The Reason for This Book:
In this 21st century, I felt the need to express my continuing experience of Jesus the Christ, for myself and others, through our modern understanding of words and the verity of today's knowledge and understanding utilizing verifiable facts. This resulted in the presentation of 14 chapters called Transitioning to New Life - Now and Beyond with the hope that we can translate the faith and enthusiasm of those who follow Jesus in our lives today. I saw in the stories of Jesus and his understanding of the Good News to be: transformation not conversion, compassion not control, behavior not beliefs; this was his teaching and practice in word and deed. Even in his earth centric world Jesus seemed to understand a larger view of all life, animate and inanimate, that change, diversity, and equality were essential parts of the Creative Presence he knew and experienced daily.
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About the Author
During graduate studies Jerry was ordained as a Conservative Baptist Minister and founded a Mission Church in Milton/Oak Ridge, NJ. He eventually became interested in the Episcopal Church and became a postulant to the ordained ministry and continued studies at the General Theological Seminary in NYC. The mission in Oak Ridge, the Milton Bible Church, became St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church and Jerry became their first Vicar. He then served as the Rector of Christ Church in Pompton Lakes in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, NJ, followed by 34 years as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bayonne, NJ. Besides his normal responsibilities as Rector, he helped begin a program called Windmill Alliance, a sub-corporation under Trinity Parish, to serve others as did Jesus in Galilee. It continues to this day as a successful ministry to those with special needs, in work activity and housing, along with serving many disenfranchised persons with work, housing, food, clothing and training in a program called HIGHWAYS.
Jerry has always enjoyed reading and studying, especially in the field of the science of Quantum Physics. As he became familiar with modern theological scholarship, he began to bring Science and Religion together by incorporating outward and visible signs of science with the inward and invisible graces of his faith as a follower of the historic Jesus.