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Bishop Gayle E. Harris and the Rev. Debbie Phillips of Grace Church in Salem will lead a diocesan mission pilgrimage in Israel and Palestine, Nov. 24-Dec. 6, and they invite others to join them. The latest in a series of such trips that Harris has led, it is envisioned as a mission pilgrimage,…
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St. Peter's Episcopal Church held a service on Jan. 29 to remember and honor lives of loved ones lost to alcoholism and drug overdoses.  "It's so great to see so many of you here today and coming together as a community," said Rev. Scott Ciosek as he began his sermon.  In October, the church at 351…
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Episcopal Church bishops in New England and Atlanta are rallying football fans in their dioceses--and beyond--to join in a charitable contest this week to see how much money they can raise for Episcopal Relief & Development by game time on Sunday, Feb. 5, when the…
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The Rev. Hall Kirkham of St. Michael's Church in Milton joins "Milton Reflecting" show host Ron Bell to talk about work with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and Milton Reflecting Group on issues of racism and diversity.  Kirkham and some members of St. Michael’s have been involved this…
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Trinity Chapel, a small, friendly Episcopal congregation in the historic village of Shirley Center, was founded in 1902, and many years later the congregation is still going strong with its worship and community service.  Four years ago, two couples from the congregation got together for dinner and…
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Bishop Gayle E. Harris will be among the bishops and leaders and board members from Episcopal Relief & Development who will travel with the presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, to Ghana, Jan 20-29. Pilgrims will visit, pray and reflect at several sites critical to the trans-Atlantic…
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The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, issued on Jan. 14 the following message to the diocesan community:We enter a deeply important week in the life of our nation, bookended by the national remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday and the…
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With little fanfare, Martha’s Vineyard clergy and congregations are working daily to feed and shelter vulnerable members of the island’s year-round community. A decades-long winter tradition of nightly community suppers in parish halls resumed this week, and for the second year in a row there is a…
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A rabbi, a Muslim imam, an Episcopal priest and a Mormon bishop have dinner together.  No, this is not the beginning of a stand-up comic's joke.  It really happened, on Jan. 8, at the Islamic Center of Burlington.  The four clergy, including the Rev. Christopher Wendell of St. Paul's Church in…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:Dear Friends and Colleagues,We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. John M. Balcom in Northampton on Jan. 3, 2017. John served parishes in Newton Highlands, Chelmsford, Holbrook and Walpole.Visiting hours will be held on Sunday…