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Please note the updated link for the Immigration 102 event in NewsNotes below. 

 

All Our Children Fall Regional Forum to strengthen network of church-school partnerships

 

As students and teachers across Massachusetts head back to school, the All Our Children network is preparing to gather a coalition of churches, individuals and community groups interested in how faith communities can support public education, at their Fall Regional Forum on Oct. 21.

 

All Our Children is a national network promoting education justice by supporting congregations involved with public schools, whether through a church-school partnership or via a partnership with a community organization. The forum will be hosted by St. Mary's Church in Barnstable, and will feature Bishop Alan Gates and All Our Children's director, Lallie Lloyd, as speakers. 

 

"At All Our Children we believe that partnering with public schools is an urgent mission for people of faith and we are leading the Episcopal Church's participation in a national movement to improve the quality of public education," Lloyd said. "Our regional forum in Barnstable is a way for us to help congregational leaders, clergy and lay, interested in this work to build local relationships and learn from one another."  

 

 

Episcopal Relief & Development offers ways to help in wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma 

Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, as Florida, Texas and other coastal states begin to assess the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Irma and Harvey, both Category 4 storms when they hit the U.S., set a record as the only two Atlantic hurricanes of this magnitude to make landfall in the continental U.S. during the same year.

 

"Communications remain a challenge for our partners," said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development's senior vice president of programs, in a news release. "While cell service is available in some areas, there are still major power issues in both Florida and the Caribbean."

 

For congregations wishing to help, ER&D now has a general hurricane relief bulletin insert availablhere. Contributions to ER&D's hurricane relief fund can be made online here. 

 

Those interested in volunteering as the recovery gets underway can sign up with ER&D's Ready to Serve database. A diocesan disaster coordinator from an affected region may then be in touch. 

 

Parish Circuit 

 

Co-rectors Cheryl and Paul Minor celebrate 20 years of ministry at All Saints', Belmont: The Rev. Cheryl and the Rev. Paul Minor celebrated 20 years of ordained ministry at All Saints', Belmont on Sunday, Sept. 17. The husband and wife co-rectors were honored with a service and festive luncheon that included time for the congregation to share memories of how God has been at work in the congregation over the years. The Rev. Margery Kennelly, Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard, was the guest preacher.  Read more. 

 

Summer at St. Andrew's, New Bedford:  

 

St. Andrew's, New Bedford was a very busy place during the summer, offering programs for children who attend the parish's afterschool program during the school year. The older children (rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders) had the opportunity to spend two weeks learning to sail, through a collaboration with the New Bedford Community Boating Center and funding through the South Coast Mission Hub. 

 

In addition, St. Andrew's was responsible for a new Math Camp held at the Carlos Pacheco Elementary School in New Bedford.  Fifteen children spent time brushing up on their math skills, focusing on the fundamentals.  This offering grew out of a relationship that the Rev. Rebecca Blair developed over the past few years with the school.  

 

Backpack blessing at St. Paul's, Bedford: 

It was a full house on Sept. 10 as the Rev. Chris Wendell blessed students and their new school year at the annual Blessing of the Backpacks at St. Paul's, Bedford. Photo: Emily Mitchell. 

 

 

NewsNotes


Please note updated link: "Immigration Summit 102: Is This Jesus' Work?": Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris will convene "Immigration Summit 102: Is This Jesus' Work?" on Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan as a follow-up to the "Immigration and the Church 101" seminar held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on March 26.  Please come and hear what other churches are already doing in their networks of ministry in order to better support those in need of it, especially those facing changes in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

There is no cost to attend this event, but advance registration is requested to assist with planning.  Register online here.

Questions may be directed to the Rev. Dr. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa at 617-482-4826, ext. 400 or jbntagengwa@diomass.org

 

 

Liza Zayas joins diocesan staff: Liza Zayas has been hired as executive assistant to Bishop 

Liza Zayas 

Gayle E. Harris and joined the diocesan staff on Sept. 6.  She succeeds Marsha Searle, who has retired after serving on the diocesan staff for four years.

"I am grateful for having the privilege to work with Marsha, as many in our diocese have said since her retirement announcement, and am more than happy to have Liza to join the staff," Harris said.  "Liza's career in the corporate world will bring a new skill set to our ministry, and her desire to serve the needs of others will enrich us.

 

Zayas is a graduate of the Burdett College legal secretarial program and has worked for 21 years as a legal secretary and legal administrative assistant for numerous law firms in Boston and one in Lawrence. Read more.  

 

The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas. 

The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas appointed Title IV intake officer: A new intake officer has been named to serve in support of the clergy disciplinary process for the Diocese of Massachusetts.  The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, Episcopal chaplain at MIT, will succeed the Rev. Rainey Dankel, who has been serving as intake officer together with Starr Anderson since September 2015.  

 

Under Title IV--the section of the Episcopal Church canons that pertains to the clergy disciplinary process--all matters are reported to an intake officer, initiating a process toward resolution through pastoral care; mediation; an agreement with the bishop; an investigation that may lead to a hearing; or any combination of these. 

 

Anyone may contact one of the diocesan intake officers to report concerns about the behavior of a member of the clergy (bishops, priests, deacons). The current intake officers can be reached as follows:  Starr Anderson at 978-352-2147 or starrkanderson@gmail.com and the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas at 617-458-1253 or revthea@gmail.com. More information about the process is available here.  

 

 

Making the Creation Connection: Christians and Environmental Justice:  
In this day-long retreat, the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas 

will offer a three-part framework toward transforming hearts and minds about Christians' environmental responsibility and to inspire bold and faithful action on climate and environmental issues.

 

With seven Christian judicatories, including the Diocese of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Council ofChurches coming together to sponsor the retreat, it is an ecumenical opportunity for Christian denominations to unite and explore their role and responsibility as God's people to care for creation.  The intention for this event is both to help Christians connect their faith with environmental justice, and to connect Christians with other Christians who care for the planet.

 

The retreat takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover.  Registration can be found online at www.rollingridge.org.  Cost is $48 per person, including lunch.  A 10 percent group discount is available for three or more from one congregation.  Call 978-682-8815 or e-mail thestaff@rollingridge.org for group details and registration. 

 

Winter quilting weekend retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center:  The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., is for the first time this winter hosting a quilting weekend and invites quilters of all abilities to join for a weekend of new friends, great food and lots of creativity.  This two-night retreat starts with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, and ends with lunch at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.  This retreat is intended to give retreatants time they need for themselves, without formal instruction.

 

Guests provide their own quilting materials.  The conference center staff encourages each participant to bring an extension cord, a table lamp for their quilting station and snacks to share with the group. 


Quilters can stay for free by donating a handmade twin or double-sized quilt for conference center lodge rooms.  Visit www.bchcenter.org or e-mail jennifer@bchcenter.org for more information

 

 

NewsLinks


Boston Globe: Books from Episcopal Divinity School are headed all around the world: As sunlight streamed through a stained-glass window depicting scenes from "The Pilgrim's Progress," a library was being dismantled.  It wasn't a project that librarian Aura Fluet expected to spearhead when she came to Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge 13 years ago. But earlier this year, the school stopped awarding degrees, citing ongoing budget deficits, and announced plans to launch a new academic program next year at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Operations at the Brattle Street campus ceased and approximately 70,000 volumes in the Sherrill Library needed a new home.

Union is only taking a small fraction of the collection because it already owns many titles held by Episcopal Divinity School, Fluet said.  It was unchartered territory for Fluet and fellow librarian Anne-Marie Mulligan, but through a series of word-of-mouth connections, generous gestures, a book sale, and sheer luck, the books are headed to libraries from China to Zambia.

"It's been a whirlwind project," said Fluet as she sat through the waning hours of a book sale the library organized at Burnham Hall to dispense of some of its holdings.

Between 10,000 and 20,000 theology books are being donated to several Episcopal seminaries in Africa, including St. John's Anglican University College in Zambia and Zomba Theological College in Malawi, Fluet said.

The Rev. Kapya Kaoma, a graduate of Episcopal Divinity School from Zambia, brokered the donations after visiting the book sale earlier this week. The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts said it is paying to ship the books overseas.  Read more.

Cape Cod Times
: Church on the canal to celebrate 70 years:
The congregation of St. Peter's Episcopal Church-on-the-Canal in Buzzards Bay is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its building this month. The building was originally a summer chapel, Church of Our Savior, in Hull. The Rev. J. Samuel Stephenson discovered the unused building and organized fundraising events to acquire the building for the growing congregation in Buzzards Bay. In May 1947, the building was put on a barge that sailed from Hull through the Cape Cod Canal to Buzzards Bay to become the present St. Peter's Church-on-the-Canal.

To mark this milestone anniversary, the congregation is planning an open house and a Sept. 29 church rededication service. Read more

 

Eagle Tribune: Lawrence, faith community come together to curb violence: In March, while the city of Lawrence was in the midst of a string of shootings that left seven dead--more than any year since 2011--Mayor Daniel Rivera called Police Chief James Fitzpatrick and several priests and pastors to his office for a meeting.

"Basically, we had gotten to wit's end about what else we could do about the violence," Rivera said. "I asked the faith community to come together to have a discussion about how we deal with it in a more fundamental way because they have a place in people's hearts and people's lives that city officials just don't have."

Rivera, Fitzpatrick, the Rev. Joel Almono and the Rev. Susan Santos led a press conference in the offices of Grace Episcopal Church, where they announced a strategic plan they developed to respond to the city's increasing violence. Read more.  

 

Boston Globe: Wrentham church's sign captures opioids' toll: 

A Wrentham church has launched an unusual campaign to raise awareness of the toll that opioid abuse has taken in Massachusetts. Signs marked "#2069"--the number of opioid-related deaths reported statewide for 2016--have shown up in yards around the region thanks to the efforts of Trinity Episcopal Church.

 

The Rev. Ron Tibbetts said he was the first to admit that "we at Trinity Church were unaware of the crisis." Then, the church's outreach committee met with the S.A.F.E. Coalition, a Franklin-based group that deals with substance abuse issues. Read more

 

 

ChurchWide 


Pray, fast, act to protect school meals and SNAP funding:  The Episcopal Public Policy Network continues to urge Episcopalians to pray, fast and act on the 21st of each month to protect funding for school meals and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.  Learn more here
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Time includes former presiding bishop among famous "Firsts":  Time magazine's new multimedia project, Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World, features the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, 26th presiding bishop, as one of 46 profiled women.

A trailer for the video interview with Jefferts Schori, along with the text, is here
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Referencing the glass ceiling metaphor, the project's introduction says:  "What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. There she is up where the air is thin, where men still outnumber women, but where the altitude is awesome. Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular."

  Time plans to publish a book from the series Sept. 17.

 

 

upcomingevents

Coming Up 

 

Sep 20: Contemplative Eucharist, Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington, 7:00pm

Sep 22-23: Antiracism Training, St. Paul's Church, Natick, 5:00pm

Sep 23: Safe Church Training, Church of St. John the Evangelist, Duxbury, 8:30am

Sep 23: Global Mission Africa Network Meeting, Diocesan Offices, Boston 10:00am

Sep 23: Common Art Exhibition, St. John's Church, Arlington, 11:00am

Sep 26: Local Youth Ministry Networking Conversation, St. Andrew's Church, Wellesley, 12:00pm

Sep 26: Webinar: How Church-School Partnerships Can Build Beloved Community, 2:30pm

Sep 29-30: Antiracism Training, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 5:00pm

Sep 29: Rededication Celebrating 70 Years, St. Peter's-on-the-Canal Church, Buzzards Bay, 6:30pm

Sep 30: Foundations of Brave Change Seminar: Strategic Planning, Business Practices, Real Estate Planning, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 9:00am  

 

Sep 30: Celebrity Series of Boston Neighborhood Arts Concert featuring Voci Angelica Trio, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, 4:00pm

Oct 1: Celebration and Farewell for Silvestre Romero, St. Peter's Church-Iglesia San Pedro, Salem, 11:00am

Oct 3: Clergy Day 2017, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 9:00am

Oct 3: Church Pension Group "Planning for Wellness" Lay Employee Conference, Holiday Inn, Mansfield, 9:00am

Oct 3: Theology on Tap with Fleming Rutledge, sponsored by the Church of the Advent at the Carrie Nation Cocktail Club, Boston, 7:00pm

Oct 4-5: Church Pension Group "Planning for Wellness" Clergy Conference, Holiday Inn, Mansfield, 9:00am

Oct 7: Eucharistic Visitor Training, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 8:30am

Oct 7: Charles River Deanery Confirmation, St. Andrew's, Wellesley 10:30am

Oct 12: Local Youth Ministry Networking Conversation, Christ Church, Plymouth, 6:30pm

Oct 14: Clergy Safe Church Refresher Training, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 8:30am

Oct 14: The Art and Craft of Journaling Workshop, Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center, Byfield, 9:00am

Oct 14: Episcopal City Mission Annual Meeting, St. Cyprian's Church, Roxbury, 9:00am

Oct 15: Sustainable House of Worship Workshop, First Church of Christ, Longmeadow, 1:30pm

Oct 15: Small Churches Meeting, Christ Church, Quincy, 2:00pm

Oct 18: Pre-Diocesan Convention Forum, Church of the Good Shepherd, Wareham, 7:00pm

Oct 18: Contemplative Eucharist, Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington, 7:00pm

Oct 19: Pre-Diocesan Convention Forum, Emmanuel Church, Wakefield, 7:00pm

Oct 20: Labyrinth Walk, Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, 10:00am

Oct 20: Labyrinth Walk with Eucharist, Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, 5:30pm

Oct 21: Fall Regional Forum: The Church's Role in Education Equity, St. Mary's Church, Barnstable, 8:30am  

 

Oct 21: Immigration Summit 102: Is This Jesus' Work?, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, 10:00am

Oct 21: Boston Harbor Deanery Confirmation, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston 10:30am

Oct 24: Webinar: Best Practices for Building Community and Avoiding Toxic Charity, 2:30pm

Oct 24: Pre-Diocesan Convention Forum, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 7:00pm

Oct 25: Pre-Diocesan Convention Forum, St. Elizabeth's Church, Sudbury, 7:00pm

Oct 26: Diocesan Council Meeting, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, 5:30pm

Oct 28: Safe Church Training, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan, 8:30am

Oct 28: Global Mission Middle East Network Meeting, Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown, 10:00am

Oct 28: Merrimack Valley Deanery Confirmation, Christ Church, Andover 10:30am

Oct 28: South Shore Deanery Confirmation, Trinity Church, Marshfield 10:30am

 

 

 

 

 

 

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