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FROM THE BISHOP:
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
“Can we love our children fiercely enough, in all their fullness and belovedness, to step aside and let them lead?”
From a sermon preached by The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs., July 2017
Last July, I was honored to attend some of the Annual Meeting of the Union of Black Episcopalians which was held at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. One of the stand-out moments for me was a Youth and Young Adult Eucharist. The preacher was The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs of Indianapolis, a new bishop and the first African-American Woman to be elected as a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. Bishop Baskerville-Burroughs highlighted the ministry of young people in the church, rightly observing that God is already working through them, and urging older members of the church to allow them space to lead. She asked a provocative question: “Can we love our children fiercely enough, in all their fullness and belovedness, to step aside and let them lead?” It’s an important question for everyone across the Church.
I referred to this question in my Good News in the Garden State article of August 4, 2017. I am returning to that provocative question again because it is Annual Meeting season for many of our churches. At Annual Meetings, congregations will be electing vestry members and delegates to convocations and diocesan convention. I want to urge congregations to make a serious effort to expand the leadership base to those who are between the ages of 19 and 40. I would like to see delegates to convention who are 19 -35. We are under-represented by people in these age groups. I recognize that congregations struggle to have people in this age-range participate in the life of the church in general. It is why, I believe we have to be particularly intentional about empowering them and raising them up as leaders. In order for this to happen, some of the elders will have to be generous, sacrifice, step aside and relinquish control.
As I travel across the diocese, meet with vestries, visit congregations, I hear over and over again a lament about the missing generations. It’s a real challenge. I am convinced that one way to address this challenge is to give younger people a real stake in the life of this church – let them lead. Jesus is already at work and alive in them. Let us help them share their energy in Christ with us all.
May God bless you and keep you.
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Trinity Church, Moorestown – Funeral: Suzanne Salmon
Grace-St. Paul’s Church, Mercerville – Deacons Day with the Bishop
Good Shepherd Church, Rahway vestry meeting
Visitation: St. James’ Church, Long Branch
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Upcoming Diocesan Events
Diocesan Calendar for the through January 2017
Saturday, January 20 – Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
Holy Trinity, Collingswood
Trinity Catheral, Trenton
Absalom Jones Service of Witness
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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
Absalom Jones Service of Witness to Black Ministry
Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. William Stokes, D.D.
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. E. Roland Clemons
February 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.
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NEW JERSEY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
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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.
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