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Photos: Diocesan Convention 2016
Video: Bishop Gates's Address to the 2016 Diocesan Convention
From Bishop Gates's address to convention: "To seek that gentle victory over fear and despair that Christians have always sought. To claim salvation in sharing the reconciling ministry of Jesus Christ. Now there's a vision statement: a vision for our national decisions; a vision for our diocesan mission strategies in the next decade; a vision for our calling as Christians unto the Day of the Lord." Watch the full address above.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Presidential hopefuls challenge religious faithful to walk a fine line
Bishops from both the Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Episcopal dioceses two weeks ago lead followers on a rainy seven-mile pre-election walk from Northboro to Southboro. It was billed as an opportunity for adults to get the youth perspective."The grasp of the issues by our young people was really impressive," said Bishop Douglas J. Fisher who heads the Western Mass diocese which includes most of Central Massachusetts. "It struck me that this election is shaping their future and the consequences of our decisions will be with us for a big part of their lives. We all agreed that our faith informs all that we do, including how we vote."Bishop Alan Gates of the Massachusetts diocese said one of the takeaways for the young people was the sense that differing opinions on the issues might constitute a Christian response, but indifference does not. "Voting and advocating for your faith-based convictions are acts of Christian stewardship and ways of loving your neighbor as yourself," he said.
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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.
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."
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.
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.