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South Coast Today: Dartmouth summer chapel turns 100

Ingrid Houghton lifted up her daughter Matilda to pull on a white rope to ring the bell as folks trickled out of St. Aidan’s Chapel. Matilda is part of the fifth generation of the Houghton family who built the chapel in 1917 on Smith Neck Road.  On July 23, a service was held in celebration of the chapel turning 100 years old. The chapel with about 85 seats was overflowing. The Rt. Rev. Alan Gates, Bishop of Massachusetts, said he hoped the tranquility that can be found at the chapel “enables you to cultivate patience and forbearance in less tranquil places.”
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Wicked Local Wareham: Church of Good Shepherd seeks to make Wareham a stronger community

With a monthly food pantry on Tuesdays, meals prepared for delivery to families weekly, a free meal for the public every Thursday night and an open door policy for homeless men and women throughout the winter months, the Church of the Good Shepherd is known for its efforts to help the community.  The church is looking to do more. Parishioners have been asking Wareham residents for input on the town’s strengths and weaknesses, which the parish wants to put to use in an action plan to address the most commonly voiced issues. “Faith is not just about the walls of the church, it is about strengthening the community...this is why we are doing the surveys. We want to know what people see as the issues in Wareham and then we want to address them,” the Rev. Dan Bernier said.
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News & Observer: New bishop takes helm of Episcopal Church in central NC

Dressed in a simple white robe, Sam Rodman stood at the front of Duke Chapel before the leader of the Episcopal Church, who asked the 1,000 congregants in attendance if Rodman should be ordained the bishop for the central North Carolina diocese that includes Charlotte, Greensboro and the Triangle.  “That is our will,” they said in unison.And shortly after, Rodman was consecrated as the 12th bishop for a diocese with 50,000 members spread across 111 congregations and 10 campus ministries in 38 counties. He was handed a series of attire reflecting his new role: stole, chasuble and mitre.He told the congregants of a quip he made when asked whether the promotion would change him: “I said, ‘No, I’ll be the same person with a bigger hat.’ ”
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Newburyport News: St. Paul's contributes items to Smithsonian exhibit

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., includes artifacts contributed by a Newburyport church.  St. Paul's on High Street is the oldest continuing Episcopal church in the United States. After being approached by representatives from the Smithsonian, church leaders agreed to loan select items from the archives for the museum's  “Early Religion in America” exhibit.The items from St. Paul's date back to the Revolutionary War era; back then, the church was run by British merchants who favored the rebellion, and at one point, the Declaration of Independence was read after some Masses.
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Haverhill Gazette: Clergy encourage community members to be tolerant, supportive

The Haverhill Clergy Association — composed of clergy from Roman Catholic, Protestant, Islamic and Jewish faith communities — has written a letter calling for elected officials, churches and the citizens of the city to live out their faith and practice it concretely.
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Lowell Sun: Clergy rally in Lowell for immigrants

The clergy members stood shoulder to shoulder April 25 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Lowell with a promise to help undocumented immigrants.  The nearly 20 faith leaders were there to formally announce the formation of the Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network, through which they plan to offer shelter, needed supplies or services to undocumented immigrants who are threatened with deportation.
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Danvers Patch: All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore to install first rector

On Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church of the North Shore will celebrate the installation of its first rector, the Rev. Marya DeCarlen, who will serve full time. The bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, the Right Rev. Alan Gates, will preside, and there will be a ceremony with trumpet and cantor and even a contingent of All Saints'-certified therapy dogs. All are most welcome to attend.
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'Unholy Trinity' serves as call to action on poverty, racism, gun violence

Eager to work toward solutions to the problems of poverty, racism and gun violence, Episcopal bishops, clergy members and lay people gathered for three days last week for a conference in Chicago, the American city that recorded the most homicides in 2016.The city’s recent surge in deadly violence provided a grim backdrop for Bishops United Against Gun Violence’s “Unholy Trinity” conference held April 20-22 at the Lutheran School of Theology in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. But speakers regularly emphasized that the problem is not isolated to one city, nor is the outlook as bleak as many news headlines suggest.
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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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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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