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Diocesan Convention nominations, resolutions due Sept. 9

Those planning to run for election to a diocesan position or submitting a resolution to Diocesan Convention have until Sept. 9 to do so.All nominations, resolutions, proposed constitutional and canonical amendments and committee reports are due in the diocesan Office of Convention and Council by Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.
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St. Stephen's Youth Programs grow connections with parents, neighbors and local leaders

Although St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) began at St. Stephen’s Church in the South End of Boston 17 years ago, its programs, including B-SAFE and B-PEACE, have rarely stayed within the four walls of a church.
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Kids in Community offers radical hospitality in Lynn

It's a July Monday, the first day of this year's Kids in Community summer day camp program at St. Stephen's Church in Lynn, and things are already in high gear.  Some of the kids are doing indoor activities, some have overtaken the nearby Lynn Common for a boisterous game of Red Rover and another 30 or so, each wielding a pair of drumsticks, are putting down beats on chairs and buckets, as their teacher, Brandon, a Berklee School of Music graduate, leads them through a Simon Says-style lesson.  It's noisy, and it's awesome.
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Mission strategy draft now available for diocesan community's review

The diocesan mission strategy drafting team has released its draft and now invites the diocesan community’s response—in person, online or by phone—between Aug. 9 and Aug. 22.  The draft mission strategy is posted at www.diomass.org/new-mission-strategy.
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Boston Globe: After shooting death, program offers safety, hope and a future

For six summer weeks, 160 teenagers and 550 younger kids convene at six locations to eat breakfast and then get to work. And to have fun. Language arts, math and science, lots of reading and technology, and the arts. Then they’re off to the museum, the park, or the aquarium.It’s called B-SAFE: Bishop’s Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment Program.“We want young people to feel big,’’ Liz Steinhauser said. “And we want kids to try lots of different things. We want them to be safe. We want kids to feel connected.’’ Read more by clicking the link above. 
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Westford CAT: St. Mark's Bonus Bucks contribution helps families buy fresh food

"Sustainable Westford" on Westford Community Access TV highlights the SNAP Bonus Bucks program, to which St. Mark's Church is a contributor.  Bonus Bucks supplements SNAP federal food benefits so that families receiving them can shop at the Westford Farmers Market.  Hunger is not restricted to places of deep poverty, the Rev. Suzanne Wade of St. Mark's points out, and everyone wants access to fresh, healthy food, she says.
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MA bishops support AG's assault weapons ban enforcement

The Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have issued a joint statement of support for Attorney General Maura Healey.  In her op-ed published in the Boston Globe, Healey expresses the importance of state law in the effort to end the bloodshed:  “In the face of utter inaction by Congress, states have a duty to enact and enforce laws that protect people from gun violence.  If Washington won’t use its power to get these guns off our streets, we will.  Not only do we have the legal authority to do so, we have a moral obligation to do so.”  Healey’s efforts to enforce existing legislation on the sale of assault weapons brought mixed reaction this week.
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Our new mission strategy: A letter from Bishop Gates

Following is a letter issued July 27 to the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts from Bishop Alan M. Gates regarding the diocese's new mission strategy, a draft of which will be available in early August for review.  The diocesan community is invited to respond to the draft at forums scheduled around the diocese or via phone and online surveys.  The forum schedule, survey links and more information about the mission strategy process are available here.
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Brockton Enterprise: Hanover church helps women from Rosie's Place

Among the Brockton Enterprise's "Three Good Things that Happened Locally" feature is St. Andrew's Church in Hanover and the annual day out it hosts for women from Rosie's Place shelter in Boston. There’s some time at Humarock Beach in Scituate, lunch at the church and an invitation to browse racks of donated clothing and tables of shoes and handbags. It is the only such excursion that Rosie’s Place takes part in and a spokeswoman for the shelter said St. Andrew’s is “among our most enduring connections.”
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Episcopal Divinity School to stop granting degrees in June 2017

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote, according to an EDS news release. No faculty or staff members will be laid off during the upcoming academic year, and all students, including EDS’s final incoming class, which arrives on campus next month, will be “taught out.”  The Very Rev. Francis Fornaro, interim dean and president of EDS, announced after the vote that he would resign in mid-November.
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