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New Episcopal chaplain appointed at Harvard

The Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard has announced the appointment of the Rev. Margery Kennelly, currently the assistant rector at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, as Harvard's next Episcopal chaplain. She will begin her ministry at Harvard on June 1, and will serve a two-year appointment.
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Bishop's Blog: Cloudy, with a chance of revelation

I have twice been to the top of Cannon Mountain, near New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch. An aerial tramway carries visitors to the mountain’s pinnacle. One of my family visits there was on a clear, sunny day. You could see in every direction, as far as Vermont, Maine, and even Quebec – a stunning vista of mountains, forests, and lakes. A decade earlier we had ridden up to the summit on a day of dense fog. Visibility was about ten feet. It had been a waste of time and money. We had seen nothing – or so it seemed.
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Plumbing repair delays opening of diocesan & cathedral offices March 16

Full opening of the diocesan and cathedral offices at 138 Tremont Street in Boston will be delayed on Thursday, March 16 to accommodate water pipe repair.  There will be no water supply to the building while the work is being done.  Estimated opening time is 12 p.m.The deans will meet as scheduled.
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St. Stephen's hosts Boston City Council hearing on school sanctuary

St. Stephen's Church in Boston hosted a March 7 community hearing with Boston City Council members on a resolution affirming sanctuary status for Boston Public Schools (BPS).  About 200 people filled the church sanctuary, according to a St. Stephen's Church news release, with students, educators, parents, school nurses, faith leaders and staff from immigrant rights organizations testifying in support of the resolution.
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South Coast Today: As opioid epidemic grows, South Coast suburbs amp up response

While New Bedford has long dealt with opioid addiction, the epidemic extends beyond city bounds. Residents of South Coast suburbs, realizing that opioid addiction is a regionwide problem, have begun to form collaborations and hold events.  The Rev. Scott Ciosek of St. Peter's Church in Dartmouth said he thinks a lot of people may feel like God has shut them out and due to their life story or self image feel like they wouldn't be welcome in a church.  As the executive director of The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing, he facilitates grief groups for those who have lost loved ones to addiction or overdose.  "There's such a need for it," he said. It took about a year and a half of planning to clean out and rehabilitate the building next to the church to help restore what Ciosek saw as a shortage of mental health services and grief groups on the SouthCoast. The nonprofit is a little over a year old.
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Implementation Organizing Team issues March 10 mission strategy update

The Mission Strategy Implementation Organizing Team issued a letter on March 10 updating the diocesan community on the team's initial work so far and inviting everyone to get involved, particularly at the local congregational level."As members of one diocese, we have the wonderful opportunity to share our stories and experiences with other members and other congregations, so that we can all learn together how better to follow Christ and do God's work in the world," the team writes.
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Amy Cook takes new job in Diocese of CA

Amy Cook, who serves on the diocesan staff as missioner for education, formation and discipleship, will be leaving at the end of April to take a new position as the head of the formation working group for the Diocese of California in San Francisco.
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Sam Rodman elected bishop of Diocese of N.C.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, offered the following response to the election on March 4 of the Rev. Samuel Rodman, the special projects officer on the Massachusetts diocesan staff, to be the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina:
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Metrowest Daily News: Dover church holds 'ashes to go' service

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Dover held an "ashes to go" service early Wednesday morning for people on their way to work or school. See photos from the Metrowest Daily News.
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South Coast Today: On Ash Wednesday, the church goes to the people

St. Martin's Episcopal Church came to the people on Ash Wednesday instead of the people going to the church.  The Rev. Scott A. Ciosek, priest-in-charge of St. Martin's Episcopal Church as well as St. Peter's Episcopal Church, South Dartmouth, was giving ashes to people in the parking lot of the house of worship at County and Rivet streets in the city's South End.  People either parked their vehicles in the lot and walked over to Ciosek or drove their vehicles up to him, rolled down their windows and received the church's blessings as they sat in their vehicles, their car motors still running. "This is a beautiful way for us to get out to where the people are," said Ciosek. "It's a great way to meet people. That's our intention — to meet people and let them know they are loved by God."
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