Online Edition - Wednesday, September 5, 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
Moving beyond idols to true worship
Like many of us, I watched the entire funeral service for Senator John McCain on Saturday. The stories, memories and music were framed by the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, all contained within the magnificent confines of the National Cathedral. And like many of us, I was proud to be an Episcopalian.

What stood out for me during the two-and-a-half-hour service was the fact that so many American leaders gathered, yes, to pay respects and to hear tributes for a remarkable, passionate and irascible statesman, warrior and patriot; but more importantly, to worship. Not to worship John McCain (he would have had none of that), but to pay homage to a reality that is greater than an individual or an ideology; and to pray to a divine love that can embrace the diversity of religious doctrines and practices – and that can receive and honor people’s grief, all the while holding out a promise for hope and new life. Read more.
Celebrating the Consecration of an Episcopal Bishop
When the Rev. Carlye J. Hughes is consecrated as the 11th Episcopal Bishop of Newark on September 22, she will join a line of apostolic succession that tradition holds is unbroken since the earliest days of the Christian church.

She will kneel on the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and more than 20 bishops will directly or indirectly lay their hands on her, in accordance with ancient tradition. She will be charged in prayer with “wisely overseeing the life and work of the Church.”

Having knelt as a bishop-elect, she will rise as the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, the 1,109th bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the first woman and first African-American to serve as Bishop of Newark. Read more.
Stewardship workshops at Vestry U to expand on successful "Just in Time" workshop
Back to school may be almost here but Episcopalians know that September means something else: getting ready for the fall pledge campaign. Read more.
YOUTH NOTES: YOUth and YOUng Adults Newsletter - Fall 2018
A monthly newsletter for youth and young adult ministries. In this issue:

  • Small Footprints Camp at House of Prayer
  • Youth Leadership Group
  • Youth Ministers Monthly Meetings
  • Confirmation Retreat Planning Group 2019
  • Recognition of Young Adult Leadership in the Diocese of Newark
  • Youth Rally & Fall Kickoff at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center
In the news
AUG 27, 2018 | New Jersey Herald
Diocesan Events
Farewell luncheon, and tribute donations to the Alleluia Fund
In recognition of their 11 years of service to the people of the Diocese of Newark, the Transition Committee is holding a luncheon honoring Bishop Mark Beckwith and Marilyn Olson this Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Skylands Center in Randolph.

(Note: Paid reservations were due by August 15 and no further attendees can be accommodated.)
All are invited 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!
Consecration of the XI Bishop of Newark
All are welcome to attend the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Carlye J. Hughes as the XI Bishop of Newark. Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry will be the Chief Consecrator. The Rev. Brenda Husson, Rector of St. James’ Church in Manhattan, will preach.

Light refreshments will follow the service.

While there is no admission charge, NJPAC requires that each attendee seated in the auditorium must have a ticket. The online registration form will remain open through Wednesday, September 12. Tickets will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis as seats remain.

Find out more, including parking, seating time and other event day information.
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). Clergy are asked 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. Find out more and register online.
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 News & Events
Career Opportunity at Cross Roads
Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center is seeking individual(s) or a couple to join their year-round staff this fall.

Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA. We are accredited with the American Camp Association. Find out more.
Upcoming events at Cross Roads
SEP 28-30 or OCT 12-14
Diocesan Announcements
Important diocesan deadlines
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. Gary Commins and the Rev. Lauren Ackland, Co-Interim Priests, St. George's, Maplewood - Sept. 4

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2018 .
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