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On MSNBC's Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Bishop Mark Beckwith, Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz and Imam Deen Shareef discuss the lessons that should be taken away from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Time: 8:44.

This piece was published as an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on December 12, 2012.

The world’s attention recently has been drawn to violence in Syria, Gaza, Iraq — and supportive, and increasingly threatening, language from Iran and Israel. In October, an interfaith group of 35 Christians, Muslims and Jews from Newark and surrounding communities journeyed to Israel and the Palestinian territories to explore together the roots of our respective faiths and learn about creative responses to violence.

Jairo Barreto perched on a chair in the parish hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown getting his hair trimmed – a fresh cut and, he hopes, part of a fresh start.

“Your gift allows us to continue to shelter working homeless families and to help them change the trajectory of their lives from one of despair to one of hope.” – Kate Duggan, Executive Director, Family Promise of Bergen County

Family Promise of Bergen County helps working families with children who have temporarily hit rough times and lost a place to live. By pulling together a network of volunteers of all ages, Family Promise of Bergen County works to reduce homelessness and transform lives.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have announced the 24 members of the special Task Force for Church Structural Reform.

Members of the Peace Islands Institute provided authentic Turkish dishes as part of a special coffee house held at St. Paul Episcopal Church on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu leaders pressed for more affordable housing at a rally in Trenton on Wednesday, arguing the state has a moral obligation to ensure its citizens can find affordable places to live.

“We know for a fact that people cannot address their basic needs without stable housing,” said the Rev. Deacon Christine McCloud, of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. “At the end of the day, we are all responsible for helping our neighbor.”

Nowhere is God’s grace more visible in our diocese than in the ministries and programs strengthened through the Alleluia Fund. Since its inception, the Diocese of Newark’s Alleluia Fund has awarded more than $360,000 to ministries and outreach programs in Northern New Jersey and internationally. In 2012, more than $145,000 was awarded to 25 organizations through the Alleluia Fund. (For a complete list of 2012 grants, click here.)

If you give between today and December 31, your gift will be matched by the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund – up to $15,000.

Here’s how one organization, the Jubilee Center in Hoboken, benefited from your support.

Fairbairn Powers, priest in charge of St. Agnes Episcopal Church, has been an athlete for a long time.

In her 40s she competed in marathons and cross-country skied. In her 50s, she backpacked. Then her doctor told her should she should bicycle, swim and "do other things" to diversify her workouts.

The words surfaced again and again as Episcopalians described how their churches became distribution centers for relief supplies and sanctuaries of warmth and food in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the Northeast on Oct. 29. The storm swept away or flooded homes along the coasts of New Jersey and New York, disrupted transportation and telephone services across the region and left millions of households without electricity and heat, and in some cases water, throughout multiple dioceses.

Churches responded by opening their doors as warming, charging and feeding stations; collecting and distributing emergency supplies and meals; and dispatching volunteers to visit and inventory the needs of those most affected by the storm. In the process, their clergy reported, the churches offered new opportunities for service and built community within and beyond their walls.