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Good Friday Crosses

  Good Friday Message- Bishop Kevin Nichols Like our young Artists we enter the story of Christ’s Passion and death. We bring the tapestry of our own lives… Our joys and our burdens? What have these last few months or this past year been like for you? What images come to mind as you paint ...Read More

Statement Regarding the Capitol Insurrection

Statement Regarding the Capitol Insurrection Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force Diocese of Bethlehem January 13, 2021   Like many Americans, the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force is saddened and horrified by the riots at the Capitol last week. Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry made a statement about the events, as did our own ...Read More

A Statement from Bishop Kevin

January 7, 2021 Dear beloved of the Diocese of Bethlehem, Even there your hand will lead me  and your right hand hold me fast.    If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,”   Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as ...Read More

Bishop Kevin’s Christmas Sermon 2020

Christmas sermon video (English subtitles)  Download this video Christmas sermon video (Spanish subtitles)  Download this video Christmas sermon audio (MP3 file) MP3 File Bishop’s blessing video (English subtitles)  Download this video Bishop’s blessing video (Spanish subtitles)  Download this video Bishop’s blessing audio (MP3 file) MP3 File Transcript (Spanish and English) English ...Read More

All Saints Message From Bishop Kevin

Read a transcript of the message below Our Convention theme this year was “by the greatness of love”. Psalm 5 vs. 7 has been a constant reminder to me in the midst of this daunting pandemic moment that no matter the obstacle, if we keep our eyes focused on God and God‘s love, we can ...Read More

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