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Today is the first Sunday in months that houses of worship are permitted to open, as long as they follow guidelines and restrictions set forth by the state. But many houses of worship are choosing to hold off on convening in person to ensure the safety of their congregants. One of these is the…
Reflections
May 22, 2020 Hello friends, Since moving back to Massachusetts six years ago, I have developed a sacred ritual.  Each year, late in May, I pack up a rake and a trash bag, a bucket and a scrub brush, and make the drive out to Bedford.  There I spend some quiet time tidying up the…
In the News
When I described “Falmouth Cares” in a column just after we initiated the show in late March, I called it “a virtual meeting of the minds and sharing of experiences designed to help those impacted by COVID-19 understand and access help that’s available.” I am so very grateful that it has been that…
Parish News
In 2017, when members of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill heard stories of school nurses and counselors keeping non-perishable food items in the trunks of their cars for kids who didn’t get enough food on the weekends, they decided to partner with the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton…
Diocesan News
The four-phase Massachusetts reopening plan announced by Governor Charlie Baker on May 18 permits restricted regathering at houses of worship right away, but Episcopal churches in Massachusetts will not be resuming in-person public worship or gatherings until at least July 1—a directive issued by…
Diocesan News

As the COVID-19 pandemic began, diocesan youth missioner the Rev. H. Mark Smith found himself in video meetings with youth workers at a diocesan as well as national level, discussing youth ministry in the time of COVID-19, and the common desire to move youth from mourning the grief of what they are losing into action and a way to feel like they’re making a contribution to their communities. It was out of these conversations, Smith said in an interview, that came the idea for the diocesan-wide youth ministry outreach campaign, Our World, Our Future: Young People Responding to Urgent Needs.

Reflections
May 15, 2020 Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he…
Diocesan News

This year’s summer camp programs at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., have been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The center’s executive director, John Koch, and board president, the Rev. Natasha Stewart, announced the suspension on May 13.

Diocesan News

The bishops issued the following notice on May 12, 2020, to clergy and congregational and diocesan leadership, regarding extension until July 1, 2020, of the directive for no in-person public worship or gatherings in churches.

Reflections
May 8, 2020 Dear People of the Diocese of Massachusetts, I want to speak with you about sacramental hunger and eucharistic practice. The lengthening duration of church closures has made increasingly painful for all of us the accompanying fast from holy communion. I want to assure you that your…