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Bishop Kevin’s Convention Address 2020

Full video of Bishop Kevin’s address to the 149th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem, in which he presents five emerging priorities for the diocese: 1) Vibrant and stable congregations 2) Racial justice and advocacy for the most vulnerable 3) Lay and clergy formation 4) Creating new faith communities 5) Diocesan partnerships. View more videos ...Read More

Trinity Soup Kitchen Returns to Roots to Help Those in Need

As the coronavirus continues to spread in the Lehigh Valley, Trinity Soup Kitchen, a ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, has been working to serve those in need safely. “The soup kitchen isn’t just soup,” said Elizabeth Russo, Coordinator of Trinity Soup Kitchen. “It is friendships and support-both material and emotional.” When the COVID-19 pandemic led ...Read More

Nichols and Barebo Witness Renewed Hope in Kajo Keji

On February 17, Bishop Kevin Nichols and Deacon Charlie Barebo descended from their four-passenger plane in Moyo, Uganda, where they were greeted by Bishop Emmanuel Murye Modi and other representatives from the Diocese of Kajo Keji. It was a bittersweet moment. A 13-year partnership between the Dioceses of Bethlehem and Kajo Keji, dubbed “New Hope,” ...Read More

Bishop Nichols and the Rev. Barebo to Visit Kajo Keji

Bishop Kevin D. Nichols and the Rev. Charlie Barebo will be visiting the Diocese of Kajo Keji, South Sudan later this month. “It’s a privilege to be able to see the partnership that has been forged between our dioceses over many years,” said Nichols. “I’m looking forward to building new relationships with Bishop Emmanuel and ...Read More

2020 Congregational Development Grants Awarded

Each year Congregational Development Grants are awarded to multiple parishes in the diocese. The goal of the grants is to assist congregations which are actively engaged with the diocesan vision of collaboration, connection, and adaptive change. “We want to live out our passions in a way that is life-giving,” said Bishop Kevin D. Nichols. “We’re ...Read More

Statement from Bishops Against Gun Violence

Bishops Against Gun Violence, of which, Bishop Kevin is a member, released the following statement repudiating Christian nationalism and systemic racism.  AUGUST 6, 2019—Since last weekend, three young white men—all American citizens, all in legal possession of assault rifles—have murdered more than 30 people in cold blood. Most of the precious children of God who ...Read More

Sandy Milien to Cohost “Way of Love” Podcast

Sandy Milien, Missioner for Community Engagement & Assistant to the Bishop, will be cohosting a podcast featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Hear ideas on how you can incorporate the Way of Love into your life, as Milien and cohost Kyle Oliver discuss the seven practices for a Jesus-centered life: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. “I believe ...Read More

Momentum Builds With Envisioning Retreat in Hazelton

Last month lay and clergy leaders from around the diocese, comprised in largest part by members of the Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, met at St. Peter’s in Hazelton to discuss a vision for the future of the Diocese of Bethlehem. Bishop Kevin D. Nichols called for the Envisioning Retreat in an effort to continue the momentum that ...Read More

Easter Message from Bishop Kevin

A transcript of the message: Though many consider Easter to be a time to eat chocolate and paint beautiful eggs, we who have come to know Christ know that it is so much more. On Easter we celebrate all that God has done for us through Christ’s death and resurrection. This miraculous event, this rising ...Read More

Ash Wednesday Message from Bishop Kevin

 Bishop Kevin’s Ash Wednesday Message Transcript of the message: We are invited to a Holy Lent. We hear the words, “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the church…by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.”* “To Make a Right Beginning.”** During Lent we consider ...Read More

Letter from the Bishop: Staff Changes

Dear Friends in Christ, After prayerful consideration and consultation with Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, I wish to announce some changes in the arrangement of the staff at the diocesan office. My purpose in these changes is to build upon the momentum that is present, to increase missional support to our congregations, and to expand and ...Read More

Lehigh Valley Churches Create Formation Coalition

Episcopal Churches in the Lehigh Valley are banding together to offer more adult education programs to their members. The goal of Lehigh Valley Episcopal Adult Formation, or LEAF, is to pool resources and create opportunities for learning and fellowship among different Episcopal Churches. The Rev. Maria Tjeltveit, rector of Church of the Mediator in Allentown ...Read More

Christmas Message from Bishop Kevin

Christmas Message from Bishop Kevin from Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem   A transcript of the message: I’m bringing you good news of great joy—born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a heavenly host praising God and singing, “Glory to ...Read More

Thanksgiving Message from Bishop Kevin

As I celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, I have been reflecting on how spending the holidays with family can seem like a rerun of a special Thanksgiving episode of a TV series. Our families often have interesting characters that show up just around the holidays. We have difficult and uncomfortable conversations. And a ...Read More

Convention 2020 Videos

Watch the full Diocesan Convention livestream recording on Facebook Opening Worship Bishop’s Address Envisioning Team Presentation: Convocations, Church Fellowships, & Ministry Fellowships Treasurer’s Report Resolution 1: Clergy Salary Schedule for 2021 Diocesan Budget Presentation Resolution 2: Diocesan Budget for 2021 New Hope Update from Kajo Keji Resolution 3: Diocesan Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force ...Read More

Virtual Rules of Order

Login information The Diocese shall send by e-mail the link and/or URL and codes necessary to connect to the Internet meeting service at least one week before the date set for Convention to: all clergy entitled to vote pursuant to Article V of the Constitution, and Title I, Canon 1, Section 1 of the Canons ...Read More

LGBTQ+ Stories from the Diocese

To celebrate the unique beauty and diversity LGBTQ+ Episcopalians bring to our branch of the Jesus Movement, and as the Lehigh Valley celebrates Pride 2020, some LGBTQ+ members of the Diocese of Bethlehem will share stories of their pride in faith and identity. Para celebrar la belleza y diversidad única que los Episcopales LGBTQ+ aportan ...Read More