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The Easter and Passover holidays were accompanied Sunday by more relaxed restrictions on houses of worship and gatherings in New England, along with worries about the spread of COVID-19. Many houses of worship required congregants to RSVP for a limited number of in-person service seats. Others…
In the News
The BBC’s “Witness History” program on March 30 featured the Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman in its segment “When the prisoners ran the prison,” recalling the three months in 1973 when prisoners took charge of the daily life of the maximum security prison in Walpole after guards went on strike when…
Diocesan News
Episcopal Bishops of African Descent has issued an open letter for Holy Week speaking out against racism and anti-Asian violence.  Episcopal Bishops of African Descent is a caucus within The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops attentive to issues of race and justice and the voice of people of…
Diocesan News
The diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission has created pre-recorded liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil that include a wide variety of music, photos, voices, ages and languages from many congregations.  The services will be available for viewing on this page and…
Diocesan News
The bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts issued on March 23, 2021, the following declaration of a climate emergency, with suggested resources and actions.  The declaration is available in Spanish here. …
Diocesan News
The bishops have issued the following statement regarding the March 16 shootings in Atlanta and anti-Asian violence. The shootings in Atlanta this week are yet one more manifestation of violent hatred and racism in our nation. While details of the tragedy will yet emerge, any attempt to avoid…
Parish News

While many visitors to Trinity Church in Topsfield may notice the set of striking bronze sculptures on the grounds of the church depicting Christ and three apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane,  fewer people have known or understood much about the history of the sculptures or their sculptor until Meg Black, a member of Trinity Church and an art history professor, spent years researching them.

Diocesan News

Since the launch of the reconfigured Racial Justice Commission at Diocesan Convention last November, it has been forming subcommittees and organizing for work in five priority areas.  “Because the work is large, we’ve been finding people who want to join us in the work, people who represent the whole of the diocese, people who have a particular interest in things like reparations, formation, how we integrate antiracism principles into everything we do as a church,” the Rev. Natalie Thomas, a commission co-chair, said in a recent interview with several commission leaders.

Reflections

Racism distorts all parts of a system. It is a systemic and structural scourge gnawing at the very core of society. In seeking to dismantle racism, it is imperative to first acknowledge that the manifestations of racism don't just happen because of a few social, political or business miscreants. They occur because the environment of racism nurtured and still promoted by a culture rooted in apartheid did not end at the ballot box.

Diocesan News
As a second Easter in the context of global pandemic approaches, worship services and activities will be different again this year. Though traditional egg hunts may not be taking place this Easter, congregations across the diocese are being invited to participate in a creative new activity called …