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At its best, music enriches our worship, uplifts our souls and brings us closer to God. It can also enable us to reach out.

In June, two congregations in the diocese – Christ Church in Bloomfield & Glen Ridge, and Christ Church in Teaneck - did just that, each using music to connect with the wider community in new ways.

Senior Ministries

Lights! Camera! Action: We see a lovely bedroom, well furnished with a cozy bed and sheepskin bedside rug, low lighting, and stacks of books around the room. A pitcher of water sits within reach on the bedside table, covered with knickknacks. Our lead actor sits up and swings his feet over the edge of the bed, taking the cozy blanket with him. He pulls it up around his shoulders, letting his feet slide to the floor. And slide they do!

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[The Montclair Times] It's a Sunday afternoon and a local church gathers to worship, but this service gets closer to picnic tables than pews.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is pushing its congregation out the doors, not to kick them out, but to engage with the community, in its Worship Without Walls program.

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[NJSpotlight.com] The Rev. Fletcher Harper heads up GreenFaith, an interfaith group committed to environmental leadership.

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[The Montclair Times] The U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling Friday, June 26, allowing same-sex marriage throughout the nation. The issue has frequently been a subject of controversy within religious institutions. Some of the house of worship leaders in and around Montclair spoke with The Montclair Times about their opinions on the matter.

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[New Jersey Herald] They have been friends for a decade or more, but, truth be told, really had not talked to each other for the past few years.

"He reached out to me," the Rev. George B. Martinez told the congregation seated before him. "I want to repeat that -- he reached out to me."

Seated behind Martinez was the Rev. Robert Griner, the collared "he" of whom Martinez spoke.

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[Episcopal News Service] The 78th General Convention, in a series of historic moments, elected the first African-American presiding bishop; approved marriage equality for all Episcopalians; adopted a budget that emphasizes racial reconciliation and evangelism; endorsed the study of fossil fuel divestment; opposed divestment in Israel, Palestine; and made some significant changes to the church’s governance.

Senior Ministries

Have you ever noticed that similar themes seem to emerge in conversations among older adults? Yes, it could be retirement. It could be grandchildren. It could be health insurance, and it could be medications. Medications, those wonderful chemical compounds of varying price ranges that have extended our life expectancies, improved the quality of our lives (hopefully), and given us new topics of conversation. But while we might want to boast about the number of grandchildren we have or the generous retirement package we received, we most likely do not want to boast about the number of pills we are taking.

Anti-Racism Dialogues

The tragic and unspeakable horror in the shooting of innocents at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC speaks an undeniable truth – God’s work of healing and reconciliation of African America and White America is far from being accomplished. We have lived in denial far too long.

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[Associated Press] The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.