June 12, 2024

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From the Bishop

What does summer Sabbath look like for you?

It’s been a busy program year, says Bishop Hughes, and as she did last year, she reminds us to take some Sabbath time this summer to rest, nourish ourselves, and allow God to restore us. (Time: 5:03 | Read the transcript.)

Bishop Hughes: What does summer Sabbath look like for you?

Events planned for the Diocese of Newark’s 150th Celebration

By Nerissa Boccino and Jerry Racioppi

Diocese of Newark: Yesterday, Today & Forever

Learning Our Past, Embracing Our Present and Inviting You into Our Future

Your Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee has been hard at work since last November planning events to mark 150 years serving northern New Jersey. Six events are planned beginning this September and continuing into Summer 2025. Read more for information about each event.

The Committee has created two flyers for you to share with your congregation. Please hang these on bulletin boards where they can be seen and shared. (Click on each image below to download each flyer PDF.) There is also a bulletin insert PDF combining the two flyers.

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General Convention preview

More than two dozen members of the Diocese of Newark will attend the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church taking place June 23-28 in Louisville, KY – the first normal-scale gathering since the Covid-19 pandemic forced a postponed and greatly scaled-down 80th General Convention in 2022.

Find out who's going, what they will be doing, and how you can follow along online. Read more.

Diocesan Learning Events

Stewardship Webinar Series continues tomorrow

In partnership with The Episcopal Network for Stewardship www.TENS.org), we are excited to announce a brand-new Stewardship Webinar series. Sign up today and make sure to mark your calendar - you won't want to miss any of these! (Important: you must sign up to get the link - registration goes through Eventbrite).

Recruiting & Training a Stewardship Committee

THU, JUN 13 | 7-8:30 PM Note new date

Campaign Strategies for 2024 Stewardship Campaigns

THU, SEP 12 | 7-8:30 PM

School for Ministry: Lay Preacher Training begins in August

The Episcopal Church allows the Bishop to license Confirmed lay ministers as preachers, for those who are invited by their clergy person to preach in public worship on an occasional or regular basis. In congregations without clergy, that supervision comes from the Wardens and Vestry. Training as a preacher includes studying Scripture as well as how to compose and deliver a sermon. Training for this license is provided by the School for Ministry and will meet monthly from August 2024 through February 2025. Information about cost, dates, and other requirements are found here.

Questions may be sent to the Director of the School for Ministry, Dr. Laura Moore (lmoore@dioceseofnewark.org) or the Canon to the Ordinary, Canon Andrew Wright (awright@dioceseofnewark.org).

Happening at Our Congregations

In the News

Submit links to media coverage via email.

How The Holy Spirit Food Pantry Serves Those In Need

MAY 31 | MyVeronaNJ.com

Priestless church finds Christ in community

JUN 2 | Jersey Journal

Community events

Want to submit your church's public events to the Community Calendar? See the User Guide.

Free Classical Guitar Concert

FRI, JUN 14 | 7 PM | St. Paul's, Chatham

Rummage and Collectibles Sale

SAT, JUN 15 | 9 AM | St. Peter's, Mount Arlington

Job listings

Submit job listings via email.

Preschool Director (full-time) - All Saints’, Glen Rock

Diocesan Announcements

Hegg Award photos

Just before publication, the photos from last Sunday's Hegg Awards became available, and we wanted to share them with you quickly. They can be downloaded from this Dropbox.

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Episcopal House holiday closings

WED, JUN 19 - Juneteenth

THU, JUL 4 - Independence Day

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Relocation of diocesan headquarters: Status update June 2024

Work permits have been obtained and demolition work is being completed at the former St. Peter's, Livingston. Diocesan staff anticipate moving into the new headquarters building around the end of this year.

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Introducing a streamlined version of the diocesan seal

After working alone for 94 years, our diocesan seal now has a partner to help carry the load. Meet the streamlined version of the diocesan seal!

Our original diocesan seal, adopted at the 1930 Diocesan Convention, will remain in use as the official seal, engraved on the Bishop's ring and stamped in wax on official documents.

The idea for a streamlined version originally came about because of the difficulty of having the official seal, with its intense detail, embroidered on clothing. It includes all the required elements of the official seal, but in a lighter, more modern form. It also uses the same colors of blue, gold, and red. Read more.

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Book recommendations for Pride month

When our clergy were asked, “What is your top recommendation for a book written by or about LGBTQIA+ people, or covering topics related to LGBTQIA+ visibility and justice,” they came up with this eclectic list. Read more.

Share your church's PRIDE

During June, we'd love to share on diocesan social media photos of parishes' involvement in Pride events or observances and invite you to submit them using this form.

Thank you to the churches that sent photos of their Pride flags for the June cover image on the diocesan Facebook page. Check it out!

Convention Corner: An interview with Janelle Grant about youth at Convention

By Donna Caputo, Chairwoman of the Convention Arrangements Committee

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Youth at Convention are always an exciting sight, but do you ever wonder what do they get to do there? Historically, youth have been involved as volunteer Pages assisting the Secretary of Convention, and as voting members as Youth Deputies. Of course, times change, and this year youth participation will look a little different. To help us better understand, we were able to get an exclusive interview with Janelle Grant (right), one of the Co-chairs of the Youth Commission, and a key planner for the new Youth Convo. Read more.

Youth Convo at the 150th Convention


Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to join us for a unique experience at the 150th Convention, where they will enjoy food, fun and fellowship, and attend youth-only info sessions along with workshops and hearings.

Registration is open! Find out more.

Don't miss out on the 150th Convention Banner Parade!

Is your church's banner ready for the 150th Convention Banner Parade? Watch the video invitation, right. (Time: 1:58 | Read the transcript.)

If you need assistance preparing your church's banner (or acquiring a new one), contact Jane Jubilee at 973-430-9902 or jjubilee@dioceseofnewark.org.

Is your church's banner ready for the 150th Convention Banner Parade?

Convention reference information

Convention webpage: dioceseofnewark.org/convention


Dates & deadlines:

  • 149 days until the 150th Convention!
  • Nominations deadlines: SEP 13 (late Nominees NOV 1)
  • Registration dates for Deputations and all canonically resident Clergy: SEP 16, 12 NOON
  • Hotel reservations deadline at group rate: OCT 8
  • Registration for Guests & Youth Convo: OCT 18
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Happening at Our Camp

Cross Roads is the ecumenical camp and retreat center of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Bishop’s Cup


Join Cross Roads for the Annual Bishops' Cup Golf Outing at Copper Hill Country Club in Ringoes, NJ! Support Cross Roads while enjoying a day of golf, networking, and fun. Register today or explore their sponsorship opportunities. Don't miss out on this chance to make a difference! Secure your spot today.

Family Camp

AUG 11-16

Bring your whole family to enjoy the awesome perks of summer camp: fun activities, learning, nature, worship, and time for reflection. Go at your own pace; relax and be renewed in the Spirit – and let Cross Roads take care of the cooking and clean-up! Family Camp includes Discovery Time (Bible Study) for adults and kids, activities at the pool, arts and crafts, nature walks, archery, and more, and all-group fellowship and games. Learn more and register online.

Register for Camp

July & August

It's not too late to register for an unforgettable summer at Cross Roads! Give your child the adventure of a lifetime with outdoor activities, new friendships, and personal growth. Secure your spot today and ensure a summer full of memories and fun. Learn more and register online.

Imagine spending a week or multiple weeks this summer in a beautiful outdoor setting, making a real impact on the lives of our campers. This is your chance to create lasting memories while ensuring a safe, fun-filled experience for everyone.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a difference. For more information, email nurse@crossroadsretreat.com.

June Poll

What's your favorite New Jersey summer produce?
Jersey tomatoes
Jersey sweet corn

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