The Right Rev. George Edward Councell, 11th Bishop of NJ, has died

From the Rt. Rev. William Stokes, 12th Bishop of New Jersey

My Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of the 11th Bishop of New Jersey, the Right Reverend George Edward Councell. Bishop George was transferred to hospice care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton this afternoon and died at approximately 6:00 PM this evening. Family and friends were with him. I had an opportunity to say prayers and anoint him, and said commendatory prayers with the family. 

We will communicate with the Diocese and the wider Church family about arrangements as soon as details are known.

Please pray for Ruth, their daughters Martha and Sarah, and hold the Councell family in your prayers.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Right Reverend William H. Stokes

12th Bishop of New Jersey

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes elected 11th bishop of the Diocese of Newark

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes was chosen 11th bishop of the Diocese of Newark during a special convention on May 19 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.

The first woman and first African-American to be elected bishop in the Diocese of Newark, Hughes, 59, is currently rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and was one of three nominees.

In order to be elected, a candidate needs to receive a simple majority of votes from both the clergy and the lay delegates, voting separately as orders in the same balloting round. Hughes was elected on the first ballot, receiving 62 of 116 clergy votes and 141 of 241 lay votes.

The other two nominees were:

Addressing the assembly via live video from Fort Worth, Hughes said, “I am absolutely overjoyed and delighted that you have elected me to be the next bishop of Newark. It is with a humble and thankful heart that I accept those election results and welcome the gift of being your bishop.”

After thanking the Search, Transition and Standing committees for their work, she said, “I am really aware that moments like this do not come in a vacuum. It takes a village to discern a call to the episcopacy, and it is the generous and fruitful ministries of Bishop Beckwith, the Rev. Lisa Hunt, the Rev. Canon Scott Slater, the congregations and people of the Diocese of Newark, and the people of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas who have opened the door for us to be in ministry together, and for that I am deeply grateful.” Watch video of Bishop-elect Hughes’ remarks.

Hughes was ordained a priest in 2005 after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary, and has served as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in the continuing Diocese of Fort Worth since 2012. No stranger to the northeast, her first call was to St. James’ Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Before ordination, she worked as a corporate trainer. She is married to David Smedley. More about Bishop-elect Hughes.

Pending consent of a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and the diocesan standing committees, Hughes will be ordained and consecrated September 22, 2018, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preside.

Youth at St. Andrew's Church, New London hold forum on Gun Violence


A crowd of about 100 people gathered inside St. Andrew's in New London to discuss gun violence.  Follow link for full story.

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Workshop on Foster Care - Adoption - Safe Families for Children to be held



Attend our workshops on Foster Care – Adoption – Safe Families for Children or other ways to volunteer. Learn what it means to love your neighbor: be a foster, respite, or adoptive parent, Safe Families host family, family friend or coach, ministry partner, mentor, or resource friend. See how God can lead your path to bless you and your family by helping children, other families, or pregnant women who are in crisis with love and hospitality! Sign up by emailing Cindy Thomas by May 20th.

Workshop (adults only) is held on May 22nd at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Rd., Concord, NH from 6-9 p.m.  Light food will be served.  Adults and teens only please. 


Contact: Cindy Thomas|603.483.2886


NH Poor People's Campaign held rally in Concord

After a powerful rally, where more than 100 people heard denunciations of poverty from people who have known it first hand, 6 members of the NH Poor People's Campaign stood holding banners in the middle of N. State Street until they were arrested by Concord police and taken to the couny jail in Boscawn for processing.

The theme of today's action was "Sombebody's Hurting My People," with an emphasis on systemic poverty's impact on children, women, and people with disabilities.




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Presiding Bishop Curry participates
in May 24 procession, vigil to the White House
Church service, procession, vigil to be livestreamed

 [May 10, 2018] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will join other faith leaders and elders in Washington, DC to launch the Reclaiming Jesus Declaration at a church service followed by a silent candlelight vigil to the White House on Thursday, May 24.
All are invited to attend the event, beginning at 7 pm Eastern at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC. At the Church Service, Presiding Bishop Curry will join 10 other faith leaders and elders in prayer and preaching.
Following the church service, at 8:30 pm an estimated crowd of more than 1000 will follow Presiding Bishop Curry and the faith leaders and elders as they process from National City Christian Church to the White House.
“The church service, the procession to the White House, and silent candlelight vigil is planned in response to the moral and political crises at the highest levels of political leadership that are putting both the soul of the nation and the integrity of Christian faith at stake,” noted the Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners. “The elders call upon all Christians to remember that our identity in Jesus precedes every other identity.”
The Reclaiming Jesus Declaration is located here.
The Episcopal Church Office of Communications will livestream the church service, procession and silent vigil.  The livestream is available here.
The service at the National City Christian Church begins at 7 pm Eastern. The procession to the White House begins at 8:30 pm Eastern. The silent candlelight vigil is expected to begin at 8:45 pm to 10 pm Eastern.
Religious Leaders and Elders
The religious leaders and elders represent many Christian traditions - evangelical, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, and African-American churches.
Including Presiding Bishop Curry, others participating in the church service and vigil will be:

  • The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Tony Campolo, Co-Founder, Red Letter Christians
  • The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, President and Founder, Healing of the Nations Foundation and Preaching Professor at Union Theological Seminary
  • The Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus, Reformed Church in America
  • The Rev. Dr. Richard Hamm, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Fr. Richard Rohr, Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation
  • Dr. Ron Sider, President Emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action
  • The Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners
  • The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Director, NCC Truth and Racial Justice Initiative
  • Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Convener, National African American Clergy Network; President, Skinner Leadership Institute

Preregistration for participation in the church service, procession and vigil is not required; however, participants are encouraged to mark their attendance on Facebook here.
On the web:
Presiding Bishop Curry participates in May 24 procession, vigil to the White House

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The Episcopal Church
212-716-6080  Mobile: 917-478-5659
Jessica Felix Romero
(202) 745-4654

Neva Rae Fox
Public Affairs Officer
The Episcopal Church
212-716-6080. Mobile: 917-478-5659

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Nominations now being accepted for the Tenth Bishop of Maine

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Portland, Maine  04101

Contacts: The Rev. John Balicki, Chair, Discernment Committee


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Nominations now accepted for the Tenth Bishop of Maine

 [MAINE], May 3, 2018 – The Discernment Committee for the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine today released the diocesan profile and announced that nominations and applications for the position are now being accepted.  Self-nominations are welcome. 

The profile, nomination form, and application form may be found online at All forms and required attachments must be submitted electronically. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and applications must be submitted on or before Monday, June 4, 2018.

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