I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and successful holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A day to give thanks, two to get deals – but what happens today? There is a new and growing movement, Giving Tuesday, when non-profits, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This Giving Tuesday I am supporting the Alleluia Fund for Outreach – and I ask each of you to join me!
This Advent season, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark’s outreach ministry partners will offer a hot meal and warm bed to a homeless man on a cold night, provide diapers and formula to a mother not able to afford them for her infant, encourage an at-risk, low-income student to stay in school, and much, much more.
Gerard "Jerry" A. Racioppi is scheduled to be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate (a step in the process toward ordination to the Priesthood) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark. All are welcome to attend.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new church year. To mark this liturgical season, I am re-reading Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood by Alan Roxburgh. I invite you to read it with me. I will be blogging my reflections about it regularly during these next four weeks.
The Thanksgiving holiday has been inconvenienced by an early snowfall; and the spirit of gratitude which accompanies the holiday has been blunted by the tragic reality that continues to emerge from Ferguson, Missouri. The weather may make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, for people to gather for the Thanksgiving meal. The events in Ferguson yet again expose how difficult, and in some cases how seemingly impossible, it is for people in American society to move beyond the prejudice and racism which have been woven into our nation's fabric – and work together as communities that offer equal justice and freedom for all.
[Montclair Patch] “It’s amazing,” said the Rev. C. Melissa Hall, surveying the boxes and shopping bags filling the St. James Episcopal Church parish hall. “Look what’s happened. It’s the loaves and the fishes!”
The announcement that a dyslexic Dutch designer (say that three times fast) has created a font to make reading easier for fellow dyslexics has intrigued my inner font geek and got me thinking about the designs and uses of fonts, both in print and online.
As we approach Thanksgiving and Advent, there are issues in the world that have grabbed our attention, and provide opportunities for us to respond – in study, giving and prayer. I highlight four of them.
[Anglican Communion News Service] Members of Anglican Communion Churches worldwide are being invited to celebrate Advent through prayer, meditation and by contributing to a global Advent calendar on Instagram.