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[The Alternative Press] The dead body of a male adult was found by dog walkers at approximately 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the playground behind the Gardern Court apartments, near the Chatham Middle School.

The death, an apparent suicide, is being investigated by the Chatham Borough Police and the Morris County Prosecutors Office. According to Chatham Police Chief Phil Crosson, authorities are confirming the identity and notifying next-of-kin before releasing any information.

Canon Jacobs' Blog

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While the recent reports of domestic violence involving NFL players has brought some much needed attention to this serious and preventable public health problem, few have spoken about how faith-based organizations can assume an important role in both addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Senior Ministries

It is hard to avoid the streams of ads from Aetna, AARP (UnitedHealthcare), AmeriHealth, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and others. As annoying as they are, if you are on Medicare and have a Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), the ads are a reminder that it is time to think about your medical coverage. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period, sometimes called the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), starts October 15 and runs to December 7.

Church News

Somewhere around 2005, when we asked random people in Fort Lee if they knew where Good Shepherd, or the Episcopal Church, was, they would usually look at us blankly. We’d describe the location, and they’d say, “Oh, is that church still open?” “I thought it was a Korean church, because of the sign.” Officials in town and in local social service agencies knew us primarily because of Friends for Life, our HIV support program.

NEWARK ACTS Interns' Blog

In the last few weeks as an intern at Newark Acts, my emotions have ranged from excitement, apprehension, curiosity, and downright frustration. Coming in, I was clearly behind some of my fellow interns because internship prospects were diminished somewhat due partly to my summer job at a camp in Maine, where I had little access to phone reception and internet. Along with that, I had very little free time to talk with potential internships. In the end, it may have been better if I had not been to the camp as to better prepare for my internship, but for all the complications it created it for me, the experience I got from working at the camp put me in a better mindset to live in a community and remain disciplined.


On Sunday, September 21, two days before world leaders met for an emergency UN Climate Summit, 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan. After lining up from Columbus Circle on 59th Street North beyond 86th Street, and on countless side streets, legions of people marched peacefully for action on climate change. Calling the March special sells it short. It was a miracle, a concentrated expression of concern for people and the planet and the largest climate march in history, four times larger than expected. “Jesus,” said one police officer when he saw the crowds. “Most groups say they’ll get 50,000 and 5,000 show up. You all delivered.”


In late August, over 300 people attended the Nuevo Amanecer (“A New Dawn”) Conference at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. Sponsored by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries in partnership with the Latino Ministries Office of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), this biennial conference draws participants from all over the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. Attending from the Diocese of Newark were members of the Hispanic/Latino Ministry Task Force led by the Rev. Rosa Brown.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

This picture is Marilyn and me, John and Jill Smylie (John is Bishop of Wyoming, had grown up at Calvary Church in Summit, and had served for several years in the Diocese of Newark); and Mark and Alexis, college students from Taiwan.


Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the Clara Horsley Leadership Award from the Union of Black Episcopalians.


On September 12 and 13, 2014, your Diocesan Council held their 7th annual retreat at the Christ Center at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center – our first retreat at one of our own facilities. Twenty-seven Council members and Episcopal House staff gathered to chart the strategic priorities for the year ahead.