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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.

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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.

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Since their election at the Annual Diocesan Convention in January 2014, members of the Diocese of Newark's deputation have been preparing for the 78th General Convention, taking place June 23-July 3 in Salt Lake City. Highlights will be the election of the next Presiding Bishop, and the reports of the task forces established by the 2012 General Convention for Reimagining the Episcopal Church and on the Study of Marriage. Here, the deputies and first alternates share in their own words their responsibilities and expectations for this General Convention.

General Convention 2015

Our diocese will send 11 young people – nine youth and two young adults – to General Convention, accompanied by two chaperones. Each participant is involved in his or her home congregation, and about half are active in diocesan youth ministry as well. While at General Convention they will attend legislative hearings in the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, participate in committee hearings and worship, meet other church leaders and observe our church’s polity.