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Mission Minutes 2017: Reconciliation with our neighbors

Reconciliation with our neighbors

This Mission Minute shows some of the ways congregations heard and responded to the pain of their neighbors, striving to understand, reconcile and heal.

Vigils for Orlando: Christ Church in Bloomfield-Glen Ridge held an Interfaith Vigil for Love Against Hate. Hundreds gathered at Church of the Redeemer in Morristown to honor the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Vigils were also held by Church of the Messiah in Chester and Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, and other congregations in the diocese.

After shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, South Orange and Maplewood clergy started a community conversation. Episcopalians also participated in an “Interfaith Vigil for Peace and Justice” in Morristown.

Confronting issues of race and justice, Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church in Orange, St. George’s in Maplewood and Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona joined in a 7-week conversation on the book recommended by Bishop  Beckwith at last year’s Convention, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

The three Jersey City congregations – St. Paul’s in Bergen, Grace Van Vorst and Incarnation – joined together for anti-racism dialogues, sharing and learning the history and legacy of racism in church and community.