Alleluia Fund for Outreach

Thanks to all of those in our diocese who participated in the Alleluia Fund for Outreach Easter season celebration. It’s a large group of us – the number of donors and total donations are double that of last year at this time. And the celebration was expansive. In addition to financial gifts, you supported our partners’ work with advocacy and volunteerism and shared our stories.

Senior Ministries

Last year Richard Eisenberg, writing in Forbes Magazine, reported that 64% of all adult Americans do NOT have a will. He writes, “Incredibly 51% of Americans age 55 to 64 do not have wills…. Worse, 62% of those age 45 to 54 – and 67% of women that age haven’t drafted wills.”

In the News

[The Montclair Times] When the Rev. C. Melissa Hall became interim rector at St. James Episcopal Church in early 2014, she was surprised to discover the church had no plans for a special Memorial Day service. But her discovery of an old flag piqued her interest and encouraged her to conduct a little research. "I found it behind a couch, and I said, 'What is this?'" she recalled. "It's bordered in red. I believe there are 91 blue stars in the middle on a beige background, and across the top there are seven gold stars."

In the News

The Rev. Ellen Kohn-Perry is quoted in this article.

[The Star-Ledger] Horses can be healers in many different ways.

In the News

[Essex News Daily] Hispanic entrepreneurs have a new resource to help them establish and maintain successful businesses in West Orange.

The West Orange Hispanic Foundation was created by Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez and downtown business owner Ysabel Strowe shortly after Rodriguez’s position appointment in February for the purpose of helping township Latinos learn how to set up a local business and assimilate into the community. The group, which the deputy mayor said now has approximately 100 members, currently meets once each month at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, though it plans to eventually expand to every other week. Anyone is welcome to join.


Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops of which Bishop Mark Beckwith is co-convener, will sponsor a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during General Convention. The gathering is intended to urge people of faith to seek common ground in efforts to curtail gun violence.

The event, called Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence, will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, outside the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

A friend of mine recently told me an ancient story about a rabbi who was good and faithful – and had found special favor with God. God approached the rabbi and asked the holy man what God could do for him. After offering his gratitude, the rabbi answered – with characteristic humility, “Help me make a difference in the world.”

In the News

[Daily Record] Sensei Ray Cicetti of The Empty Bowl Zen Community and the Rev. Cynthia Black of Church of the Redeemer led members of the community in a brief meditation and raising of prayer flags on Tuesday to call attention to the plight of the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquakes.