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MA bishops oppose Trump pick for E.P.A.

The bishops of the Episcopal Church in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a Dec. 12 letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump expressing their dismay at his choice of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.“The Episcopal Church stands strongly for the protection of the environment.  We respect the facts of science.  We support the laws and policies that address the reality of climate change,” the bishops say in their letter.
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Calling all knitters: Beth Israel Deaconess chaplains seek shawls

The Spiritual Care Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is inviting knitters to share their gift and help bring comfort to dying patients and their families.  The Beth Israel comfort shawls initiative is part of the chaplains’ “comfort carts," where chaplains bring a cart of fresh food, tissues, mints and a knitted shawl to patients and families during the dying process. Families can then take the shawl home, as a reminder of their loved one. 
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RIP: The Rev. James L. "Dutch" Nelson

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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New priests to be ordained

The diocesan community’s prayers and presence are requested for these upcoming services of ordination to the priesthood:
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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:
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In the News

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.
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RIP: The Rev. Dr. John H. Thomas

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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Reflections

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!
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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. 
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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.
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