The Diocese of Newark has several ways to communicate with you via email. I would like to explain these methods and talk about the peculiarities of some of them. If you use AOL for your email, you will especially want to read this.
Emails from the diocesan staff
These are “regular” email accounts that belong to all members of the staff. The naming standard is [first initial + last name] @dioceseofnewark.org.
The term Listserv refers to an electronic mailing list which allows a sender to send one email to all subscribers of the list.
Listservs are set up for two-way communication. One person can send an email to everyone on the list, and anyone that receives that email can reply back to everyone on the list.
We have listservs set up for many different groups. The largest is our “news list” at (aka the Newark List – the subject of each email begins with [Diocesan News]). When you are a member of this list, you can address your email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reach all subscribers. (Notice that the name after the “@” sign is different from emails that come directly from the diocesan staff. This is due to the company/service that hosts our listervs.)
Many other smaller listservs have been established to support communications within diocesan committees and groups.
The trouble with listservs: Due to the peculiarities of America Online's email protocols, AOL rejects emails that originate from any listserv - not just the diocese's. When emails are repeatedly rejected, the listserv software automatically unsubscribes that email address. AOL will not resolve this issue and the only sure solution is to subscribe using an email other than AOL.
Emails hosted by yahoo.com and att.net also do not work reliably with the diocesan listservs. It is strongly recommended that you subscribe with a different email address. Gmail.com is the safest option.
Constant Contact (Diocesan e-Newsletters)
Constant Contact® is the email software that we use for sending our diocesan e-newsletters (which include The Voice Online and Leadership News, as well as special announcements).
E-newsletters are set up for one-way communication - if you reply to an email containing an e-Newsletter you will only reach the sender (typically Nina Nicholson), not all recipients of the newsletter.
The VOICE Online is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays and contains general interest news and features from around our diocese. Leadership News contains key information from Episcopal House for clergy and lay leaders. It is published on the last Wednesday of each month with information covering the following month.
To sign up for our diocesan e-newsletters, go to dioceseofnewark.org/e-news.
Three common questions related to AOL
Q: I have an AOL account. Does this mean I can't receive email from the diocesan staff?
A: No, the problem is only with emails sent to listservs.
Q: I get The Voice Online and Leadership News delivered to my AOL account. Why can't I get email from the listservs?
A: The delivery protocols for Constant Contact are different from those for listservs. AOL does not reject emails sent from Constant Contact.
Q: I love my AOL email and can’t imagine life without it. Isn’t there some something I can do to receive listserv emails?
A: You can create a free gmail account to subscribe to the listservs instead of AOL and then set it up to forward all incoming mail to your AOL account. You will then receive the listserv emails but will still be unable to write to listservs from your AOL account (although you can send to the listservs from the Gmail account).
If you make any changes to your email accounts, please notify me at email@example.com so that I can update the listservs.