In the News; Photos & Videos

In the weeks following the the mass shooting in Orlando, FL on June 12, 2016, at least 20 congregations in the Diocese of Newark hosted vigils, or participated in community vigils. Media coverage, stories, photos and videos – including Bishop Beckwith's remarks at one of the vigils – are being collected here.

In the News

[The Record] Memory, unity and hope – those were the themes of a vigil held here Saturday to honor the 49 victims of the massacre in Orlando.

In the News

[The Record] North Jersey religious leaders, some breaking with the norms of their institutions, have forged new traditions of welcoming gay, bisexual and transgender people into their houses of worship, a process that seems to have accelerated in recent years.

In the News; Videos & Photo Gallery

[Morristown Green] Hundreds held hands and sang songs by candlelight Wednesday on the Morristown Green, and heard eloquent clergy members try to find hope in the tragedy of Orlando.


Being better neighbors was a consistent theme of the stories from the six congregations who came together at Episcopal House on Saturday, June 11 along with their coaches to share what they are learning, and plan next steps in experimenting.


Acting on a promise made at Diocesan Convention, four teams of clergy and lay leaders have developed innovative experiments to help the diocese find new ways to do Jesus’ work in a rapidly changing world.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

It was the ultimate curse. To curse is to wish diminishment, damage or – in the case of the horrific crime in Orlando early Sunday morning, death to someone else. The 49 murders in the Pulse nightclub, along with at least 53 wounded, represent a toxic and unholy trinity of gun violence, suspected terrorism and hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. It was an ultimate curse of evil that has cast a lasting spell of anger, grief, fear and shock across the country. Again.

Photo Gallery

On June 12, 2016, 86 members of the diocese were honored with the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual Senior Ministries Evensong, held at St. Peter's Church in Morristown with the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, officiating.

Senior Ministries

We’ve all seen it – the little old lady who can barely see over the steering wheel, the old man who drives five miles down the highway with his blinker on, or the headlines proclaiming another senior citizen has confused gas pedal and brake pedal, and has driven into a building.

"Geeks for God" Blog

So, intrepid parish webmaster, you’ve been hearing a lot about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). One day, curious about how your church shows up on the world’s search engines, you go to Google.com (or Yahoo.com or Bing.com) and type in your congregation’s name and town. What happens?

More than likely, you may be surprised at what you find.