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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.

"Ordinary Resurrections" by Jonathan Kozol
December 4, 2011
Which is what one little boy in the St. Ann's afterschool calls holy water. There's a rather a long discourse on the symbolic and transformative...
Paterson "Kids Count" Report
December 3, 2011
Advocates for Children of New Jersey has been systematically counting categories of kids in the state since 1992. They have delineated data on kids...
World AIDS Day
December 1, 2011
Today is World AIDS day. Which takes me back nearly twenty years to the story of Lee, who was a parishioner of Christ Church, Hackensack when I was...
Nobody runs from good.
December 1, 2011
"Nobody runs from good" (page 30, Ordinary Resurrections). That is the wisdom from Katrice, one of the Afterschool volunteers. I think that's right....
November 30, 2011
I have a new icon. It is a depiction of the three strangers who visit Abraham, who is himself resting outside his tent near the oaks of Mamre (...
"Ordinary Resurrections" by Jonathan Kozol
November 29, 2011
One of the great things that Jonathan Kozol does in all his writing, is to pay attention. Especially to children. He listens intently to kids, honors...
"Ordinary Resurrections" by Jonathan Kozol
November 28, 2011
I invite you to join me in reading "Ordinary Resurrections" by Jonathan Kozol. Published in 2000, Mr. Kozol, a former elementary school teacher and...
"Ordinary Resurrections" by Jonathan Kozol
November 16, 2011
Over the years I've invited people to join me in reading a book during the season of Advent. This year I've chosen the book Ordinary Resurrections:...
November 2, 2011
In many ways it feels as though the storm that hit on Saturday afternoon was Hurricane Irene’s second cousin. Many churches across the diocese are...
Children are going hungry in OUR communities – do you see them?
October 19, 2011
There are indeed poor starving children in Africa. But in Cape Town, South Africa, that is not what you see. At least not at first. The beauty of the...