The Episcopal Diocese of Newark
Leadership News: July 2016
Key information for clergy and lay leaders from Episcopal House
Published on the last Wednesday of each month 

Wedding of Canon Jacobs
The Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs and the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam With joyful hearts we share the news of the marriage of the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs and the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam on Saturday, June 25.

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, and the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts, co-officiated at the ceremony held at the Greater Newark Conservancy in the presence of a small group of family and close friends.

The bride, who serves as an Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals for the State of New York, is keeping her name.

Canon Jacobs will return to the office on July 26.

O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP p. 431)
Independence Day Episcopal House summer closings
Episcopal House will be closed next Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The diocesan staff wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Starting this Friday, July 1, Episcopal House will close at 1 PM on Fridays in July and August.
For Congregations
Diocesan events & opportunities
Planning meeting for "Joining Jesus on the Journey"
Joining Jesus on the Journey TOMORROW, June 30, 7 PM
At St. Luke's, Montclair
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Joining Jesus on the Journey Pilgrimage the week of July 25-30, 2016 is invited to an informational meeting at 7 PM TOMORROW, June 30 at St. Luke's Church, Montclair in the Assembly Hall.

Walkers may join us for all or part of this adventure. Those who don't feel called to walk themselves can support the walkers through donations of time, talent or treasure. Find out more.
Workshop: Finding God in the Spaces, Finding Space for God
Wednesday, July 20, 6 PM
At Grace Church, Nutley
We hear a lot about a Rule of Life - it sounds intimidating and deep. Guess what? It doesn't have to be! A simple definition of a Rule of Life is "God interrupting our busy lives." In other words, we should each build a sense of God's presence into our daily agendas - on our own terms.

A panel of speakers from the Empowering Action Team of Diocesan Council will share examples of their own spiritual practices in hopes that attendees will see that these glimpses of God's grace are all around us in prayer, walking a labyrinth, creating art, knitting, gardening, yoga, and more. Find out more.
Cross Roads' Giant Church Picnic
Cross Roads_ Giant Church Picnic
Sunday, August 21
At Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center, Port Murray, NJ
Experience camp fun one last time with Cross Roads' annual end-of-season bash. Church groups, families, and individuals are welcome. Check-in is at 2 PM, and closing worship at 7 PM. Dinner is included. Cost: $12 per person, $35 maximum per family. Find out more, or register and pay online.

Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA (the Lutheran Church), accredited with the American Camp Association. Subscribe to Cross Roads' mailing list.
Anti-Racism Dialogues
Anti-Racism Dialogues
September 23-24 at Episcopal House
Registration for the September Anti-Racism Dialogues is at capacity with a wait list. Plans are underway for future Anti-Racism Dialogues, to be announced.
Stewardship webcasts available through July 31
Our diocese is a member of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), and has acquired six webcasts from TENS Conference held earlier this month. You can view and/or download some or all of the six webcasts through July 31, 2016 at (password: 10s63&42016). Additional support and materials provided by TENS are available for free here.
Deadline for July issue of The VOICE Online
In June, July and August The Voice Online will be published once a month on the third Wednesday; the deadline to submit items to be considered for inclusion is the Friday before. Friday, July 15 is the deadline for the issue being published on Wednesday, July 20.
The August issue of Leadership News - key information for clergy and lay leaders from Episcopal House - will be published Wednesday, July 27.

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For Clergy
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. J. Barrington Bates, Interim Priest, St. Peter's Church, Essex Fells - July 31
  • The Rev. Susanna Cates, Priest Associate, St. Peter's Church, Morristown - June 1
See all clergy ministry transitions in 2016.

Open clergy positions
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park & Montville - priest-in-charge
  • Grace Church, Madison - interim priest
  • Christ Church, Ridgewood - curate
Contact information needed for Convention Deputies
The 143rd Annual Diocesan Convention, Joining God in Shaping our Future, will be held January 27-28, 2017. We are looking forward to building relationships with the deputations and each individual deputy. In building these relationships, we look forward to the opportunity to communicate important information directly with each individual attending the Convention.

As we did very successfully last year, we are again asking all congregations who have already elected their deputations for the 2017 Annual Convention to please provide contact information for your deputies.

This does not replace the official registration process (which will happen in November - December). It will simply help us to share important information with deputies and continue to improve our current system. The handful of congregations who elect their deputations in the fall preceding Convention will receive all information previously supplied to individual deputies to keep them in the information loop.


Leadership News is a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark sent to congregation leaders, including (but not restricted to) clergy, wardens, vestry, treasurers and parish administrators. 


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