Mark M. Beckwith was the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. He is the author of the book, Seeing the Unseen: Beyond Prejudices, Paradigms and Party Lines.[1]

The Right Reverend

Mark M. Beckwith

Bishop of Newark
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedSeptember 23, 2006
In office2007–2018
PredecessorJohn P. Croneberger
SuccessorCarlye J. Hughes
by Morgan Porteus
ConsecrationJanuary 27, 2007
by Katharine Jefferts Schori
Personal details
SpouseMarilyn Olson

Biography edit

Beckwith graduated from Amherst College in 1973 and from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 1978.

He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1980. He served as associate rector at St Peter's Church in Morristown, New Jersey from 1982-1985, then became rector of Christ Church in Hackensack, New Jersey (1985-1993). Before his bishop election, he served as rector of All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachusetts (1993-2006). He was consecrated as the tenth Bishop of Newark on January 27, 2007, by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.[2]

Beckwith has appeared in two PBS specials with Jon Meacham, God in New York (2010) and Christians, Muslims, and Jews: Bridging the Divide (2011).[3][4]

He has also been a featured guest in several interviews and panel discussions on MSNBC's Morning Joe show.[5][6][7]

From 2017-2019, Beckwith co-hosted a television talk show series on NJ PBS titled A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, an Imam and a Rabbi.[8] The show premiered on April 12, 2017 and was hosted by Bishop Mark Beckwith, Imam W. Deen Shariff and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz, who lead conversations with special invited guests and discussed "headlining news through the lens of faith." Beckwith's last day as Bishop was September 22, 2018, when his successor Carlye J. Hughes was consecrated.

Beckwith and his wife, Marilyn Olson, have been married since 1982. They have two children together.

Activism edit

In the Diocese of Newark, Beckwith co-founded Morris Shelter, Inc., a nonprofit homeless shelter in Morristown, New Jersey, and was the first president of Inter-Religious Fellowship for the Homeless in Bergen County.[9]

On December 7, 2009, as active Bishop of Newark, Beckwith joined other Episcopalians to urge the New Jersey state Senate to pass a marriage equality bill. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying "I pray that the marriage bill passes -- so that all couples who have engaged in a lifelong union can have their unions recognized. Homosexuality is not an issue of lifestyle; it is a matter of identity. We don't choose our identity; we are challenged to claim our identity as God's gift to us. The church I have chosen to serve is about helping all of God's children claim and celebrate their identity as imago dei -- as created in the image of God."[10]

Beckwith helped found the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace in 2008 to reduce street violence among gangs in Newark and to encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation.[11]

In 2012, Beckwith co-founded Bishops United Against Gun Violence, an advocacy network of over 100 Episcopal Church Bishops. The group was formed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In 2019, Beckwith began serving as a bishop liaison to the network to foster relationships and develop partnerships with groups working in the gun violence prevention arena.[12]

Beckwith has been part of the leadership team for Braver Angels, a national movement dedicated to political depolarization.[13]

Authorship edit

  • Seeing the Unseen: Beyond Prejudices, Paradigms and Party Lines, (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2022) ISBN 978-1-64065-518-8

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Beckwith, Mark M. (2022). Seeing the unseen : beyond prejudices, paradigms, and party lines. Shane Claiborne. New York, NY. ISBN 978-1-64065-518-8. OCLC 1287752978.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. ^ Episcopal News Service (2007-01-29). "NEWARK: Mark Beckwith ordained and consecrated as 10th bishop". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  3. ^ "Bishop Beckwith in PBS special "God in New York" | The Episcopal Diocese of Newark". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  4. ^ "Bishop Beckwith on "Christians, Muslims and Jews: Bridging the Divide" with Jon Meacham | The Episcopal Diocese of Newark". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  5. ^ "Searching for hope amidst the Newtown tragedy". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  6. ^ "Honoring Rosh Hashanah". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  7. ^ "An interfaith discussion with Imam Shareef, Bishop Beckwith and Rabbi Gewirtz". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  8. ^ "A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, an Imam and a Rabbi". NJ PBS. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  9. ^ "Rt. Reverend Mark Beckwith at All Saints Aug. 5 and 12". Boothbay Register. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  10. ^ "Episcopal News Service: Press Release # 120809-06". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  11. ^ NJTV News | Interfaith Coalition Hopes to Curb Violence in Newark | PBS, retrieved 2022-08-16
  12. ^ "Our Bishops". Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  13. ^ "Hold America Together". Braver Angels. Retrieved 2022-08-16.

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