Online Edition - Wednesday, November 7, 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 the Bishop
How can we prepare a spot for newcomers and strangers to belong?
On her vlog, Bishop Carlye reflects on her own experience as a newcomer to this diocese, visiting churches for the first time each Sunday, and asks "How can we prepare a spot for newcomers and strangers to belong?"

Watch her full message (time: 4:10).
Today I am 60!
Note: This was originally published as a public post on Facebook.

Today I am 60! Yay for me and for the many groups of people who have helped me get safely to this age. As our nation continues down a path of rationalizing hatred, I cannot help but think about the ways history has affected my life. Read more.
Atonement, Tenafly's portable “Blessings to Go” booth carries blessings into community
As part of their 150th anniversary celebration, Church of the Atonement in Tenafly has begun a new ministry: a portable “Blessings to Go” booth, which they have been setting up at community events since June of this year. Read more, and view the photo gallery.
October Going Local workshop
The Congregational Team of Going Local held a workshop on October 20 at Church of the Messiah in Chester. People from various congregations attended to hear about practices they can use to help make space in their lives to listen to God, one another, and how to join God in our neighborhoods. Read more.
Preparing for Convention
Mission Minutes 2019: Share your congregation at its best
Our 2019 Diocesan Convention is our new Bishop's first, and to help her learn more about our diverse diocese we would like to share stories from as many congregations as possible.

Therefore, I ask each congregation to send me a photo showing your congregation at its best, along with a description of what's happening in that photo. Big bonus points if the photo shows two or more congregations working together collaboratively.

The theme of Convention is Gifted - Called - Sent. This theme may provide a helpful framework for you as you write the description of what's happening in your photo. How is your congregation gifted? How did you discern a call? Where did you feel you were being sent?

Photos and descriptions must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 20 to

Other Convention deadlines
Resolutions for Diocesan Convention - FRI, NOV 16, 12 NOON
Anti-racism Training
Candidates standing for office at the Annual Diocesan Convention must complete anti-racism training. Upcoming opportunities:

THU, NOV 8 - SAT, NOV 10, 2018


Upcoming Events
Diocesan Council meeting
& budget hearing
WED, NOV 14, 6PM
The regular business of Diocesan Council will take place from 6 to 7:30 PM.

At 7:30 PM, the CFO will present the first draft of the 2019 diocesan budget. All members of the diocese are welcome to attend.
Events at Cross Roads Camp
& Retreat Center
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.
Shepherds' Gathering
NOV 29 - DEC 2, 2018
The Shepherds' Gathering is a time of rest and reflection, fellowship and learning, with others who work with children and youth in the church. Find out more and register online at

Young Adult Retreat
JAN 4-6, 2019
Would you like to start 2019 with reflection and community? Come together with your peers, ages 18-30ish, at Cross Roads for the Young Adult Retreat 2019: Renew, Resolve, Rejoice! For the second year in a row, Cross Roads is partnering with the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry NJ to center our discussions on the ways our faith informs our understanding of issues around justice and peace. We will focus on environmental justice, in particular, and hear from local leaders on different ways to care for creation. Find out more at

Framily Retreat
JAN 18-20, 2019
Framily Retreat - Yep, that’s what we said: Framily = Friends + Family! Families of all kinds are welcome. It is the perfect winter getaway for your family and friends to come together, experience camp, grow in faith, and connect with Christ in a new way! Find out more and register online at

Youth Retreats
Elementary School Retreat: FEB 15 - 17, 2019
Middle School Retreats: MAR 8-10 & APR 26-28
Mark your calendars for our spring youth retreats and make plans to bring your youth groups or send your children! Our theme for the weekend retreats is "Sticks and Stones: Building Relationships Between Each Other, Creation, and God." You can find more information on these retreats at
See the Community Calendar for public events hosted by our congregations and associated organizations, and find out how to submit your own events.
Diocesan Announcements
Important diocesan deadlines
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. Paula Toland, Rector, St. Stephen's, Millburn - Nov. 25


  • The Rev. Dr. Richard Laribee, Interim Priest, St. Luke's, Phillipsburg - Oct. 28

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2018 .
News from The Episcopal Church
Grants available for Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Episcopal ministries (or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence) with dreams of launching a ministry or program for young adults are invited to apply for an Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant. Deadline: Nov. 19. Find out more.
Advent Resources: Journeying the Way of Love and Preparing to Become the Beloved Community
Journeying the Way of Love is a new, four-week Advent curriculum pegged to readings and themes from the Sunday lectionary. This Advent, the Episcopal Church invites congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith to await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Read more.
Inside the Episcopal Church: A new offering from Media Services
Inside the Episcopal Church, new original programming from the Media Services team of the Episcopal Church, premiered on Nov. 5. This pilot episode features a conversation with Rebecca Linder Blachly, director of the Office of Government Relations, and centers around the Church’s work in government and an in-depth discussion of how Christians should engage in civil discourse and the political process.
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