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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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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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RIP: The Rev. Harold R. Bronk Jr.

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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EDS affiliates with Union, names Kelly Brown Douglas dean

[Episcopal Divinity School-Union Theological Seminary news release]: Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary announced May 19 that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018. 
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Ascension, Ipswich to celebrate 150 years

[Ascension Memorial Church news release]:  Ascension Memorial Church (31 County Street) in Ipswich will be offering a celebratory Ascension Day service, open to all and led by the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, on Thursday, May 25, at 8 p.m.  Ascension Day 2017 will be a special one for Ascension Memorial Church, as this year marks the church’s 150th anniversary. The service will feature the combined choirs of Ascension, St. John’s, Gloucester and St. Andrew’s, Marblehead.
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Bishop Gates travels to Tanzania to re-connect with mission partners

Bishop Alan M. Gates will travel to the Diocese of Tanga in Tanzania, May 22-June 2, in order to meet Tanga's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Maimbo Mndolwa, and become better acquainted with ministry partnerships and health-care and school projects that the Diocese of Massachusetts and several of its parishes have long been involved with there. 
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