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Diocese and Parish News
New England paddlers & pilgrims invited to join CT River journey
New England Episcopalians are invited on a spiritual journey of renewal, restoration and reconciliation this summer, shaped in the Christian tradition around a series of activities being planned along the Connecticut River, from its source to the sea.The seven Episcopal dioceses of New England, the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the nonprofit Kairos Earth, along with other regional partners, are organizing a 40-day river "pilgrimage" along the length of the Connecticut River, May 31-July 9.
Churches mobilize to protect immigrants in Massachusetts
As nationwide uncertainty continues for immigrant communities, several parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts are mobilizing to put in place networks to protect their neighbors, regardless of immigration status. Those taking action have a twofold mission: one, to build a network of sanctuary churches and sanctuary-supporter churches that can be deployed quickly if the federal government takes new steps targeting undocumented immigrants, and two, to take political action that may prevent the sanctuaries from ever being needed.
Delayed opening of diocesan & cathedral offices Feb. 13
Due to the latest snowstorm, the diocesan and cathedral offices at 138 Tremont Street in Boston will open late on Monday, Feb. 13. Estimated opening time is 10 a.m., with some staff members working from home.The MANNA Monday Lunch program will take place as usual.
Patriots fans rally behind Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopalians across New England rallied to help raise $27,577 in a charitable contest launched last week by the bishops of the New England and Atlanta dioceses to see whose fans could raise the most money for Episcopal Relief & Development by game time on Super Bowl Sunday.
Preparing for Lent: Devotional resources
Ash Wednesday, on March 1, 2017, invites us to the observance of a holy Lent--the season of penitence, reconciliation and renewal that leads to Easter. For those taking on a devotional practice during Lent, here are some homegrown and locally recommended resources.
"Increased Compassion, Not Hardened Hearts": Bishops join MA church leaders opposing refugee restriction
Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, together with Bishop Douglas J. Fisher of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, have signed a joint letter from 17 church leaders, issued today by the Massachusetts Council of Churches, opposing the White House executive action suspending refugee resettlement.
Bishop Gayle Harris to lead Holy Land pilgrimage
Bishop Gayle E. Harris and the Rev. Debbie Phillips of Grace Church in Salem will lead a diocesan mission pilgrimage in Israel and Palestine, Nov. 24-Dec. 6, and they invite others to join them.
Give by game time on Super Bowl Sunday & help heal a hurting world
Episcopal Church bishops in New England and Atlanta are rallying football fans in their dioceses--and beyond--to join in a charitable contest this week to see how much money they can raise for Episcopal Relief & Development by game time on Sunday, Feb. 5, when the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will compete for this season's championship.
Bishop Gayle Harris makes Ghana pilgrimage
Bishop Gayle E. Harris will be among the bishops and leaders and board members from Episcopal Relief & Development who will travel with the presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, to Ghana, Jan 20-29.
Prayer, maladjustment and the national life: A message from Bishop Gates
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, issued on Jan. 14 the following message to the diocesan community:We enter a deeply important week in the life of our nation, bookended by the national remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday and the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States on Friday.