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In July 2009, the Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministry presented a vision and strategic plan to General Convention that challenged the Episcopal Church to consider an emerging opportunity:

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[Parsippany Life] Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent for Christians, signifying the 40 days until Easter. It’s usually a time for the faithful to reflect and to offer personal sacrifice.

The use of ashes, in fact, dates back to the very early days of the church. In ancient times, they symbolized a period of mourning, expressing sorrow, or penitence. For those raised in Christianity, Ash Wednesday still serves as a reminder, as said in Genesis 3:19, "That thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return."

But as modern times progress, the tradition of attending an Ash Wednesday service is becoming less traditional.

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[The Record] One local church has enacted a unique way to make the distribution of ashes more accessible to the public on Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of the Lenten season for western Christians. St. David’s Episcopal Church has established an "Ashes to Go" initiative.

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[The Star-Ledger] For some Christian denominations, a cross of ash on the forehead for the first day of Lent is supposed to represent mortality, and a fleeting period of time on the Earth.

But not every Christian sets aside the time for a church service in the middle of a busy work week.

So instead of waiting in churches for parishioners who might never come, some clergy are going to the people — to the bus stops and coffee shops. They call it “Ashes to Go,” and it’s a way to reach out to the people where they are on this Christian holiday.

“People are busy – we understand,” said the Rev. Adele Hatfield, of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Lakes. “We’re not trying to beat up on them.”

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[The Jersey Journal] A nonprofit organization in Bayonne, The Windmill Alliance, will be offering English as a Second Language classes for $10 this spring and is looking for volunteers to help administer the program.

The Rev. Rose Cohen Hassan, the ESL program director, said the program has been in the planning for two years, but with The Windmill Alliance receiving a grant, the ESL program has now come to fruition.

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[The Montclair Times] It's never too late to change the path that you walk.

It was 50 years ago that the Rev. Wade Renn, the founder of Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) decided that enough was enough.

The former Boeing and Atomic Energy Commission employee had spent the first part of his life helping to make weapons of mass destruction and participating in research that Renn would only describe as "nasty stuff." His two physics degrees and scientific track record had earned him a spot in a prestigious Johns Hopkins think tank, but none of it brought him satisfaction.

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[Morristown Green] Pretty soon, visitors to Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer may be recharging their cars along with their souls.

A free charging station for electric vehicles–believed to be the first in town–is coming to the church driveway within a few weeks, said the Rev. Cynthia Black, the church’s rector.

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On an episode of Aging Insights by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, the Rev. Diane Riley, a deacon in the Diocese of and Director for Advocacy of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, shares information on food programs that pertain specifically to the elderly.

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[Episcopal News Service] In the months leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, Episcopalians in New Jersey and surrounding states have been gearing up, not for the big game, but for an influx of women and children who officials say will be trafficked into the region for sexual exploitation.