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On the Way   The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan
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TUESDAY in HOLY WEEK Five hours of Zoom today. It was all good. All important. All holy, even. The first two of them I took in my running clothes with my hair standing on end, yet unshowered. So it goes. In some ways, this Holy Week has afforded me more time for reflection each day […]

A soft day with a rough patch. The Good Shepherd was waiting on the other side.

I have friends who live in Ireland, and when they say that it’s been a “soft day,” they mean that it’s been a wee bit wet- somewhere between a mist and a drizzle. It was sunny and beautiful today in Central Pennsylvania- but I’d still call it a “soft day.” Holy Monday is like that. […]

A new way

No, it wasn’t the same. It wasn’t the same at all. A lifetime of shouting “Hosanna!” “Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord!” “Hosanna to the Son of David!”, and, later (and less enthusiastically) “Crucify him, Crucify him!”… no, I didn’t do that today. I didn’t sprinkle holy water over […]

When the Real Presence… isn’t Present

At the time that this blog entry will post (Friday, April 3, 2020) most of the Episcopalians in Central Pennsylvania will have gone without Holy Communion for two weeks.  For some, it may have been longer (some having missed church for a week or more leading up to the suspension of worship that began on March […]

my amygdala

(for Nagulan) ONE. I was 21 when Panic arrived on my doorstep with an overnight bag packed for a stay of some duration. Panic came unexpectedly.  I had just finished four wonderful years at a small liberal arts women’s college where I was a leader, where I had good friends, healthy hobbies, and felt, like many […]


Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the (evening) sacrifice.                                                 Psalm 141:2 NRSV Every morning I stumble downstairs in the dark; turn the thermostat up from its nighttime, sensible and thrifty low; hit “brew” on the coffee machine; spoon two tablespoons of pasty, smelly, […]


Most blog posts around this time of year focus on New Year’s resolutions.  I could follow suit and tell you about how I’m going to lose 20 pounds, or how I’ve decided to never again buy a plastic bottle of water no matter how thirsty I am, or how I am committed to a new regimen […]

Sri Lanka Digest

These are the entries and photos that I posted on Facebook as part of a travelogue during my pilgrimage to Sri Lanka on 14-25, 2019 November with Episcopal Relief & Development Friday 15 November 2019Colombo, Sri Lanka I left Harrisburg PA from the train station at 4 PM on Wednesday, and am finally at my […]

Sri Lanka lessons

This is a follow-up blog entry to my Facebook posts while traveling in Sri Lanka in mid-November. For more photos and the travelogue of our pilgrimage to Sri Lanka, check back here later as I hope to digest the FB postings- including photographs- on this site. — Thanksgiving morning 28 November 2019 Newark Marriott, NJ Sri […]

For All the Saints

Note: this blog post appeared Nov 1 on Facebook and, now, is catalogued here. I am committed to posting once per month on the first day of the month and due to technical difficulties (computer virus) I was unable to access Word Press on Nov 1. Since the time that this was posted on FB, […]

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