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This message from Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris was issued by e-mail on March 31 to clergy and diocesan and parish leadership. March 31, 2020 Dear Clergy and Lay Leaders of Our Diocese, Once again we offer our deepest gratitude for the dedication with which you are serving…
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The headline is tongue in cheek, but on a practical basis at least it isn’t far from the truth.  Numerous local churches and temples were contacted by The Bedford Citizen for a two-part article querying leaders about what is being done in their organizations in response to the restrictions…
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March 27, 2020 Dear People of the Diocese of Massachusetts, The story is told of a man caught in the turmoil of an earthquake.  With the world falling down around him, he fell to his knees to pray.  Fearful, stricken with dread, he could not form the words.  A devout and lifelong…
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This message from Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris was issued by e-mail on March 25 to clergy and diocesan and parish leadership. March 25, 2020 Dear Clergy and Lay Leaders of Our Diocese, The season of Lent is always a time for returning our focus to those things which…
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This message from Bishop Alan M. Gates was issued by e-mail on March 21 to clergy and diocesan and parish leadership. March 21, 2020 *** Please be aware, as we are, that some guidelines below may be superseded by rapidly changing circumstances. *** Dear Clergy and Lay Leaders of Our Diocese, In…
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March 20, 2020 Dear Friends in Christ: God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; crown thine ancient Church's story; bring her bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour... ...for the living of these days.       …
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Episcopal Bishop Barbara C. Harris, the first woman consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Communion, has passed away at the age of 89. Harris, an African-American, devoted decades to supporting social justice causes. According to the Episcopal Archives, she was with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr…
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The diocesan community's prayers and congratulations go with the latest cohort of newly ordained priests, pictured here with Bishop Alan M. Gates, colleagues, family members and friends.

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Barbara C. Harris, the first African American woman to be ordained as a bishop in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, died on Friday in Massachusetts. She was 89. Harris, who grew up in Philadelphia, became the first woman and the first African American woman, to ascent to…
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In the middle of Women’s History Month, the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, a barrier-breaking heroine, the first woman to be ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the global Anglican Communion, died, March 13, in Lincoln, Massachusetts, following a hospitalization in Boston.  She was 89. Harris…