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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 1
Hispanic Festival
St. Thomas, Red Bank

October 6
Theo's Cafe - YA
On the Border, Princeton 
October 10
Trinity Cathedral Community Day
Mercer Oaks Golf Course, West Windsor

October 12
Safe Church Training
Diocesan House Trenton

October 15
Safe Church Training
St. Luke's, Metuchen

October 15
Get Your Congregation Un-Stuck!
Trinity Cathedral

October 16
  Sermon: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service 
Holy Trinity
South River

October 20-21
Diocesan House

October 22
St. David's, Cranbury

October 24-26
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway

Upcoming Youth Events:

November 11-13
Fall Youth Event: MIQRA
Camp Lebanon 

Nov 29 - Dec 8

South Africa Pilgrimage for Young Adults
December 16-17
Stop Hunger Now! Lock In
Trinity Cathedral
Upcoming Congregational Events
Several congregations around the diocese hold Blessings of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis'.

See a substantial list of where you can have your animals blessed!
September 30th
St. Francis

October 1st
St. Francis
October 1st
Holy Trinity
St. John the Evangelist New Brunswick
October 5th
St. James
October 7th
St. John the Baptist
St. Uriel's
Sea Girt 
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
St. George by the River

October 10th
St. Martins-in-the-Fields

October 10th
Skeptics & Suds
St. George by the River
October 12th
St. James'
October 20th
St. Francis'

October 15th

October 15th
St. David's

St. Alban's
New Brunswick

October 22nd
Christ Church
New Brunswick

October 22nd
St. Stephen's

October 22nd
St. James'

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September 30, 2016
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

For me, dreaming is pragmatic.  Shimon Peres
This past Wednesday, Shimon Peres died at the age of 93. A foundational figure in the history of modern Israel, Peres was a persistent advocate for peace and compromise in a context that became increasingly polarized and alienated. As  The New York Times observed:

He led the creation of Israel's defense industry, negotiated key arms deals with France and Germany and was the prime mover behind the development of Israel's nuclear weapons. But he was consistent in his search for an accommodation with the Arab world, a search that in recent years left him orphaned as Israeli society lost interest, especially after the upheavals of the 2011 Arab Spring led to tumult on its borders.
(New York Times - September 27, 2016). 

I certainly remember the hope of that historic handshake on the South Lawn of The White House in September of 1993, when Yitzak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands to seal the Oslo Accords. It was the work of Peres that brought this about. All three men were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 because of this effort. Sadly, the peace did not hold. 

But Peres was a dreamer. "For me, dreaming is pragmatic," he said. These are words of wisdom. We dream dreams of peace and concord so that we can strive to bring them about. Failure to dream these kinds of dreams can only result in mutual destruction.

I was listening to a radio interview about Peres following his death. The speaker used a quote from the Roman playwright Publius Terentius to describe Peres's worldview.  I am human, I consider nothing human alien to me." I couldn't help thinking of the Baptismal Covenant, which commits us to "respect the dignity of every human being." I wonder what the world would be like if we could do that.

For me, too, dreaming is pragmatic.
Blessings and peace,
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey  
Good News stories and more!
New Animal Welfare Ministry in the Diocese

The Rev. Dcn Christopher Cox
, Trinity Cathedral

Have you ever wondered if the mission of the Church is concerned with all of God's creatures, including animals subject to abuse and exploitation? The answer is - Yes it is! If you are an animal lover, you will be delighted to know that various General Convention Resolutions since 2003 have charged The Episcopal Church to advocate for the ethical care and treatment of animals and against husbandry methods that cause suffering, to provide educational resources on animal welfare issues, and to offer pastoral care for those grieving from the loss of a companion animal.

Like many others, I believe that our compassion for God's creation is intimately tied to the central mission of the Church to minister to our (human) sisters and brothers.


Read more about the work we are doing in the diocese, our current focus on factory farming, and visit our new website!

Prayers for Pets 

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. In recognition of his feast, many congregations feature services of blessing of the animals.

Here is a list of over 30 places around the diocese where your pet may be blessed. Let us know  if  you should be added! 

Social Media Sunday #SMS16

Parishes around the diocese and wider church celebrated Social Media Sunday on September 25th. Check out a small sampling of photos shared from around the diocese below!

Coffee Hour with Bishop Stokes at Holy Innocents, Beach Haven

The Rev. David Jacob preaches at St. David's Cranbury
Christ Church, New Brunswick

St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction
Holy Cross, North Plainfield
Click for the Video!

The Office of Congregational Development Presents:

  Join Mike Wagner, an expert in leadership development. As part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we can't stay still.
During this daylong workshop, you'll learn how your church can reclaim what organizational experts call "the bias to action" - living into new life and effectiveness. Spanish translation will be available.
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.

The  Soles for the Harvest 5K Run/Walk began in 2012 as a joint venture of St. James and St. Matthias Episcopal Churches. The 2014 consolidation of these parishes into Holy Apostles, Yardville created a corps of dedicated volunteers that sustained this annual event through 2015.
During these four years, proceeds from more than 100 runners, walkers, and co-sponsors per year raised more than $41,000 to benefit a variety of charitable and social justice programs.

Now a Diocesan Jubilee Office event, The DJO All-Volunteer Staff would like to thank Fr. Art Powell, Kristine Byrnes, and the many volunteers for the opportunity to continue this tradition of service in Christ, for our brothers and sisters throughout the diocese. 

October 22, 2016
Join walkers and runners for the fifth annual Soles for the Harvest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The loop course starts at the Cream Ridge Winery, and winds past horse farms and through historic Walnford Park in scenic Cream Ridge, N.J.  Race timing provided.

Register now!

NEW THIS YEAR - All race proceeds will benefit church-supported feeding programs and food pantries across the Diocese of New Jersey.
ALSO NEW - 100% of the funds you raise will go to the beneficiary agency OF YOUR CHOICE.

Latino Festival
October 1, 9am-4pm
St. Thomas, Red Bank
Come enjoy a day full of fun, good food, and entertainment.

The Festival is open to all who wish to witness the exciting things happening in the diocese in both the Hispanic churches and those parishes that are starting new ministries with the Hispanic/Latino people in their areas.

 The day will include ethnic food, entertainment, and displays of artwork with the Holy Eucharist at 11am. 
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner
October 6, 7pm at 

Join Bishop Stokes and Young Adults from around the diocese to discuss the topic:
Voting and Faith:
Should my Christian beliefs affect my decisions in the voting booth?

RSVP by Oct 3rd to The Rev. Debi Clarke, Dcn.
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618