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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.”

[Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] General Convention has called on the Episcopal Church to re-imagine its structure, taken historic steps towards full inclusion, endorsed positive investment in the Palestinian Territories, and reaffirmed its commitment to building Anglican Communion relationships while saying it is unable to adopt the Anglican Covenant.

“Five ‘Marks’ of Mission” serenaded the House of Bishops at the start of the July 12 morning session. Beckwith (Newark); Hollingsworth (Ohio); Lattime (Alaska) and Sisk (New York) were four of the Marks. Despite the spelling of his name, Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California rounded out the quintet.

[Episcopal News Service -- Indianapolis] Same-gender couples soon can have their lifelong relationships blessed using a rite approved by General Convention July 10.

Lay deputy Caroline Christie testifies before the House of Deputies supporting Resolution A049, which authorizes provisional use of liturgical resources for same sex blessings.

[Episcopal News Service -- Indianapolis] On the day when General Convention affirmed a policy of nondiscrimination against transgender people and the House of Bishops approved provisional use of a liturgy for same-gender blessings, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop told the LGBT communit

A Victoria Foundation grant to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra teaches 600 Newark elementary students how to play the violin. Funds given to Integrity train former prisoners to re-enter the job market. Money donated to Aspira prevents at-risk middle- and high-school students from dropping out of school.

For decades, the Victoria Foundation has championed Newark by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve its schools, help its families and revitalize its neighborhoods.

Now, like the groups it supports, the independent foundation is calling Newark home.

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.