Online Edition - Wednesday, March 6, 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
I invite you to a holy Lent
In her message for Ash Wednesday, Bishop Carlye says, "I know without a doubt that any effort that you make during these 40 days will draw you closer to God and will support and increase and enhance your spiritual life." (Time: 3:10.)

Note: All of Bishop Carlye's videos are closed captioned. In YouTube, click the "CC" at the bottom right corner of the video to display the captions.
Ash Wednesday & "Ashes to Go"
Bishop Carlye Hughes will offer "Ashes to Go" at the entrance of Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral at 12 noon today, before officiating at the Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the Cathedral at 12:30 PM.

Churches offering "Ashes to Go" in their communities are invited to send photographs and stories for possible publication to Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications, at
Breaking Bread with Bishop Carlye
Bishop Carlye has said several times that she has “fallen in love with the people of the Diocese of Newark” and, as she announced at Convention, she wants to meet, greet and break bread with YOU!

You, your family and your congregations are invited to partake of a light meal and then engage in a relaxed exchange of information, ideas and dreams with each other and with Bishop Carlye.

You can select from one of these three remaining gatherings:
Tuesday, Mar. 19 at St. Paul’s, Chatham - RSVP deadline Mar. 12
Light supper 6:30 PM, program 7-9 PM

Thursday, Apr. 4 at Messiah, Chester - RSVP deadline Mar. 28
Light supper 6:30 PM, program 7-9 PM

Limited space remaining:
Saturday, Apr. 13 at Church of the Saviour, Denville - RSVP deadline Apr. 6
Continental breakfast 9 AM, program 9:30-11:30 AM
This gathering is designed specifically for churches currently engaged in clergy transition. Others may attend, but the program will be geared toward support and best practices – you are not alone!

To insure we have enough food for everyone, we need you to RSVP online no later than one week before your desired gathering. However, registrations will close earlier if a location reaches capacity, so don't wait! Find out more and RSVP online .

The gathering tomorrow, Mar. 7 at St. Michael’s, Wayne has reached capacity and registration is closed. If you've registered, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Other Upcoming Events
Church Leader University
SAT, MAR 9, 9 AM - 12 NOON
This event has reached full capacity, and registration is closed. Please note that walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

If you've already registered, click here for the morning's schedule, workshop descriptions, and GPS instructions.
Anti-Racism Dialogues
Friday, March 8 at 12 noon is the deadline to register for the March 15-16 anti-racism training at Episcopal House. The next opportunity for anti-racism training at Episcopal House will be in Sept. 2019.

Candidates elected to office at the Annual Diocesan Convention must have completed anti-racism training within the past five years.
Confirmation Retreats
Youth preparing for Confirmation this year are strongly urged to attend one of the two Confirmation Retreats being held this spring. Click here for registration, and info on activities and logistics.

Adults preparing to be Confirmed, Received or Reaffirmed this year are encouraged to attend one of the Breaking Bread with the Bishop gatherings and introduce themselves to the Bishop there.
Acolyte Festival
Calling all Acolytes and Vergers! Join us for our Acolyte Festival in the Diocese of Newark, hosted by Christ Church in Ridgewood.

Come and meet Bishop Carlye! We will have a full breakfast, fun activities including games for youth, plus a breakout session for Adult Acolytes and Vergers, and close the morning with a grand procession of all Acolytes and Vergers present! The deadline to RSVP is March 24. Find out more.
Celebration of New Ministry:
The Rev. Paula Toland
SAT, MAR 30, 2 PM
All local clergy are invited to participate and to be vested. Episcopal clergy are asked to wear white stoles. A reception will take place in the Parish Hall immediately following the service. All are welcome. Find out more.
Living the Way of Love: A day of reflection and discernment
Presented by Diocesan Council Empowering Committee, the purpose of this workshop is to build trusting relationships with God and one another. When we meet each other for conversation, practice, and prayer, we learn how to love. A small group provides space for prayerful support and accountability as we seek to live the Jesus Way.

Please register early – space is limited. Find out more and register online.
In the News
St. Peter's, Morristown:
MAR 4, 2019 | ABC News

Christ Church, Ridgewood; St. Peter's Clifton; St. Paul's, Montvale:
MAR 5, 2019 | North Jersey Record
Diocesan Announcements
Lenten email meditations begin TODAY
These meditations are being produced under the oversight of the Empowering People Action Team of Diocesan Council.

To subscribe, or manage your existing subscription, go to
Share your stories with the diocese
Wednesday, March 13 is the deadline to submit articles for the March 20 issue of The VOICE Online. Please email submissions to
Upcoming grant application deadlines
Clergy ministry transitions
  • The Rev. Deacon Deborah Rucki Drake - MAR 1
  • The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Ballard, St. George's, Maplewood - MAR 3

  • The Rev. Deacon Peter Savastano to the Transitional Diaconate - FEB 23

  • The Rev. Bowie Snodgrass, Priest-in-Charge, Christ Church, Short Hills - JAN 13

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2019 .
On Sunday, March 3, Archdeacons Diane Riley and Peter Jackson recognized Deacon Kathleen Ballard at St. George's, Maplewood, where her ministry as a deacon both began and concluded. Read more.
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 .
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 NJ Synod Confirmation Camp, there is something for every child!
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 posted on the website. Please share this opportunity with young adults you think would be a great fit at Cross Roads!
WOW (Women of the Woods) Retreat
SAT, MAY 4, 9 AM - 4 PM
Come to Cross Roads for the 2nd Annual WOW Retreat — a one-day retreat for women of all ages to come together at the change of seasons. At the start of spring, our leaders will gather us around God’s gift of laughter. Your $25 registration fee includes lunch, snacks and coffee. Click here to register.
News from the wider Church
Episcopal Church scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now accepted
These scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to The Episcopal Church. The application is available in English and Spanish. Find out more.
Is your congregation involved in Campus Ministry?
Campus Ministry is one way that we can minister to our young people away from home, but they have to know we are there. Province II is maintaining a list of all Campus Ministries in its 12 member dioceses at Please send new or updated listings to Jan Paxton at
The VOICE Online is published on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays September through May,
and on the 3rd Wednesdays only in June, July and August.
The deadline to submit items for consideration is one week prior to publication.
Questions? Please contact Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications.