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Boston Globe: Clergy want Baker to forcefully oppose Trump refugee edict
In a morning gathering at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, scores of interfaith clergy and religious activists on Tuesday called on Governor Charlie Baker to strongly oppose President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees and pressed the state’s top elected official to make Massachusetts a “sanctuary state.” “We are standing up and proclaiming that we will stand with our Muslim neighbors, and we will stand with undocumented immigrants,” the Rev. Dorothella Littlepage, an Episcopal priest who serves a collaboration of churches in Roxbury and Dorchester, said.The clergy urged Baker to support the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act, a pending proposal that would prohibit state and local police from participating in immigration enforcement, provide due process rights for those detained for civil immigration violations, and prohibit any “Muslim registry” or similar federal effort from accessing state databases.
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Taunton Gazette: National Day of Remembrance brings together those who have been hurt by opioid epidemic
People of different ethnicities, incomes, ages and beliefs poured into the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bridgewater Sunday night, Jan. 29. Although these people come from many different backgrounds they were all gathered for the same somber reason: Each person there had been affected in some way by the ongoing opioid epidemic. "Addiction does not discriminate," said Tara Lane, whose older brother Jeffrey Lane, of Brockton, lost his battle with addiction in 2016. "The people that struggle with addiction are people just like you and I." Jan. 29 was the National Day of Remembrance, which honors, helps and brings together community members and families that have lost loved ones to drug addiction. "We want this to be a lasting image of hope," said the Rev. Natasha Stewart. "There is still light even in darkness."
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"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.
South Coast Today: Dartmouth gathering honors loved ones lost to addiction
St. Peter's Episcopal Church held a service on Jan. 29 to remember and honor lives of loved ones lost to alcoholism and drug overdoses. "It's so great to see so many of you here today and coming together as a community," said Rev. Scott Ciosek as he began his sermon. In October, the church at 351 Elm Street held a service for anyone struggling with addiction which brought about 40 people together, Ciosek said, but Sunday's service was held on the Addiction Policy Forum's National Day of Remembrance and focused on healing and the grieving process.
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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.
Milton Access TV: "Milton Reflecting" on racism and diversity
The Rev. Hall Kirkham of St. Michael's Church in Milton joins "Milton Reflecting" show host Ron Bell to talk about work with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and Milton Reflecting Group on issues of racism and diversity. Kirkham and some members of St. Michael’s have been involved this year in conversations on race within the Town of Milton through multifaith and multicultural groups that they hope can prove to be transformative.
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Lowell Sun: A little church with a big heart in Shirley
Trinity Chapel, a small, friendly Episcopal congregation in the historic village of Shirley Center, was founded in 1902, and many years later the congregation is still going strong with its worship and community service. Four years ago, two couples from the congregation got together for dinner and began talking about the church and how they could become more visible in the community. "They came up with the idea of hosting community forums which would cover topics of interest and they would find speakers to come and talk about those topics," the Rev. Marsha Hoecker said. "I believe the first forum was on bullying in the schools, with other towns like Leominster and Ayer joining us." The community forums are held once a month, excluding December and the summer months.
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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.