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Social Justice at St. George's
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" – Micah 6:8
St. George's has a long history of working for social justice. Since its founding in 1905, the congregation has been at the forefront of the movements for civil rights, fair housing, and the rights of women and LGBTI people. One of the first female Episcopal priests was a member of this parish (the late Rev. Page S. Bigelow, ordained in 1977). The Rev. Barry Stopfel, the first openly gay man to be ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church, served as our rector from 1993 to 1999.
Over the years, St. George's has pursued social justice by helping to establish a number of independent organizations that work with the homeless, single parents and people coping with mental illness. St. George's also played an important role in starting and supporting The Oasis, the Diocese of Newark's ministry to LGBTI people.
The Absalom Jones Committee on Black History & Culture
Absalom Jones, ordained an Episcopal priest in 1802, was the first African-American to receive formal ordination in any denomination.
St. George's Absalom Jones Committee organizes events both educational and social focusing on Black history and culture.
Events are held the Sunday before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; during February for Black History Month as well as for the Feast of Absalom Jones (Feb. 13); and the Sunday closest to June 19 for "Juneteenth," the holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas learned they had been freed two and a half years earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation.