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Bishop Carlye Hughes

Bishop Carlye Hughes

By Bishop Carlye Hughes

The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes has served as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (NJ) since 2018. She regularly shares brief messages of hope and guidance for living as God's faithful people in today's world.

Videos and transcripts of Bishop Hughes' messages from 2018-2021 are available at dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog.

Learn more about the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at dioceseofnewark.org.
What does God want me to do???
What does God want me to do???
Discernment, says Bishop Hughes, is not just for people considering ordination or churches calling their next priest. It is the responsibility of all faithful people to ask themselves, and their community, "How is God trying to lead me into the thing that God has prepared me for in this life?" Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/what-does-god-want-me-do
04:02
November 09, 2022
Two ways we can think about beginning anew
Two ways we can think about beginning anew
Bishop Hughes returns to the topic of her last vlog post, beginning anew, and addresses two ways we can approach it: as a diocese, which we will do together through our strategic visioning and planning process; and as individuals, discerning what it is God has created us for and striving to mature in our faith and spiritual life. Transcript: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/two-ways-we-can-think-about-beginning-anew
04:60
October 26, 2022
Beginning anew
Beginning anew
We are socialized that when September comes, we feel we should start  thinking about beginning anew, says Bishop Hughes. And this year in  particular the whole world is trying to figure out how to begin anew,  due to the changes brought by the pandemic. Given all that, she  encourages us to talk to one another about this time that we're in, and  how we want it to reflect the priorities that, individually and  collectively, we have come to know and value. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/beginning-anew
04:44
September 14, 2022
General Convention and the power of community
General Convention and the power of community
After her first General Convention in the House of Bishops, Bishop Hughes reflects on the power of community and of listening. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/power-community-general-convention
05:50
July 20, 2022
Finding middle ground
Finding middle ground
After multiple shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, including the horrific mass shooting in Highland Park, Bishop Hughes reflects, "We have protested, we have written letters, we've stood firmly, we've prayed. And if there's a thing that I feel that is missing, and it is not ours to do alone, it is when a community comes together and works for the common good." Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/finding-middle-ground
04:52
July 06, 2022
The blessing of professing one's faith
The blessing of professing one's faith
As we continue to work through the change and challenges of this time,  says Bishop Hughes, that inspiration that led us to the faith in the  first place and that keeps us going in the faith is going to be  important to us. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/blessing-professing-ones-faith
03:30
June 08, 2022
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Awareness Month. Why do we celebrate awareness months?
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Awareness Month. Why do we celebrate awareness months?
When we honor people through these awareness months, says Bishop Hughes,  it is to help us see that we're all actually part of one another. We  are all more of who we are because of all of us being part of the same  family, that is the people of God. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/may-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-awareness-month-why-do-we-celebrate-awareness
04:20
May 25, 2022
We are part of something bigger
We are part of something bigger
Sometimes we get so caught up with our own needs being met at church that we forget that we're part of something bigger, says Bishop Hughes. And when we gather like we did at Convention this past Saturday, we remember that we are part of something bigger: God's work. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/we-are-part-something-bigger
04:50
May 11, 2022
Celebrating the 50 days of Easter
Celebrating the 50 days of Easter
The enormity of the miracle that is resurrection is one that takes time  for us to celebrate. It's also one that takes time for us to reflect on,  to learn, about to think about, to explore, in order for us to live  fully as resurrected people. To live as people who claim the  resurrection, and claim the special relationship it gives us with God  through Jesus Christ. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/celebrating-50-days-easter
03:58
April 27, 2022
What we can focus on this Easter
What we can focus on this Easter
“As you head towards the end of Lent and into Holy Week and towards  Easter,” says Bishop Hughes, “I think it's important for all of us to be  preparing to share this thing that we love so much: that we know that  God is here for us, that God cares for us, and God is here for every  single person.” Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/what-we-can-focus-easter
05:27
March 30, 2022
The freedom to pray for miracles
The freedom to pray for miracles
Bishop Hughes reminds us that we can pray for God to do the impossible – even if we don't feel worthy or don't have the words – whether that is in our family, in our church, across the street, across the state, or across the world in Ukraine. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/freedom-pray-miracles
03:60
March 16, 2022
Lent, a time to turn back to God
Lent, a time to turn back to God
God understands that some part of us has the struggle that Paul names in Romans – that we do the things that we don't mean to do. And Lent gives us a chance to look at that, to turn ourselves, again and again, back to God, and ask the question, “What is it that I am called to do now? And what do I need to ask forgiveness for? And who do I need to forgive?” Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/lent-time-turn-back-god
03:58
March 02, 2022
Sharing stories of gratitude and hope
Sharing stories of gratitude and hope
Bishop Hughes describes how, when she has met with congregations during these years of pandemic, despite all the challenges people face, the word she hears most often is "blessed." She hears stories of gratitude and hope –  and she urges us to share those stories. Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/sharing-stories-gratitude-and-hope
04:57
February 16, 2022
It's Black History Month
It's Black History Month
"The blessing of Black History Month is it reminds us we are in relationships that are to be honored and treasured," says Bishop Hughes, "but to honor and treasure them we have to know each other better." Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/its-black-history-month
03:60
February 02, 2022
Jesus revealed through us
Jesus revealed through us
"An important thing for us to remember in this season of Epiphany," says  Bishop Hughes, is "the many ways in which Jesus is revealed, including  the ways that Jesus is revealed through us. Everywhere we go, in every  interaction that we have with every person that we see, we have an  opportunity to present Jesus to the rest of the world." Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/jesus-revealed-through-us
04:04
January 19, 2022
Sharing God's love when people are angry
Sharing God's love when people are angry
"It doesn't take much effort to see that if there's a thing that defines this time right now, it seems to be anger," says Bishop Hughes. "Who are we to be in the midst of that? How are we to be God's emissaries? How are we to be the witnesses of God's love in this time that we're in?" Read the transcript at: https://dioceseofnewark.org/bishops-vlog/sharing-gods-love-when-people-are-angry
04:48
January 05, 2022