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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.

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;...
Bishops and clergy of the Diocese of Virginia stand together with the Charlottesville Clergy Collective (CCC) in opposition to the so-called "Unite the Right" rally. PHOTO COURTESY DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA FACEBOOK PAGE
August 14, 2017
The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is fear. And fear was on full display this past weekend as white supremacists gathered in...
The fallacy of winners and losers
July 19, 2017
I am convinced that the current health care debate is not really about health care, but about who wins. As is often the case in recent politics,...
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 event, when...
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 by the angry...
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 "Listening...