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Ad Clerum on Mothers

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Letter to the Clergy from Bishop Minns

“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”(Luke 22:27)

It may surprise you to know that I don’t like the British historical television series Downton Abbey, and to the chagrin of my family I won’t even watch it with them. It’s not that I don’t admire the gifted writing of Julian Fellowes, or the beautiful sets and the costumes that adorn the talented actors.

Ad Clerum on Forgiveness Website Admini… Fri, 04/30/2021 - 10:56
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Letter to the Clergy from Interim Bishop Minns

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:8,9)

Ad Clerum on Transformation

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Letter to the Clergy from Interim Bishop Minns

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Walking through Penn Station in mid-town Manhattan is not an experience for the faint-hearted. It is ugly, over-crowded, and confusing, and it is a far cry from the grand train station of an earlier era that it has replaced.

Next Fifth Friday Book Conversations About Race

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As Christians in the Pittsburgh Diocese, we have been considering our World and Life View journey through the Fifth Friday Conversation about Race. We are asking ourselves, “What and how ought we do to be truly One in Christ?” Within the Bible we are called “…love your neighbor as yourself.” Everyone regardless of skin color are our neighbors. The sin of counting someone as less than ourselves because of their ethnic or cultural heritage is rampant not just in the U.S. but around the world.

Summer Leadership Program for College Students

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2021 Josiah Project Beckons

College students who stay in Christian Leadership?

Launched in 1990, Rock the World’s Josiah Project has inspired more than 80% of its graduates to continue in Christian leadership — for decades.

Rock the World offers this Ambridge-based two summer program to collegians who are serious about following Jesus and extending God's Kingdom. The 11-week intensive summer program features learning and serving, offers $3,000 academic scholarships for tuition and books, and an opportunity to launch ministry initiatives in their Second Summer.

Ad Clerum on Change

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Letter to the Clergy from Interim Bishop Minns

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Ad Clerum on Holy Week

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Letter to the Clergy from Interim Bishop Minns

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.Matthew 27:31,32

One of the most celebrated journeys in all history is the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering or Sorrows). It is a processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.

Ad Clerum on Stewardship

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Letter to Clergy from Interim Bishop

Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”(Luke 6:38)

I can still remember the time when a man from the “Every Member Canvass” team of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Darien, came to our door and said that he had come to talk about stewardship and our financial giving to the church.