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On the Way   The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan
been away

  I’ve been away this week at the College for Bishops in my third and final year of the “Living our Vows” conference. Each new bishop is required to participate in week long retreats in three successive years for their early formation in their new role. Some of the subjects that we’ve studied in three […]

What’s in a name?

    If you follow me on Face Book, you know that in the last week we got two new kittens.  They came from parishioners at St. John’s, Carlisle, who have a farm and a barn and…. barn cats.  This spring, the harvest was prolific:  three litters!  And so, we had our pick of about […]


  I’m supposed to be in Texas right now. I’m supposed to be at a meeting of General Convention Legislative Committee Chairs learning how to receive, refine, and process resolutions for my committee, Committee #15, the Legislative Committee on Ministry ( all things related to Title III in our canons) for our upcoming convention in […]

One Body?

“Creeping Congregationalism”   “The Call to Maximize Identity”   These are a couple of the phrases that were tossed around this week as I met with one of our diocesan committees.   The name and work of the committee is not germane to this discussion as much as the topic that was discussed; it was the […]

Eastertide and all that.

“Easter is a season.”   If you’ve been around the church for a while, my guess is that you’ve heard that more than once- from the pulpit, in the parish newsletter, or on a Facebook page. (I’m pretty sure I’m guilty on that last one.)   Easter is a season-  that lasts 50 days.  50 […]

winding up

    Day Three of our Anti-Racism training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond ended with a service of Holy Eucharist and hopes that our time today was not spent winding up the work, but, really, winding up… for more work and change and hope and reconciliation in our diocese as we work […]

In process. Day two anti-racism training

image by NotChris  @ Zazzle.com It’s difficult, if not nearly impossible to process, condense and put seven hours of training into one neat blog entry that does justice to the depth and breadth of the material presented, the associated new learning and the affective response.   Difficult and nearly impossible haven’t stopped me yet.   […]

in process

  image by NotChris @ Zazzle.com   Dear readers of the On The Way blog- I am attending a three day anti-racism training conducted by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (http://pisab.org) here in State College with 27 other Episcopalians from our diocese.  This training has been made possible by the prayerful discernment of our […]

a picture is worth a thousand words. refreshed diocesan icon.

  A picture is worth a thousand words.   The history of Christian iconography is rich.  The use of symbols to represent theological ideas is an art form all its own, and a part of our tradition that extends to the earliest days of Christianity when symbols were often used to assist in “translating” bible […]

Good Friday

  Detail of a fifth-century ivory miniature of the Crucifixion, held by the British Museum.   The Way of Pain by Wendell Berry, 1980 1. For parents, the only way is hard. We who give life give pain. There is no help. Yet we who give pain give love; by pain we learn the extremity […]

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