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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.
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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.
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"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.
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Grace Chapel celebrates six years of ministry in Brockton

Grace Chapel in Brockton will celebrate its sixth anniversary as a ministry in the Diocese of Massachusetts on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church (900 Main Street) in Brockton.  Bishop Alan M. Gates will be the celebrant.
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"Now is a time...": A post-election message from Bishop Gates

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, issued on Nov. 9, 2016, the following message to the diocesan community:
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Video: Massachusetts Council of Churches greeting to Diocesan Convention 2016

Anthony Barsamian and the Rev. Daryl Lobban brought greetings from the Massachusetts Council of Churches to the 2016 Diocesan Convention. Barsamian is president of the MCC's board, and Labban is the director of external relationships. 
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Medford Transcript: The Rev. Noah Evans on trip to protest Dakota Access Pipeline

"Last week, the Rev. John Floberg, the Episcopal priest serving on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock reservation, issued a call to clergy across the country to join with him for an action against the proposed Dakota pipeline, which crosses sacred Lakota lands and threatens the water of the Standing Rock reservation. He had hoped for 100, and more than 500 came. I was joined by more than 25 clergy from Massachusetts, with 15 from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The action was prayerful, peaceful, nonviolent." 
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Boston Globe: Mass. clergy join pipeline protest in North Dakota

Some two dozen Massachusetts pastors joined more than 500 clergy from around the country Thursday and Friday to protest the construction of an oil pipeline that could endanger the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.The Rev. Noah H. Evans, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, said in a phone interview from the protest site Thursday that he knew he needed to respond when Standing Rock’s Episcopal priest last week issued an urgent call for help from colleagues across the country after violence marred the mostly peaceful protest on the prairie.“There are moments in a life of faith where we have to stand with a larger community in solidarity with people who are being marginalized,” Evans said, “and this is one of those moments.”
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South Coast Today: On election eve, New Bedford's Grace Church prays for healing and unity

On the eve of the presidential election, parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church say they believe the United States has lost its way because of its lack of civility in the campaign.About two dozen parishioners met in silent prayer for about an hour Monday night in the historic church at the corner of School and County streets, hoping for healing, reconciliation and acceptance regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected president.
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Boston Globe: As divisive campaign ends, churches offer vigils, prayer for healing

BROOKLINE — They sat in silence in the old stone church, deep in thought, the turbulence and traffic of the world outside reduced to shadows and light at play on the walls.They prayed for the nation. They murmured a beloved psalm: I lift up my eyes to the hills/From where is my help to come? And they listened to a French Jesuit priest’s poem that ends this way: “Accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”The service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was part of an extraordinary 48-hour election prayer vigil called by Episcopal bishops in an effort to kindle a spirit of reconciliation at the end of an election year marked by fear and division. From noon Sunday to noon Tuesday, churches across the state decided to open their doors for parts of the days for prayer services, interfaith gatherings, and moments of quiet meditation.
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