Scapegoating doesn't work. Building relationships does.

Bishop's Book Discussion: "Scapegoating doesn't work. Building relationships does."

2014 Alleluia Fund for Outreach grant recipients

2014 Alleluia Fund for Outreach grant recipients announced

St. James' Episcopal Church receives prestigious 'Best of Montclair' Award

In the News: St. James' receives prestigious 'Best of Montclair' Award

Coverage of the Candlelight Vigil for Peace

Coverage of the Candlelight Vigil for Peace

N.J. religious leaders to elected officials: We can't feed the hungry alone

N.J. religious leaders to elected officials: We can't feed the hungry alone

Does your congregation need a YouTube channel?

"Geeks for God" blog: Does your congregation need a YouTube channel?

Happening #27

"Happening" weekend for grades 9-12: Register early and get a discount!

Bishop Beckwith's Blog - Online Book Discussion

A scapegoat is someone who is punished for the sins or offenses of others. It dates back to Leviticus 16, when the “Azazel” goat was sent out into the wilderness from the Temple in Jerusalem on the Day of Atonement. Often the goat had the curses of the community written on his flank. The purpose of the scapegoat was a solemn sacrifice for sin.

Announcement

On December 10, Diocesan Council ratified the Alleluia Fund grant board’s recommendation to award grants to 27 congregation-based or -affiliated programs and stress a greater allocation towards food and shelter ministries.

In the News

The Venerable Peter Jackson, Archdeacon, is quoted in this article.

[NJ.com] From Pennsauken to Pleasantville to Jersey City, a handful of food pantries scattered across New Jersey are closing or are taking a break, but not because fewer people need help, the Rev. Sara Lilja said, director of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministries.

There's just not enough food to fill the need, Lilja said.

In the News

The Venerable Peter Jackson, Archdeacon, is quoted in this article.

[The Record] A reality show star joined other anti-hunger activists at the State House and urged New Jersey lawmakers to increase funding for food programs and to approve bills in votes Monday that would ease restrictions and get benefits to people faster.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog - Online Book Discussion

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” That is the King James Version of the third commandment (Exodus 20:7). Like most of us, I was taught that it meant there is certain language you can’t use – swear words being chief among them. And as a kid, we all knew what those forbidden words were (and the excitement we felt when we learned a new one).

"Geeks for God" Blog

Okay. I know this sounds a little extreme. Right now we’re struggling to get the next edition of the church newsletter together, the website hasn’t been updated in a month, and attention to our Facebook page is declining for lack of participation. Now we want to have a YouTube Channel?

Well, maybe yes.