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On Jan. 18, 2023, the Diocese of Massachusetts marks the 20th anniversary of Bishop Gayle E. Harris's ordination and consecration as bishop, with gratitude and best wishes. This video photo montage, produced for the October 2022 Diocesan Convention, captures moments from across the years of Harris…
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"What is Truth?"  It's a question that the diocesan Racial Justice Commission's Subcommittee on Reparations invites congregations, groups and individuals to grapple with--and grapple with yet again--with the help of the "What is Truth?" study series it commissioned and launched last Lent.   …
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The diocesan Racial Justice Commission begins the new year with a welcome to new members in leadership roles and a renewed focus on objectives for 2023 that are aimed at helping the diocesan community move closer to the ideal of Beloved Community. New and continuing commission and subcommittee co…
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The Massachusetts Episcopal Network for the Poor People's Campaign gathered a group at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul for reflection and conversation ahead of the Jan. 13 unveiling of "The Embrace" on Boston Common. The Poor People's Campaign takes up unfinished work initiated by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Episcopalians in the Diocese of Massachusetts are invited to join the movement, however they are able.

Reflections
Standing in a parish hall in central Massachusetts, a group of Christians from Ghana gazed with surprise at the figures of a nativity scene from their home country. A parish of our diocese–St. Andrew’s in Ayer–maintains a remarkable tradition of displaying over 300 nativities from every corner of…
In the News
Duke Divinity School's Faith & Leadership online magazine features CRECHE, the Charles River Episcopal Co-Housing Endeavor, and its "community-focused alternative to the for-profit housing market that is rooted in relationship and mutuality: co-housing communities in which people live like families…
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Diocese of Virginia Bishop E. Mark Stevenson announced on Dec. 8 his appointment of Bishop Gayle E. Harris to serve as assistant bishop in that diocese. The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris Harris will complete her work in…
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Bishop Alan M. Gates has appointed Bishop Carol J. Gallagher to serve as assistant bishop in the Diocese of Massachusetts.  

The appointment comes as Bishop Suffragan Gayle E. Harris prepares to retire after 20 years of active episcopal ministry. A start date of Feb. 1 for Gallagher will allow for transition consultation as Harris completes her work in the diocese on Dec. 31 and then takes sabbatical time ahead of her official retirement date of March 31.

In the News
Last year Old North Church began a broader rethinking about how to re-tell the complicated parts of its history of how slavery intertwined with the cries for freedom fueling the American Revolution. Not an easy task, considering that the church’s original steeple, the famous spire that signaled …