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The youth group from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown has just completed a week in Topsail, N.C., on its annual mission trip. Here are reflections from the young volunteers, compiled by chaperone Alan Chorun.

Lay deputy Gibson Oakley testifies before the House of Deputies at General Convention 2012 in support of resolution C100, which calls for funding the Episcopal Youth Event and earmarking $300,000 for it.

[Episcopal New Service — Indianapolis] When Caroline Christie attended the 2009 General Convention with a group of other high school students from the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, she didn’t know what to expect.

“I was just going because my friends were going,” she said. “I didn’t know that the Episcopal Church was so big, and everything that they did. It was a really eye-opening experience.”

And it whetted her appetite for more. Christie is back for the 77th General Convention, a lay deputy elected at age 17 to represent the Newark diocese along with Gibson Oakley, who was 16 when he was elected in January 2011.

Editor's note: This article quotes Laura Russell, Esq., a lay deputy from the Diocese of Newark to General Convention.

[Episcopal News Service] In South Florida, a known hotbed for sex trafficking, Sheila Acevedo has spent 17 years as a volunteer on the front lines assisting victims. Her vigilance helped rescue two girls, aged 3 and 5, who were living in a car with their father. The girls, who didn’t know how to use silverware and who were not wearing underwear, would offer to give massages, she said.

Gibson Oakley made no bones about what will be on his mind as he heads to General Convention this week.  One of two teenagers who will be part of the lay deputation representing the Diocese of Newark, Gibson told those who would be voting for him that the church needs to be a welcoming haven for LGBT youth who encounter hostility on a daily basis.

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Diocese of Newark held its first multi-county Habitat build day.

At a wedding last week at Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, the bride and groom were not the only couple at the altar.

As the Rev. Lynne Weber celebrated the rite, she was assisted by the rector from All Saints Episcopal Church in Leonia — her husband, the Rev. Dean Weber.

The Reverend Rose Cohen Hassan of Trinity Church, who serves as manager of Services at HIGHWAYS (Helping Individuals Gain Hope Will Always Yield Success), has seen a lot of hardship in her life, both in Bayonne where she helps feed and clothe some of the neediest families in the city as well as in her previous assignment in Kearny. But it took overhearing some of her clients one day for her to realize that hardship reaches every level.

It was an eye-opening experience. Hackettstown High School student Justin Simmons was delivering a bag of food to a family enrolled in the United Way Summer Backpack Program last summer. When the family invited the then-16 year-old volunteer in their kitchen, Simmons was stunned to see the nearly empty cupboards.

At Grace Church in Madison, social outreach is a defining aspect of our parish identity as a community of faith. So it is not surprising that for a number of years, a common topic of conversation at our annual men's retreats was how we might complement our "fellowship retreats" (where we explore our own spiritual journeys) with "mission trips" like our youth groups take every other year. But in contemplating a traditional mission trip, the recurring challenge we faced centered on the basic logistics of when and where we could engage a broad group of men from our parish for such an endeavor.

The solution we devised to our logistical challenge was that instead of trying to organize a mission "trip" we would instead organize a two-day mission "retreat," focusing on a variety of social needs closer to home.