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This pastoral message, with updated pandemic guidance, was issued by the bishops of the dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts on Nov. 19, 2020.

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What follows is the prepared text of the address given by Bishop Alan M. Gates at the 235th annual Diocesan Convention on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. I Last week on my way to the Cathedral I walked through Downtown Crossing. There I spied a crane lifting a large, star-topped Christmas tree onto…
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Resources for political conversation:  Equip yourself for more constructive political conversations using "Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse" provided by the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. Help bridge partisan divides,…
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As cooler weather arrives and outdoor gatherings become less feasible, we are hearing a desire for conversation and further guidance about gathering in our churches as the pandemic continues. 

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Signaling that the work of the church continues despite pandemic, this year’s annual Diocesan Convention moves online and, disrupted but undeterred, will seek to respond to momentous issues of these times.

Racial justice and the climate crisis are the focus of resolutions to come before the Diocesan Convention at its virtual gathering next month—under the theme of “Embracing Brave Change” drawn from the multiyear diocesan mission strategy and particularly resonant in this unusual year.

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When many hear the word “discernment”--particularly in Christian contexts--they think of the process of exploring ordained ministry within the church, but a recent lay discernment event for young adults highlighted the importance of this spiritual practice for all, especially young people wrestling…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:

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As colleges and universities begin this unique school year in the face of unprecedented and changing challenges, campus ministers in the diocese are learning how to safely minister to their communities and anticipating special needs that both students and staff will have as they begin a new school…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:

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Sept. 3, 2020 Additional COVID-19 Resources  (Please direct questions to Canon Parnell at bparnell@diomass.org or 617-482-5800, ext. 205.) Many of our clergy and lay leaders have requested additional guidance about risk factors related to the transmission of COVID-19, especially with…