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"Now is a time...": A post-election message from Bishop Gates
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, issued on Nov. 9, 2016, the following message to the diocesan community:
Video: Massachusetts Council of Churches greeting to Diocesan Convention 2016
Anthony Barsamian and the Rev. Daryl Lobban brought greetings from the Massachusetts Council of Churches to the 2016 Diocesan Convention. Barsamian is president of the MCC's board, and Labban is the director of external relationships.
Medford Transcript: The Rev. Noah Evans on trip to protest Dakota Access Pipeline
"Last week, the Rev. John Floberg, the Episcopal priest serving on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock reservation, issued a call to clergy across the country to join with him for an action against the proposed Dakota pipeline, which crosses sacred Lakota lands and threatens the water of the Standing Rock reservation. He had hoped for 100, and more than 500 came. I was joined by more than 25 clergy from Massachusetts, with 15 from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The action was prayerful, peaceful, nonviolent."
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Boston Globe: Mass. clergy join pipeline protest in North Dakota
Some two dozen Massachusetts pastors joined more than 500 clergy from around the country Thursday and Friday to protest the construction of an oil pipeline that could endanger the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.The Rev. Noah H. Evans, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, said in a phone interview from the protest site Thursday that he knew he needed to respond when Standing Rock’s Episcopal priest last week issued an urgent call for help from colleagues across the country after violence marred the mostly peaceful protest on the prairie.“There are moments in a life of faith where we have to stand with a larger community in solidarity with people who are being marginalized,” Evans said, “and this is one of those moments.”
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South Coast Today: On election eve, New Bedford's Grace Church prays for healing and unity
On the eve of the presidential election, parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church say they believe the United States has lost its way because of its lack of civility in the campaign.About two dozen parishioners met in silent prayer for about an hour Monday night in the historic church at the corner of School and County streets, hoping for healing, reconciliation and acceptance regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected president.
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Boston Globe: As divisive campaign ends, churches offer vigils, prayer for healing
BROOKLINE — They sat in silence in the old stone church, deep in thought, the turbulence and traffic of the world outside reduced to shadows and light at play on the walls.They prayed for the nation. They murmured a beloved psalm: I lift up my eyes to the hills/From where is my help to come? And they listened to a French Jesuit priest’s poem that ends this way: “Accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”The service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was part of an extraordinary 48-hour election prayer vigil called by Episcopal bishops in an effort to kindle a spirit of reconciliation at the end of an election year marked by fear and division. From noon Sunday to noon Tuesday, churches across the state decided to open their doors for parts of the days for prayer services, interfaith gatherings, and moments of quiet meditation.
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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.