Bishop Beckwith's Blog

I don’t know Tom Erhrich, but I know a bit of his work. He’s an Episcopal priest whose ministry is that of a commentator and writer. In this piece published by Religion News Service on May 19, he says some hard, acerbic and important things about Christian churches in general. His comments are, no doubt, a response to the recently issued Pew report, which has made some data-backed observations about the decline of church membership – and the growth of the “nones” (people who claim no religious affiliation).

"Geeks for God" Blog

We have all been there when someone says “I heard about this new technology I think our church should use….” In our present world, a church has to have a website, an email account and an office computer. What else should you add? Well, it depends.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

Thanks to all of those in our diocese who participated in the Alleluia Fund for Outreach Easter season celebration. It’s a large group of us – the number of donors and total donations are double that of last year at this time. And the celebration was expansive. In addition to financial gifts, you supported our partners’ work with advocacy and volunteerism and shared our stories.

Senior Ministries

Last year Richard Eisenberg, writing in Forbes Magazine, reported that 64% of all adult Americans do NOT have a will. He writes, “Incredibly 51% of Americans age 55 to 64 do not have wills…. Worse, 62% of those age 45 to 54 – and 67% of women that age haven’t drafted wills.”

In the News

[The Montclair Times] When the Rev. C. Melissa Hall became interim rector at St. James Episcopal Church in early 2014, she was surprised to discover the church had no plans for a special Memorial Day service. But her discovery of an old flag piqued her interest and encouraged her to conduct a little research. "I found it behind a couch, and I said, 'What is this?'" she recalled. "It's bordered in red. I believe there are 91 blue stars in the middle on a beige background, and across the top there are seven gold stars."

In the News

The Rev. Ellen Kohn-Perry is quoted in this article.

[The Star-Ledger] Horses can be healers in many different ways.

In the News

[Essex News Daily] Hispanic entrepreneurs have a new resource to help them establish and maintain successful businesses in West Orange.

The West Orange Hispanic Foundation was created by Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez and downtown business owner Ysabel Strowe shortly after Rodriguez’s position appointment in February for the purpose of helping township Latinos learn how to set up a local business and assimilate into the community. The group, which the deputy mayor said now has approximately 100 members, currently meets once each month at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, though it plans to eventually expand to every other week. Anyone is welcome to join.