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O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus Christ your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

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If your church disappeared tomorrow, would your community notice?

That provocative question set the tone for a lively and thought-provoking workshop at Episcopal House on June 14 led by Jim Naughton and Rebecca  Wilson, who make their living helping churches communicate better as the principals of Canticle Communications and co-authors of Speaking Faithfully: Communications as Evangelism in a Noisy World. Jim is also the founder of Episcopal Café, a news blog.

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September 11, 2012 found a group of St. Paul’s parishioners, led by the Rev. Mary Davis, gathered in the early morning dawn at the Chatham Train Station handing out bookmarks to commuters. The bookmarks were simple, including a prayer for peace and the words “Peace, Love, and Hope” in many languages, and the intention was even simpler – to let the commuters know, as they boarded the train exactly eleven years after that horrific day, that they were not alone. We gathered not just as Episcopalians, but also as fellow survivors of a tragic and life-changing event in our shared history.

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For the second year the Rev. Kathryn King, Rector of St. Alban’s, Oakland, organized a week-long mission trip for the youth of the parish based at our diocesan camp, Cross Roads. This year St. Alban’s extended the program to St. John’s, Ramsey and Trinity, Allendale. The three parishes have just hired a Youth Missioner to run tri-parish youth ministry for their junior and senior high youth. Megan Kendall was hired on July 1 and was able to attend the mission trip, which took place later that month. Eight youth from St. Alban’s and four from St. John’s participated, with three adults in addition to King chaperoning. Trinity, Allendale plans to join for Mission Trip 2014.

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On Tuesday, August 20th, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into a law a bicameral bill banning the use of so-called “conversion therapy” techniques by licensed therapists on minors in attempts to change their sexual orientation.

The news was welcomed by the Rev. Diana Wilcox, Assistant Rector at St. Luke’s, Montclair and Chaplain of the Web of Life Christian Community at Montclair State University, who called the practice “a double-edged sword” for people of all ages, but particularly for young people who are still figuring out who they are.

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The community garden at Church of the Messiah in Chester can now donate twice as much fresh produce to local food pantries, thanks to an area Boy Scout who enlarged the garden as his Eagle Scout project.

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At their May meeting, the District 1 representatives agreed to hold a shower to benefit North Porch Women & Infants’ Centers, on Sunday, August 11 at Church of the Messiah in Chester. District 1 congregations responded with generous donations of diapers, formula, baby wipes, baby food, hand-knitted baby hats and blankets and baby toiletries.

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Garden State Episcopal CDC received a grant from the Alleluia Fund to add nursing services to its Hudson CASA Recovery Support Project Homeless Drop-in Program. The program has been very successful in serving low-income and homeless individuals, many of whom are not connected with healthcare services. The provision of this grant has allowed us to enhance the program by having a nurse at the Drop-in Center once a week. The following is a story of one woman and asks the question: Does a nurse on the front lines in a homeless program have an effect upon the greater good?