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New acting chaplain appointed at BU

Bishop Alan M. Gates has appointed the Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman to serve as the acting Episcopal chaplain at Boston University.She succeeds the Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, who has been the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University (BU) since the fall of 2011.  Partridge has accepted a new call to become the rector of St. Aidan's Church in San Francisco, beginning in November.“We bid farewell to Cameron Partridge with deep affection and gratitude for his service not only to the BU community, but to the whole diocese,” Gates said.  “Karen Coleman will bring to her ministry at BU a passion for building bridges between academia, the church and the world.”  
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RIP: The Rev. Brian J. P. Murdoch

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:Oct. 18, 2016Dear Friends and Colleagues,We are saddened to inform you of the death of The Rev. Brian J. P. Murdoch on Oct. 16, 2016, in Vineyard Haven.
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Wicked Local: Silent vigil at All Saints of the North Shore for victims and survivors of domestic violence

Click above to view the photo gallery of images from the domestic violence vigil at All Saints of the North Shore in Danvers. 
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South Coast Today: Steeple hoisted into place atop Grace Church

Construction crews succeeded on Oct. 7 in hoisting the new Grace Church steeple framework into place at the top of the church’s bell tower.  They had managed to install metal braces connecting the top and bottom halves of the Douglas fir framework, which had proven troublesome the day before. A year in storage had evidently put some connecting bolt holes out of line but that was overcome mid-morning.  The project enjoyed perfect weather for the second day. Even the wind cooperated by staying light.  Bill Reed, former senior warden of the parish, said that construction crews have remarked that “this is the windiest job they’ve ever worked,” he said. “That’s what you get when you live on the ocean.”
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Wicked Local Saugus: St. John's service in Saugus aimed toward autistic kids

Loud music and bright colors can make church an uncomfortable place for autistic children—a reality that led St. John’s Church to offer a sensory-friendly service tailored for kids on the autism spectrum and their families.  Geared toward kids three years old and up, the program aims to create a worship experience that is welcoming to children on the autism spectrum.  As the father of a three-year-old son named Zack who is autistic, the Rev. Kevin Olds of St. John’s has a deep understanding of how important it is to increase awareness of autism.
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Pray with us: Election vigil Nov. 6-8

 A message from our bishops:  As our nation approaches its Election Day on Nov. 8, we have a deep yearning for the Holy Spirit to be present in our national life.  Individually, we express this yearning in a variety of ways according to personal conscience.  Collectively, we are called to express this yearning through prayer.
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Statement regarding re-interments from former Church of the Holy Spirit, Wayland

Last year, the Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland voted to close.  In April 2015, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and the diocesan Standing Committee (the elected governing body that oversees aspects of church closings and property sales) consented to the congregation's request to close and assumed responsibility for the property.In June of 2015, the Standing Commitee approved the marketing of the property.  It was sold in January of this year to a local congregation of the Coptic Orthodox Church.  Diocesan leadership were pleased to effect a sale that would continue the property's use for Christian worship.  A stipulation of the sales agreement was that the cremated remains interred on the church property be relocated.  This stipulation is not negotiable, and diocesan personnel have been working diligently to meet this requirement along with the needs of the families involved.
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Cathedral dean announces retirement

The Very Rev. John P. (Jep) Streit Jr., the dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston since 1995, announced on Sept. 25 his plan to retire in February 2017.
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Boston Episcopal Chinese ministry celebrates 35 years

The Boston Episcopal Chinese Ministry based at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul is marking its 35th year with a special anniversary celebration on Sunday, Oct. 9.  The Rev. Canon Connie Ng Lam, Canon Missioner for Asiamerican Ministries, invites the prayers and presence of everyone in the diocesan community for an occasion that is about honoring past, present and future.
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Episcopal bishops issue ‘A Word to the Church for the World’

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church has issued "A Word to the Church for the World" lamenting "the stark joylessness that marks our present time" and decries "angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines." 
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