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In 1862, William B. Gould sailed 28 miles across the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, N.C., to escape a life of slavery. He would later become a Civil War Navy veteran, a family man, and respected member of the community where he settled with his wife and eight children. More than 150 years later,…
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A "Litany for Indigenous Peoples' Day," written by Bishop Carol E. Gallagher, has been shared for use by congregations on Sunday, Oct. 10 (full text below). Additionally, an online service for the diocesan community is being organized for Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. via…
In the News
There was a somber quietness as people gathered outside the Barnstable Fire Station. Cub Scouts, police officers and firefighters all lined up by the fire trucks, shoulder to shoulder, as the American and Barnstable flags were held side by side. The traditional ringing of bells echoed through the…
Parish News

St. Paul’s Church in Hopkinton and St. Stephen’s Church in Westborough welcomed the Rev. Mary Rosendale as their shared priest-in-charge as of Sept. 1—an unusual arrangement because it brings together churches from two dioceses.  St. Stephen’s, Westborough, where Rosendale had been serving as an interim priest, is about five miles from St. Paul’s and part of the neighboring Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

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.

Diocesan News
Twenty-seven Becoming Beloved Community grants supporting the work of racial healing, justice and reconciliation were recently awarded by The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, two of which will support projects here in the Diocese of Massachusetts. …
Diocesan News
Tim Mossholder on Unsplash The diocesan Racial Justice Commission will begin rolling out new resource materials for congregations at Diocesan Convention in November, following a year of deliberative effort by five subcommittees to lay foundations for the long-term work of…
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Aug. 24, 2021 Jesus said, "Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate,…
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…