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Posts from retired blogs, including Bishop Mark Beckwith's blog "Signs of God's Grace," Canon Greg Jacobs' blog "Out of the Ordinary," and blogs by General Convention deputies in 2012 and 2015.

Christ on the cross
Posted by Mark Beckwith on March 29, 2018

In the Christian faith, God gave God’s love away by creating the Incarnation – which turned out to be the person of Jesus. And Jesus’ love for humanity was given away when he offered himself up to death. God gave us Jesus, and Jesus gave us his life – all done with a love that was given away. And in both cases, the love continues.

The March 25, 2013 march in Washington, D.C. held in response to the school shooting in Newtown, CT. On March 24, 2018 members of the diocese will join the march in Washington, D.C. held in response to the school shooting in Parkland, FL. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on March 20, 2018

I am going to Washington this Saturday in part to follow the passion of young people, but more than that – and deeper than that, I am going to follow Jesus – who, with his unwavering commitment to nonviolence, regularly stepped into the crucibles of power that condoned, if not fostered, violence.

Bishop Mark Beckwith reads a meditation at the March 2013 march in Washington, D.C. in response to the school shooting in Newtown, CT. On March 24, 2018 he will join the march in Washington, D.C. in response to the school shooting in Parkland, FL. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
Posted by Mark Beckwith on March 7, 2018

About 35 years ago I heard a lecture at a Morristown synagogue given by Nobel laureate Ellie Wiesel.

Temptations in addressing gun culture
Posted by Mark Beckwith on February 21, 2018

Whether we are fully engaged in and supportive of the gun culture – or have no connection to it, we are all affected by the scourge of gun violence. The shooting in Parkland, Florida brought it to the fore yet again.

Called to Action
Posted by Mark Beckwith on February 16, 2018

I am one of the conveners of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, an ad hoc

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Posted by Mark Beckwith on February 7, 2018

I have a friend who regularly eats at the soup kitchen next door to Episcopal House. We often talk about the books we have been reading.

Posted by Mark Beckwith on January 10, 2018

Our stories are holy documents that have been printed on our souls. We need pay attention to the stories, reflect on how the Holy Spirit may have been involved – and then pass the stories on to others. It is an essential part of joining God in doing God’s work.

A message for Christmas 2017
Posted by Mark Beckwith on December 20, 2017

Instead of trying to keep haters out, love invites people in.

Advent candles
Posted by Mark Beckwith on December 6, 2017

Growing up I was afraid of the dark.

Thanksgiving - a day for rest, reflection and gratitude
Posted by Mark Beckwith on November 15, 2017

What is perhaps most precious for me about Thanksgiving is that it is perhaps the only true sabbath we have as a culture.

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