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On the Way   The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan

    New Year’s Resolutions. 40% 0f Americans make them. (1)   By the first week in February, 80 % of the resolutions have fallen by the wayside.(2) Lose weight. Go to the gym. Be nicer. Manage our time better. These are resolutions that require a change in outlook, attitude and behavior. Most behavioral changes […]


  At this time of year, traditions run strong in families, congregations, villages and neighborhoods.  We make the same cookies that our grandmothers and great grandmothers made, string the same red and white lights around the lamp post at the end of the front walk, sing the same favorite carols, and grace the top of […]


    Every morning, I sit in the big comfy chair in the corner of the living room and light a small votive candle. I put the candle in the center of a porcelain bowl that has a wide reach and gently sloping sides, where the light of the small flame is illuminated and magnified […]

greatness and humility

  We are in John-the-Baptist-season again, otherwise known as Advent. This week’s gospel lesson (Mark 1: 1-8) has gotten me thinking and praying in all sorts of directions-  and there’s one idea from a commentary by Gary Fisher that I can’t let go.  Mr. Fisher writes that John calls for two things in this lesson:  […]

lessons from another

Last Sunday, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, I found myself without a parish visitation. We were home, having returned from our holiday travels on Saturday night, and I found myself tossing around the options for Sunday morning:  1) sleep in 2) go for a hike 3) worship in one of our local Episcopal congregations 4) […]

on holiday

I am  celebrating  Thanksgiving with my family and will be back to blog next week. Here is a Celtic blessing that I love: Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat; and we pray you, O God, that it may be good for our body and soul; and, if there is any poor […]

long spaces

    Yesterday I made my every-other month trip to the Northern Tier for our “clergy council” meeting, our informal gathering of the area clergy with their bishop for conversation and prayer.  Each of our seven convocation clergy groups meet with me this way; it is one of the more important set of meetings that […]

new beginnings

    This week, I have celebrated the opening of the new Resurrection Mission in the Lower Anthracite Region; I’ve celebrated the ministry of the people of St. John’s, Carlisle with their new rector, The Rev. Dr. Adam Kradle; and on Saturday, I will be with the people of Christ Church, Williamsport as they celebrate […]

Sutherland Springs, TX

It is about domestic violence. It is about mental health. It is about gun legislation.   It is about the brokenness of our human condition, the evil that enslaves us, and God’s never-failing call to come back, come Home, come and be healed.   The shooting event in Sutherland Springs that took place on Sunday […]


Back in 1993, four collegial, forward-looking men named Charlie, Guy, Nicholas and A. Donald got together with their fountain pens and signed a document called the LARC Covenant.  These four- Charlie, Guy, Nicholas and A. Donald -were leaders, at the time, of the judicatories in Central Pennsylvania in the Roman Catholic, Anglican (Episcopal) and Lutheran […]

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