July 20, 2016    Serving the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania      www.diopa.org
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Consecration of the Rev. Canon Daniel G.P. Gutierrez

Photos from Bishop Gutierrez's Service of Ordination and Consecration

Presiding Bishop Asks for Prayers for Nice, France

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry asks for prayers for Nice, France.   Click here.
In addition, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings in the United States.

Many Episcopal groups have prepared resources that may help congregations and individuals in their prayer and conversation this weekend.

Update: Office of Family and Young Adult Ministry

July has brought a season of change to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries also known as OFYAM. Unexpectedly two of our cherished staff members announced their departure from our office.
Effective June 24th, Sarah Hedgis resigned as the Director of the Episcopal Mission Center to accept a new position as an Associate Priest at the Philadelphia Cathedral.  Sarah was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral last year, and this opportunity allows her to follow her call to serve a parish and fully live in to that ministry.  As the Director for the EMC she developed the curriculum and staff for our summer Mission Program.  She has done inspired work in helping us define and shape this important formation and outreach ministry by having discipleship inform and guide our outreach!
Lindsay Barrett-Adler resigned her position as Associate for Young Adult Ministries and Servant Year Program Director effective July 8.  Lindsay faithfully served the Diocese of Pennsylvania for five years, first as a member of Servant Year and served on its Board of Directors before becoming its Program Director in 2013.  Her own service gave her first hand experience that guided her in this ministry, and under her leadership our program tripled in size, added youth, church and school partnerships and overhauled the formation program.  She leaves us to take a position with the Development Team at Green Street Friends School.  Its commitment to diversity and equality mirror the goals of Servant Year.
We are sad that Sarah and Lindsay will not be with us but we are grateful for their ministries with OFYAM.  We send them on with our blessings and good wishes as they move forward on their journeys.
To help us navigate this time of transition we are pleased to announce that Jan Berry-Schroeder, who had served as Interim Director for OFYAM during Andrew Kuhn's paternity leave, has agreed to stay on and serve as Interim Missioner for Missional Living and work with the EMC and Servant Year Programs.  Jan has a Master's degree in counseling and served for 8 years as a Director for Youth and Family Ministry at the parish level. Certified by FORMA in Youth and Family Ministry Jan brings with her extensive experience in program design, planning, and management as well as curriculum development and implementation. 
We did have to make one timely decision.  This year's Servant Year members experienced challenges that needed long-term solutions and some of our current corps members even felt that the program needed to take a year off. We were working with them to address identified issues in housing, placements and formation and it became clear that we needed the next year to get the best solutions in place.  When Lindsay's departure came within a month of the new year start, we made the difficult decision to not offer Servant Year during the 2016-17-program year.  We erred on the side of getting things done completely right instead of quickly and incompletely.  We determined that we did not fully live up to our Servant Year pillars of community, service, and formation.  We will continue to work diligently and methodically so that the programs we offer fully meet the needs of its members and reflect our diocesan values and mission
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven", and with every change there is opportunity.  We look forward to where God is leading us in this ministry serving the needs of our parishes, clergy and laity.  

-Andrew Kuhn

Photos from City Camp 2016

Campers at Camp St. Simon (St. Simon the Cyrenian Church, Point Breeze) experience fun on a giant water slide while on a field trip to St. Peter's in the Great Valley, Malvern.

It's all smiles for Camp St. Gabriel (St. Gabriel's Church, Roosevelt Boulevard) as they get ready for swimming at their local pool!

Campers draw what they learned during their week at Camp HISP (Holy Innocents St. Paul's Church, Tacony).

Camp St. Luke (St. Luke's Church, Germantown) serves their community by helping the church prepare for the weekly food cupboard distribution.

Parachute games are always a hit at Camp St. James! (St. James School)

Diocesan Resource Guide

I n response to Bishop Gutierrez meeting with the Deans this April, the Diocese of Pennsylvania will be publishing a Diocesan Resource Guide.
To ensure that the Guide contains the information which is relevant to you and your work in the Diocese we are asking for your input. 
Please submit your suggestions and recommendations to J.D. Lafrance no later than Friday, September 16, 2016 at the following email: jdlafrance@diopa.org or mail your suggestions to:

J.D. Lafrance
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
3717 Chestnut Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your input.

Congratulations to Lisa Lonie Carillonneur at St. Thomas, Whitemarsh

Lisa has been awarded a Guild of Carillonneurs (GCNA) Barnes scholarship to catalogue the collective works of carillonneur Arthur Bigelow, a pioneer in the development of the carillon art in North America.  Together with her colleagues, Janet Tebbel and Robin Austin, they plan to spend a week at the archives at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales Florida sometime next year.  

And speaking of Bok Tower...Lisa has been asked to perform at the famed Bok Tower Carillon Festival in March!  Only one other North American was invited.  The other two invitees are the respective heads of the Belgium and Netherlands carillon schools.   This week long festival is a very prestigious and highly respected festival in carillon world, attracting thousands of visitors, and of course, carillon enthusiasts.  

Education for Ministry

Have you ever considered a formal study of the things which inform your baptismal covenant?  Many EfM seminar groups will be reforming or starting in the fall and now is the time for you to consider if this program is for you.  The current texts are portrayed in the attached link.