In This Edition
Holiday Fairs and Bazaars
Parishes throughout the Diocese 
Nov 15-Dec 15
Super Bowl Raffle 
November 23
Evensong and Benediction 
Christ Church
November 27
Turkey Trot 5k 
Trinity Church
November 27
Thanksgiving Dinner for Food Pantry  
St. Luke's
November 27
World AIDS Day Observation 
Trinity Cathedral
November 30
Taize Service 
St Luke's
November 30
Solid Brass Concert 
St. Paul's
December 1-31
Children's Photography Exhibit  
St Luke's
December 6
Advent Retreat 
St. Mark and All Saints
December 7
Lessons and Carols 
Christ Church
Somers Point 
December 12 
"The Thirteen" Joyeux Noel Concert
Church of the Advent
Cape May
December 14  
Lessons and Carols
St. Luke's
December 21   
Lessons and Carols
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Bishop Stokes Issues Statement on Gun Control
As part of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Bishop Stokes issued a statement earlier this week on the NRA's role in gun policy:

"Groups opposing the gun manufacturers and gun lobbyists such as Bishops United Against Gun Violence, must continue to work together so that the political will of the vast majority of Americans is given legislative expression by our politicians. Universal background checks and other common sense laws must be enacted." 
From "Angry Atheist" to Rector
In Houston, a news story this week chronicled one man's journey from a self-proclaimed atheist to Episcopal priest. It's an inspiring and fascinating story. 
Advent Resources from The Episcopal Church

With Advent beginning next Sunday, November 30, The Episcopal Church has issued a number of helpful resources for congregations.

Check out the full listing at Episcopal News Service here

November 20, 2014 

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,


December 1 is World AIDS Day. In the early 1980s, I was working in restaurants in New York. I remember the increasing panic that emerged as word spread throughout the industry, and New York City, that a mysterious and deadly disease had appeared in the United States, infecting mostly gay men and intravenous drug users. I remember the first friend of mine who was diagnosed with the disease. He was the partner of the Ma�tre D in the restaurant where I worked.

In those days, a diagnosis of full blown AIDS was a death sentence. It was brutal and it was quick. I remember visiting this friend in the hospital when he was dying.  I can picture him lying in his bed in a fetal position. He had Pneumocystis Carinii pneumonia, weighed less than 100 pounds and was marked with the distinctive scars of Kaposi's Sarcoma. He died a few days later. 

As a seminarian, I did my Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City in 1988. AIDS had become a major crisis. One whole floor of St. Luke's/Roosevelt was exclusively dedicated to persons with AIDS. In addition, persons with AIDS were also distributed throughout the medical wings of other floors. It was unbelievable.

In those days, persons with AIDS were treated as pariahs. A bright orange cart was placed in front of the door of every room where a person with AIDS was being treated. The carts let everyone know that extra precautions needed to be taken. It was a less than subtle signal that the person in the room was "untouchable."


We have come a long ways since those days. AIDS carries much less stigma today than it did back then. Because treatment has improved drastically, people who are diagnosed HIV positive can live  much longer than they could when the pandemic first began in the 1980s. Nonetheless, there is still an AIDS crisis. 


About 35 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS today. In the United States, it is estimated that more than 1.1 million people have the disease. Of that 1.1 million, about 180,000 don't know that they have it. Sadly, in the United States, about 1 in 4 new infections occur in young people ages 13 - 24. Worldwide, 3.2 million children are infected with the disease. It was passed on by their mothers in pregnancy. 


There is a great deal of work that needs to be done to combat HIV/AIDS. Informed, clear education is a place to begin. We can support the research that is being done to overcome the disease.  Persons with HIV/AIDS need the love and support of others. Parts of the world suffering the most from HIV/AIDS, such as Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, require financial assistance so that medications, which are so critical to sustaining life and managing the disease, can be made available to those who could not otherwise afford it.   Orphanages caring for children whose parents died from AIDS related complications require support as well.

Yes, there is still an HIV/AIDS crisis.  It is a pandemic. An observance of World AIDS Day will be held at Trinity Cathedral on November 29 and on December 1st, World AIDS Day, I encourage you to pray for those who suffer from AIDS and for their loved ones.  I also urge you to do what you can to fight this horrendous disease.

Blessings and peace, 

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

Good News Stories and More

School for Deacons Accepting Applications


The School for Deacons is currently accepting applications of consideration for admission. The deadline for submission is January 15. Need more information?  Click here.

Questions? Please contact the Ven. Lynn H. Johnson, Co-Chair, Committee on the Diaconate 609-396-1484 (office) 609-521-7600 (cell).

Our Newest Staff Member: Mary Anne Clisham

Mary Anne has joined Diocesan Staff in the role of Office Assistant and Receptionist; click here to learn more!

 World AIDS Day Observation at Trinity Cathedral: Nov. 29


Started in 1988 as the first-ever global health day, World AIDS Day has since been observed annually, serving as a yearly opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate people who have died.


Please join us to support our Church's response to this global health challenge, our Five Marks of Mission, and the Gospel Imperative to love and serve all through Christ, in a day of informative speakers, fellowship, and Holy Eucharist and Healing. Click here for more.

Ministry Institute Events in October




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

A Support Group For Older Adults

Wednesday Afternoons
St. Mary's Church
Haddon Heights   

Building the Beloved Community: Undoing Racism
November 20-22
St. Luke's

December 2
Trinity Cathedral

Adults Who Work with Youth: Diane Caruso
December 3
Diocesan House

December 12-13
Trinity Cathedral
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618

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