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141st Annual Diocesan Convention

In adopting the 2015 Budget, Convention deputies approved funding for a portion of the costs for a social justice advocate, the Rev. Sara Lilja. Lilja (pronounced "LIL-ya") has been serving as the Director of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministries for the New Jersey Synod, and will now begin representing our diocese and the Diocese of New Jersey as well, acting as a faith-based advocate in Trenton for social justice issues shared by New Jersey Episcopalians and Lutherans.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

In his sermon at Convention’s opening Eucharist, the Rev. Alan Roxburgh of The Missional Network said that “God’s abundant spirit is bringing life back to the church. God is up to something in the churches across North America, but it is looking very different than we imagined or ever planned for.” He challenged us to stop trying to fix the church and “get ready” to go on the journey for which the Spirit of God continually invites us.

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Today having special needs is no longer a barrier to travel and fun. The hospitality industry has stepped up to the challenge of helping folks with all varieties of special needs to enjoy the pleasures of travel.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

Steven Boston, official photographer of Convention, has posted 249 photos from the 141st Annual Diocesan Convention in his online portfolio.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

The theme of this year’s Mission Minutes is “How did we join God in our neighborhoods in 2014?” All four Mission Minute videos are posted here.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

In this video, diocesan members who traveled together on a pilgrimage to Taize, France in July 2014 talk about their experiences.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

The Afghan School Project is just one of the many efforts supported by diocesan outreach.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

On July 3 of this past year, I was scheduled to travel to Liberia as the Presiding Bishop’s representative at the consecration of my friend and colleague, Jonathan Hart, as Archbishop of West Africa.

On July 2, I received an email from Kit Cone, a member of Grace, Madison, who had lived in Liberia and has a long list of partnerships and relationships in West Africa. Kit had bundled together a series of emails from medical people in Liberia, England and the US indicating that the Ebola virus had not just spread to Monrovia, where the consecration was to take place; it was out of control.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

“What is God up to” in our neighborhoods and communities? This question will be the focus of the presentations, workshops and discussions at the 141st Annual Diocesan Convention. Held once again at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, the two-day Convention will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, January 30 with registration, and is slated to conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 31 (see the full proposed agenda).

Even if you’re not attending Convention in person, you can still follow it live on social media. Videos, photos, and updates will be posted on the diocesan Facebook page (facebook.com/dionewark), Twitter feed (twitter.com/dionewark) and the diocese’s new Instagram feed (instagram.com/dionewark). Our official hashtag for social media is #dionewark141.

Here are some highlights of what will take place at this year's Convention: