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Following is the text of remarks by the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, at the Boston Vigil to #EndGunViolence, sponsored by the diocese's B-PEACE antiviolence campaign and the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, at First Church,…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice: Dec. 15, 2017 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. Alden Besse on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Dec. 13, 2017. Alden was active with the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council, the Martha’s…
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A group of Martha's Vineyard clergy gathered Thursday morning, Dec. 14 in Owen Park, to march and stand in vigil on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and six school employees died in the shooting at the hands of a 20…
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Bishop Gayle E. Harris will preside at a service of Anti-Oppression Lessons and Carols for Epiphany, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston.  St. James's Church in Cambridge has been invited to offer the service of lessons and carols from…
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Longtime diocesan staff member Steve Pierce ends his tenure on Dec. 14 after 20 years of serving congregations in various capacities, first as chief financial officer, later as a deputy chief of staff and most recently as coordinator for congregations. His position was eliminated as part of the…
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Four years ago and shortly after arriving in Dartmouth, the Rev. Scott Ciosek looked at empty space at St Peter’s Church’s 351 Elm Street location, and was determined to fill that void with something that made a difference in people’s lives That vision turned into The Bridge: A Center for Hope and…
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With overnight temperatures starting to dip below freezing, a small but dedicated group of volunteers is mobilizing to ensure that the community’s homeless population has a warm place to sleep. In partnership with Father Bill’s and MainSpring, the Plymouth Task Force to End Homelessness started…
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The online Advent calendar AdventWord, which draws together people’s prayers and meditations around a daily theme, is to operate again in the run-up to Christmas. AdventWord offers 23 meditations and images with an encouragement for people to share pictures and thoughts in response. Last year it…
Diocesan News
The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice: Nov. 22, 2017 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. W. E. Douglas Bond in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 17, 2017. Doug served at All Saints Parish in Brookline, St. George’s Church in Maynard, Christ…
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Kenneth Thopsen lived in Florida until Hurricane Irma forced him out. At 45 years old, he journeyed north to Massachusetts — losing his luggage in the process — to stay with family members in the Berkshires. “I went out there and I didn’t really connect with them,” Thopsen said. Now, he is one of…