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The Episcopal Church in eastern Massachusetts invites you to come and see what makes our faith communities meaningful to the people who call them home. 
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Metrowest Daily News: Dover church holds 'ashes to go' service

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Dover held an "ashes to go" service early Wednesday morning for people on their way to work or school. See photos from the Metrowest Daily News.
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South Coast Today: On Ash Wednesday, the church goes to the people

St. Martin's Episcopal Church came to the people on Ash Wednesday instead of the people going to the church.  The Rev. Scott A. Ciosek, priest-in-charge of St. Martin's Episcopal Church as well as St. Peter's Episcopal Church, South Dartmouth, was giving ashes to people in the parking lot of the house of worship at County and Rivet streets in the city's South End.  People either parked their vehicles in the lot and walked over to Ciosek or drove their vehicles up to him, rolled down their windows and received the church's blessings as they sat in their vehicles, their car motors still running. "This is a beautiful way for us to get out to where the people are," said Ciosek. "It's a great way to meet people. That's our intention — to meet people and let them know they are loved by God."
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Why we need these ashes: An excerpt from Bishop Gayle Harris's Ash Wednesday sermon

...We need Ash Wednesday, the mark of ashes, to remember we are mortal, temporary travellers on the planet, and that we are given stewardship to care for God's creation and each other.We need these ashes.  Our civic discourse is full of appeals to the lowest and most base in us, victimizing victims so that those who think they should be entitled can again feel that they are above others, "true" Americans.  We need Ash Wednesday, the mark of ashes, to remind us that we are to be humble, just as God in Jesus humbled himself to lift us, and so we are to lift others.
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Bishops to convene clergy, lay leaders for "Immigration and The Church 101"

The current discussion of U.S. policy on immigration raises issues of justice and values in the church and society.  In response, Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris are convening a special event for education and strategizing about the church's response and responsibility in ministry with immigrants. 
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Episcopal Divinity School votes to pursue affiliation with Union Theological Seminary

[Episcopal Divinity School news release]:  The Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) today [Feb. 24] voted to pursue an affiliation with Union Theological Seminary that would create an EDS entity to provide Episcopal theological education and other programs at Union’s campus in New York.The Board of Trustees of Union Theological Seminary has voted enthusiastically to support Union’s leadership in bringing negotiations with EDS to a successful conclusion.
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Wicked Local Stoughton: Church sign dedicated in memory of maintenance man

Trinity Episcopal Church in Stoughton recently erected a new sign in memory of Lawrence Corbett, a retired town carpenter who kept the church well maintained for many years.
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Falmouth Enterprise: Enjoy a hot meal on a cold day with Around the Table

A standing lunch date holds for any resident who needs it Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the parish hall at St. Barnabas's Episcopal Church in Falmouth.  Around the Table provides regular, free hot meals to the community. The all-volunteer-run effort is going into its 33rd year.  “We’re here for anybody who needs a meal,” said Lesley L. Sullivan, who serves as treasurer for Around the Table. “Even if we are here for one person, it’s worth it because that’s one person who wouldn’t have a meal."
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New England paddlers & pilgrims invited to join CT River journey

New England Episcopalians are invited on a spiritual journey of renewal, restoration and reconciliation this summer, shaped in the Christian tradition around a series of activities being planned along the Connecticut River, from its source to the sea.The seven Episcopal dioceses of New England, the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the nonprofit Kairos Earth, along with other regional partners, are organizing a 40-day river "pilgrimage" along the length of the Connecticut River, May 31-July 9.
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Churches mobilize to protect immigrants in Massachusetts

As nationwide uncertainty continues for immigrant communities, several parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts are mobilizing to put in place networks to protect their neighbors, regardless of immigration status. Those taking action have a twofold mission: one, to build a network of sanctuary churches and sanctuary-supporter churches that can be deployed quickly if the federal government takes new steps targeting undocumented immigrants, and two, to take political action that may prevent the sanctuaries from ever being needed. 
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Delayed opening of diocesan & cathedral offices Feb. 13

Due to the latest snowstorm, the diocesan and cathedral offices at 138 Tremont Street in Boston will open late on Monday, Feb. 13.  Estimated opening time is 10 a.m., with some staff members working from home.The MANNA Monday Lunch program will take place as usual.
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