Online Edition - Wednesday, December 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 the Bishop
Bishop Carlye's Christmas message
Dear Companions on the Journey,

Except for the very organized folks, I imagine most of us are in final preparation mode for Christmas celebrations. Each day I picture the people and congregations of our diocese as we move through these final days of Advent to Christmas. I see us wrapped in the magnificent light of Jesus. Read more.
Stories from Around Our Diocese
"Pop-Up Youth Ministry" to begin in 2019
Thanks to a generous gift from “angel donors,” in 2019 the diocese will launch a “Pop-Up Youth Ministry” in partnership with Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center.

“This ministry is designed to bring youth in grades 6-12 together by region, thereby creating ‘critical mass’ in areas where churches have few high school or middle school youth,” said the Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, under whose leadership as Interim Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries the program originated. Read more.
Experienced congregational journeyers step forward to lead
After the departure of the Rev. Ginny Dinsmore and Suzanne Willian in September, the Rev. Deacon Deborah R. Drake and Merica Gellerman, both long-time participants in the Congregational Journey, have stepped forward to serve as its co-conveners. Read more.
The Rev. Sheelagh A. Clarke announces retirement
The Rev. Sheelagh A. Clarke has announced she is retiring after 13 years of ministry, effective Jan. 1, 2019. For the past 16 months she has served on diocesan staff as Interim Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Her last day in the office will be Dec. 20, 2018. She joined diocesan staff on Sept. 1, 2017 after serving as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Millburn. Read more.
Introducing the newest deacon in the Diocese of Newark
The Rev. Deacon Sharon Sheridan Hausman was ordained to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

This was the first ordination at which Bishop Carlye Hughes officiated.

Sharon is currently serving at her sponsoring parish, Church of the Messiah in Chester.
McGrath gives invocation at New Jersey State Senate
At the opening of the New Jersey State Senate's voting session on Monday, December 17, 2018, the Rev. Vicki Geer McGrath, Rector of All Saints', Millington, gave the invocation at the invitation of Senator Thomas Kean, Jr., himself an Episcopalian. Here is the text of her invocation.
In the News
The Rev. Janet Broderick:
DEC 12, 2018 | Daily Record
Upcoming Events
Events at Cross Roads
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.

JAN 4-6, 2019

JAN 18-20, 2019
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 available online.
Community Calendar
See the Community Calendar for other public events hosted by our congregations and associated organizations, and find out how to submit your own events.
Diocesan Announcements
Tomorrow is FINAL DAY for Mission Minutes submissions!
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, each congregation is asked to submit 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. Photos and descriptions must be submitted no later than Tomorrow, December 20.

Find out more , including photo requirements.
Episcopal House closed for Christmas & New Year's
In observance of Christmas and New Year's, Episcopal House will close at 1 PM on Monday, December 24, 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

The diocesan staff sends their warmest wishes to you and yours for a blessed Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
January publication schedule & deadlines
Due to the Episcopal House holiday closing, the diocesan e-newsletter publication schedule is shifted for January, as follows:

  • The January 2019 issue of Leadership News, which would normally be published on the last Wednesday in December, instead will be published on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
  • The two January issues of The VOICE Online will be published on the second and fourth Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and 23. The submission deadlines will be one week prior to publication, Jan. 2 and 16. (Email submissions to
  • The February issue of Leadership News published on Wednesday, Jan. 30 will include a preview of the 145th Annual Diocesan Convention being held Feb. 1 and 2, and will be sent to subscribers of both Leadership News and The VOICE Online.
News from The Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop's Christmas message
In his annual Christmas message, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reflects on the meaning of God's love. Watch the video.
Presiding Bishop named religious newsmaker of the year
The Episcopal Church has heard Presiding Bishop Michael Curry herald the message of God’s unconditional love ever since he was elected in July 2015. In May, his message went global and viral when he preached at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and now it has earned him the title of “religious newsmaker of the year.” Read more.
Photo: Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gives an address during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Owen Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS
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.