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During the final week of her term, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, 26th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, attended the first day of the Diocese of Newark's annual Clergy Conference. Addressing the clergy in two sessions, she spoke of the many creative ways she's witnessed congregations and dioceses throughout the Church look outside their doors, listen to their neighbors and take on the challenging work of engaging with them.


In 2013 it was called a “simple but compelling demonstration of the scope of the carnage wrought by gun violence.” At sites throughout Philadelphia, a total of 288 T-shirts were put on public display as a powerful reminder – each one representing a life lost to gun violence that year. On Sunday December 13 at 3 PM, Memorials to the Lost will again be enacted at Newark’s Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral as T-shirts gathered from throughout the diocese are displayed on the Cathedral fence. A service of readings, prayers, and sacred music will also be part of the commemoration, planned to coincide with the national Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend.


Having been hurt by close ones with substance abuse problems, John of St. John’s Church in Passaic reached out in faith beyond the doors of the church to help others. He established a flourishing 12-step meeting and is a welcome asset to other 12-step and recovery programs.


When the newly-appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby moved with his family into 800-year-old Lambeth Palace in 2013, someone asked him lightheartedly if he had plans for the rest of “this old place.” Without hesitation he replied, “We’ll fill it with young people.”


If the Church is called to the work of reconciliation, what is its response when a well-respected segment of the community suddenly becomes a target for antipathy?

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[Town Journal] For cops the Feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of law enforcement, is always an important date, but this past week the day was made even more special for Allendale police officers after a local priest held the first-ever Blessing of the Badge ceremony at the department.

Senior Ministries

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Two M.Div. seniors from The General Theological Seminary, Tommie Watkins, Jr., and Nancy Hennessey, began their Wisdom Year internships this semester at Newark Shared Ministries. A collaboration between St. Paul’s Chatham, Christ Church Short Hills, The Apostles’ House, Inc., and House of Prayer in Newark, the effort to share ministry began more than 18 months ago with the support of the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Bishop of Newark. The rectors and wardens of each of the three parishes, along with the Executive Director of The Apostles’ House, began to meet with diocesan staff on a monthly basis to explore collaborative possibilities, including shared preaching and mutual ministry.

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[Verona-Cedar Grove Times] The pope may have already left the United States, but in his visit he left a lasting impression on Verona and Cedar Grove residents.

Church News

Friday, September 11 was the third time this year that House of Prayer in Newark offered prayers and blessings to our neighbors. This has all been in response to the Bishop’s invitation and to the Holy Spirit moving us to go outside of the walls of the church and to come together with our neighbors in prayer and in witness to God’s gifts of love and healing in our lives.