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A full, detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.
Here's what's on in the coming months. 

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
December 1st
St John
December 2nd
December 3rd
St. Raphael
December 3rd
St Mary
Haddon Heights
December 4th
St John the Baptist
December 4th
Christ the King
December 4th
December 4th
Episcopal Church at Princeton University
December 4th
Christ Church
New Brunswick 
December 9-11th
All Saints'
December 9
December 10
St. Francis
December 10
Grace Church
December 11
St. Mary
Stone Harbor
December 11
St. Bartholomew
Cherry Hill 
December 11
December 16
Line Dancing
St Francis
December 16
Christmas Concert
St Mark
December 18
  Holiday Open House
Canterbury House
at Rutgers
New Brunswick 
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November 23, 2016
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
            I will tell of all your marvelous works...Psalm 9.1 (BCP p. 593)

Throughout the nation this week, people will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a feast of abundance that invites us to consider all the blessings so many of us enjoy. I hope we will do that. Too often, we think in terms of scarcity. This is inherent in a consumerist culture. Television commercials and ads on the internet relentlessly pound us with the message that we don't have enough stuff - Buy more! Buy more! In some instances,"Black Friday" has intruded into Thanksgiving Day itself. Surely this has a deep impact on our psyches. 

Beyond being thankful for the many blessings of my life, I will be thinking of those demonstrating against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many Episcopalians, including our
Presiding Bishop , have gone to Standing Rock Sioux Nation in South Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Native Americans who are striving to protect the river which is a source of drinking water to the Sioux Reservation. They are also trying to protect an ancient burial ground through which the oil company wishes to run the pipeline. I can't help but be captured by the irony and contrast of the events in Standing Rock with the traditional images of the first Thanksgiving. 
This past Sunday, as temperatures dropped into the 20s, police used water cannons against the demonstrators. One person reportedly had a heart attack. Another ended up having an arm amputated as a result of her injuries. Several demonstrators were hospitalized. These aggressive tactics against peaceful protesters are in stark contrast to the hands-off approach that had been used by authorities when Ammon Bundy and his followers took over the Malheur Wildlife National Refuge in Oregon. What merits this double standard?

Thursday is an opportunity for us to pause, reflect, and give thanks for all we have. It is also an opportunity for us to be prayerful about those who are suffering from grief, sickness, loneliness, poverty, and injustice.
I pray you and yours have a blessed, prayerful, and happy Thanksgiving while also remembering those who face life's challenges.

Blessings and peace, 

The Right Reverend William H. Stokes, D. D.
Bishop of New Jersey 
Collect for Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the
fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those
who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of
your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and
the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Stop Hunger Now - Lock In
 6th -12th graders and their adult chaperones
December 16-17 

Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Meal-packaging events are the heart of our work. We work with volunteers from corporations, faith congregations, schools, colleges and universities, and civic groups.

Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck.

Meal-packaging events are a great way to educate volunteers about global hunger and inspire them to get more involved in fighting it. The events also give volunteers hands-on experience in leadership development, team-building, relationship-building, creative problem-solving, and goal-setting and achievement.

Advent Clergy Day: Dec 6 
 A Pilgrimage Beyond the Manger: Transforming the journey through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany 
This year's clergy day will explore the seasons of Advent, Christmas and the Epiphany through the focusing lens of pilgrimage, an outward journey that catalyzes an inner transformation. Through plenary and small-group conversation and discernment, participants will use the universal elements of pilgrimage to connect to their own experience of and hunger for transformation and will prepare to lead their congregations soulfully through these major celebrations. 


Want to avoid the Black Friday Rush while helping those in need?
Check out some of these great ways to help those across the nation and the world through alternative Gift Catalogs or visit one of the many Holiday Markets being held by congregations around the diocese. 

March 3-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ 

with featured speaker 
Becca Stevens of
Thistle Farms

Resolutions are now being accepted.
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