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This piece was published as a guest opinion in the Times of Trenton on June 28, 2015.

Our faith traditions teach: You will be blessed in order to be a Blessing.

New Jersey has certainly been blessed. We live in a state that has some of the highest income and some of the best schools in the nation, as well as some of the best medical facilities in the world. With these Blessings comes a call by God to share our blessings with all the residents of New Jersey, especially those who don't have access to these many riches. This sharing happens through public and private spending. Today, we write to raise concern related to public funding.

General Convention 2015 in the News

Early in the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2015, more than 60 Episcopal bishops led a prayerful procession of approximately 1200 General Convention attendees and local Utahns through downtown Salt Lake City in a witness against gun violence.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] The Episcopal Church has elected its first black presiding bishop and primate.

General Convention 2015 in the News

Newark Lay Deputy Bert Jones is quoted in this article.

[Associated Press] The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly Saturday.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[The Salt Lake Tribune] The Episcopal Church's top legislative body is reviewing its policies on alcohol and addiction as part of a churchwide soul-searching over a Maryland assistant bishop charged with drunken driving while texting and killing a bicyclist.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[The Salt Lake Tribune] In 2006, Nevada's Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the first woman ever elected to preside over the Episcopal Church. This is her third and last Triennial General Convention, the one that will end her nine-year tenure as head of the 2.5 million-member church.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] As the Episcopal Church embarks on its 78th General Convention this week, church leaders are intently focused on healing the world, the nation and the church itself.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] The effort started with four Episcopal bishops who wanted to focus the attention of their church and the broader public on the issue of gun violence.

From the Bishop

Dear members of the Diocese of Newark,

Like many of us, my spirit is shaken and my heart is leaden in the aftermath of the slaughter of nine lives at historic Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. When mental illness (which seems to be the case here), fueled by racism (which most certainly is the case), joins together with the possession of guns, the result is a toxic combination that inevitably produces tragedy.


Beginning July 1 the Rev. Joseph Harmon, currently full-time Rector of Christ Church, East Orange, will divide his time between Christ Church and the nearby Church of the Epiphany in Orange where he will serve as Priest-in-Charge. The agreement, signed in May, extends for two years. Both churches are located on the same street and are only about three quarters of a mile apart, but the close proximity and the obvious budgetary advantages of sharing a clergy person account for only part of the story. More significant is the process that resulted in the decision to share a priest and the exciting benefits both churches expect to realize in addition to the cost savings.