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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.

The Listening Reflection event on June 3, 2017. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
June 21, 2017
“The Church can be a model for listening in these times.” That was a comment made by a participant at the diocesan Listening Reflection...
The fraud of an executive order on religious expression
May 17, 2017
“I take Gospel positions; not partisan positions.” That is the litany I hear over and over again from diocesan clergy who, though goaded...
Detail: "The Emmaus Disciples" by Abraham Bloemaert, 1622.
May 3, 2017
Fight or flight. Those have long been the first visceral responses whenever human beings feel threatened. Flight was the first response after Jesus...
Listening in silence
April 19, 2017
The alleluias rang out on Easter Sunday, celebrating the Resurrection. The hymns were sung with greater volume, reflecting the joy of the day and...
Detail: "Entry into Jerusalem" by Pedro de Orrente
April 5, 2017
I often wondered why Jesus left the comfort of Galilee to go down south to the chaos of Jerusalem. He had things worked out pretty well in the rural...
Image: "Christ in the Wilderness" by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
March 15, 2017
On Saturday, March 4, representatives from 43 congregations in the diocese spent a half day learning how to participate in a three month "...
Merica Gellerman of Messiah, Chester and Hugh Wallace of All Saints', Millington practice listening through Dwelling in the Word. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
February 14, 2017
I have been thinking a lot about the dynamics of listening, partly because we did a lot of listening at our Diocesan Convention. And partly because...
February 1, 2017
As is the case with most Diocesan Conventions, there was a lot of sitting. But at this just-concluded Convention, instead of sitting to listen to...
January 4, 2017
It's not a New Year's resolution, but rather a renewed commitment. To see beyond what I have been trained to see, to see beyond what...
Bishop mark Beckwith
January 4, 2017
At our 2016 Diocesan Convention I named a reality that seems to have resonance across the diocese. I said that business as usual is no longer an...