Justice Ministries

Safe Haven

    Safe Haven is a ministry for any parishioner who feels unsafe. Persons experiencing fear or threat may ask for temporary refuge at Christ Church. Safe Haven ministries are available for all parishioners who feel they are not safe for any reason: immigration, domestic violence threat of assault or perceived threat. Families or persons in Save Haven will receive pastoral care and will work with the Sanctuary team to identify what kinds of support they need and ways to meet their needs.

    The Safe Haven ministry is legal. This ministry does not hide persons and does not interfere with the implementation of legal orders by federal, state or local law enforcement agents.

    Contact the church office to learn more about how Safe Haven can help you.

Racial Justice Ministry 

     Click here for an interesting article titled What Colour Are You?

     The Racial Justice Ministry of Christ Church celebrates the advances that have been made in the last 50 years in eradicating the sin of racism from our society. While great strides have been made, we also recognize that there is much work left to be done.

     Our society has experienced a unique history whereby people of color were subjected to chattel slavery, Jim Crow laws, and legal segregation. We thank God that these forms of legal discrimination no longer exist. However, we also recognize that these historical injustices have left a legacy of racism in many of our institutions by way of their policies and practices.

     The result of this institutional racism is that people of color generally remain disadvantaged in areas such as education, employment, criminal justice, and many more. The Racial Justice Ministry of Christ Church realizes that this new type of racism is often invisible in our society even though its effects are devastating on all of us.

     This Ministry is therefore dedicated to raising people's awareness of these injustices within our institutions and creating change. The Ministry is helping all of us to live into our Baptismal covenant to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.


Racial Justice Awareness Workshop

     A half-day Racial Justice Awareness Workshop was held at Christ Episcopal Church this past January. Thirty-one members of the church participated and learned about the history of the sin of racism in America and how its legacy continues in our institutions to this day. Since then, this discussion has continued to give us a better understanding of how can join with our God in being co-creators of a just society. The Racial Justice Ministry will be offering this workshop again this year.

     For further information,  contact Deacon Ted Foley at , 732-609-1822.

     And, click HERE for the Homily from the Racial Justice Awareness Workshop

ART STOLE                       

     The Racial Justice Ministry was formed in 2013 , after Christ Church was host for the Diocesan Training Session on being an Anti-Racist Church.  For more information or to join this committee please contact the Rev. Ted Foley or the Church office.  Graduates of the training were each given a stole (see above) to wear signifying the completion of the training. You can write to Deacon Ted at  .


The Anti-Racism Commission of the Diocese of New Jersey

     The Anti-Racism Commission of the Diocese of NJ is holding a 2.5 day training starting May 11 seal dicoese of NJ- 13, 2017 at Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville, NJ.  At this training you will learn how to analyze and dismantle racist policies and practices in our institutions today. This training is open to all lay and clergy in the Diocese. Keep your eyes open for news from the Ministry Institute of the Diocese of NJ on how to register for this important training.

What is 'anti-racism'? A conscious, intentional, and proactive effort to understand the sin of racism and its ramifications and to work to eradicate it from our own lives, the Church, and society.

Our Mission 

     The Anti-Racism Commission of the Diocese of New Jersey has embraced as its ministry the facilitation and ultimate transformation of this diocese into an anti-racist institution. This is a major undertaking requiring the long-term commitment by the people, the organization and the governing bodies of this Diocese. We believe that the theological foundation for our work has been articulated in the examples of Jesus Christ our Savior, and in the Book of Common Prayer.     


Our 20-Year Vision

     The Diocese of New Jersey is recognized as a part of the Body of Christ because its congregations joyfully celebrate their anti-racist, multicultural, embodiment of Christ's love.  The Diocese provides intentional leadership in dismantling racism in the wider community by modeling the sharing of power and mutual respect among all people, at all levels of diocesan life. Its mission, structures, policies and practices are used to perpetuate an anti-racist identity.   The Diocese's anti-racist way of living together through its values of justice and equality is seen as a model for change and a sign of hope.

What the Anti-Racism Team Can Do for Your Church

     We offer congregations a variety of formats that range from a 90-minute orientation to a full-day workshop which can be customized to meet your congregation's needs. This training can give new life to a congregation, helping members to live into the baptismal covenant of respecting the dignity of every individual. It opens our eyes to the insidious nature of institutionalized racism, and helps us to see how we are all — white people and people of color — adversely affected by the presence of this evil among us.   The training does NOT seek to inflict guilt or blame. It meets us where we are and helps us to continue this journey together with some common understanding of what we are fighting.   For more information, see the Ministry Institute and the courses and training we offer under its auspices.

LGBT Connection at Christ Church

     To our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters: Christ Episcopal Church Welcomes You. We offer our new initiative, LGBT Connection at Christ Church, intended to make Chrish Church a loving setting for all LGBT brothers and sister in our surrounding communities for friendship, fellowship, discussions and friends. Indeed come here to find and make friends. And, an impressive series of events are also planned. Regular meetings are held monthly at Christ Church on the 3rd Friday each month.

Contact us by email to christchurchtomsriver.org. Our location is 415 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753.


     The enduring message of the Gospel is that God's love is expansive, not exclusive. Jesus embraced all he encountered. As Christians, we need to do the same. In 1976, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church declared that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church" (1976-A069). Since then, faithful Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all of God’s children.

     Along the way, The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, General Convention approved same-sex marriage and approved the use of new language in the marriage rites allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

     Christ Episcopal Church seeks to foster a welcoming and safe environment for persons suffering discrimination, hatred, or emotional pain due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. Anyone, regardless of orientation, is welcome to participate with us. Discrimination against anyone affects all of us, perhaps in ways that we do not comprehend.

     We invite all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression, to be companions on this journey. As part of this invitation, we encourage you to email or contact us for further conversation.