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Senior Ministries

Have you heard the “B” word lately? By the “B” word, we mean “balance.” There’s the balance that we apply to our check books; the balance that we apply to our diets; and the balance that we apply, or at least try to apply, to our work, to our volunteer activities, and to our personal health and well-being. But there is another important “balance.” It’s the balance that enables us to walk safely on most surfaces, go up and down stairs without incident, stand up quickly from a sitting position, and generally continue to live our lives without the risk of falls.

In the News

[The Anniston Star] Some people spend their entire lives running away from the person they were supposed to be. For Anniston native Louie Crew Clay, that identity was rooted in the church. But as a man who found himself attracted to other men, it was hard for him to find a place in a world that seemed programmed to follow another doctrine.

Announcement

The media is reporting the sad news that an early-morning fire has destroyed the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange.

St. Mark's closed in 2004, and the diocesan Trustees sold the building to another religious organization in early 2015. Any media reports that it is still an Episcopal church, or that the property belongs to the Diocese of Newark, are incorrect.

"The Communion of Saints that formed, nurtured and sustained St. Mark's are mourning the loss of this much-loved church building," said the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Newark.

We pray for all who have been affected by this tragic incident.

In the News; Video

FiOS1 News' Nick Delgado meets parishioners at Grace Church in Newark.

In the News; Photo Gallery

[NJ.com] The shirts hung on crosses outside the cathedral bearing witness to gun violence.

In the News

[NewJerseyHills.com] The Church of the Redeemer hosts an exhibit of “Memorials to the Lost,” a display of t-shirts bearing the names of those in New Jersey who have died as a result of gun violence.

Star-Ledger Op-Ed

This piece was published as an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on December 12, 2015.

This weekend marks the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. It is the second anniversary of the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, organized by Faiths United Against Gun Violence, which invites religious communities across the country to engage in prayer, advocacy and witness against the epidemic of gun violence, which claims 30,000 lives a year in America.

In the News

[Clifton Journal] St. Peter's Episcopal Church remembers 14 local victims of gun violence, including two of Clifton, with a Memorial to the Lost.

Senior Ministries

The loss of someone or something that we mourn over or grieve about carries with it a heaviness. Yet, if such heaviness comes with loss, it makes no sense; because when you think about it, loss should lighten one’s burden. It does not. It can drag one down, even when we are surrounded by caring people who try to hold us tight, hold us up, hold the burden for us. But when grieving, few of us allow such intrusion. We are attached to our world the way it was before the loss. We are blinded from seeing a new and different future, a future that could not possibly be acceptable to us.

In the News

[The Jersey Journal] Enough.

That was the message a group of nearly three dozen religious and community leaders sent today about the violence that has plagued Jersey City's southern neighborhoods in the last two months.