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Video: Come and see!

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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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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RIP: The Rev. Donald T. Isaac

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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A tale of two houses: An Easter message from Bishop Gates

"There are voices in our world, and perhaps even sometimes within our own frightened hearts, which will tell us that our Easter rejoicing is foolishness; that life really is meaningless; that celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ is folly; that the fellowship and strength received by those who claim a place in the Body of the Risen Christ is nothing but a crutch and an illusion. ...Don’t believe it."  The full text of Bishop Gates's Easter message follows.
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Bishop Gates to lead delegation to "Unholy Trinity" gun violence conference

Bishop Alan M. Gates will lead a delegation of 13 young people and adults representing the Diocese of Massachusetts and its B-PEACE for Jorge antiviolence campaign to Chicago this month for "Unholy Trinity," a churchwide conference exploring the intersection of racism, poverty and gun violence. 
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Bishop's Blog: Holy Tuesday sermon "Troughs and crests"

'Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.' [John 12:24] This, after all, is the core of our week. This is the arc of the Triduum for which we are heading. This is Jesus’s own summary of trough and crest, of falling and rising again, of dying only to live more fully." 
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"Taking care of this gift": EDS student shares a simple step for reducing greenhouse gas

In the race to slow the progression of climate change, many efforts are devoted to reducing carbon emissions: solar and wind power, hybrid and electric vehicles, and energy efficient building practices. But scientists and climate change activists are increasingly focusing on carbon sequestration, a term that encompasses a range of practices that remove the already-present carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  
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RIP: The Rev. Frank D. Baker

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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Reflection: Out of “the bewilderness” and into resurrection

The Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent is the same every year.  Lent begins with Jesus being led (or driven, depending on which Gospel we’re reading) by the Spirit into the wilderness, and with the story of what happens to Jesus there.  This year, I was discussing the readings for the beginning of Lent with a friend and colleague with whom I sometimes collaborate as we prepare our respective sermons.  He said to me, “I love that term you coined.”  I must have looked a little confused because he explained that as I was talking about the Gospel reading, I kept ref
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