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This article was originally published by the Episcopal Church Foundation as part of the Vestry Papers issue on Facing Leadership Challenges (May 2015).

This is an exciting time in the life of the church. It is a time of hope and promise, of new life, yet it is also a challenging and frightening time to many of us. As leaders, we are charged with leading in this time of transition from the “way it has always been” into, well, we have no idea. But, here’s the thing: In the messiness and chaos of our lives and in the life of the Church, and even when things are unraveling in this transition, the Spirit of God is at work. Where is the Spirit of God at work? Everywhere. And if that is true, the Spirit of God is not only at work among the people in our church community but among the people in our neighborhoods – in the places where we work, play, study, and live.

Church News

On Sunday, May 3, members of Christ Church, Teaneck biked and hiked during Family Promise of Bergen County's annual fundraising event. Christ Church's team participated by biking a 15 mile course, or walking 3 miles for this worthy cause.

In the News

[Northern Valley Suburbanite] The city's Health Department aims to continue its efforts in proclaiming Englewood as one of New Jersey's "Healthy Towns" by offering a new walking program that connects residents with local leaders.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

Jeannette has a story that could have had many tragic endings: drugs, depression, homelessness and tragic loss. But, to quote a popular song, Jeannette wasn't “going out like that.” She had a desire for more. The main reason for her fighting spirit was that she had a teenage daughter who needed her to keep it together.

"Geeks for God" Blog

I love publishing feature articles sharing the good stories of what’s happening around our diocese, and judging from website traffic, people love reading them. That’s why I was excited when I attended the annual Episcopal Communicators Conference earlier this month and one of the workshops was Turning facts into stories: Feature writing for writers and editors, presented by Summerlee Walter of the Diocese of North Carolina. She did such a good job breaking down the process of feature article writing that I want to share my notes with you, in the hope that some of you may be inspired to submit your own feature articles about some of the exciting things happening in your church.

In the News

[Morristown Green] It was the Lord’s Prayer… but with an updated introduction:

“God, our mother and father ….”

And there were a few other little changes in Saturday’s Catholic Mass in Morristown.

For starters, the priests were women.

Which is why the service was celebrated in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, not a Catholic sanctuary.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

I don’t want to look. I don’t want to look at the images coming from Nepal, where I spent time two years ago while on sabbatical. I don’t want to see the chilling pictures of landslides, toppled buildings and avalanches that have taken thousands of lives in and around Kathmandu.

And I don’t want to look at the footage of burning buildings in Baltimore, and close-ups pictures of angry young people venting their frustration in such destructive ways.

Church News

The Second Annual NJ Royal School of Church Music America Choral Festival was held at Christ Church in East Orange on Saturday, April 25, 2015. More than 30 children from around New Jersey, as well as from New York City, participated.


Kenneth (Ken) Boccino is scheduled to be ordained to the Vocational Diaconate at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May, 16, 2015 at St. Peter’s Church in Morristown. All are welcome to attend.

Senior Ministries

Three years ago, my husband, Ray, who was 73 at the time, had three surgeries in eight weeks over the summer. One surgery was planned, and the other two were not. To say that I learned a lot would be a gross understatement. I decided to make a list of everything I learned, in case my husband or any other loved one was ever in and out of two hospitals, two Intensive Care Units, two Emergency Rooms and rehab again.