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- Appeals court remands Episcopal Church in South Carolina federal lawsuit
- Priest in America’s ‘murder capital’ brings public-health approach to gun violence prevention
- Archbishop of Canterbury kicks off African tour
- London churches plant trees to make neighborhoods more ‘bee friendly’
- National Cathedral continues to debate the Lee, Jackson windows
Diocese and Parish News
New priests to be ordained
The diocesan community’s prayers and presence are requested for these upcoming services of ordination to the priesthood:
Mission Strategy Implementation Organizing Team named
The Mission Strategy Implementation Organizing Team appointed by Diocesan Council and Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris has been announced:
Patriot Ledger: Feeding hundreds of hungry South Shore residents on Thanksgiving
By about 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Dennis Bates had already been in the kitchen at Christ Church Episcopal in Quincy for 6 1/2 hours. Clad in an assortment of Patriots apparel, the 68-year-old calls the shots in the kitchen, dispatching his volunteer troops armed with ladles of turkey, squash and mashed potatoes piping hot for the hungry masses who’ve come to get a Thanksgiving meal courtesy of Father Bill’s Place in Quincy. For more than 25 years, Father Bill’s Place and Christ Church have teamed up to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need around the South Shore.
In the News
RIP: The Rev. Dr. John H. Thomas
The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
Advent agents of reflected light: A message from Bishop Gates
Advent is often understood as a time of waiting expectantly. Our scriptures focus on Mary in her faithful pondering and Zechariah in his mute vigil. Yet Advent is a time not only of waiting, but also of preparing. Indeed, visions which describe the world which God intends – lion and lamb in reconciled harmony, sword beaten into plowshare – these are visions not only of that for which we wait, but that for which we must work. Alongside texts recalling the quiet expectation of Zechariah and Mary, we read texts recalling the urgent cry of Isaiah and John the Baptist: Prepare!
Diocesan Convention “embraces brave change,” adopts new mission strategy
This year’s Diocesan Convention set the Episcopal Church in eastern Massachusetts on a path toward “embracing brave change” by adopting a new mission strategy that calls for reimagining congregations, building relationships and engaging the world.“Strategizing to recreate the church of the past will not reveal to us how to be the church of Jesus Christ today and tomorrow,” Bishop Alan M. Gates said in his address to the convention. He urged “metanoia”—a change of mind that allows for letting go of past perceptions and of fear.
MA Episcopalians stand with Standing Rock against pipeline
Fifteen clergy and lay people from the Diocese of Massachusetts traveled to North Dakota in the first week of November to join the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, environmental activists and people from a variety of faith traditions who oppose completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline because of potential water contamination risks and destruction of sacred cultural sites.
MA Episcopalians assert "We are the earth" at public prayer service
A group of Christians from across Massachusetts gathered on a hillside at the Heifer Farm in Rutland on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13 to reaffirm their dedication to restoring God’s creation.
Turning to prayer and action after the presidential election
Churches across this diocese answered the Massachusetts bishops' call to open their doors leading up to Election Day, with at least 70 congregations offering prayers for the nation and election, hosting vigils and special services and offering space for silent prayer between Nov. 6 and 8. Today, with many communities feeling shocked and concerned about the outcome of the election, many local clergy have a message: their churches' doors are still open.
"Put upon us the armor of light": Resources for Advent
Advent, beginning this year on Nov. 27, is the four-week season of anticipation and preparation for Christ’s birth, a time when the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer petitions that God “give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light.” Here are resources for giving and getting ready in this holy season.