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

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

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
10th Bishop of Newark (2007-2018)

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.

The Beloved Community
September 19, 2018
Martin Luther King first made a reference to the Beloved Community in a 1956 speech celebrating the Supreme Court decision that desegregated the...
September 5, 2018
Like many of us, I watched the entire funeral service for Senator John McCain on Saturday. The stories, memories and music were framed by the liturgy...
August 15, 2018
Whoever eats this bread receives eternal life. Whoever. He is not limiting the offer of bread to men or Jews or people of influence. He is offering...
Phil Schentrup speaks at the Bishops United Against Gun Violence witness. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
July 18, 2018
The just-concluded General Convention did a lot of creative work inside during its 10-day gathering, which in some ways was a good thing, given the...
In-between time
June 20, 2018
For the past year and a half, I have been living in a state of in-between. Since the announcement of my retirement in February of last year and the...
Before the bishop election, take time to "empty the cup"
May 16, 2018
Four decades after my two-year sojourn in Japan, where I lived after college, I still draw wisdom from Zen koans.
Bishop Beckwith meeting with diocesan youth on April 27, 2018. CHRIS WHITAKER PHOTO
May 2, 2018
“The last time I wasn’t afraid I didn’t understand.” So said one of the several teens I met with last week over pizza as several clergy and other...
April 18, 2018
The "now what?" is the perhaps the most important of the three questions, because the impact and power of the Resurrection depends, in large measure...
The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, now part of the National Civil Rights Museum complex. A wreath marks the spot where King died.
April 4, 2018
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was murdered with a high-powered rifle.
Christ on the cross
March 29, 2018
In the Christian faith, God gave God’s love away by creating the Incarnation – which turned out to be the person of Jesus. And Jesus’ love for...