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On the Way   The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan

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, […]

History . Our Story

Thursday  3 October 2019 Philadelphia ONE. I’m here in Center City Philadelphia sitting in my 4thfloor aerie of an historic hotel room, looking out of the tiny, single dormer window to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which, when it was built in 1922, was the longest single span bridge in America. I’m here for the 250thanniversary […]

a Pastoral Letter

A Pastoral Letter from The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. ScanlanXI BishopThe Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania (to be read in all parishes on Sunday, September 8, 2019) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable […]

how to pray about this

Suggestions for How to Pray in the Middle of This* I called for us (my family, friends and members of our diocese who read what I write on Facebook) to prayer today, in the aftermath of the weekend shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton OH.   One of my friends replied to my suggestion of […]

at the core, bequeathed.

On Sunday afternoon, when I return from my visit up north, I will head straight to the corner of the garage where we store the camping supplies:  tent, hammock, sleeping bag, chair, and plastic bins with camp stove, fuel, coffee press, cutting board, cutlery, paper towels, lighters, lanterns, flashlights, batteries, fire starter, camp knife, dish pan, […]

focus- take two

(The first posting of this blog dropped an entire paragraph. This is the full version. Sorry.) Last week at this time, I was focused intently on the one square foot of land beneath my feet that changed with each step that I took, drawing closer and closer to the goal of the end of Peter’s […]

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