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Upcoming Congregational Events
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May 29th
Line Dance Social
St. Francis'
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May 30th
Choral Music of Britain and America
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May 31st
Recovery Service
Christ Church
New Brunswick
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May 31st
Choral Evensong and Benediction
Christ Church
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June 6th  
Art Auction
St. Mark's & All Saints'
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June 6th  
BBQ Chicken Fundraiser
Holy Trinity
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June 6th  
Yard Sale
Laurel Springs
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June 7th  
Choral Evensong
St. John's
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June 12th  
Chef's Medley Buffet to Benefit Missionary
Christ Church
Toms River
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June 13th  
Paper Shredding and Car Wash
St. Martin's
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June 13th  
Floral Festival Workshop
Trinity Cathedral
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June 13th  
Tricky Tray
St. John the Evangelist
New Brunswick
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June 14th  
Cathedral Sunday
Trinity Cathedral
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June 20th
Juneteeth Celebration of the End of Slavery
St. Stephen's
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June 20th
BBQ Chicken Dinner
Laurel Springs
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June 21st
Strawberry Festival
St. Mary's
Stone Harbor
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June 28th
Victorian Tea
Church of the Advent
Cape May
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July 4th 
Annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and Concert
Christ Church
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Episcopal Links of the Week
When Mean, Scared, Scary People have Stolen my Jesus

Jesus, that loving, redeeming, forgiving figure we've read about in the gospels seems to have been hijacked by an angry, politicized group of Christians.

John Pavlovitz writes about the fear-mongering, crisis-peddling and apologetic mumblings of fear coming from some of the loudest voices. We are reminded instead of the beautiful redemptive nature of the Gospel and not to let the dark drown out the light.
Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: 'The dying is my next career'

Noted theologian and author Phyllis Tickle, 81, recently diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer,  speaks candidly about life, dying, and the adolescence of the church in this interview.

The self proclaimed "world's worst, most devout evangelical Episcopalian," has impacted the spirituality of many both in and outside the church.
Presiding Bishop Speaks at Westminster Faith Debates

Held each spring on a different topic on religion and values,  the debates bring together leading academics and public figures .

The topic " What difference will women bishops make?" brought together Katharine Jefferts Schori, a leading member of the Pagan Federation, and Church of England vicar Rev. Kate Bottley.

Jefferts Schori's talk focused on the sociopolitical implications of otherness.
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May 28, 2015
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,


What do we mean when we speak the word "God"? The word certainly gets thrown around a lot, especially on the New Jersey Turnpike! The word is uttered as an expletive (God da-n it!). It is uttered in times of need (God help).  Some say the word in times of frustration (Oh God!). What, however, do we really mean? 


What do we understand when we use the word, "God"?

The great 11th century philosopher and theologian Anselm of Canterbury understood God as, "that than which nothing greater can be thought." That's a provocative and deep answer but, in the end, not terribly helpful.


When we Christians use the word God, we mean (or should mean) a particular understanding of God as Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  Three in One and One in Three. It's complicated. If you don't believe me, try deciphering the Quicunque Vult also known as The Creed of St. Athanasius, which you can find on page 864 of The Book of Common Prayer (1979). 


It states, in part:

"That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible...."

At this point, most people throw up their hands and say, "the whole thing is incomprehensible!" And yet, as Christians, it is our conviction that God has revealed God's self to us in this way, in other words, as Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is great depth and insight into this. It points to the way God and God's love work in our world and in our lives as "Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier." Does that answer every question or solve every theological riddle? Of course not.   


Renowned Anglican theologian John Macquarrie recognized that, "It must be expected...that any language that tries to talk to us of the mystery of God will have some obscurities."  Surely, language about God as Trinity contains much that is obscure. Perhaps this is a good thing. It preserves the mystery of God and forces us to pause before that mystery, to reflect upon it, pray about it, ask questions, even as we celebrate it.


That is what we are called to do this Sunday as we observe the one Sunday of the year devoted to a doctrine of the Church - Trinity Sunday.


May the Holy and Undivided Trinity bless you and keep you now and always.


In Christ, 


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

VIDEO: Meet our Hispanic/Latino Regional Missioner
The Reverend Ramon Ubiera works in partnership with churches to start and nurture new Hispanic ministries throughout the region.

Click here for a video about this important and growing ministry. 

Brotherhood of St. Andrew Triennial Meeting
June 11-13, 2015

Philadelphia, PA

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Discipleship in 21st Century


What is male masculinity; being accountable to: my spouse, children, parents, co-workers, the community I call home and my spiritual center, God.


On this journey we all start asking ourselves will I be able to leave this world a better place. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has known these trails for over 132 years. 


Come and see what God is calling us to do this day to make a difference. We are seeking true North providing a safe haven for fatherless children, helping single moms; combating homeless veterans and youngsters; standing against addictions; domestic violence; suicides; and pornography. These are real world issues that continue to destroy family unity and wreak havoc in our communities.


On June 12th 2015 at the Marriott International Airport Inn, Philadelphia, the Episcopal/Anglican Men are providing a Ministry Fair Day for Diocesan and Parish Leaders to evaluate these situations from professionals who deal with these issues daily. 

Come to the Table:  A Celebration of our Various Abilities


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ

 11:00 a.m.


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Preacher and Celebrant:

The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke

Welcoming and celebrating the differing gifts and abilities of members of parishes and congregations of the Diocese of New Jersey, this Eucharist is for all of us, beloved of God, in all our various shapes and forms. Each of us, made in the image of a gracious God, hold high our dignity and joy in service to our Church and our Lord. This will be a time to support and uphold the many ways we may be called to serve, be it as ushers, singers, deacons, acolytes, etc. utilizing our many different abilities and gifts. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Commission on Ministry with the Disabled.

Youth Council 
Applications  -2015-2016 School Year


Deadline: June 7

All 9th - 12th grade Students

Must attend an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey

Applications online at 



Re-Imagining Church for the 21st Century

A 2-Day Foundational Workshop 

With John Roberto and Rollie Martinson

June 26-27, 2015

Synod Hall, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

This workshop is the required starting point for all congregations that have committed to The Way of St. Paul congregational development program. It is also open to all others.
An inspiring continuation
of the themes and ideas presented at

The Bishop's Spring Conference



On Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vibrant Faith's John Roberto and Rollie Martinson will lead a two-day workshop that will equip attendees to conduct community research and assess their congregation's life and ministries.  


Topics to be covered will include:

  • The Challenges Facing Faith Formation in the 21st Century
  • A 21st Century Vision of Faith-Forming Congregations
  • Innovative Approaches for Developing a New Faith Forming Ecosystem
  • Preparation for Community Research: Processes and Tools

Diocesan Choir Camp
Join girls and boys ages 10-21 from around the diocese for a week of singing at the beach from July 26-July 30th, culminating with a 4pm Evensong on July 30th

Campers stay at beautiful  Holiday House, just around the corner from the  Church of the Advent in Cape May, New Jersey. Rehearsals are held at Church of the Advent.

The cost of the camp is $350 per camper. Two scholarships are available from the Diocese of New Jersey. Contact Diane Caruso ( for details.

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Ministry Institute Events




Looking ahead to the 2015-16 year we wish to ensure that the Ministry Institute meets the needs of the parishioners and clergy in the Diocese.

Whether you've attended many events in the past or are interested in attending your first program, we would appreciate your insights. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the link below.


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

Senior Baccalaureate Service
May 31
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Come to the Table: A Celebration of Our Various Abilities
June 20th
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Diocesan Choir Camp
July 26-30
Cape May, NJ

Youth Mission Trip
July 26-August 1
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618