Christophany #15

Register by October 3 for Christophany, a fun, faith-filled weekend for youth in grades 6-8

Bidding farewell to the fourth class of NEWARK ACTS interns, and looking forward to the fifth

Bidding farewell to the fourth class of NEWARK ACTS interns, and looking forward to the fifth

Facebook buttons decoded: "Like" is nice, but "Share" is stronger

On Geeks for God blog, Facebook buttons decoded: "Like" is nice, but "Share" is stronger

Ebola Relief Assistance for Liberia

Bishop Beckwith invites your support of Ebola Relief Assistance for Liberia

The Invitation of Taizé

On Bishop Beckwith's blog: "The Invitation of Taizé"

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

In March, I led a small delegation from The Episcopal Church to the Diocese of Liberia. We were deeply impressed by the fortitude and faith of the people we met, who were still recovering from twenty years of a brutal Civil War.

A smaller group of us were scheduled to travel back to Liberia in early July to attend the enthronement of Jonathan Hart, Bishop of Liberia, as the Archbishop of West Africa. We didn’t go, as the Ebola epidemic was beginning to spread through the capital city of Monrovia.

Announcement

The Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund (BCEF) provides financial support for church buildings in the diocese needing repairs and renovation, usually with a special focus on emergency and unforeseen needs. Through the BCEF, you can support the critical needs identified by the Bishop.

The third BCEF Call of 2014 is to repair the crumbling façade of St. Peter's in Livingston's narthex and bell tower.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

The Taizé community, named for the French town where the international and ecumenical monastic community began nearly 75 years ago, is known for its repetitive, chant-like music. It is also known for gathering thousands of people from all over the world to live in a community of prayer. (There were about 3700 pilgrims there during the same week as our diocesan group of nine young adults and four more seasoned adults.) But what stood out most for me during our week was the continuous invitation. The invitation to join with God in prayer – in song and in silence. The invitation to offer respect to one another – honoring all the linguistic, ethnic, religious and racial diversity that shows up every week. The invitation to be in deep communion with the living Christ.

Church News

Holy Trinity in West Orange recently offered a unique summer program for children: “Science and God,” led by Holy Trinity's Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Miguel A. Hernandez, who is also a telecommunications engineer.

NEWARK ACTS Director's Blog

At a gathering on July 30 we bid farewell to Emily, Michelle, Ker, Yucleidis, Sandra, Christina and Ryan – the NEWARK ACTS Interns of Year Four. The evening was a culmination of an 11-month journey which began in similar fashion with an informal gathering where we shared not only a meal but a piece of our own story.