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of this extraordinary time

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Bishop Hughes' sermon at Convention
Starting with the words from Isaiah, "Behold I am doing a new thing," Bishop Hughes reflects on the new things we have started learning and doing in the Diocese of Newark in the 15 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and what the path forward might look like. (Time: 22:16.)
This Band of Sisterhood:
Black Women Bishops on Race, Faith, and the Church
Edited by Westina Matthews; publication date July 20.
Get to know the first five Black women to be elected diocesan bishops within the Episcopal Church.

During this moment, with the #metoo movement, Black Lives Matter, and the increased feelings of division in our country, Black women clergy in the Episcopal Church have voiced a need to come together, believing that their experiences and concerns may be very different than those of other clergy. That need is answered here in This Band of Sisterhood.

The five Black women bishops featured in this book can provide a compass for how to journey along these new paths. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Carlye J. Hughes, Kimberly Lucas, Shannon MacVean-Brown, and Phoebe A. Roaf offer honest, vulnerable wisdom from their own lives that speaks to this time in American life.
Books are now available for pre-order on both Bookshop and Amazon; and will be available for purchase by July 20.

A virtual book event is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, October 27, to coincide with the release of the Study Guide. Details will be announced.
Enabling theological education in El Salvador - from New Jersey
By the Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Hernandez
In 2017 the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador established El Seminario Episcopal Anglicano de El Salvador to offer an affordable theological education to its future church leaders. Many faculty members donated their time, and some even taught remotely from Central America and the United States – including the Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Hernandez, who has taught there since its founding. In this piece he celebrates the graduation of the first class, who have received the type of education “that gives voice to the voiceless of this world.” Read more.
EfM Readings and Reflection Guides
By Annie Pike
In our June 9 issue of The VOICE Online, an article regarding the Education for Ministry (EfM) program described the many reasons that an individual may decide to explore more of the Christian faith. To guide us on our journey, there are weekly readings, discussions, and theological reflections guided by a mentor or mentors, and in this writing, we will look at the reading materials used in EfM. Read more.
The Venerable Diane Riley:
JUN 29, 2021 | Press Release - Office of the Governor
The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg:
JUN 30, 2021 | House of Deputies
Video: Andy Wang of St. Paul's, Chatham kicked off the entertainment at Chatham's Diversity Celebration. (Time: 0:46.)
Delayed 2020 Confirmations taking place this summer
Diocesan Confirmation services for 2020 Candidates are being held on eight evenings in July and August. Click here to see the schedule of services.

Since each Candidate is limited to four guests, including their clergy and sponsors, all others are invited to watch remotely as the service is live streamed to the diocesan YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/dionewark.
The 2020 Candidates have been contacted directly about these services. Confirmation services for 2021 Candidates are being planned for the fall.

Please contact Jane Jubilee, [email protected], with any questions about Confirmation services.
Diocesan-wide book discussion: "Take This Bread" by Sara Miles
JUL 21, 22 & 26
This summer, the Engaging Team of Diocesan Council invites you to join us in reading Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles. Take This Bread is a beautifully written story of unexpectedly meeting God in the midst of an ordinary, non-religious life and embracing that grace in ways that are truly transformative. In this one woman’s story we are invited to explore our own relationships with God and the how we live our faith in ways that change us as we seek to make change in the world.
Read the book and then join us for one or more Zoom discussions to talk about it.

The registration deadline is 5 PM TOMORROW, Thursday, July 8 for the July meetings:

  • Wednesday, July 21, 2 - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, July 22, 7 - 8:30 PM – Sara Miles will be joining us!!!
  • Monday, July 26, 5 - 6:30 PM

Coming in September:
Project Resource 2021 Fall Stewardship Training
SEP 8, 12, 19, 26 & OCT 3
We are excited to introduce you to Project Resource!
Project Resource is a parish-focused, comprehensive stewardship training program that teaches culture and systems change around financial development in the worldwide Episcopal Church. Project Resource provides teaching, focus, and adaptable resources to equip clergy and lay leaders to develop their year-round and annual stewardship campaigns and to plan, ask for, and receive major gifts. The Stewardship arm of the diocese has partnered with the College for Bishops to bring Project Resource to you, FREE.
Each church is urged to participate in this program. Churches must register their participants by August 16. Find out more and register online.
Coverage of the 147th Annual Diocesan Convention
Actions by Resolution

  • Clergy Compensation Minimums for 2022 - 0% increases, hold 2021 compensation levels
  • Resolution of Extinction - Trinity Church, Cliffside Park

Next issue: Wednesday, July 21. Deadline: 10 AM Friday, July 16.
Employment opportunities in our churches, associated organizations, and neighboring Episcopal dioceses.
Cross Roads is the ecumenical camp and retreat center of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the ELCA (Lutheran Church).
Register for Summer Camp 2021
Registration for all Cross Roads summer camp programs, including 4 weeks of youth camp and 2 weeks of family camp, is now OPEN. Find the schedule, program descriptions, and more information at crossroadsretreat.com/summer-programs.
Bold Transformational Faith
Bold Transformational Faith (BTF) is a project of Cross Roads and Luther Crest Bible Camp in Minnesota that provides distinct faith formation experiences to inspire an active faith in a rapidly changing world. Learn about how your congregation can partner with BTF for Sunday School and other youth and family programs on the new BTF website, mybtf.org.
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