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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.  

January 14
Cervantes Project Semester 3
Diocesan House

January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Trinity Cathedral

February 11 
St. Peter's, Freehold

February 11
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Trinity Cathedral

February 12
Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry

Trinity Cathedral

February 18
Safe Church Training
St. Mark's,
Basking Ridge

February 25  
St. Matthew's, Pennington

March 6 - 8
Convent of St. John the Baptist, Mendham

March 18  
Holy Trinity
Ocean City

March 25
Title IV Training
All Saints',

April 8  
St Mark's

April 11
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
Trinity Cathedral 

April 28-30
Happening 26
Camp Murray,
Lanoka Harbor

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma 

Dominican Republic

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
January 14
St. George's,
January 18
Church of the Advent,
Cape May 
January 21
St. Stephen's
January 31
All Saints'
Bay Head
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January 13, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the  Diocese
 of New Jersey,

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
 and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
 and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

This week, the United States will experience the historic transition of power from one elected President to another. The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45 th President of the United States is scheduled to take place on Friday at noon.

Before that, we begin the week with an observance celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. King, a minister of the Gospel as well as a civil rights activist. Martin Luther King, Jr. was man who understood both power and love. 

In 1967, King wrote a book titled Where do we go from here: Chaos or community? In a reflection on the relationship of power, love and justice, King wrote:

 "One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as opposites. Love is identified as the resignation of power and power with the denial of love...What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power, at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." [i]

As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, and look toward the inauguration of President-elect Trump on Friday, King's words about power, love and justice invite reflection and prayer. How do these intersect, or not, in our lives? How do they intersect, or not, in our politics and common life as Americans? What do King's words say to us as baptized people, members of the body of Christ?

On Monday, our diocesan youth and young adults are sponsoring a Day of Service at Trinity Cathedral. We will begin the day at 10:00 AM with a Eucharist. Canon Brian Jemmott, our Canon for Black Ministries will be the preacher. Following the service, there will be a variety of opportunities to engage in service projects in Synod Hall. Everyone is also encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to local feeding agencies.

On Saturday, January 21, there will be services of prayer for our nation held at Trinity Cathedral and other churches in the diocese.

I invite you to participate in all of these, feeling confident that they draw us more deeply into our common life as Christians and as Americans.

May God bless you and keep you.

Faithfully yours in Christ, 

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

[i] King, Jr. Martin Luther,  Where do we go from here: chaos or community? found in  A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther, King, Jr. ed. James E. Washington - New York: HarperCollins Publishers - HarperSanFrancisco, 1986, 578.

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Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 16, 10am-3pm
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'"

All are invited for the day which begins with the Eucharist followed by a gathering in Synod Hall to prepare service projects for several organizations in New Jersey and throughout the country.

Bring a canned good for the food pantry
For information contact The Rev. Canon Debra Clarke, Deacon at or 609-394-5281 ext 36.

Diocese of NJ Weekend of Prayer for the Nation Jan 21 and 22

Singers Wanted!


All are invited to sing two anthems (click here).
Rehearsal is at 1:30 PM for the 3PM service
on February 12 at Trinity Cathedral

Please RSVP to Canon Deborah Ford
with voice part and participants' names:
 609-392-3805 ext 102 or
Please bring Choir Vestments if possible
Please practice music ahead of time
Looking forward to making a joyful noise unto the Lord! 

 Open House - Sunday, January 29th at 2 PM

Doane Academy was founded in 1937 in Burlington, NJ by The Rt. Rev. George Washington Doane,
2nd Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey.

The Admissions Open House gives an occasion to discover the age 3 through 12th grade independent Episcopal day school alongside the Delaware River.

Guests will be given a chance to meet Doane Academy's educators, and students.  Please fill out the Open House RSVP Form and visit their website for more information. 

Cross Roads Day Camp is hiring summer staff_ Click here for more information_

March 3-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ
with featured speaker 
Becca Stevens of
Thistle Farms

General Information is now online!
Pre-Convention hearings announced!
Resolutions now being accepted!
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618