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Justice Board Call to Action

Getting the government out of our lives may sound like a good idea in the abstract, but abruptly halting the government hurts the people that can least afford to take the hit most. While our elected officials are busy arguing about who is to blame, about 14,000 people in New Jersey won’t be getting paid this week. Unless they have a nest egg, that will make it hard to pay this month’s bills.

But as with many of the economic hurricanes that seem as uncontrollable as Mother Nature – the financial crisis, the Sequestration and now the government shutdown – the youngest and the oldest will bear more of the burden than the rest in the most basic ways.

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Faced with a growing demand for emergency infant supplies due to the downturned economy, North Porch Women and Infants' Centers have recently completed a successful interfaith collection campaign in the Mountain Lakes area.

Joining in the September community collection drive were St. Peter's Church in Mountain Lakes and Church of the Saviour in Denville, as well as King of Kings Lutheran Church and St. Catherine's Catholic Church, both in Mountain Lakes.

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[MorristownGreen.com] Forty members of three churches commemorated the International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, by marching through Morristown carrying a five-car plywood “Peace Train,” stopping for prayers at several spots along the route.

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[Passaic Valley Today] Their reasons for walking were varied: they opposed violence at home, violence abroad, and supported a greater need for unity in the community.

The group of 50 area residents walked down Main Street Friday evening holding up peace signs and listening to residents tooting their horns in support of the cause.

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[Observer-Tribune] “Why not try the termites?” Max Condie was asked, as he stood by an open fire at an African orphanage last spring.

“They’re great fried,” he was told.

On another day the 2012 Mendham High School graduate was offered a roasted rat.

As recounted by Sister Barbara Jean of St. John Baptist in Mendham, food was a major challenge for Condie as he began a “gap year” with two and a half months in Cameroon after his graduation from Mendham High School.

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.