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Six congregations are answering the diocesan mission strategy's call for "embracing brave change" by stepping forward to launch the "Massachusetts Indaba 2019" initiative this month.

Teams of four people from each of the congregations gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 12 to sing and pray together, get some orientation and begin planning their Indaba experience.

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In April 2016, a 20-year-old parishioner of Trinity Church in Bridgewater, Emmett Scannell, died due to a heroin overdose. Such tragedies have become a national epidemic and are becoming more and more common here in Massachusetts.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Massachusetts is…
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The diocese's Congregational Consultants are this year marking 15 years of service to congregations, during which they've offered countless hours of guidance on everything from annual budgeting and audits, property matters and financial planning, to leading vestry retreats, conflict mediation and…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice: Jan. 14, 2019 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. James McAlpine in York, Maine, on Jan. 6, 2019.  Jim was the rector at Grace Church in Newton, Mass., from 1984 until his retirement in…
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Courtesy Photo Chelsea Smith Chelsea Smith has been hired as assistant for governance and administration and will begin in her new position on the diocesan staff on Jan. 7.     She succeeds Laura Simons, who…
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Anna Page is in her second year of postulancy for ordination in the Diocese of Massachusetts and her second year of seminary at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. Unlike most of her peers, however, Page is also a commissioned officer in the United States Army, serving in the Reserves while going…
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The diocesan community's prayers and presence are invited for these upcoming services of ordination to the priesthood: • The Rev. Gregory Johnston on Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m., at St. Anne's-in-the-Fields Church (147 Concord Road) in Lincoln; • The Rev. Jennifer Vath on Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a…
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Dec. 1, 2018 The following statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry is in tribute to President George Herbert Walker Bush. With a grateful nation, and many around the world, we of the Episcopal Church give thanks to God, the source of life and love, for the life, the…
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Lucy Bixby Drawings by the children at St. Paul's, Nantucket on the wall of a sanctuary in Cuba. In a small town in Cuba, letters and pictures drawn by children at St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket hang on a…
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Celebrations were the bookends to this year's annual Diocesan Convention, as it opened with a banquet marking the 30th anniversary of Bishop Barbara C. Harris's historic election as the first woman in the episcopate, and then closed with singing and dancing in response to the official admission of two new mission congregations--Grace Chapel in Brockton and the Ugandan congregation of St. Peter's Church in Waltham.