Online Edition - Wednesday, July 18, 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
Reflections on General Convention
The just-concluded General Convention did a lot of creative work inside during its 10-day gathering, which in some ways was a good thing, given the daily dose of plus 95-degree Austin, Texas heat.

For me, the enduring memory of General Convention happened outside. Sunday morning, July 8, began with a rally/worship service outside the Convention Center. Organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence, nearly all of our 80 bishops, along with about 500 others, were there to sing and pray – and to hear the profoundly moving witness of Phil and April Schentrup, who lost their daughter Carmen in the Parkland, Florida shooting on Ash Wednesday. Read more.
Read the Newark deputation's "Dispatches from General Convention," and see many, many photos taken at General Convention, at .
General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus
By ENS Staff
[Episcopal News Service] Responding to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call to “Follow the Way of Jesus,” deputies and bishops at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting July 5-13 in Austin, Texas, acted on a record number of resolutions on key issues such as immigration, prayer book revision, Israel-Palestine, and readmitting the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese. Convention also passed a $134 million budget that reflects for a further three years the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care. Meanwhile, the legislative processes were overseen by a resident roost of avian observers, one of which adopted a social media presence to bring a steady flow of light-feathered moments to convention amid the often-intense and passionate debates on the key issues before the church.
Outside the legislative chambers, several events brought together bishops, deputies and visitors to mingle, socialize, pray, worship and advocate, with a public witness against gun violence and another outside an immigrant detention center challenging the actions of the U.S. government in its enforcement of immigration policies. A revival service at Austin’s Palmer Events Center on July 7 drew a crowd of more than 2,500 people who listened to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing sermon about how “God is love and gives life.”
In his opening sermon on July 5, Curry challenged every Episcopalian to embrace the “Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-centered life” as a way to help the church enter into a new era of spiritual growth.

Read more, including:

  • $134 million budget adopted
  • Full access to trial-use marriage rites
  • New plan for liturgical and prayer book revision
  • Responding to the voices and stories of women
  • Acting on immigration
  • Challenging injustices in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Welcome back, Cuba
  • Compensation for deputies’ president
All the Way Up goes further with The United Thank Offering
Not all that happens at General Convention takes place in the House of Deputies or the House of Bishops. This year Chris Whitaker was thrilled to accept a UTO grant for $43,000 on behalf of All the Way Up, which he serves as executive director. Read more.
Anti-Racism Dialogues held
On June 22-23 at St. Michael's, Wayne, the members of the Namaste Commission hosted one of the Anti-Racism Dialogues required by Canon Law. Just under 20 attendees, along with six leaders, discussed oppression, white privilege, and institutional racism and power, often using current events as launching points. For future Anti-Racism Dialogues, see
Youth & Young Adult News
Video: Youths' favorite programs at General Convention
Thirteen high school students from the Diocese of Newark attended part of the General Convention, July 2018 in Austin TX. While there they visited the exhibit hall to learn about programs of the Church. Afterwards, they gave these presentations about the program that spoke to them the most.
In this video, after the opening introduction by the Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, Interim Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Kathy DeWalt, one of the adult chaperones, you will hear from:

  • Jillian, Shelby and Shayla on Episcopal Relief & Development (01:00)
  • Ben and Rosemarie, also on Episcopal Relief & Development (01:39)
  • Patrick, Donald and Eron on the Order of the Daughters of the King (07:02)
  • Nicholas and James on Thistle Farms (09:03)
  • Iheoma and Rebecca on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (11:20)
  • Lena on the Sisters of St. Margaret (14:56)
Dispatches from the Journey
What is the Holy Spirit up to in our midst, and how do we support that evolution?
By the Rev. Anthony Puca and Suzanne Willian
Action-Learning Teams (ALTs) are one of the pathways by which the diocese is continuing to discover the ways and forms of life into which the Spirit is inviting us.

ALT members have been energized by the stories of several vibrant faith communities across the Church. This article, the second in a three-part series, tells the story of Christ's Beloved Community in Winston-Salem, NC, which focuses on the issues of the neighborhood. Read more.
In the News
St Paul’s, Englewood:
JUL 14, 2018 | Association of Anglican Musicians
Christ Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge
JUN 24 |

St. Paul's and Grace Van Vorst, Jersey City
JUN 25 |
The Revs. Diana Wilcox, John Mennell & Cynthia Black
JUN 30 |
Diocesan Events
Farewell Luncheon for Bishop Mark Beckwith and Marilyn Olson
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.

The cost to attend is $40 per person and there will be a cash bar. The registration deadline is August 15.

Find out how to sign up for the luncheon, submit messages to the Farewell Journal, and make donations to the Alleluia Fund in honor of the Beckwiths.
"Just in Time" Stewardship Workshop
All set for your Fall Stewardship Campaign? Or could you use a little help, structure or motivation? At this workshop, hosted by the Fund Development Council, you and your team will get proven techniques, resources and best practices... just in time! Find out more.
Join our new Stewardship Matters Facebook group
Interested in sharing ideas about stewardship in the Diocese of Newark? Join our new (private) Facebook group: Stewardship Matters! Join and help us build a community of stewardship-minded folks across the diocese, where we share ideas and support for all things stewardship in the Diocese of Newark.
Summer workshop: Liturgy - The Work of the People
With regrets the Empowering Action Team of your Diocesan Council has announced that their planned 2018 summer workshop, "Liturgy: The Work of the People," originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, has been cancelled.

The team apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks those who had expressed an interest in this event. All fees already paid will be refunded to those who have registered for the workshop.
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
Accredited with the American Camp Association, Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA.

Find out more at .
Summer Camp is in full swing!
This summer, please pray for our campers, staff members, chaplains, nurses, and all who come to Cross Roads as we play and pray through our curriculum, "This Changes Everything." Follow us on Facebook to see pictures and updates throughout the summer!

It's not too late to come to camp! We still have openings for many of our camp programs this summer, including our Family Weekend and Family Camp Week. Consider sending your child for a week, or bringing the whole family to experience the joy of camp. Find out more at
You're Invited! Giant Church Picnic
Our annual end-of-season bash brings out the kid in everyone! Experience camp fun one last time with great activities: archery, swimming, high ropes, and more, plus great fellowship and walks in the woods. Church groups, families, and individuals are welcome. Find out more at
Diocesan Announcements
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. Cathie Studwell, Interim Priest, St. Bartholomew’s, Ho-Ho-Kus - June 3

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2018 .
We’d love your input on spiritual formation for adults
A small group of diocesan volunteers has been meeting recently to discuss spiritual formation for adults across the diocese. Our particular interest is in ways the diocesan office might be able to make spiritual formation/enrichment available to a larger number of people.

To inform these conversations, it would be so helpful to have input from across the diocese about what congregations are doing (or, as important, what they’d like to do!) to provide adult spiritual formation/enrichment activities outside of the regular worship service. Please take a minute and jot down your thoughts and experiences and send to Cynthia McChesney at – or give her a call at 973-430-9909.
The VOICE Online summer schedule
During June, July and August The VOICE Online will be published once a month on the third Wednesday. The deadline to submit items for consideration is the Wednesday prior.
Next issue: August 15. Deadline: August 8.
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.
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