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Women of Honor—Oct. 15

Praise God for the faithful leadership of these women and all the women who will be honored on Saturday. They exemplify Christian discipleship and are instrumental in carrying out Christ’s ministry of love and reconciliation in this part of God’s dominion that is the Diocese of New Jersey.

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“Stewardship as a Human Vocation”—Oct. 8

Too often, we segment “stewardship” to the narrow area of church finances. This is unfortunate. Stewardship concerns the totality of our lives and of our how we manage that which God has entrusted to us. This includes our life and participation in the community of faith that is the Church. It includes our care of ourselves and bodies, but also, our lives as citizens of this planet. As someone observed, “Stewardship is what I do with everything I have, after I say, ‘I believe.”

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House of Bishops, Reparations, and Racial Justice

To be clear, the call for the study of, and dialogue about, the history and legacy of slavery in the United States and the call for reparations is the official position of The Episcopal Church. As a bishop of this Church, I am not only doing that which I believe the Lord commands–the mission of reconciliation—I am also doing that which I, by my ordination promise, have committed myself to, namely “conforming to the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church.”

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The Diocese and the Church Respond to the Refugee Crisis–Sept. 24

Our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month should not only be a response to the numerical growth we realize. Our Hispanic/Latino siblings have blessed us as a diocesan community in countless ways. From our stand-alone Spanish-dominant congregations—Cristo Rey, Trenton; San Andres, Camden; San Jose, Elizabeth—to other locations where a Hispanic/Latino Ministry has been “planted” or “seeded” in an already existing congregation—All Saints, Lakewood; Christ Church, Toms River; St. Thomas, Red Bank; Trinity Church, Asbury Park; St. John’s, Elizabeth—or where such ministries are being “birthed” as is the case with Holy Trinity, South River—our total life as a diocese has been enriched by the committed faithfulness and meaningful cultural expressions of our Hispanic/Latino members.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!–Sept. 17, 2021

Our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month should not only be a response to the numerical growth we realize. Our Hispanic/Latino siblings have blessed us as a diocesan community in countless ways. From our stand-alone Spanish-dominant congregations—Cristo Rey, Trenton; San Andres, Camden; San Jose, Elizabeth—to other locations where a Hispanic/Latino Ministry has been “planted” or “seeded” in an already existing congregation—All Saints, Lakewood; Christ Church, Toms River; St. Thomas, Red Bank; Trinity Church, Asbury Park; St. John’s, Elizabeth—or where such ministries are being “birthed” as is the case with Holy Trinity, South River—our total life as a diocese has been enriched by the committed faithfulness and meaningful cultural expressions of our Hispanic/Latino members.

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Who Told me Time Would Ease me of my Pain!–Sept. 10, 2021

“Never forget!” many say on this day. Well, we can’t forget, nor should we. But how shall we remember? What is the nature of our remembering? On September 11, hatred and violence collided with love and acts of heroism and compassion. The worst of humanity’s behaviors were countered with the highest human ideals.

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Comfort in Our Troubles–Sept. 2, 2021

I am deeply thankful that there does not seem to have been any significant injuries or deaths within our diocesan community, or that any of our buildings experienced catastrophic damage. Nonetheless, this storm caused suffering across the state and our neighbors may be in need of our compassion, care and help. Please look around and see if there is anything you need to respond to near you. And also, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

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