September 10, 2015
In This Issue
Hugh O'Doherty:  Harnessing Conflict to Create Change
Hugh O'Doherty makes it sound so simple.
 "What I hope to do is simply to provide a framework that will help people think about challenges that confront them and frame them in a different way."
O'Doherty, who will give the keynote address at the diocesan convention on Friday, October 2 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center, is a native of Northern Ireland, a much-sought after conflict resolution consultant and an adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Like his colleague Ron Heifetz, O'Doherty has helped organizations throughout the world recognize the difference between the sorts of organizational problems they label "technical" and those they call "adaptive."
"With a technical problem, we have the skills to solve it," he says. "Solving an adaptive problem requires learning. The knowledge that got us here is no longer adequate.
"If you look at the Episcopal Church, what we have in our repertoire has got us to this point, but it is no longer adequate for the times we are in," says O'Doherty who has made presentations in several dioceses and worked with the Clergy Leadership Program run by Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City.  
An adaptive challenge can't be solved by a stereotypically strong and decisive leader, he says, because the contours of the problem aren't yet known. "Ownership shifts so that everyone must own the problem," he says. "You have to gather all of the stakeholders and figure out what is really the work we face, what is the challenge we face going forward."
Bishop Sean Rowe believes the clergy and people of the diocese are ready to do this kind of self-examination, and that O'Doherty is the person to help them do it. "Hugh O'Doherty is certainly an expert in the theory of adaptive leadership," Rowe says. "But, more importantly, he is an experienced practitioner who has coached leaders and organizations to work through their most difficult challenges and assist them to identify important opportunities for growth.
"The work that Hugh will do with the clergy and lay leaders of the diocese during convention will lay the groundwork for the mission strategy work that we will undertake together as a diocese over the course of the next year."
Read more on the website.
Scholarships for Girls in Kajo Keji:  Episcopal Church Women Project
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Bethlehem ask congregations to help provide scholarships for girls in the Diocese of Kajo Keji, our partners in South Sudan.

Primary school scholarships are $30 each and secondary school scholarships are $325 each, but contributions of any amount are welcome. Please make donations before diocesan convention (October 2-3), and find more details online.
Christmas at Sea Seeks Knitters, Crocheters
Seaman's Church Institute booth at the recent Episcopal Church General Convention. Find more photos on Facebook.
Since 1898, during the Spanish American War, volunteers of the Seamen's Church Institute have knitted, collected, packed, and distributed gifts to mariners who are miles away from home during the holidays. The gift consists of a handknit garment, a personal letter, and information on services for mariners. The package also includes several useful items like hand lotion, lip balm, and toothbrushes that are difficult to come by when working long stretches on the water.

If you knit or crochet, you can help. Visit the Seaman's Church Institute website for hat and scarf patterns, and remember to avoid fringe or pom-poms that could get caught in ships' machinery. Drop off your finished items at the diocesan office or bring them to diocesan convention in October. 

Questions? Please email Canon Jane TeterWant to know more about the Seaman's Church Institute? Visit their website and Facebook page.

Diocesan Convention:  Nominations and Resolutions Now Online
At this year's diocesan convention, delegates will vote on six resolutions about topics including the diocesan budget, clergy salaries and gun violence. The convention will also consider two changes to the diocesan canons. Learn more and download resolutions.

Delegates will also elect diocesan leaders including four members of the the Commission on Ministry; six members of the Diocesan Council; two members of the Disciplinary Board; four members of the Incorporated Trustees; and two members of the Standing Committee.
Diocesan Convention: October 2-3 in Bethlehem
This year's diocesan convention takes place at the Best Western Conference Center in Bethlehem with Convention Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Nativity. 

New Schedule and Registration Process
This year, convention begins at 9 am on Friday, October 2 and concludes at noon on Saturday, October 3. Find a detailed schedule on the registration page. All business meetings take place at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference CenterPlease register for convention using this online form by September 16. After September 16, prices will increase until September 24, when registration will close.

Hotel Reservations
Make hotel reservations at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center by calling 610-866-5800. The group rate is $99 through September 15.

Hugh O'Doherty's Keynote Address
We will have additional seating on Friday afternoon, October 2, for Hugh O'Doherty's keynote address. Please email Jo Trepagnier to learn more.

Remembering Bishop Dyer
Friday evening's Convention Eucharist and dinner will include opportunities to honor and remember the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer, bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem from 1982-1995, who died in November 2014. You can register online for the dinner only if you are not attending the rest of convention.
What Else is New?

Pre-Convention Hearings
All diocesan convention delegates, clergy and lay, are encouraged to attend one of three pre-convention hearings scheduled around the diocese. The resolutions and the 2016 budget will be reviewed, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the sponsors of the resolutions.

Thursday September 17, 7 pm:  St. Alban's Church, Sinking Spring
Tuesday September 22, 7 pm:  The Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit
Thursday September 24, 7 pm:  Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Volunteer Opportunities
Convention requires the help of non-delegate volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to ensure the success of this important diocesan event, meet new people from across the diocese, see and experience convention behind-the-scenes-and have fun! Learn more on the website.

News of the Diocese
Diocesan Training Days:  October 24, March 5, April 9
Join leaders from across the diocese on October 24 from 9:30 am-2:30 pm at Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit for workshops on: 
  • Leadership for Wardens and Vestry
  • Benedictine Spirituality for Leadership
  • Worship Leader Certification to be licensed to lead public worship (parts 1 and 2)
  • Best Practices for Parish Finance
  • Spiritual Gifts for Ministry
The day is free with a freewill offering for the cost of lunch. Learn more and register online.
Other regional leadership training days will take place on March 5 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and April 9 at St. Gabriel's Church in Douglasville. The March training will include Eucharistic visitor training.
Safeguarding God's Children
Congregation leaders, church school teachers, youth group leaders and all other volunteers who work with children must meet both Pennsylvania and Episcopal Church requirements for training, background checks and clearances. Find Safeguarding God's Children details on the website. All leaders must be in compliance with these policies by the end of 2015.
The Diocese of Bethlehem newSpin Blog

newSpin is Bill Lewellis' eclectic sampling of religion news from around the Episcopal Church and beyond.  Read the September 3 issue and browse past issues. To be added to the new newSpin email distribution list, please email

Upcoming Diocesan Events
Key Dates for 2015-2016 Now Online
Check the website for an updated list of dates for key 2015-2016 diocesan events, including regional confirmations, youth events, clergy days, and clergy bible studies. You can also find a list of Bishop Rowe's visitations online.

For updates and additions to the diocesan schedule, check the newsletter and website calendar. Questions? Please email Jo Trepagnier
Upcoming Parish and Community Events
The Ordination and Consecration of Bishop-elect Audrey Cady Scanlan
God willing and the people consenting, the Rev. Audrey Cady Scanlan will be ordained and consecrated a bishop in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and the eleventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on September 12 at 11 am at The Forum in Harrisburg. Learn more.
Ein Deutsches Requiem in Scranton
On September 19 at 2 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton, Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem will be performed in memory of James A. Simms, who died in April. 
The choir will be composed of singers who sang under Simms' direction at The Riverside Church, Trinity Church Wall Street and the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, New Jersey. Learn more on Facebook.
Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened:  Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration
From October 23-25, the Pennsylvania Council of Churches will host a conference on America's system of mass incarceration and how congregations can be involved in criminal justice reform. Learn more and register online.
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