SEA OF GALILEE – Seminarian Allison LaGreca on GTS Holy Land Trip
From the Bishop
Seminarians Visit Holy Land
Service Opportunity for Young Adults
Congregational Events (Add events here)
Notices and Classifieds
FROM THE BISHOP:
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Just as we enter the weekend during which we honor The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the President of the United States offers graphic proof that racism and bigotry continue to infect the hearts and minds of the people of this nation. Speaking to a group of lawmakers in private, Mr. Trump questioned why this country should “take in persons from ‘sh*thole countries’ like Haiti and Nigeria. Although Mr. Trump has subsequently denied he made these statements, it is clear he did make them. As Fox News reports, “Despite Trump’s denial, multiple sources have confirmed what was said, and the White House did not deny it overnight.” Mr. Trump’s comments should be condemned by all people of good will in the strongest terms.
The Diocese of New Jersey rightly prides itself on its wide diversity. Among our committed faithful are persons from a wide range of African countries, including Nigeria, as well as from Haiti. (In fact, we have just recently welcomed Fr. Joseph Hyvenson, a native born Haitian, to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary’s in Pleasantville). These faithful persons not only bless us; they bless the communities of which they are a part and they bless this nation.
Beyond the President’s appalling comments, racism is manifested by its real effects on people in New Jersey and across the nation. This past September, The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey and the Structural Racism and Poverty Working Group issued a comprehensive report titled The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey which detailed how racism cripples a significant portion of our citizenry. Racism continues to stack the deck against people of color in terms of poverty, housing, economic justice and employment, unfair treatment by the criminal justice system, education and more. This report should be “read, marked and inwardly digested” by us all.
In the final speech he ever gave, I See the Promised Land, which he delivered in Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee on April 3, 1969, Dr. King invited his listeners and all people to “develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” Can you imagine if we were all “dangerously unselfish?”
On this weekend, we have an opportunity to open our hearts and minds anew to the call racial justice and reconciliation and to engage in some “dangerous unselfishness.” There will be many local Martin Luther King, Jr. observance activities across our communities. I encourage everyone to participate in whatever ways you can. Take time this weekend to read The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey. Read or listen on YouTube to one of Dr. King’s speeches. I See the Promised Land will bring you to tears.
I am grateful for the work of Deacon Debi Clark and the members of Youth Council who, over the past couple of years, have a hosted a Day of Service at Trinity Cathedral on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event will take place again this year from 10:00 until 3:00 PM. It will include a wide range of service activities in which we can all engage: Assembling ditty bags for Seamen’s Church Institute; Crafting knot blankets for Project Linus; Decorating placemats for Meals on Wheels; Making get well cards for Children’s Hospitals; Wrapping cutlery for St. Mary’s, Keansburg, Grace’s Kitchen, Plainfield and Trinity Cathedral Soup Kitchens; Making paracord bracelets for Project Gratitude.
While sponsored by our diocesan youth, this is an event for persons of all ages. This year we will be joined by a wide-range of additional supporters: Princeton YWCA; AmeriCorp Princeton; The College of New Jersey; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bound Brook; St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Alexandria and Anchor House, Trenton
There will be a Eucharist and the offertory will go to Anchor House of Trenton which works with runaway youth.
It will be a great day. I hope you’ll join us and hope I see you at the Cathedral this Monday.
May the God of peace and justice be with you.
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
 King, Jr., Martin Luther “I See the Promised Land” found in A Testimony of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. p. 284.
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Seminarians Visit the Holy Land
Young Adult Service Corp Deadline Extended
Upcoming Diocesan Events
Diocesan Calendar for the through January 2017
Saturday, January 13 – Lay, Christ Church, Toms River
Notices and Classifieds
From the Department of Youth and Young Adults:
Diocean Acolyte Festival
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The theme of this year’s Festival is the Light of the World…
- Participate in a 2.5-day workshop retreat designed to improve our understanding of the sin of racism in our systems, communities, church, and country.
- Learn from a multi-racial team of expert trainers from The Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) and from the experiences of the Anti-Racism Commission and of people of color from our own diocese, and
- Share this rare yet essential opportunity to talk about race and racism
Thurs PM, Fri and Sat
Absolom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry
Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. William Stokes, D.D.
Preacher: The Rev. Angelo Wildgoose
Feburary 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ
Sponsored by the Black Clergy Caucus and the Earl B. Scott Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
Save the Date!
NEW JERSEY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
Opioids: The Next Step
Diocesan Convention – Save the Date!
The 234th Convention of the Diocese of New Jersey will take place on March 2-3, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.
Book your accommodations: February 10, 2018
Register by February 19, 2018
Exhibitors register by February 19, 2018
January 30, 7 pm – Christ Church, Toms River
January 31, 1:30 pm – St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction
January 31, 7 pm -Trinity Church, Princeton
February 1, 7 pm – Grace Church, Plainfield
Feburary 6, 7 pm – St. Luke’s, Gladstone
February 8, 7 pm – St. Augustine’s, Asbury Park
February 15, 1:30 pm – St. Stephen’s, Whiting
February 15, 7 pm – St. Thomas, Glassboro
February 20 7 pm – Christ Church, Somers Point
PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION
Send a resume to The Rev. J. Connor Haynes by email or mail to 145 West Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016.
ABOUT ELECTRONIC GIVING
St. Francis, Dunellen, is exploring setting up an electronic giving system If your congregation is using such a system, please contact them with the following: Name and contact info of the service you use, fees/costs involved for parish and/or donor, rough percentage of households that use this option, pros and cons, anything else we should know.
SEEKING LEVAS II
St. Thomas’, Glassboro is looking to buy used copies of LEVAS II. Contact us if you have extra copies.
Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.