Women in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark have recently launched a new organization with a new name: Episcopal Women Together (EWT), and an event. On May 30th, the Rev. Sara Lilja, Director of Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry NJ, will kickoff a postcard campaign. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in advocacy on issues related to women. Details will be announced by separate email, and Facebook event invitation.
In a kickoff meeting on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 20 women gathered at Christ Church, Bloomfield & Glen Ridge for the re-birthing of what had been the diocesan "Women’s Commission." There was a lot of energy around being an active and engaged presence for and about women, not only in the diocese, but across the local, state, and national communities.
“We see ourselves as women of faith wanting to focus on action and be a resource on a variety of issues, while also focusing on self-care and finding the balance of work, family, faith and the issues we care about” said one participant after that initial meeting. The women decided on three general areas of focus for events and programs: Advocacy, Renewal & Restoration, and Faith.
On April 8th, the new name was decided, and the first events planned. In addition to the May 30th event, on June 21st, EWT is planning a Summer Solstice celebration, including a presentation on the divine feminine.
Additional events and programs are under consideration for the future, including educational opportunities (women saints and leaders of the church, work/life balance, etc.), advocacy (breaking the Episcopal stained glass ceiling, legislative action), and much more. For more information on EWT, find us on Facebook at EpiscopalWomenTogether@DioceseofNewark, or follow this link:
Episcopal Women Together
A Symposium on New Jersey Sustainability Issues
Presented by the Theology Working Group of the New Jersey Council of Churches
Date: June 10, 2017 – 10:30-2:00
Location: Pinelands Center at Mt Misery
801 Mt Misery Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Rev. Fletcher Harper
Executive Director, GreenFaith
Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and GreenFaith’s Executive Director. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship from a range of denominations in nationally and internationally about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. Fletcher served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church before becoming GreenFaith’s leader.
To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
$15* in advance (payment can be made at the door)
$20* on day of conference
Advance payment can be made by check payable to:
NJCC, P.O. Box 10371, Trenton, NJ 08650
email@example.com or call 609-577-9787 for more information
Rev. Sara Lilja, Director
1930 St. Hwy #33
Hamilton Square, NJ 08057
Our faith guides us in our understanding of the world we live in; it aids in decision-making, it inspires us to work for God’s justice.
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will focus on the theme Path to Peace,based on Matthew 5:1-12.
Path to Peace as a theme was developed by the EYE17 Mission Planning Team who discerned a call to focus on peacemaking and the ways each member of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace. Read more
The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma on July 10–14, 2017.
“EYE is always a great event for both our youth and for our adults,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry commented. “I have attended many of the Episcopal Youth Events and I have fond memories of joining our youth in celebration, learning and fun. EYE17 is a strong component of the Jesus Movement.”
The young people of Province II had such a wonderful experience at the last EYE in 2015 that they asked for a similar provincial event in 2016. #youthtakeover16: be the change took place in July of 2016. Although it was a super event, for various reasons, only 40 young people from three dioceses were able to attend. See the photos and video here.
Now is the time to plan for EYE 2017. This gives our young people time to hold fundraisers and apply for grants to be able to get out to Oklahoma in July. It also allows time for chaperones to arrange for time off to accompany the youth. Province II is committed to having a good delegation representing all eleven dioceses at the coming EYE, so dioceses, please get started doing whatever needs to be done to provide this experience for as many young people as possible. Work with the province to make the necessary funds available. Myra Garnes, youth coordinator for the province, will be able to help.
The planning team is already at work. Follow them on Facebook!
The EYE Blog <http://www.episcopalchurch.org/blog/eye/all> has more information, including: