Congregations across the Episcopal Diocese of Newark are "Electing to Pray" on Election Eve and Election Day – and they are inviting their neighbors who wish to join in community prayer for our country, or who simply seek a safe place for quiet, individual reflection, to join them.
Many of us in the diocese have been listening to St. Paul's dream as outlined in Acts 16:6-15, which has been a passage used by several groups in their regular Dwelling in the Word practice. Paul's dream took his entourage to Philippi in Macedonia. They didn't expect to go in that direction, but the dream led them there – and on the Sabbath they ventured outside the city walls to a group of women who had gathered there to pray.
Youth and chaperones from the St. James, Upper Montclair attended the National Acolyte Festival on Saturday, October 8 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, retired bishop of New Hampshire, preached and presided at the morning service of re-dedication and Holy Eucharist, which included a festive procession of acolytes, clergy, and vergers. Workshops were held in the afternoon.
Just over one year ago I left my family, friends, and job to become a residential member of the Community of St. Anselm (CoSA). A vision of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, CoSA was created to bring young Christians of different denominations from around the world to live in an intentional community in Lambeth Palace. Together we lived our call to follow Christ through a shared life of prayer, study and service.
In 1996, I wrote an article for The VOICE highlighting technology in the Diocese of Newark. That was 20 ago, when personal computers were just becoming popular, no one had even heard of a smart phone, and who could have predicted Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
The week of July 25-30, 2016, Bishop Mark Beckwith and members of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark completed an ambitious, modern-day pilgrimage: they walked across the entire diocese from the Delaware River in Belvidere to the Hudson River in Hoboken, a journey of more than 80 miles.
It’s that time of year when those who are in Medicare are confronted with options to change their coverage. Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP, also known as Annual Enrollment Period) starts October 15 and ends December 7. During this period Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in or disenroll from a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or a standalone Medicare prescription drug Plan (Part D). The truth is that a beneficiary can enroll in a plan and then change to another plan all within the OEP.
[Bloomfield Life]Christ Episcopal Church, bordering Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, dedicated its renovated nursery school on Tuesday, Oct. 4, during an open house and ribbon cutting by Bill Seemen and Jane Bannon.
This past summer from June 8 to July 23, Holy Trinity Church in West Orange held its third annual “God and Science” program for young members of the church and the community. Building on its successful first two years, this year the program was expanded to include art and music, as well as career talks by professionals in various fields. A record 28 young people ages 10-18 attended.
On October 6, Bishop Mark Beckwith, the Rev. Tom Murphy of St. Paul's, Jersey City, the Rev. Laurie Wurm of Grace Van Vorst, Jersey City and other faith leaders joined a bi-partisan group of mayors and police chiefs on the steps of Newark City Hall as Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called on all New Jersey mayors to join together in demanding that gun manufacturers start employing safe weapons technologies - or they will purchase future weapons for their law enforcement agencies elsewhere.
I have long admired Native Americans for their concept of stewardship and ownership. Those ancient commitments have been on rather dramatic display this past week as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined representatives from 250 recognized tribes on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to witness to the sanctity of the earth, especially as it regards a proposed oil pipeline located a few miles from holy ground.
On November 8, 2016, we will be accorded the privilege to exercise a very precious right that many in the world do not enjoy. The right to vote for our local, state and national leaders as well as ballot initiatives that impact our communities should not be taken for granted or treated cavalierly. To refuse or fail to vote, believing that our vote does not matter is more than just poor citizenship, it is also a failure of Christian stewardship.
[Glen Ridge Voice] It was a packed house in the auditorium at Christ Episcopal Church Thursday night in Glen Ridge and Bloomfield, as Glen Ridge's police department hosted a community forum for area residents and law enforcement.