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An imam, a rabbi, and an Episcopal bishop joined in morning prayers for peace in front of Newark Penn Station on Sept. 11 on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Standing in front of a sign reading “Interfaith Prayers for Peace, Shalom, Salaam,” the three Essex County clergymen interspersed prayer and social reflection.

As commuters raced for their morning trains, the Right Reverend Mark Beckwith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, led off the sidewalk service.

The message was of peace.

At Newark Penn Station this morning, the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Bishop of Newark; Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz of Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills; and Imam W. Deen Shareef of Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington commemorated the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with songs and prayer, and although they appealed to commuters to remember that clear, tragic morning, they also bid them to look forward.

For the third year of the NEWARK ACTS Young Adult Urban Internship Program, three returning second-year interns are joined by six new interns -- including our first married couple! -- who hail from South Dakota, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts and upstate New York.

In addition, two-time intern Richard Hogue is returning for a third year, this time to serve as part-time Program Assistant while also working for All Saints' CDC in Hoboken.

To learn more about the individuals who make up our third class of NEWARK ACTS interns, read more.

Would you withhold food from a hungry child?

Chances are, you wouldn’t. But with the number of families living in poverty increasing in alarming numbers, being hungry has become the norm for many of these children. In New Jersey alone, more than 800,000 people fell within the poverty level. It is estimated that one in eight, roughly 13 percent of that number, are children.

The Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats, Rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church noted “Throughout the school year, many of these children are fed through various breakfast and lunch programs. The true crisis begins when school is out for the summer, leaving many of these families struggling to survive.”

Enter the Summer Back Pack Program.

A room within St. Agnes Episcopal Church is stocked with canned soups, meats, fruits, and vegetables alongside cereals, pasta and pet food. It is the church's newly expanded food pantry and is open to anyone in need.

After receiving the Parochial Report Page 5s for 2011, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori wrote the following letter to Bishop Beckwith:

The Rev. Diane Riley, a deacon in the Diocese of Newark as well as director for advocacy of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, is quoted in this article in The Star-Ledger.

The rich really did get richer in New Jersey over the past 10 years, and the gulf between the wealthiest and poorest residents is the widest it’s been since the Great Depression, a new study has found.

Re: “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?,” by Ross Douthat (column, July 15).

To the Editor:

If liberal Christianity is defined as doing anything to adapt to the culture, I’d be glad to pray over its grave. But that’s neither the church I serve nor the diocese I lead.

Our lives as Christians are shaped by stories – stories of Jesus, personal journeys of faith, traditions that shape each liturgical season. This year the Diocese of Newark invited congregations to share their stories of living into Christ’s mission to transform the world. To do so, the diocese added a page to the Parochial Report entitled, “Sharing Our Stories of Transformation through Mission,” also referred to as “Page 5.”