The 142nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark: Who is my neighbor?

Annual Diocesan Convention

The 142nd Annual Diocesan Convention was held Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany NJ.

Convention Headlines

For as long as anyone can remember, the annual Convention of the Diocese of Newark has always taken place at the end of January. Which means that it has always been during the season of Epiphany. And Epiphany usually gets lost --because most of us are still recovering from Advent and Christmas – or are resting for Lent, which somehow has long been the liturgical season when we are supposed to be holy.

Steven Boston, official photographer of Convention, has posted 464 photos from the 142nd Annual Diocesan Convention in his online portfolio.

A summary of all actions taken by deputies at the 142nd Annual Diocesan Convention.

Joining God in Shaping Our Future, a Convention presentation by the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, the Rev. Ginny Dinsmore and Suzanne Willian, offers a snapshot of the initiatives our diocese is engaged in currently and will be rolling out over the course of the year. (Video duration: 27:24.)

At the Convention dinner held on Friday, January 29, 2016, special guests included the Rt. Rev. William "Chip" Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey, and Imam W. Deen Shareef of Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington, who is on the executive team of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace along with with Bishop Beckwith and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz. Each briefly addressed the deputies and dinner guests, and videos of their greetings are posted below.

The Rt. Rev. Steven T. Lane, IX Bishop of Maine, was keynote speaker at our 142nd Annual Diocesan Convention. This video shows his sermon at the opening Eucharist on Friday, followed (at 13:07) by his reflections at the conclusion of Convention on Saturday. (Video duration: 20:42.)

The five Mission Minute videos shown at Convention each examine the question "Who is my neighbor?" through the lens of numerous stories from around the Diocese of Newark.

Newark Shared Ministry

A new venture is bringing suburban and urban congregations into a new relationship. In this final Mission Minute, you will hear how this effort started among Christ Church in Short Hills, St. Paul’s Church in Chatham, House of Prayer in Newark and Apostles’ House in Newark, and where they are now. (Duration: 6:21)

Nearly 500 clergy and lay leaders from congregations throughout the diocese will address the question Who is my neighbor? at the 142nd Annual Diocesan Convention. Held once again at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, the two-day Convention will begin at 9 AM Friday, January 29 with registration, and is scheduled to adjourn at 3:30 PM Saturday, January 30 (see the full proposed agenda).