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General Convention Recap

  Lasted Updated on July 12, 2018   It’s been a busy week at General Convention for our deputies, Bishop and staff. Issues on migration, racial reconciliation, gender equity, prayer book revision and more kept everyone busy in prayer and discernment.   Check out a recap video with the Bishop. You can also see our other videos of: Kirk Muller and Canon Shawn Wamsley provide a final video update thanking those that helped out with General Convention and offer their reflections on it. The Rev. Kathryn Andonian talks about how conversations at Generation Convention are helping “self-define who we are as Episcopalians.” The Bishop is interviewed on the Priest Pulse podcast and talks about getting back to basics: “It’s pretty simple, we don’t need manuals.” The Very Rev. Koshy Mathews (one of our deputies) of St. Peter’s Church in Phoenixville gives his thoughts on General Convention and bringing Cuba into the ... [read more]

City Camp Opens!

  At the end of June, eleven churches from across the Diocese kicked off City Camp, an urban day camp connecting parishes of the Diocese to the local community. Through creative and innovative activities and programs, children and youth build community and encounter the Gospel through games, songs, storytelling, and more. They also participate in reading, math and science activities while also exploring their creativity through art and music.

What is up with Wapiti?

  In the last month, we have held four open budget hearings in the diocesan community with one more scheduled in the next week. That process is paramount to me. I want each of you to understand what is in the diocesan budget – how it reflects an over-arching commitment to proclaiming the Gospel, addressing the pain in the world and investing in our churches. Part of the budget includes Wapiti. Even before I was elected, I heard your questions about the property. Here, I would like to provide some answers in the hopes that knowing the facts may better allow us to move forward as one body.   What is Wapiti? Wapiti is a 432-acre property in Maryland purchased in 2003. There are 11 rooms on the property for rent, a large covered pavilion near the water and several tent platforms for camping.   I thought there was a resolution ... [read more]

General Convention 2018: Deputies and Resolutions

  General Convention began on July 5th in Austin, TX. This meeting sets the mission priorities, budget and policies of the Episcopal Church for the next three years. It approves changes to the Church’s Constitution and Canons, and broadly defines the standards of worship. (You can read more on the basics of General Convention here.) You can see an update of the action here and follow us on Facebook or Twitter (hashtag #GC79) and from The Episcopal Church’s livestream of events. Some of the issues to be addressed at this year’s General Convention include: revision of the Book of Common Prayer; racial reconciliation, including strengthened anti-racism training requirements; environmental stewardship, including proposals for “green” loans, a carbon tax and fossil fuel divestment; strategic development of new congregations, including budget requests of $6.8M to fund a churchwide network for church planting over the next triennium; and public policy advocacy to address environmental racism, ... [read more]

DIOPA Pilgrimage to Holy Land

  You are invited to join Bishop Gutiérrez on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Epiphanytide 2019 as he and several others in the Diocese retrace the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine. Organized by local supporters of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, this pilgrimage will also highlight the witness of our Episcopal sisters and brothers in the region and their ministries to the vulnerable in their communities. For more information, contact the Rev. Matthew Dayton-Welch at rector@stalbansnewtownsquare.org. Space is limited. Download flyer here.

Mission Process Policy Hearing Announced

  The Mission Process Committee will be presenting a draft of the proposed policy that will guide our Missional Congregations moving forward. Complete information on that process can be found here.   You will have the chance to come hear about the process and offer your comments and questions on Wednesday, August 8th at the Church of St. Asaph (27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004) at 6:30 p.m.   Your feedback will be taken into account along with comments from Diocesan Council, Finance Committee, Standing Committee and the Vicars and their Wardens.   The Mission Process Committee will then revise their document and present it to Diocesan Council at their meeting on September 8th for their approval.   If approved, the Process will be presented at the Pre-Convention Meetings and at Diocesan Convention before it takes effect in 2019.

God Unites

  A message from the Bishop   (En español)   But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’ Luke 9:47-48 Father’s Day is approaching, and I will long for my son who is away and will soon depart for ROTC boot camp. I love him with a love that knows no boundaries. The separation will be painful, and I will pray for his safety. I will ask Jesus to hold him close and embrace him within a holy presence. I cannot imagine being forcibly separated from my child. Throughout Holy Scripture, God is continually seeking to be united with us. So much so, that God sent Jesus Christ. ... [read more]

Donate to Guatemala

  “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” (1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV)   To all Clergy and Congregations of the Diocese of Pennsylvania,   Last Sunday, volcano Fuego erupted in Guatemala. To date, close to 100 are confirmed dead with 200 others missing. Many others are injured and thousands have been forced to evacuate. In all, close to two million people have been affected.   I spoke last week with Rev. Silvestre Romero, bishop of the Diocese of Guatemala, and offered him our prayers. I am writing to ask you for your help.   Sunday plate collection for Guatemala: On Sunday, June 17, I am asking that every church in our diocese take a collection that will be sent to help in the relief efforts. These funds can be sent via check to the Diocese (see below) and will be routed to The Diocese of ... [read more]

Draft Budget Hearings

  We want your feedback. The Office of the Diocese has been working with the Treasurer, Finance Committee and Budget Committee on the 2019 draft budget. We encourage greater participation and opportunities for input into the budget process. We are offering times and locations to review the draft budget and provide input.   Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 6:30 pm: St. Mary’s Church, Chester Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 6:30 pm: St. Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 6:30 pm: Grace Church, Hulmeville (General Convention Open Hearing @ 5:30 pm) Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – 6:30 pm: Church of the Holy Apostles and the Mediator Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 10:00 am: Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, at St. Mary’s

  If you step inside St. Mary’s Church, you will feel decades of African-American history within its walls, from a series of murals depicting angels to the ornate capitals atop each of its stone columns. In 1897, the church moved to its current location at 18th and Bainbridge from the north side of Lombard Street. At the time it was St. Mary’s Chapel, a mission of St. Mark’s Church that was founded by the Society of St. Margaret, an order of women in the Anglican Church. Changing demographics have affected this church like others in the Diocese. At one point, in the last five years, the church faced the possibility of closing. But, the church is learning to adapt. “St. Mary’s is renting their non-church properties to support their budget and creating ministries that will engage their neighborhood ‘to know Jesus and change the world,’” said Rev. Betsy Ivey, canon ... [read more]