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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.

On Banning Affirmative Action New Canon for Congregational
Development and Mission
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Reflection on the Supreme Court's Recent Decision to Allow States to Ban Affirmative Action

As 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.

You 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."

We 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. Robert Droste.

Droste is a 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.

Over 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).

"I'm 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 diocesan staff."

He and his 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.

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Spring is a great time for Middle and High School Students to take part in the some of the many Youth Events in the Diocese of New Jersey.

Check out some upcoming events, and get to know this great community of teenagers!

Baccalaureate Service, June 8th
Trinity Cathedral, 4pm
For Graduating Seniors, their Family, Friends, and Church Members
Adults Who Work with Youth Workshop, Rescheduled from 2/5

Summer Mission Trip
Sun, Aug 17 to Fri, Aug 22
Washington, DC
For 9th through newly graduated 12th graders, $426 includes bus travel (departs and returns to Trinity Cathedral), food, lodging.
Register and learn more.

Diocesan Choir Camp
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.

Superstorm Sandy Grant Awarded Events, Workshops & More
Trinity Cathedral Golf  Day

Sandy Info

As the 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.

Diocese 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.

The 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.

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More events can be found here!Tempus Fugit!

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
Cost: $10.
Register online by June 9th.

• Sexual Misconduct Training Workshops 
 St. Peter's Medford (final Spring 2014) 
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. 

Our Trinity Cathedral Community Day Golf Outing event will take place again this fall on 
Monday, October 13 - Columbus Day,
at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor, New Jersey.

The Very Rev. René R. John and the TCCD committee invite you to join other brothers and sisters in Christ in support of the event.

In 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 here for 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.

Your 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 tournament.

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! 

Updated: 5 June 2014
ŠThe Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey 

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