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Investment Policy Statement

This investment policy statement presents guidance for the financial management of the investment funds of the Diocese of Massachusetts in a way that upholds the values, beliefs and mission of the diocese.  Stewardship of financial resources calls for balance, thoughtful deliberation and choices between competing alternative paths for carrying out the mission work of financial management. This document is intended to ensure that the ensuing process and outcome will faithfully serve the people and the congregations of the diocese and the wider world.

Grants and Loans Programs

A document summarizing diocesan grants and loan programs.  Please visit the Grants & Loans section for information about individual programs.

Epiphany Papers

This year’s Epiphany Papers, Recognizing God’s Story, explore how to look for and identify God’s work today in our lives, churches and communities. The materials can be used by individuals or groups during the season of Epiphany to complement preparation for implementing the new diocesan mission strategy as well as preparation for the annual diocesan Spring Learning Event on Saturday, March 4.

Digital Communication and Social Media Guidelines

This document provides guidance to clergy and congregational leadership in their use of digital/electronic technology and social media.

Book Study

Book Study 2013:  The Rich and the Rest of Us

This study guide has been prepared to help congregations undertake a diocesanwide reading and study project in Lent, or at any time during the year, focused on the book The Rich and the Rest of Us by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. 

Deacons

The deacon’s service is a sign or sacrament of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve.  The diaconate is one of three distinct orders of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church—there are deacons, priests and bishops—and an individual becomes a deacon by being ordained by a bishop after completing a course of study and formation. 

Clergy Continuing Education

The Clergy Continuing Education Fund provides grants to active canonically resident priests and deacons in good standing to assist them in meeting the costs of continuing education that is supportive of their skills for ministries with the congregations, diocesan-affiliated institutions and mission work of the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Guide to Acquisition, Sale & Encumbrance of Church Real Estate

This guide provides guidance, instructions and checklists related to the process for obtaining diocesan approval from the bishop and Standing Committee for transactions involving church real estate, such as purchases and sales of rectories and consecrated grounds, significant leases and loans secured by a lien on church property.

Congregational Consultants

The Congregational Consultants are a group of knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated lay and ordained individuals from congregations throughout the diocese who serve other congregations. 

The Congregational Consultants assist congregations in a variety of ways, including as facilitators at vestry retreats, in mutual ministry reviews, strategic planning and conflict management or as consultants on business, property and compliance issues. 

Chaplains to Retired Clergy

The chaplains to the retired clergy of the diocese provide an ongoing ministry of support and connection, in conjunction with Bishop Suffragan Gayle E. Harris.  The chaplains to the retired clergy are priests of the diocese and host spring and fall gatherings of retirees, spouses and surviving spouses; publish summer and winter editions of a newsletter, "Now What?"; and aid in communication about life issues among the community of the retired--canonically and physically resident--in the diocese.