October 6th and to learning from you my colleagues, for this will be a time to give as well as to receive.


The Rev. Peter Harer


Views from the Pews

Caring for a child with special needs can be challenging, exhausting and sometimes lonely. View the video and learn how parents, parishioners and staff of St. John’s, Marietta, share their time and talents in a very special ministry.

Book Review: The Message

The MessageNew on the website - a review by young adult Sophia Reeder of Eugene Peterson's The Message. More book reviews are available here; to submit a book review for consideration, please contact Linda Arguedas.

Save the Dates

The “Big Meeting” for Young Adults
The first diocesan-wide meeting for young adults will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg. Read more here.

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

November 7 - Southern (St. Mary's, Waynesboro)

November 8 - Lancaster (St. Thomas, Lancaster)

November 13 - Altoona (Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Hawk Run)

November 15 - Harrisburg (Mt. Calvary, Camp Hill)
November 28 - Northern Tier (St. Paul's, Wellsboro)
November 29 - West Branch (Church of Our Savior, Montoursville)
December 4 - Susquehanna (location TBA)

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.


ECW Cape May Retreat

The ECW Cape May Retreat will take place Sept. 21-23 at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel, Cape May, N.J. Details available here.


Life Long Formation Day, Dec. 7-8

Guest speakers: Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Deirdre Good

Questions or need more information? Contact Robyn Szoke.

Remember in Your Prayers

Bishop Nathan Baxter, who continues his recovery on vacation.  He plans to return to the office on September 5.

Betsy Ivey, seminarian, will have surgery this week.

Susan Hinton, wife of Canon Greg Hinton, has upcoming surgery.

Phillip Moore, brother of The Rev. Dee Calhoun, passed away on August 25 after a long battle with cancer.

Alison Guerin, daughter of Bishop Charlie and Alice McNutt, is scheduled for outpatient surgery on her shoulder on August 30.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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