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Episcopal Church News
- Anglicans in South India recommit to gender equality in society
- Episcopal bishops issue statement in response to Trump’s executive order on climate change
- Gretchen M. Rehberg consecrated ninth bishop of Spokane
- Church disciplinary hearing due to begin for Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno
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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.
Keeping a holy 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.
Boston Herald: In immigration storm, a refuge at Dorchester church
If all priests were blessed with the Rev. Edwin D. Johnson’s smile, churches wouldn’t need lights.Incandescent is the only word to describe what happens when the 34-year-old pastor of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester speaks about putting his faith and his church on the front lines of a Trumpian universe.Earlier this week, St. Mary’s proudly declared itself to be a sanctuary church. That means the 170-year-old house of worship overlooking Uphams Corner will offer refuge to any undocumented or refugee family seeking shelter.
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Newburyport Daily News: Local religious leaders address immigration ban
Proudly displaying an “Immigrants and Refugees Welcome” banner in front of her Newburyport church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church rector the Rev. Martha Hubbard admitted she has sensed a lot of uncertainty and even fear within the community regarding the Trump administration and its policies.“As people of faith, we are always trying to cast out fear and focus on how we can join hands and do things together and not let fear create division,” she said. “Those of us who work for economic and political justice around the world feel a little overwhelmed.”
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Boston Herald: Faith leaders unite against crackdown
Boston-area Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders say they are joining forces to combat President Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary cities. “We will stand with our Muslim neighbors. We will stand with our undocumented neighbors,” said the Rev. Dorothella Little-page, who serves Episcopal congregations in Roxbury and Dorchester. The Rev. Edwin Johnson of St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester said he’s prepared to open his doors to offer safe housing to anyone affected by the president’s executive orders on immigration. He calls his church a “sanctuary congregation.”“That’s what we’re called to by our faith, and we’re working to be prepared physically and otherwise,” he said, speaking with Littlepage and others yesterday at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.
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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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