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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.

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...
Bishop Beckwith reads the community "Dream Board" inspired by Paul's dream in Acts 16:6-15. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
October 19, 2016
Many of us in the diocese have been listening to St. Paul's dream as outlined in Acts 16:6-15, which has been a passage used by several groups in...
Sharing what God has given us
October 5, 2016
I have long admired Native Americans for their concept of stewardship and ownership. Those ancient commitments have been on rather dramatic display...
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, right, discusses the city’s water crisis during a Sept. 17 briefing to the House of Bishops. Michigan Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), left, and Flint pediatrician Larry Reynolds, a member of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force, also participated. MARK BECKWITH PHOTO
September 21, 2016
Bombs in Seaside and Elizabeth. Thank God no one was hurt. Dumpster bombs in Chelsea. Thank God no one was killed. These incidents are close to home...
Our vocation of claiming blessedness and passing on belovedness
September 7, 2016
I had a seminary classmate who, when asked why he was going into the ordained ministry, replied that he couldn’t do anything else. Now some would (...
On day 3, walking between Cross Roads Camp and Mendham
August 2, 2016
As I reflect on the now-completed pilgrimage across the diocese, I keep thinking of Mother Pollard, who was one of the many voices of inspiration...
River-to-river pilgrimage across the diocese: Day 1
July 26, 2016
Our first day of pilgrimage across the diocese was hot. And humid. our feet and our faith carried us forward, but the real grace for me was the...
The Delaware and Hudson Rivers
July 19, 2016
For the past several months, I have been much engaged by the image of a river. Much of this has to do with a text many of us have been reading,...
July 8, 2016
“Enough!” a colleague wrote to me earlier today as he asked to join the network of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, in the wake of...