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Ministry Institute

A full, detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.
Here's what's on in the coming months. 
October 22 
St. David's, Cranbury
October 24-26
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway
November 5 
St. Matthew's, Pennington
November 9 
St. Peter's, Medford
November 10 
Holy Spirit, Lebanon
November 12
Safe Church Training  St. Mark and All Saints', Galloway
November 18-19
Latino Vestry Workshop
Pope John Paul II Retreat Center, Vineland

November 19
Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Service
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

November 26
CANCELLED Mass Incarceration: The Impact of Criminalizing Mental Illness 
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

December 6
Advent Clergy Day
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

December 16-17 Youth
The Cathedral Lock-In: Stop Hunger Now
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Upcoming Congregational Events
October 21-22nd
St. Augustine's
Asbury Park  
October 21st
St. Alban's
New Brunswick
October 22nd
Christ Church
New Brunswick
October 22nd
St. Stephen's
October 22nd
St. James'
October 22nd
Holy Trinity
October 23rd
All Saints'
October 23rd
October 23rd
Choral Evensong
St. Luke's 
October 25th
All Saints' 
Bay Head
November 5th
November 5th
November 5th
November 5th
November 12th
St. Paul  
Bound Brook
November 13th
St. Mary  
Haddon Heights
November 13th
St. Mary  
November 13th
St. Mary  
Haddon Heights
November 19th
Laural Springs 
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October 21, 2016
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

"...for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted." Luke 18:14

The verse cited above is from the gospel reading for this coming Sunday. I can't help noticing a lot of dissonance between the gospel readings and the climate we are all living in right now. Humbleness and humility seem in short supply these days.  Humility was one of the great themes of the Christian mystics back in the Middle Ages. They wrote about the "steps to humility" and the "ladder to humility."

Humility doesn't get a lot of attention today. Still, when we see it, I suspect we all appreciate it. Truly humble people inspire us. I don't mean the kind of self-deprecation that is often veiled self-service. The late great Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir would often say to people, "Don't be so humble, you're not that great." That's pretty funny. I remember someone quipping in seminary, "I got an A in humility." That was pretty funny too.

When I think of humble and humility, I think of people like Desmond Tutu. I had the privilege of meeting him and spending some time with him in Delray Beach many years ago. He was warm and funny, authentic and accessible. He is one of those people who you feel like you've known a long time, even if you've only been with him for minutes. It was hard to remember that this was a man who stared down apartheid and helped change the world. That's humility. Having an awareness of our own fallibilities, having a capacity to laugh out loud at ourselves and recognize our own shortcomings and short-sightedness, even our own sinfulness - perhaps especially our own sinfulness - and understanding that God is God and we are not - these, to me, are signs of humility.

As I watch the news, and especially scenes of candidates running for office, I keep longing to see more of it.

Blessings and peace,

The Rt. Rev. William Stokes
XII Bishop of New Jersey

Good News stories and more!
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The Office of Congregational Development Presents:

Leading Change Effectively: The Power of Motivation

(note: this is the same program, offered twice)
Spanish translation offered at the November 9 program
More than ever before, church leadership is about helping congregants choose a new direction - motivating people to want to change. In this one-day workshop, pastor and motivational expert Peter Coutts will teach you about leadership as a motivational practice. It will strengthen your ability to help your congregation say "yes!" to change.

Employee Benefits 
October 29, 9am-12pm
Trinity Church, Princeton 

Learn about major health care changes. 

Clergy and Lay Leaders/Employees encouraged to attend!

Medical Benefits
Health Plan Options
Vital Dates and Deadlines
Clergy Compensation 

RSVP by October 27

Evensong Honoring Older Adults: Photos are now online!

A gallery of photographs from the
2016 Evensong Honoring Older Adults
September 24, 2016 at Trinity Cathedral


(Read the bible in 72 hours)

MIQRA (meek * rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover its content, why we should care, and how to read it.  

 November 11-13, 2016
 Camp Lebanon, Lebanon, NJ

For 6th grade through Young Adults and their Chaperones


Come enrich your faith to practice your beliefs in combating racism.  

Led by Heidi J. Kim 
Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for
The Episcopal Church 
November 12, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

at St. David's, Cranbury

Funds Available for International Projects

The Global Goals* Matching Grant Program grant deadline is approaching!
Due November 15, 2016, these $750 grants allow pa rticipants to work with a partner organization to help
"strive for justice and peace among all people," by promoting  awareness of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.
* formerly Millennium Development Goals 

The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618