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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.”

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

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

Announcement

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.

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[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.