Online Edition - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
News, events and features of interest to members and friends of the
Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Episcopal Church in northern New Jersey.

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From Bishop Beckwith
The Beloved Community
Martin Luther King first made a reference to the Beloved Community in a 1956 speech celebrating the Supreme Court decision that desegregated the buses in Montgomery, Alabama after a 12-month boycott by the local black community: “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community.”

In my 12 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Newark, I have experienced moments of reconciliation; I have often witnessed redemption – and more times than I can count I have literally had a taste of the Beloved Community. Read more.
Diocesan Events
Consecration of the XI Bishop of Newark
This Saturday we celebrate the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Carlye J. Hughes as the XI Bishop of Newark, with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry as the Chief Consecrator. Here's what you need to know:
If you don't have a ticket yet
There are a few seats remaining, but you must act fast. The ticket request form will remain open until 5 PM TODAY, or until all seats are filled. Click here to request tickets.

All tickets requested henceforth must be picked up at Episcopal House by this Friday, or at NJPAC on Saturday.
If you're planning to attend
Wear red! Red is the color of the Holy Spirit, and we know she is at work in our diocese.

Parking: While there are several parking lots convenient to NJPAC, we encourage you to car pool or use public transportation. (Parking at Episcopal House will be reserved for bishops and the Presiding Bishop’s office.)

Seating: Doors to lobbies open at 9:15 AM; doors into the theater seating open at 9:45 AM. All guests not assigned to processions or to seats on the stage are requested to be in their seats by 10:30 AM for the music and procession. (Guests assigned to processions or stage seating are being sent special instructions.)

Photos and videos: There will be three professional photographers, and NJPAC's professional team will be capturing video using multiple cameras, so there will be ample professional coverage of this event. If you do take your own photos or videos, please follow these three rules: 1) NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY; 2) always be quiet and unobtrusive (remember this a religious service); 3) do not get in the way of the professionals, or block their line of sight (they may be behind you).

Afterwards: The service will conclude at about 1 PM, followed by light refreshments in the lobbies on each level.
If you want to watch at home
The consecration service will be livestreamed to the diocesan YouTube channel by NJPAC's professional team. The livestream will start at about 10:30 AM, when the pre-service music begins.

To be notified when the livestream starts, go to , click the red "Subscribe" button, and then click the gray bell icon to receive notifications of new videos.
You can also download the program for the consecration service and follow along. Click here for the program.
Formal seating of the new Bishop
All are welcome to attend the formal seating of our new Bishop in the cathedral, which will take place within the context of Evening Prayer.

Lay people are encouraged to wear festive attire to this joyful occasion.

Clergy are asked to vest in “Choir Habit” or “Choir Vestments” (cassock, surplice and tippet; hood optional); to vest at 24 Rector Street; and to arrive no later than 2:15 PM.
Vestry University 2018
Workshop information and online registration is now available for Vestry University, a day for all wardens, vestry members, treasurers, clergy and other congregational leaders to learn, network and celebrate your ministry.

The registration deadline is 5 PM on Monday, October 1. The cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. Click here to find out more, register online and download the bulletin insert.
Community Events
See the Community Calendar for other public events hosted by our congregations and associated organizations, and find out how to submit your own events.
Cross Roads Camp Events
Accredited with the American Camp Association, Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA.

SEP 28-30 or OCT 12-14
A weekend of relaxation, connection, and prayer, with discussions focusing on Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott. The same retreat is offered two different weekends so pick the one that works for you!
OCT 5-7
Play volleyball all night long to raise money for camp (or just come to cheer on your friends). Bring a team or play on your own — as long as we keep the court busy all night!
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2
The Shepherds' Gathering is a time of rest and reflection, fellowship and learning, with others who work with children and youth in the church.
Photos and video from the farewell luncheon for Bishop Beckwith and Marilyn Olson
A gallery of 155 photos from the event by Cynthia Black and Joe Bodine, and a video of Bishop Beckwith's address.

The event also included the unveiling of Bishop Beckwith's official portrait, to be displayed in Episcopal House. Read more.
There's still time to honor Mark and Marilyn by making a tribute donation to the Alleluia Fund for Outreach. Your gift will be vitally important to many organizations throughout the diocese – ministries dear to the hearts of Mark and Marilyn.

Your donation is fully tax deductible. Please go to, choose “Alleluia Fund – Beckwith Tribute” and make your donation of any amount. Thank you!
Children drum up a good time at PATCH camp
By Sharon Sheridan Hausman
Shepherded by paid staff plus youth and adult volunteers, about 10 children a day attended the weeklong PATCH (Parents and Their Children) drumming camp at St. Stephen's Church in Millburn.

The PATCH program for children with incarcerated parents is supported by the diocesan Prison Ministry. Read more.
Diocesan Announcements
Two diocesan staff members answer call to new endeavors
God is always working out ahead of us and we are always listening, discerning and seeking to join God’s work. After much listening and discerning, two members of diocesan staff are responding to a call to do God’s work outside Episcopal House.

On September 27, the Rev. Ginny Dinsmore will depart after more than five years as Coordinator for Missional Church Strategy to seek training as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Earlier this month, Suzanne Willian concluded her consulting engagement with the diocese after nearly five years supporting the Alleluia Fund for Outreach and the Joining God in Shaping Our Future journey and is moving on to a new venture in her community.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry calendar for Fall 2018
A handy list of all Youth and Young Adult Ministry events from the Consecration in September 2018 through the Confirmation Retreats in early 2019. Click here to download.
Important diocesan deadlines
Alleluia Fund grant applications for 2018 - Friday, Sept. 28, 12 noon
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. Robert Browning, Rector, Grace, Rutherford - Sept. 1

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2018 .
News from The Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop's statement on Administration’s 2019 refugee admissions ceiling
The Episcopal Church is gravely disappointed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement yesterday that the Administration has set the refugee admissions ceiling for next year at 30,000. This is the lowest ceiling in the history of our country and is one more effort to pull the U.S. back from our leadership in addressing humanitarian crises. Further, the retreat from refugee resettlement flies in the face of our nation’s history of being a place of refuge to persecuted persons. The Episcopal Church, through the ministry of Episcopal Migration Ministries, is committed to welcome for all. Read more.
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