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In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to the website of the
Diocese of New Jersey, the Episcopal Church in the lower two-thirds of
the State of New Jersey.
We're glad you stopped by, and hope you find what
you're looking for. You'll
find current information and events just below. An A-to-Z guide to this
site is available in the top right of this page.
Banning Affirmative Action
Canon for Congregational
Development and Mission
on the Supreme Court's Recent Decision
to Allow States to Ban Affirmative Action
those called to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity
of every human being, we, the Anti-Racism Commission, Black Clergy
Caucus, Union of Black Episcopalians, and Hispanic Commission, find the
Supreme Court's recent decision allowing states to ban affirmative
action deeply regrettable. While the justices in the majority had a
wide variety of rationales for their opinions, the outcome is the same:
permission to systematically perpetuate present inequities in
educational opportunities and, subsequently, in job opportunities,
earning potential and quality of life for persons of color.
might think we would be supportive of a policy that refuses to use race
as a factor in considering college admissions – and we might if we
lived in a society where race was inconsequential. But we don't. On
this point we find ourselves in agreement with the dissenting opinion
of Justice Sonia Sotomayor: “This refusal to accept the stark reality
that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the
basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race,
and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects
of centuries of racial discrimination."
take small comfort in the recognition that affirmative action is still
legal for those states who decide to continue its use. For if our aim
as a people is to encourage greater equity among all, such a policy
seems counter-intuitive. Those states who are in the greatest need of
racial reform are those most likely to reject affirmative action and
view the court's ruling as an opportunity to continue the exercise of
racist attitudes and actions.
We are pleased to announce our
new Canon for Congregational Development and Mission,
The Rev. Dr.
graduate of Porter-Gaud (Episcopal) School and the College of
Charleston (both in South Carolina). The Rev. Dr. Robert Droste has
lived in England, the Carolinas, Eugene, Oregon, and the San Francisco
Bay Area. Ordained a priest in 2000, he earned his M.Div. from The
Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA and, in 2010, his
D.Min. in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological
Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
the past 14 years, Rob has developed his passion for church growth,
mission and discipleship at both Trinity Church San Francisco and All
Saints Parish San Leandro (a San Francisco suburb).
really energized by Bishop Stokes' vision of mission and discipleship
and can't wait to help make that a reality," Rob said. "I'm looking
forward to traveling all over the southern two-thirds of New Jersey,
and getting to know what's most important to clergy and lay leaders.
And of course, I'm eager to work with the team of professionals on
wife Karla will move to the Trenton area in July; his first day on the
job will be July 31. We look forward to collaborating with him to grow
our churches and equip them for mission as we continue to do the Lord's
work in the Diocese of New Jersey.
is a great time for Middle
and High School Students to take part in the some of the
Events in the Diocese of New Jersey.
Check out some upcoming events,
and get to know this great
community of teenagers!
Service, June 8th
Trinity Cathedral, 4pm
For Graduating Seniors, their Family, Friends, and
Work with Youth Workshop, Rescheduled from 2/5
Sun, Aug 17 to Fri, Aug 22
For 9th through newly graduated 12th graders, $426 includes bus travel
(departs and returns to Trinity Cathedral), food, lodging.
and learn more.
Jul 27-31 Cape May, NJ
This wonderful way for children from all over the diocese to meet and
get to know each other. Campers will spend much of their time learning
music for Evensong on Thursday, July 31 at 4 PM, but they will also
spend time at the beach, play games, have a talent show, and a
scavenger hunt. The camp has its own website
for more information.
Sandy Grant Awarded
Workshops & More
Trinity Cathedral Golf Day
Jersey Shore prepares for spring and summer, recovery efforts from the
destruction of Superstorm Sandy continue. Your support makes a
substantial difference in providing aid and relief.For
updates and the latest information, see
the Sandy information page. or contact Keith Adams.
Awarded $600,000 from the Red Cross for Sandy Recovery
The American Red Cross today awarded a $600,000 grant to the Episcopal
Diocese of New Jersey for Superstorm Sandy recovery work in Salem,
Gloucester, Cumberland and Camden Counties. The Diocese is entrusted to
use these funds to aid residents of these counties who still have unmet
needs as a direct result of the storm.
Greater Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey will
work closely with the Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) in these
counties to provide direct financial assistance to families and
individuals for basic household goods and appliances, furniture,
temporary housing and home repairs. The Red Cross grant will be
distributed among the four counties as follows: $200,000 for Salem
County, $150,000 for Gloucester County, $150,000 for Cumberland County,
and $100,000 for Camden County.
the rest here
events can be found here!
•Come to the Table
When: Sat, June 7, 11am
Where: Trinity Cathedral
This Eucharist celebrates the differing gifts and abilities of members
of parishes and congregations of the Diocese. Each of us, made in the
image of a gracious God, hold high our dignity and joy in service to
our Church and our Lord. This will be a time to support and uphold the
many ways we may be called to serve, be it as ushers, singers, deacons,
acolytes, etc. utilizing our many different abilities and gifts. The
Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes, Preacher and Celebrant.
•Deacon's Day with the Bishop
When: Sat, June 14, 9:30am
Where: Trinity Cathedral
Register online by June 9th.
Sexual Misconduct Training Workshops
Peter's Medford (final Spring 2014)
When: June 28, 9am-3pm
Please note that for the clergy and laity of our diocese, the required
training on Sexual Abuse Misconduct Awareness is now available online
for the five-year renewal periods. The policy of the diocese has been
amended to note that, while the first training a person receives must
be in person at one of the sites offered by the Diocese of New Jersey,
subsequent trainings can be done either in-person or online. Register here.
Trinity Cathedral Community Day Golf Outing event will take place again
this fall on
Very Rev. René R. John and the TCCD committee invite you to join other
brothers and sisters in Christ in support of the event.
Monday, October 13 - Columbus Day,
at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor, New Jersey.
order to provide meaningful programs of outreach, service and advocacy
to the Trenton community, we appeal to all members of our Diocesan
family in New Jersey to rally behind the project. Click
an order form that lists the ways available to you to be a part of this
annual fund raiser. Send your response to Trinity Cathedral, 801 West
State St, Trenton, NJ 08618.
continued support will enable you to be part of a very special Trinity
Cathedral Community Day this year-Bishop Stokes's first Trinity
Cathedral Community Day with the Diocese. Bishop Stokes will preach at
this year's "Eucharist on the Course," prior to the golf "tee-off," and
will be present at our banquet following the completion of the golf
We ask your partnership with this marvelous event
as we celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Trinity Cathedral
Community Day Golf Outing--and also work to support Trinity Cathedral
and the manifold ways Trinity Cathedral supports so many, in Trenton,
certainly; but, throughout the Diocese and wider church!