The 232nd annual Diocesan Convention got underway with Holy Eucharist and Bishop Gates's address.
Christian DeJesus read the lesson from Isaiah in Spanish.
"The year behind us has been challenging, and from the perspective of our national and global lives, often disheartening, indeed, exhausting. No doubt, those challenges will continue. But I am perpetually buoyed and encouraged by the faithful and committed Christian people of this diocese. In every corner, there is a spirit of devotion and delight, of servanthood and sacrifice," Bishop Gates said in his address.
The Ven. Pat Zifcak proclaims the Gospel.
Bishop Gayle E. Harris receives the offering, totaling $4,996 and designated for hurricane relief in the Caribbean via Episcopal Relief & Development.
Hymn singing during the service.
Charles River dean the Rev. Jeff Mello administers the chalice at the convention Eucharist.
Boston Harbor dean the Rev. Monrelle Williams administers the chalice at the convention Eucharist.
Electronic voting to fill open positions was a new experience at this year's convention.
The Rev. Canon Bill Parnell successfully e-voted.
...as did the Rev. Edwin Johnson.
In addition to passing the $8.8-million budget for 2018, the convention adopted resolutions responding to climate change and establishing an elder ministry network.
Retired bishop suffragan the Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm presents the resolution on responding to climate change.
During the mission strategy presentation, St. John's, Westwood, St. Michael's, Milton and Holy Spirit, Mattapan shared the story of their congregations' relationship-building efforts.
Leon Brathwaite was honored with an Old North lantern as he prepares to retire as secretary of the diocese after 40 years of service. Also honored was the Rev. Jane Gould (photo not available) for her 31 years of leadership at MIT and St. Stephen's Church in Lynn and as a longtime deputy to General Convention.
Young Episcopalians who attended the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in Oklahoma City this summer gave a report.
Life Together fellows introduced themselves to the convention.
Postulants and candidates for Holy Orders also had a chance to introduce themselves.
There were smiles all around as the convention adjourned early.