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Pastoral letter on the guidelines for in-person worship in the Diocese of Newark

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Journey Forward

The guidelines and planning forms published this week are important tools for helping every congregation to decide when and how to begin in-person worship.

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Fri, 07/24/2020

We want our churches to be a safe haven

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Red church doors

As we begin to evaluate when churches are ready to entertain the thought of public worship, Bishop Hughes says our goal is not to be afraid – our goal is to be wise. And to be wise means we have to think things through.

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Thu, 06/25/2020

Yes, we're in the wilderness – but we do not walk alone

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Like Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, during this pandemic we are in a wilderness being tempted by fear, worry and sorrow – but we do not walk alone. God is doing a work of transformation in us, and guiding our journey forward into the new church, the church that God needs us to be. (Time: 8:42.)

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This is Bishop Hughes in the Diocese of Newark. And I want to talk with you about these past nine weeks, this journey that we have been on – in particular the way in which this journey is viewed by me as the spiritual leader of this diocese.

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Thu, 06/18/2020

Food insecurity amidst pandemic - here's what we can do

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Canned food

There is a hunger emergency going on in our state right now as a result of the pandemic and the large number of people who have lost their jobs. Bishop Hughes reminds us that one of the ways that we love our neighbors is to help them have enough food to eat.

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Thu, 06/11/2020

Share your prayers!

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Bishop Hughes invites all of us to do something that might be a first for us – to write down our prayers during this pandemic and share them with the diocese, as a way to help each other. (Time: 4:13.)

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This is Bishop Hughes in the Diocese of Newark and I want to talk with you about prayer. Prayer has been on my mind, and especially because I keep wondering about the specific prayers we might be saying on our own in response to living through a pandemic.

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Thu, 05/28/2020

There is no shame in asking for help

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There can be a point when dealing with this pandemic where not only does our spiritual health need help but our emotional and mental health need help. Bishop Hughes reminds us that there is no shame in asking for that.

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Thu, 05/21/2020

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