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Bishop's Address to Diocesan Convention

Following is the text of the address given by Bishop Alan M. Gates on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the 231st annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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Cape Cod Times: Cape and Islands churches embrace weary, worried voters

As one of the most divisive and controversial presidential elections in American history comes to a close, many Cape and Islands churches hope to provide spiritual support for voters and an opportunity to offer prayers for the nation.  The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has called for a vigil period of intense prayer from noon Sunday though noon on Election Day. Many Episcopal congregations on the Cape and Islands are heeding the call.
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Belmont Patch: All Saints Church seeks to provide moment of peace on election day

In an effort to quell the anxiety of the presidential election, All Saints Episcopal Church in Belmont is holding an Election Prayer Vigil on Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All Saints the Rev. Cheryl Minor said the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts asked all parishes to hold a similar event around Election Day, so people can have a space to hold prayer for the election, regardless of the vote they cast.Click the link above to read more. 
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South Coast Today: Dartmouth church will open as sanctuary of peace and solace on election day

In an effort to help subdue the anxiety and stress of the 2016 Presidential Election, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 351 Elm St., Dartmouth, will open its’ doors to the entire community as a non-denominational, non-partisan, place of peace and solace on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., anyone can stop by to sit and be silent in a quiet, peaceful place and/or to offer prayers for the nation. Those who do not regularly attend church are also welcome to attend.Click the link above to read more. 
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Video: An invitation to prayer from Bishop Gates

"We the Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts call for a vigil period of intense prayer from noon on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 6 through noon on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.  The particulars of such prayer in our congregations will vary according to local parish traditions and planning.  For some it may be as simple as concluding the Sunday prayers with an extended Litany for the Nation, or holding a special form of Morning Prayer on Nov. 8.  Others may wish to hold extended vigils, with prayer in shifts offering continuous intercession." 
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Live Webcast of Nov. 4-5 Diocesan Convention

Welcome to the live Webcast of our 231st annual Diocesan Convention, taking place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield.
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Photos: Pre-Election Walk and Talk with MA bishops and youth

With the approaching culmination of an election year that many have found to be especially vitriolic and divisive nationally, the bishops of the two Episcopal dioceses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts came together as neighbors on Saturday, Oct. 22 to walk a route that stretches through both dioceses and to talk with and listen to young people about their concerns and hopes for the world we live in.  A hardy group of Episcopalians joined Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Douglas J.
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RIP: The Rev. Kendrick H. Child

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:Oct. 24, 2016Dear Friends and Colleagues,We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. Kendrick H. Child on Oct. 14, 2016. Kendrick served at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, St. Paul’s Church in Malden and at the former Church of St. Augustine in Lawrence.
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Danvers Patch: Danvers church looks to provide moment of peace amid election stress

In an effort to quell the anxiety of the presidential election, All Saints' Episcopal Church of the North Shore is holding an Election Prayer Vigil on Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  All Saints' Rev. Marya DeCarlen said the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts asked all parishes to hold a similar event around Election Day, so people can have a space to hold prayer for the election, regardless of the vote they cast.
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Diocesan Convention to consider "brave change" in new mission strategy

This year’s Diocesan Convention is being called to embrace brave change as it considers a proposed new mission strategy for the Episcopal Church in eastern Massachusetts.Clergy and delegates representing the congregations of the diocese will gather for the annual event Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield. In addition to its mission strategy deliberations, the convention will consider resolutions on civil discourse, peacemaking and affordable housing, vote on a proposed $9.2-million budget for 2017 and elect deputies to the Episcopal Church's 2018 General Convention.
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