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This message was issued to the diocesan community on Jan. 15, 2021. We approach this year’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday in the wake of the unprecedented national events of the week just past, and looking toward Inauguration Day in the week just ahead amidst circumstances…
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When the diocesan Hispanic Ministries Committee gathered via Zoom this past fall to discern its plan and vision for 2021, part of what members decided on as a goal was to have more joint services and experiences as a way to bring their gifts to the wider diocese and to try to bring people from the…
Reflections
Jan. 9, 2021 Dear people of the Diocese of Massachusetts, I want for a moment to share a word as we draw towards the end of this week – a week in which we have been shaken, infuriated, and appalled. We are shaken by the violence and hatred that played out before us at our nation’s Capitol…
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry issued this word to the church on Jan. 8, 2021.  Click the image above to watch the video.  The transcript follows below. And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. In another time of…
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Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris issued the following call to prayer for our nation on Jan. 6: We decry the violence and insurrection currently playing out in our nation’s Capitol. We pray for a swift end to that violence. We pray for all those serving as peace officers in the…
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On Dec. 22, Governor Charlie Baker issued new limits on gatherings due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth.  Places of worship are included in the new limitations, which take effect on Saturday, Dec. 26, and will remain in effect at least through Jan. 10.

Reflections
Our Advent this year has been unlike any other.  Our waiting has an acute focus as we yearn not only to hear again the message of Christ’s birth, but we yearn–very tangibly–for this pandemic to come to an end. We are missing so many of our customary holiday traditions, though I cannot…
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Everyone is suffering under the duration of the ongoing pandemic as it extends into the coming new year, and, according to the COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people in their teens are particularly at risk from numerous direct and…
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In a year that has not just encouraged reinvention, but demanded it, congregations across the diocese are coming up with creative and safe ways to tell the familiar story of the birth of Jesus anew.

Reflections

This time of the year, and now during the three pandemics of COVID-19, of racism and of distortions and conspiracy theories, we experience growing darkness in the world, and at times within ourselves. The season of Advent invites us to take some time to find those places within us that are dark only because we are not willing to see and grasp the light of God’s love, shining upon and within us. Jesus is the Light that lightens the darkness around and in us.