Reflections

Reflections

A September 2021 reflection from the Racial Justice Commission's Subcommittee on Support for BIPOC Communities and Individuals, spotlighting its priorities and progress.

Reflections

A September 2021 reflection from the Racial Justice Commission's Subcommittee on Reparations, spotlighting its priorities and progress.

Reflections
The past 18 months have been more than challenging.  We have been through countless trials and tribulations as we have endured and still are enduring three pandemics:  the pandemic of COVID-19, with the more dangerous Delta variant now the predominant strain; the pandemic of racism, which…
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Racism distorts all parts of a system. It is a systemic and structural scourge gnawing at the very core of society. In seeking to dismantle racism, it is imperative to first acknowledge that the manifestations of racism don't just happen because of a few social, political or business miscreants. They occur because the environment of racism nurtured and still promoted by a culture rooted in apartheid did not end at the ballot box.

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Jan. 9, 2021 Dear people of the Diocese of Massachusetts, I want for a moment to share a word as we draw towards the end of this week – a week in which we have been shaken, infuriated, and appalled. We are shaken by the violence and hatred that played out before us at our nation’s Capitol…
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Our Advent this year has been unlike any other.  Our waiting has an acute focus as we yearn not only to hear again the message of Christ’s birth, but we yearn–very tangibly–for this pandemic to come to an end. We are missing so many of our customary holiday traditions, though I cannot…
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This time of the year, and now during the three pandemics of COVID-19, of racism and of distortions and conspiracy theories, we experience growing darkness in the world, and at times within ourselves. The season of Advent invites us to take some time to find those places within us that are dark only because we are not willing to see and grasp the light of God’s love, shining upon and within us. Jesus is the Light that lightens the darkness around and in us.

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A General Thanksgiving Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the…
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Oct. 30, 2020 On Saturday, Nov. 7, the 235th annual session of the Convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts will gather.  Each year this event in our life together is part legislative session, part mission rally, part stakeholder gathering, and part family reunion.  We…
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Oct. 23, 2020 Long, too long America By Walt Whitman Long, too long America, Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and prosperity only, But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not, And now to conceive and…