In the News

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

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


With sadness we share the news of the passing of the Rev. Frederick Phillip Duncanson, M.D., age 62, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer just a day before his death. A Requiem Service will be held at St. Michael’s Church, 1219 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12 noon, followed by burial in Brick Church Cemetery located at 221 Brick Church Road, Spring Valley, NY.


Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops of which Bishop Mark Beckwith is co-convener, will sponsor a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during General Convention. The gathering is intended to urge people of faith to seek common ground in efforts to curtail gun violence.

The event, called Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence, will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, outside the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

A friend of mine recently told me an ancient story about a rabbi who was good and faithful – and had found special favor with God. God approached the rabbi and asked the holy man what God could do for him. After offering his gratitude, the rabbi answered – with characteristic humility, “Help me make a difference in the world.”

"Geeks for God" Blog

Last Saturday morning the diocesan Technology Committee held a Church Communications Workshop at Grace Church in Madison. A small but highly motivated group of 11 people from nine congregations attended. The basic premise of the workshop was to give church communicators a chance to sit with the Technology Committee and “pick our brains” – and so they did, on topics such as websites, social media, e-newsletters and electronic giving. The attendees appreciated the personalized attention – there were six workshop presenters working with the 11 of them – as well as the chance to connect with other church communicators facing similar challenges.

In one of the breakout sessions on social media, an idea emerged that I wanted to recommend to all church communicators: use Throwback Thursday to share your church’s history and story on social media.

In the News

[Daily Record] Sensei Ray Cicetti of The Empty Bowl Zen Community and the Rev. Cynthia Black of Church of the Redeemer led members of the community in a brief meditation and raising of prayer flags on Tuesday to call attention to the plight of the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquakes.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

All Saints’ Parish in Hoboken created the All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation in 1995 to help meet the social and economic needs of children and families. Our mission is to equip children and families with the tools not only to survive, but also to overcome the many barriers they face. We believe that all people deserve a fair chance at creating a fulfilling life based on self-esteem, self-reliance, personal accountability and respect for others.


On Sunday, May 31, Senior Ministries of the Diocese of Newark will present the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement awards at a 4 p.m. evensong service at St. Peter’s, Morristown, following a 3 p.m. reception. Diocese of Newark seniors are recognized annually at this Senior Ministries evensong for their many significant contributions of time and talent to an Episcopal church or diocese. The awards are named in memory of a man who was a tireless advocate and innovator in matters of retirement and aging.


This article was originally published by the Episcopal Church Foundation as part of the Vestry Papers issue on Facing Leadership Challenges (May 2015).

This is an exciting time in the life of the church. It is a time of hope and promise, of new life, yet it is also a challenging and frightening time to many of us. As leaders, we are charged with leading in this time of transition from the “way it has always been” into, well, we have no idea. But, here’s the thing: In the messiness and chaos of our lives and in the life of the Church, and even when things are unraveling in this transition, the Spirit of God is at work. Where is the Spirit of God at work? Everywhere. And if that is true, the Spirit of God is not only at work among the people in our church community but among the people in our neighborhoods – in the places where we work, play, study, and live.


We are very excited to announce that our diocese has been awarded a grant from the United Thank Offering to hold an overnight visioning retreat for young adult ministry.

Church News

On Sunday, May 3, members of Christ Church, Teaneck biked and hiked during Family Promise of Bergen County's annual fundraising event. Christ Church's team participated by biking a 15 mile course, or walking 3 miles for this worthy cause.