Online Edition - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
News, events and features of interest to members and friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Episcopal Church in northern New Jersey.

From the Bishop
How you can listen to the Holy Spirit this summer
As we move into summer, Bishop Carlye Hughes reminds us that the Holy Spirit doesn't take vacation. In this vlog post, she shares some ideas for how, during what is for many a slower, quieter season, you can listen for the Holy Spirit in your life and the life of your church. (Time: 3:39.)
Stories from our congregations
Witnessing on social media
Does your church have a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account? Tag your posts with @dionewark so the diocesan Communications Department can be sure to see them and follow you! Particularly interesting stories may be shared in The VOICE Online - such as the one below.
All Saints, Hoboken on Instagram
The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas of All Saints, Hoboken (second from right) attended the signing of a proclamation against gun violence at Hoboken City Hall on June 11. She and Mayor Ravinder Singh Bhalla, City Council member Emily Ball Jabbour, student activist Jai Patel, and community activist Eytan Stern Weber wore orange and pledged to continue efforts to reduce gun violence and deaths due to guns in our community, our state, and our nation. Go to the original Instagram post.
St. Stephen's, Millburn takes church outside for "Garden Party Sunday"
On Sunday, May 19, the congregation of St. Stephen’s, Millburn celebrated their garden with an outdoor service, followed by an outdoor coffee hour hosted by the garden club, and culminating in an afternoon of gardening together on the grounds of the church and pre-school in Millburn. Read more.
Mass on the Grass... with Brass!
Christ Church in Bloomfield & Glen Ridge holds an annual Mass on the Grass...with Brass! in the park across the street, followed by a picnic.

This year they held it on June 9, Pentecost Sunday, which was also the last service before the Rev. Diana Wilcox started her sabbatical.
Sixth Annual RSCM NJ Choral Festival
On Saturday, June 1, Choristers from around New Jersey gathered at Christ Church, Short Hills for the Sixth Annual RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) NJ Choral Festival. Read more.
In the news
St. Mary's, Sparta:
MAY 20, 2019 | Tap into Sparta

St. Clement's, Hawthorne:
MAY 28 | Tap into Hawthorne
PHOTO: TAP into Hawthorne/John Van Vliet. Used with permission.
The Venerable Peter Jackson:
JUN 13 | Tap into West Orange
St. Luke's, Montclair:
MAY 21 | Montclair Patch
MAY 29 | North Jersey Record
JUN 2 | Montclair Local News
We love to share stories of what our congregations are doing! The deadline to submit stories, photos and links to media coverage for the July 17 issue of The VOICE Online is Wednesday, July 10 . Please email submissions to .
Stewardship Matters
"Send us out to do the work you have given us to do"
What is Stewardship? Is it a letter someone will write this fall and mail with fingers crossed? Is it an October sermon? Is it an overwhelming sense of anxiety that this year's pledge numbers are on your shoulders?

No. Stewardship is the work God has given us to do, and it is work that happens all year long.

Yes, the pledge campaign is a part of Stewardship, but only a part. Read more.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
It's time to start saying farewell: Join us in honoring Canon Jacobs
The Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, Canon to the Ordinary, is retiring after nearly 11 years of service in the Diocese of Newark. Two public events are being held to thank and honor him - the first is TOMORROW and the second is THIS SUNDAY. Please just us for either - or both!


Ordination to the Priesthood:
The Rev. Deacon Sharon Sheridan Hausman
SAT, JUN 22, 3 PM

Coming this fall
Save the date for these events early in the next program year. More information will be published as it becomes available.

FRI, SEP 27 - SAT, SEP 28, 9 AM - 3 PM

Grant deadlines
Alleluia Fund - MON, SEP 30 for 2019 funding
Ward J. Herbert Fund - TUE, OCT 1 for early winter funding
Church Leader University
Clergy Conference 2019
POP Up Youth Ministry Events
Questions? Contact
SUN, SEP 22, 3:30-6:30 PM @ St. Alban's, Oakland/Franklin Lakes
FRI-SUN, OCT 4-6 (time TBA) - The Rally for Cross Roads @ Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center
SUN, NOV 17 (time TBA) @ Christ Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge
Breaking Bread with the Bishop
Locations TBA
SAT, OCT 26 - 9 AM gather, 9:30 AM start
TUE, OCT 29 - 6:30 PM gather, 7 PM start
SAT, NOV 2 - 9 AM gather, 9:30 AM start
TUE, NOV 5 - 6:30 PM gather, 7 PM start
See also Upcoming Community Events , posted by our congregations and associated organizations.
Diocesan Announcements
Meet our Postulants
On Saturday, June 1, Bishop Carlye Hughes met with our diocese's Postulants for Holy Orders while they were on retreat together at the Community of St. John the Baptist. Pictured with Bishop Hughes are (l-r) George Dredden, Sun-Hwan Spriggs, Vivian De Los Santos, Gary Yacono, Katherine Rollo, Annie-Alex Pike, Danielle Baker, Raul Ausa, Lorna Woodham, and Carrie Cabush.

These people felt a call to ordained ministry, which was confirmed by their congregation, the Commission on Ministry and the Bishop, and they are now in the process of being trained and formed for ministry as either Deacons or Priests. To learn more about the process of discerning a call to ordained ministry, please visit
Hegg Award photos available online
On June 9, 72 members of the diocese were honored with the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Senior Ministries Evensong, held at St. Peter's Church in Morristown with the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, Bishop of Newark, officiating.

Photos of the honorees with the Bishop, taken by Russ Worthington, can be downloaded from this online dropbox.
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. Dr. Andrew R. Wright, Canon to the Ordinary - JUL 1 (read more)
  • The Rev. Deacon Asa Coulson - Associate, Grace, Madison - JUL 1


  • The Rev. Marjorie Lindstrom, Priest in Charge, St. Matthew's, Paramus - JUN 2

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2019 .
Cross Roads News & Events
Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the ELCA. Find out more .
Cross Roads is hiring!
Are you or a young adult you know looking for a life-changing summer experience for 2019? Join the Cross Roads team for a summer of growing in your faith, helping shape the faith of others, and making unforgettable memories! The applications for multiple positions are now live on the Cross Roads website.
Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!
Visit the Cross Roads website to learn all about the opportunities for youth of all ages at camp this summer. From the six-week Leaders-in-Training program for teenagers to Curtains Up! theater camp to family camp, there is something for every child!
News from the wider church
Rev. Bonnie Perry elected bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
The Rev. Bonnie Perry started her ordained ministry in this diocese, having been ordained by Bishop Spong in 1990. Read the Chicago Tribune article.
The Presiding Bishop's new podcast
“The way of Jesus is the Way of Love. And the Way of Love can change the world,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says in his new podcast, The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry, which launched on Pentecost Sunday, June 9.

These weekly conversations explore living a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love. New episodes air Tuesdays through July 30.

The podcast is available on all podcast apps. Visit the to subscribe through Apple iTunes, Google Play or Spotify and to sign up for notifications of new seasons as well as additional featured content.
2019 Constable Fund Grants
The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. Applications can be submitted by: (1) one of the Provinces of The Episcopal Church (see below for more); (2) one of the interim bodies of General Convention; or (3) a program office of The Episcopal Church. The deadline for applications is August 30, 2019.

The Council of Province II may submit only one Constable Grant application endorsed by the Province. In light of the August 30 deadline, for an application to Council to be considered it must be submitted via email to by July 30, 2019. This will allow Council to consider all applications. No applications submitted to Council after the stated deadline will be considered. Find out more.
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