Since their election at the Annual Diocesan Convention in January 2014, members of the Diocese of Newark's deputation have been preparing for the 78th General Convention, taking place June 23-July 3 in Salt Lake City. Highlights will be the election of the next Presiding Bishop, and the reports of the task forces established by the 2012 General Convention for Reimagining the Episcopal Church and on the Study of Marriage. Here, the deputies and first alternates share in their own words their responsibilities and expectations for this General Convention.
Our diocese will send 11 young people – nine youth and two young adults – to General Convention, accompanied by two chaperones. Each participant is involved in his or her home congregation, and about half are active in diocesan youth ministry as well. While at General Convention they will attend legislative hearings in the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, participate in committee hearings and worship, meet other church leaders and observe our church’s polity.
You are invited to add your prayers in words and images to The Prayers of the People at General Convention, via a social media campaign by the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) under the hashtag #prayersof.
In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande tells us that a graph of the human population used to look like a triangle, with the young at the very bottom and the elderly at the small tip top. The graph has changed. Now the graph looks like a shoe box, with as many elderly at the top as youth at the bottom.
North Porch Women & Infants’ Centers has begun providing critical supplies of diapers and formula to babies and toddlers in Morristown, after opening a satellite center at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
On May 31, 2015, 64 members of the diocese were honored with the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th annual Senior Ministries Evensong, held at St. Peter's Church in Morristown with the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, officiating.
Washington Elementary School’s Seventh Annual ‘Souper Bowl’ Food Drive was a lesson in compassion as the entire study body formed a human chain to deliver their food to the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry across the street on May 22.
Thanks to all of those in our diocese who participated in the Alleluia Fund for Outreach Easter season celebration. It’s a large group of us – the number of donors and total donations are double that of last year at this time. And the celebration was expansive. In addition to financial gifts, you supported our partners’ work with advocacy and volunteerism and shared our stories.