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The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

Bishop of Newark

Grace happens. All the time. Grace is God's gift to us. The signs of God's grace are abundant. Some are dramatic. Many at first glance seem mundane. All are potentially life transforming.

God created us, but God was not – and is not, finished with creating. God keeps showing up. God is very much at work. Our job as God's creatures, is to pay attention to God's grace. And to join with God in God's work.

January 10, 2018
For the past several years many of us in the diocese have been regularly engaged in the practice of “Dwelling in the Word,” which...
A message for Christmas 2017
December 20, 2017
Many of our neighborhoods and municipalities greet the holiday season with creative displays of lights, wreaths and candles. These decorations soften...
Advent candles
December 6, 2017
Growing up I was afraid of the dark. For me, the 19th century Scottish poem, “from ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, and things...
Thanksgiving - a day for rest, reflection and gratitude
November 15, 2017
As we approach Thanksgiving, I am drawn to one of my favorite lines in Scripture: “I will thank you because I am marvelously made; your works...
Sutherland Springs, TX
November 6, 2017
I am one of the conveners of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, an ad hoc group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who have come together to explore...
October 18, 2017
Resentment sells. Social media has become a platform for injuries, slights and blame. Our President has a rather perverse skill in fomenting and...
Response to Las Vegas massacre
October 2, 2017
Dear members of the diocese, Grief, shock and outrage have been filling our hearts since we learned early this morning of the murder of 58 (and...
"Bringing" the faith vs. going out IN faith
September 20, 2017
Joining God in Shaping our Future and the Jesus Movement are different metaphors which express the same thing: that we are being invited by God and...
Cruelty as policy
September 6, 2017
To the millions of people in Southeast Texas, Mother Nature seemed like a cruel parent as Hurricane Harvey stormed through the region, leaving...
Members of Grace, Madison engage in Dwelling in the Word during Bishop Beckwith's visit. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
August 16, 2017
Much of the foundation of Christian faith and life lies in the listening and telling of stories. Stories that are between 2,000 and 4,000 years old;...