In This Edition
Upcoming Events 
Around the Diocese 
Sept 28- Oct 6
Blessing of the Animals
Various Locations
September 28
Great Cookie Taste-Off 
Holy Trinity Church
September 28
Choral Evensong 
St James' Church
Long Branch 
September 28
Awards Banquet for
Kitchen of Hope 
October 3-6
Cursillo Weekend #26
St. Marguerite's House
October 3-12
All Saints' Church
October 4 
Annual Prayer Breakfast 
St. Elizabeth's Church
October 5 
Flea Market 
St. Mary's Church
Haddon Heights
St. Barnabas' Church
October 11
Vendor & Yard Sale
St. Stephen's Church
Mullica Hill 
October 11  
Fantasy Auction 
St. David's Church
October 12 
Appreciation of First Responders  
St. Stephen's Church
October 13
Community Day
Trinity Cathedral
October 22-24
Icon Writing Retreat 
Community of
St. John the Baptist
October 25
Fall Music Concert 
Church of the Holy Spirit
Oct 26 - Nov 2
Mountain Art Show 
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Episcopal Links of the Week

Presiding Bishop Announces She Will Not Seek Re-Election

In a statement released this week, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Shori announced her intention to seek new ministries at the end of her current term. 


"Together, we are moving into God's future with courage, boldness, and the humility of knowing there is always more to learn," she stated. "For all that hope-filled movement, I give thanks in abundance."  

The Episcopal Church Releases Reflections on House of Bishops Meeting in Taiwan

The Episcopal Church issued a series of reflections from attendees of the House of Bishops meeting in Taiwan.


"Dreams come true not just for me, but also for all the bishops and their spouses - every one of us," said Bishop David Lai of Taiwan, host of the meeting. 

Bruce Springsteen Turns 65; Here's an Episcopal NJ Connection!

Between 1965-1968, Bruce Springsteen was a part of a band called The Castiles.  The band played on four occasions in 1967 and 1968 at The Left Foot, a teen center at the Keith Building of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Freehold, The Keith Building is now used by the Open Door Food Pantry.

Here's a recording of the Castiles, live at the Left Foot. Happy Birthday, Bruce! 


Episcopalians March for Climate Change

Episcopalians from around the country joined with activists from throughout the world in the largest demonstration for climate action in history, in which over 300,000 individuals gathered in New York City. 
Responding to the Ebola Crisis

"Like other disasters, we must take the long view and prepare for longer-term intervention during the post-Ebola phase," said Episcopal Relief & Development Senior Program Officer Abiy Yeteshawork in an article released today. "This will include addressing compounded challenges like rebuilding livelihoods, rehabilitating agricultural operations after the disruption of planting and harvesting and accompanying communities as they recover from the psychosocial trauma of this large-scale disaster."
Pew Report: Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning

In a study released this week, Pew Research reported that 72% of Americans see a decreased influence of religions on overall culture; perhaps in accordance with this figure, 49% of Americans believe houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues.
A Millennial's Open Letter to Faith Leaders
"Despite the staggering statistics on our non-belief, I am continually awed and humbled by millennials' faith," said HuffPo Religion editor Antonia Blumberg in a wonderful piece released yesterday.

If you need some inspiration or a pick-me-up, this is it.

September 24, 2014 


Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

I am writing to you from Taiwan on Monday, September 22. This past Friday, September 19, the House of Bishops heard several presentations by Bishops from across Asia. The Most Reverend V. Samuel Azariah, Moderator of the Anglican Church in Pakistan, addressed the House of Bishops concerning the "theological context and mission challenges of Pakistan."  

It was a provocative, powerful and challenging presentation. Archbishop Azariah represents a minority Christian community trying to co-exist in a world in which Islam is dominant and in which there is an on-going struggle between moderate and extremist expressions of that latter faith. 

Exactly a year ago, a bomb blast, triggered by a suicide bomber, tore through historic All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 78 people. Among those killed were 34 women and 7 children.  2 Muslim police officers assigned to protect the church were also among the victims. All Saints Church is a part of the Anglican Province of Pakistan.

Bishop Azariah shared with us that he would be leaving us in Taiwan to return home so that he could return to Peshawar and observe the sad anniversary of that bombing. It was humbling to listen to him speak of his "theological context" and "mission challenges" and contrast them to my own.

All Saints Church in Peshawar reopened for worship on September 25, 2013, 3 days after the attack.
Photo courtesy Christians in Pakistan.

"We must be steadfast to the gospel in recognizing that loving our neighbor is of paramount importance," Bishop Azariah said to us. Consider the import of that statement in his theological context. He also stated, "The hope of the church relies in our building relationships with Islam and de-escalating the tensions. Work on education is important." There is a message here for us in the United States as well. 


Coming to Taiwan, experiencing the people here, listening to the witness of Archbishop Azariah and other bishops of the region has been of great value in helping put our theological contexts and mission challenges in perspective. "I believe that the cross that is in Pakistan is the cross I have to carry," Archbishop Azariah said to us in Taiwan, "you have to discover what is the cross you have to carry." I reflected and prayed about those words all day today, as I thought about him, and his visit to Peshawar on the first anniversary bombing of All Saints Church. I worried for his safety and that of the other Christians in that country. 


What cross am I called to carry in the Diocese of New Jersey?   What cross are you called to carry? What risks are we willing to take? What sacrifices are we willing to make?  "They can take our dead bodies," Archbishop Azariah said to us last Friday as he headed off to Peshawar, "but they can never take our commitment or our faith."

Blessings and peace in Christ, 

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

Good News Stories and More

GALLERY: Seeing the Sacred Art Show at All Saints' Church, Princeton


This past weekend, a new collection of art opened at All Saints' Church in Princeton, a traveling exhibition of visual art sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). The exhibit runs through October 12; we invite you to view our photo preview, featuring photography by Dot Cellini. 

SAVE THE DATE: Basics of Endowment/Planned Giving On Demand Workshop at St. Matthew's Church in Pennington on October 25     

The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) will partner with the Diocese of New Jersey in conducting a workshop on endowments and planned giving on Saturday, October 25, at St. Matthew's Church in Pennington. Parishes who sign up in advance will also learn how to use ECF's new Planned Giving On Demand toolkit for growing endowments through planned gifts. 


ECF Managing Program Director James W. N. Murphy and ECF Consultant Lynn Mander will conduct the workshop. 

More information on this workshop is coming later this week; click here for an introductory piece from ECF Vital Practices on planned giving

VIDEO: An Evensong Celebrating Older Adults
September 27 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton

Our senior members are a vital and vibrant part of our congregations; we invite you to join us on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton for a joyous and memorable celebration of older adults throughout the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. Over 100 individuals will be honored at this service. Tours of the Cathedral will be available beginning at 1 PM, with a reception to follow.


This video features several of our honorees and further information about this special service. 

Click here to view the video.

Parish Leadership Day is October 4

 St. Matthew's Church in Pennington:
Registration Extended Until September 29 
Leader: Dr. Hugh O'Doherty, Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government

This Fall's Parish Leadership Day will share with parish leaders around the Diocese the same work begun by our clergy at their last Clergy Conference.The focus of the day will be Adaptive Leadership.

Click here for more information

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   

Evensong Honoring Older Adults 

September 27
Trinity Cathedral


Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop

September 27
St. Peter's Church



Preparing Your Congregation to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Episcopal Relief and Development 

October 4

St. Peter's Church



Parish Leadership Day

October 4

St Matthew's Church



October 5
Trinity Church
October 6-8
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Shawnee on Delaware, PA

Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
October 11 & 18
Trinity Church

Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
October 11
St. Simeons-By-The-Sea Church
North Wildwood

Trinity Cathedral Community Day
October 13
Mercer Oaks - West Golf Course
West Windsor

Adults who Work with Youth--Speaker: Anthony Briggs
October 15
Diocesan House

October 18
St Stephen's Church

Evensong in the African Tradition
October 19
Trinity Cathedral

October 25
Church of the Merciful Savior
Penns Grove

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