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The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

Bishop of Newark

Grace happens. All the time. Grace is God's gift to us. The signs of God's grace are abundant. Some are dramatic. Many at first glance seem mundane. All are potentially life transforming.

God created us, but God was not – and is not, finished with creating. God keeps showing up. God is very much at work. Our job as God's creatures, is to pay attention to God's grace. And to join with God in God's work.

"Hobby Lobby in Mansfield, Ohio" by Nicholas Eckhart is licensed under CC BY 4.0
July 2, 2014
Religion is taking up less and less space in our culture. In his book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2012), Harvard professor...
Bishop Mark Beckwith giving the blessing at Military Park's grand opening
June 19, 2014
It is called Military Park, but because of my New England roots, I think of it as a “Common.” A park connotes a place for recreation and...
Bishop Mark Beckwith signs the Unification Document
June 8, 2014
To use an old Anglican metaphor, it is meet and right that we are celebrating this new congregation – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, on the...
Bishop Beckwith chats with confirmands from St. Andrew's in Harrington Park
June 4, 2014
In the Diocese of Newark this Easter season, I confirmed 377 people into the Episcopal Church; 142 of them were adults. I am deeply grateful to the...
Bishop Mark Beckwith contemplates ad on Newark bus that glorifies gun violence.
May 27, 2014
In Nigeria, the kidnapped victims are girls. In Santa Barbara, the shooting victims were intended to be young women. In both cases, the perpetrators...
Bishop Mark Beckwith #BringBackOurGirls
May 22, 2014
Many years ago, I was while serving as Rector of All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, Archbishop Desmond Tutu came to preach on the...
Bishop Beckwith receives a blessing from a man he has just blessed.
May 8, 2014
Last Thursday, May 1, which happened to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, Canon Greg Jacobs, Nina Nicholson (our Director of Communications)...
The "Field of Empty Chairs" at the Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 24, 2014
The joy of the Resurrection emerged from a sealed tomb. The gift of peace and hope which comes with Easter emerged out of violence. Easter does not...
Reviewing the ministry of the Bishop - and of Episcopal House
April 9, 2014
Last week I engaged in a Mutual Ministry Review (MMR). Actually, it began a month ago when the Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies...
A new way to "sing the Lord's song": Blessings to Go
March 27, 2014
"How do we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?" That is a question, if not a lament, that comes out of Psalm 137. Reflections on...