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Upcoming Congregational Events
March 5-7th  
Rummage Sale 
Trinity Cathedral
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March 8th
The Music of Gabriel Faure  
St Mary's
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March 14th
Quiet Day with Sr. Barbara Jean Brown
St Peter's
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March 14th
St. Patrick's Day Dinner   
St Francis'
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March 15th
Choir Festival 
St Luke's
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March 15th
Sung Sarum Compline with Vox Fideles 
Christ Church
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March 21st
Care and Renovation of Soul and Vestments 
St. John the Baptist
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March 21st
Crab Cake Dinner
St. Peter's
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March 22nd
Fish and Chips Dinner
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March 28th
Fish Fry 
St. Stephen's 
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March 29th
Ecumenical Eucharist to Fight Hunger 
St. Mary's 
Haddon Heights 
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April 13th
Parenting Classes
Grace Church 
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April 13-16th
Manuscript Illumination Retreat 
St. John the Baptist 
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Priest and former prostitute learn from one another 

The Tennessean profiles Anika Rogers and The Rev Becca Stephens, founder of the Magdalene recovery community in Nashville.


After being repeatedly sexually assaulted, after nearly being killed in an alley, after being homeless and hopeless, Rogers was ready for something different.


"I think I was expecting somebody with a tight collar telling you what you should and shouldn't do," she said. "I remember the bare feet."


Women are provided skills and jobs through Thistle Farms  which ships lotions and candles around the country and the Thistle Stop Caf´┐Ż in West Nashville

Loving My Neighbor, but only for forty days in Lent

Sometimes there are people we just don't like. Often there are those who just don't like us. The Rev. Steve Woolley tackles following the command to love his neighbor, not just, as St. Paul points out, the ones we like.

It turns out that disliking someone is a variable that ranges from "I can tolerate you except for these two or three things you do/are that really get under my skin" to "What you say and do borders on the despicable and I really don't like you at all."  ...Oddly enough, it seems these are the very people Jesus would have me learn to love. 

With in-depth looks at different acts of love and dislike, Woolley explores an oddly complex commandment.
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March 6, 2015


Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey:

On Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, clergy and laity of the diocese gathered for our 231st Convention at the Hyatt Princeton. We worshipped and prayed, we elected new representatives to diocesan committees and commissions, we heard a tremendous keynote address from Tom Brackett, participated in workshops led by Tom Brackett and Lisa Kimball, passed a budget and passed a resolution calling for a series of new initiatives in the Diocese of New Jersey that will help us confidently "move the ball forward."  

Among these are:

  • The creation of a Congregational Development process that will involve parishes and missions in creative conversations about best practices and risk-taking to help us adapt to today's challenges.
  • The creation of a new position: a Canon for Black Ministries supported by a Task Force for Black Ministries that will address the unique concerns facing our historic black churches.
  • Upgrading technology at Trinity Cathedral so that it can become our conference center for diocesan events with capability of sharing these events to other parts of the diocese and the wider church.

These and other important steps were taken to advance God's mission in the Diocese of New Jersey.  It was an exciting event.

I am grateful to all who planned and organized convention, especially Ann Notte.  I am grateful to all who participated in convention as clergy and lay delegates and as volunteers, from Fr. Art Powell and the Standing Committee who organized liturgy, to Pete Cornell and those who volunteered to help with technology. I am also grateful to all who have served on diocesan boards and commission who stepped down with this convention as well as to those who were elected and appointed who will begin their service. I did miss thanking Fr. Richard Wrede, who has been serving ably as our Archivist and Historiographer. He has done wonderful work in helping us organize and manage our history and records. Thank you, Fr. Wrede, and thank you all.

We're all in this together. So let's get back to God's work in New Jersey. Right onward!

Blessings and peace in Christ, 



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

Good News Stories

Bishop's Spring Conference:

Saturday, April 18, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM 

Join us for an event that will bring together three spectacular leaders of Christian Formation in a exploration of new strategies for forming disciples in today's challenging and transforming twenty-first century landscape at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

Register now through March 16 and pay only $10!
Beginning March 17, the registration fee rises to $20.
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The Rev. Daniel Gunn Delivers Invocation 
at Governor's Budget Address 


On February 24, Rev. Daniel Gunn, interim vicar of St. Peter's Church in Clarksboro, delivered the invocation prior to Governor Christie's 2015 State Budget Address. Rev. Gunn has delivered similar invocations before the Pennsylvania state legislature and speaking engagements for national politicians. "I'd love to see more Episcopal priests deliver invocations like this," said Gunn. "It's a wonderful form of public engagement."

Click here to read Rev. Gunn's full invocation from Feb. 24. 
Sandy Recovery/Jubilee Ministry Grant
Now Open For Applications

We are pleased to invite proposals for disaster recovery and response programs from Episcopal Jubilee Centers in the Diocese of New Jersey who wish to strengthen their connections with their communities and other Episcopal congregations through disaster recovery and preparedness. This interest form is part of a two part application process. Applicants will be invited to present their full proposals during April 2015. Deadline for receiving this form is April 10, 2015, 5 pm. Each proposal will be first evaluated on how effectively it meets the program priorities.

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Ministry Institute Events




Every week, we'll be listing upcoming Ministry Institute events here; click here for the full listing

Abuse Awareness Workshop
March 14

Church of the Advent, Cape May

March 14 & 21
Trinity Church, Princeton
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
March 31
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Happening 24
April 10-12
Murray Grove, Lanoka Harbor, NJ

Recovery Sunday Celebration
April 19
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton 
Anti-Racism Training
April 23-25
Christ Church, Toms River

Abuse Awareness Workshop
April 25
St. Elizabeth, Elizabeth

Abuse Awareness Workshop 
April 25

St. John, Bernardsville

Training for Lectors
April 25
St. John the Evangelist, New Brunswick
May 2
St. Mary, Pt. Pleasant Beach

Telling Our Stories
May 2 
St Mark, Basking Ridge

Spring Youth Event
May 15-17
Camp Lebanon, Lebanon 

LGBT Older Adults

May 16
St. James, Long Branch

Abuse Awareness Workshop 
May 23
St. Mark, Keansburg  

Senior Baccalaureate Service
May 31
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton 
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