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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.

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...
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 prejudice has...
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...
Christmas 2016
December 21, 2016
This year particularly, I am deeply touched by the story of how God chose to come into the world as the Incarnation. A child born to a mother who may...
Advent: Preparing to join God
December 7, 2016
In the northern hemisphere, Advent coincided with the onset of winter. As the days grew shorter, the weather colder, and as the earth began its...
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
November 16, 2016
The first thing I did when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 was run out to my car and peel off the bumper sticker that said "Job was...
Bishop Mark Beckwith at the Cathedral the day after Election Day. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
November 9, 2016
The outcome was unexpected. And for me, unwanted. I anticipated that a lot of people would feel hurt, confused and angry on November 9, but I didn’t...
The Peace as an act of post-election reconciliation
November 2, 2016
I remember a play-fight a classmate and I had with each other in the fall of 1960. We were in the fourth grade. We acted out our parents’ allegiance...