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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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"Imagine Embracing Brave Change": Everyone invited to join the mission strategy conversation

Last fall, the Diocesan Convention adopted a new mission strategy that calls the people and congregations of the Diocese of Massachusetts to embrace brave change by reimagining congregations, building relationships and engaging the world.
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Video: Imagine Embracing Brave Change

In this video, Bishop Alan M. Gates invites everyone to become more familiar with the new diocesan mission strategy and find their own connections to it and to its call to embrace brave change by reimagining our congregations, building our relationships and engaging our world:  How will we share our faith and shape our common life for a future with hope?  How will we work across difference to build each other up in love?  How will we seek justice and peace with neighbors near and far?  Learn more about the new mission strategy and find materials to support local conversations here.
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St. Luke's, Scituate church school works to save the bees

St. Luke’s Church in Scituate is buzzing with new ideas for creation care. The St. Luke's church school has led the way for the church’s many bee-centric initiatives, and the parish has big plans for involving the wider Scituate community in the future, according to Kitty Marrone, St. Luke’s chair of Christian education. 
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"Unholy Trinity" peacemakers "challenged to be more courageous"

“…seek peace, and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14)In pursuit of peace, 14 people from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts traveled to Chicago April 20-22 for a conference entitled "The Unholy Trinity:  Poverty, Racism and Gun Violence."  The three-day event was the second conference convened by Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal Church bishops from across the country who are dedicated to using their power as people of prayer to combat the scourge of gun violence that plagues all of our communities. 
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Cathedral to host May 16 webinar on Episcopal Church's "Becoming Beloved Community" initiative

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston will be a live viewing site for the May 16 webinar at 3 p.m., in which Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and the president of the General Convention's House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, will discuss this new initiative.  All are welcome.
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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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