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The Episcopal Church in eastern Massachusetts invites you to come and see what makes our faith communities meaningful to the people who call them home. 
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African clergy bring churches together for first-ever Confirmation celebration

It was a full house at Grace Church in Everett on June 18 and a historic occasion--the first-ever Confirmation service coordinated by the African Clergy Caucus in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Bishop Alan M. Gates was there to confirm 20 young people from four congregations with African diaspora members:  Christ Church in Hyde Park, St. Stephen's Church in Lynn and St. Peter's Anglican Church at Christ Church in Waltham, in addition to Grace Church, Everett. 
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"The steadiness of showing up": The Rev. Pamela Werntz's 20 years in prison ministry

For almost 20 years, the Rev. Pam Werntz, Rector of Emmanuel Church in Boston, has been spending her Monday nights in prison.  She is the creator of the art and spirituality program at the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay, a volunteer ministry that provides time, space and supplies for incarcerated women to make greeting cards for their family members, or simply to draw and color.  
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'Second chances & greater safety': MA bishops call for criminal justice reform

At its June 19 hearing, the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on a range of proposed criminal justice reform measures focused on sentencing and correctional services.  The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher attended the hearing, and the following statement is based on his prepared testimony, adding the support of the bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates and the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris.
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Food for Kids delivers needed nutrition to Cape Cod children

Four years after they first began delivering brown-bag lunches to local children, volunteers at the Food for Kids program at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans are planning to serve 35,000 meals this summer, reaching kids in all eight towns of lower/outer Cape Cod. Food for Kids helps fill the gaps for the many Cape Cod children who rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program during the school year. Between June 25 and Aug. 25, Food for Kids will deliver daily lunches, breakfasts, snacks and, in one case, dinners to 14 sites on Cape Cod. 
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Calling young leaders: YLA kick-off week is July 23-28

Know a young leader whom the church needs to raise up? For more than 20 years, the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) in the Diocese of Massachusetts has gathered rising 9th and 10th graders for this one-year leadership program to discern how their gifts and abilities can meet the needs and concerns of their community--and then create a plan to take action to meet those needs.
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'Gun violence is not partisan': Bishops unite in prayer following VA shootings

The Episcopal bishops in Massachusetts join the nation in grief over yesterday’s shooting in Virginia as yet another manifestation of the constant, deadly gun violence which confronts us.Our colleague bishops in Virginia and Washington have issued the following letter.  We thank them for the clarity of their statement, commend it to our own people and join our prayers to theirs.
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Silvestre Romero elected bishop coadjutor of Diocese of Guatemala

The Rev. Silvestre Romero, Rector of St. Peter's-San Pedro Church in Salem, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Guatemala during its May 26-27 convention held at the Catedral de Santiago Apóstol in Guatemala City.  Pending the consent process, Romero will succeed the current bishop, the Rt. Rev. Armando Guerra.Photo via FacebookThe Rev. Silvestre Romero
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New transitional deacons ordained

Bishop Gayle E. Harris ordained six transitional deacons on Saturday, June 3 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. 
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New assessment formula in place for 2018

The diocesan Treasurer’s Office distributed 2018 assessment calculations to congregations on June 1 using a new assessment formula adopted by Diocesan Council in April.  The new formula is a response to requests from congregations for assessment relief, voiced during the mission strategy listening process, and its goal is to achieve a 10 percent decrease in total assessment income to the 2018 diocesan budget.
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Bishop's Blog: A farewell full of regret and gratitude

I had not anticipated the level of grief.  The departure of Episcopal Divinity School to New York City was announced in February.  The trustees had declared last summer that the school would cease granting degrees in Cambridge as of May 2017.  The decision to partner with Union Theological Seminary represents a new identity for the school.  UTS is a venerable institution with a history of outstanding scholarship and a commitment to the social gospel similar to that of EDS.  No doubt God will use this partnership in fruitful ways.
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