On Good Friday, March 25, 2016, about 100 people from a dozen Jersey City congregations performed the Stations of the Cross by visiting 14 sites of violent incidents that took place in their community during the past year.
[The Montclair Times] When we last checked in on Toni's Kitchen — the warm and welcoming drop-in dining room at St. Luke's Episcopal Church — Tara Chowaniec and Anne Mernin were explaining operational details to the day's volunteers (my daughter and I among them).
[The Star-Ledger] The basement of the Grace Church in Newark is catacomb-like, with a narrow stone tunnel that runs almost a city block long. There are a few musty rooms down there, and much of the Anglican Catholic parish's history is stacked among discarded furniture, old hymnals and dismantled organ keyboards and pipes.
Listening isn’t easy – but if one persists, it does bear fruit. That was the consistent theme of the reports from the six congregations who came together at Episcopal House on Saturday, March 5 to check in with each other on the Going Local experiments they are launching.
“an invisible, isolated army, carrying out increasingly complicated tasks and experiencing challenges and frustrations without adequate recognition, support, or guidance, and at great personal cost.”
On Sunday, March 6, members of Christ Church in Short Hills watched the video of Bishop Beckwith’s Convention address, “Blessed and Beloved,” as part of both the 8 AM and 10 AM Eucharists. Following coffee hour that morning, six members volunteered to facilitate table discussions to reflect on what they had heard.
On Monday, March 14, 2016, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle honored anti-poverty advocates Joyce Campbell, Serena Rice, and Diane Riley on the Assembly floor for their work to combat poverty in New Jersey and enact poverty solutions.
A little more than a year ago, men from Church of the Incarnation and St. Paul’s Church in Bergen, neighboring Jersey City congregations located just a few blocks apart, formed a monthly Men’s Group. Getting to know one another as they prayed and socialized together, they began to take stock of the gifts they possess that they might share with others.