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Last year Richard Eisenberg, writing in Forbes Magazine, reported that 64% of all adult Americans do NOT have a will. He writes, “Incredibly 51% of Americans age 55 to 64 do not have wills…. Worse, 62% of those age 45 to 54 – and 67% of women that age haven’t drafted wills.”

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[The Montclair Times] When the Rev. C. Melissa Hall became interim rector at St. James Episcopal Church in early 2014, she was surprised to discover the church had no plans for a special Memorial Day service. But her discovery of an old flag piqued her interest and encouraged her to conduct a little research. "I found it behind a couch, and I said, 'What is this?'" she recalled. "It's bordered in red. I believe there are 91 blue stars in the middle on a beige background, and across the top there are seven gold stars."

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The Rev. Ellen Kohn-Perry is quoted in this article.

[The Star-Ledger] Horses can be healers in many different ways.

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[Essex News Daily] Hispanic entrepreneurs have a new resource to help them establish and maintain successful businesses in West Orange.

The West Orange Hispanic Foundation was created by Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez and downtown business owner Ysabel Strowe shortly after Rodriguez’s position appointment in February for the purpose of helping township Latinos learn how to set up a local business and assimilate into the community. The group, which the deputy mayor said now has approximately 100 members, currently meets once each month at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, though it plans to eventually expand to every other week. Anyone is welcome to join.


Based on the shared values and faith principles of two Protestant denominations, the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and the Episcopal Diocese of Newark – which together capture all of the Lutheran and Episcopal parishes in the State – today announce the launch of a new advocacy body, the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey (LEAMNJ) with the Reverend Sara Lilja, an ordained Lutheran pastor, to serve as the group’s director.

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[Daily Record] Sensei Ray Cicetti of The Empty Bowl Zen Community and the Rev. Cynthia Black of Church of the Redeemer led members of the community in a brief meditation and raising of prayer flags on Tuesday to call attention to the plight of the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquakes.

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All Saints’ Parish in Hoboken created the All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation in 1995 to help meet the social and economic needs of children and families. Our mission is to equip children and families with the tools not only to survive, but also to overcome the many barriers they face. We believe that all people deserve a fair chance at creating a fulfilling life based on self-esteem, self-reliance, personal accountability and respect for others.


On Sunday, May 31, Senior Ministries of the Diocese of Newark will present the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement awards at a 4 p.m. evensong service at St. Peter’s, Morristown, following a 3 p.m. reception. Diocese of Newark seniors are recognized annually at this Senior Ministries evensong for their many significant contributions of time and talent to an Episcopal church or diocese. The awards are named in memory of a man who was a tireless advocate and innovator in matters of retirement and aging.


This article was originally published by the Episcopal Church Foundation as part of the Vestry Papers issue on Facing Leadership Challenges (May 2015).

This is an exciting time in the life of the church. It is a time of hope and promise, of new life, yet it is also a challenging and frightening time to many of us. As leaders, we are charged with leading in this time of transition from the “way it has always been” into, well, we have no idea. But, here’s the thing: In the messiness and chaos of our lives and in the life of the Church, and even when things are unraveling in this transition, the Spirit of God is at work. Where is the Spirit of God at work? Everywhere. And if that is true, the Spirit of God is not only at work among the people in our church community but among the people in our neighborhoods – in the places where we work, play, study, and live.

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On Sunday, May 3, members of Christ Church, Teaneck biked and hiked during Family Promise of Bergen County's annual fundraising even