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[The Record] Anyone passing St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will see photos of victims of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, their smiling faces with their names and ages producing a mournful memorial that, the pastor says, is also a call for stricter gun control.

[Episcopal News Service] Rain, snow, and temperatures that were barely above freezing did not deter a group of about 400 Episcopalians from taking to the streets of the nation’s capital March 25 to transform the traditional re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to Calvary and the tomb into a prayer procession meant to challenge what they called a culture of violence.

During the pre-dawn hours of Monday, March 25 – the Monday in Holy Week – some 60 people from the Diocese of Newark will head to Washington, D.C., where they will join hundreds of Episcopalians from across the country in challenging the epidemic of gun violence that claims so many thousands of American lives each year.

Laura Russell, a lawyer from the Diocese of Newark who has worked with trafficking victims for more than 10 years, was a member of this panel. Russell served as a lay deputy to the 2012 General Convention, and is a member of the diocesan Justice Board.

[Episcopal News Service] There are more human beings in bondage today, twice as many as at the height of the slave trade, working in conditions of forced labor and sexual servitude in what is a $32 billion a year business, second only to the illicit drug trade, said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her opening remarks during an hour-long, churchwide conversation on human trafficking March 6.

[Episcopal News Service] Emancipation “is in our DNA” at Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, says the Rev. Cynthia Black, rector. “We talk about liberation. We live liberation.”

So when it came time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the church that calls itself “a Christian liberation community in the Episcopal tradition” planned far more than a one-day or Black History Month event.

"'Ashes to Go?' No way!" exclaimed one commuter with delight, upon exiting Newark Penn Station to see Bishop Mark Beckwith and the Rev. Laurie Wurm distributing ashes just outside. "My friend said you'd be here," said another as she got in line to receive. "I got ashes from you here last year," said a third, who after receiving ashes produced a pocket camera and asked to be photographed with Bishop Beckwith and Rev. Wurm.

A number of congregations engaged the world with Ashes to Go across our diocese. Following are some of their photos and stories.

[The Record] First the Englewood Public Library hosted a speaker who said the Bible really tells the history of blacks. That was followed by a concert by a Tenafly clarinet and saxophone soloist.

And in between, just blocks away on Engle Street, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church held its own concert, featuring Follow the Drinking Gourd, a trio who named themselves after a song used to steer slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

[FiOS1 News] All Saints' Episcopal Parish in Hoboken took Ash Wednesday to the Hoboken Path Station, where commuters received ashes during the morning rush hour in what the clergy called “Ashes to Go.” FiOS1 News’ Natalie Paterson has the story.