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Vineyard Gazette: Vineyard churches help weave safety net of food and shelter

With little fanfare, Martha’s Vineyard clergy and congregations are working daily to feed and shelter vulnerable members of the island’s year-round community. A decades-long winter tradition of nightly community suppers in parish halls resumed this week, and for the second year in a row there is a church-based shelter open every night through March.  “We’re here to take care of people,” said the Rev. Vincent (Chip) Seadale of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown, which opens its parish house to the homeless four nights a week as part of a network called Houses of Grace Island Winter Shelter. Before 2016, the closest shelter was in Hyannis.
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Wicked Local Billerica: Interfaith panel meets for discourse on intolerance

A rabbi, a Muslim imam, an Episcopal priest and a Mormon bishop have dinner together.  No, this is not the beginning of a stand-up comic's joke.  It really happened, on Jan. 8, at the Islamic Center of Burlington.  The four clergy, including the Rev. Christopher Wendell of St. Paul's Church in Bedford, participated in a panel discussion on intolerance and how to combat it, and dined together with members of their congregations.  They listened, learned, talked and agreed more interfaith efforts will be planned.
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RIP: The Rev. John M. Balcom

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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RIP: The Rev. Richard H. Downes

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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Gossling appointed acting dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Bishop Alan M. Gates, with the approval of the Cathedral Chapter, has appointed the Rev. Nancy E. Gossling as the full-time acting dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, effective Feb. 26.  She will serve alongside the current clergy staff as a half-time associate for six weeks prior to her official start date.
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'Santos peregrinos' find room at the inn in Chelsea

The procession departed into the wintry night from St. Luke's-San Lucas Church and made its way uphill through snowy, slushy Chelsea streets, searching for shelter with the Holy Family leading the way--Joseph, Mary and the soon-to-be-born Christ child, carried on a handled platform decorated with Christmas flowers and fruit.
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St. John's, Beverly Farms mobilizes to help Syrian refugees

It has been one year since Episcopalians at St. John’s Church in Beverly Farms formed the Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore and began collecting warm clothing and supplies for Syrians living in refugee camps.
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MA bishops oppose Trump pick for E.P.A.

The bishops of the Episcopal Church in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a Dec. 12 letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump expressing their dismay at his choice of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.“The Episcopal Church stands strongly for the protection of the environment.  We respect the facts of science.  We support the laws and policies that address the reality of climate change,” the bishops say in their letter.
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Calling all knitters: Beth Israel Deaconess chaplains seek shawls

The Spiritual Care Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is inviting knitters to share their gift and help bring comfort to dying patients and their families.  The Beth Israel comfort shawls initiative is part of the chaplains’ “comfort carts," where chaplains bring a cart of fresh food, tissues, mints and a knitted shawl to patients and families during the dying process. Families can then take the shawl home, as a reminder of their loved one. 
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RIP: The Rev. James L. "Dutch" Nelson

The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:
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