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Baker Named Canon to the Ordinary for Mission Resources & CFO

Steve Baker has been named the Canon to the Ordinary for Mission Resources & Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Bethlehem. For the past year, Baker has been serving as Consulting Director of Mission Resources to support the work of Diocesan Council in the development of the strategic priorities of the diocese. In addition to his previous…

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A Statement from Bishop Kevin: Reach Out in Love at the Border

I write to you this day broken-hearted. Vulnerable people, especially children are being mistreated, neglected, and are, tragically, even dying at our nation’s border. What is happening at detention centers is inhumane, deplorable and counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who tells us, “just as you did it to one of the least of…

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Ramblings With No Destination: An Essay on Grief by Deacon Don Howells

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans -John Lennon A while back, I received a letter from Ron, an old friend and former co-worker that I had not heard from in years. It was a pleasant surprise After some kind thoughts and “days of old” memories and promises to do…

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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…

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Footage from Chrism Mass (Including Bp. Kevin’s Sermon) Now Available

If you missed this year’s Chrism Mass, you can still watch the livestreamed footage. The service begins around the 12 minute mark. Bishop Kevin’s sermon begins 30 minutes and 30 seconds in.

Canon Kitch Called to St. Luke’s in Phillipsburg, NJ–Special Service on April 7

A Letter from Canon Kitch: Dear friends and colleagues, I write to share the good news that I have accepted the call to become the next rector of St. Luke’s Church in Phillipsburg, NJ, Diocese of Newark. While I enter with joy this next season of my ministry, it is with a heavy heart that…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Kitch-Peck to Serve on Task Force to Study Sexism

Sophie Kitch-Peck, one of the diocese’s deputies to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, has been appointed to the Task Force to Study Sexism in the Episcopal Church and Develop Anti-Sexism Training. This task force is an interim body, which helps carry out resolutions set forth by General Conventions between meetings. “I am excited…

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