The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith

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Bishop Beckwith's favorite benediction

May God give you grace never to sell yourself short.
Grace to risk something big for something good.
Grace to remember that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth,
and too small for anything but love.
– William Sloan Coffin

On the Bishop's blog, Signs of God's Grace:

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.

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.

Religion is taking up less and less space in our culture. In his book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2012), Harvard professor Robert Putnam unveils his research on the decline of social capital in American culture, which are the voluntary networks people engage in. He indicates that each succeeding generation is ten percent less likely to have a religious affiliation, which is but one form of social capital. The fastest growing religious affiliation in America is that of people who claim no religious affiliation.