On Tuesday I attended our annual Fall Clergy
Day, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul by the Park St. T stop (stop in if
you’ve not seen it since the renovations were completed a year ago!). It is
always good to see so many friends and colleagues. We had a lot to talk about,
as our diocese will vote on a new Mission Strategy at our Diocesan Convention,
November 4th and 5th. (You may read the proposed
Mission Strategy here. This version may be amended somewhat at
In Bishop Gates’ time with us, he announced that
our Diocese will observe at 48-hour prayer vigil from November 6, All Saints
Sunday, through November 8, Election Day. Parishes will have a variety of ways
of participating in this vigil, and guidelines will be forthcoming. In times of
national conflict and turmoil, we need to be people not only of action, but
also of deep prayer.
Also, I received the new schedule of Bishop
visitations to parishes for the coming year. Bishop Gayle Harris will visit
Grace in about a year’s time, on Sunday, October 8, 2017. If you’re like me,
you have a little “2017 Dates” column in your calendar; please mark this date
there (or enter it into the Great Google . . .) We are a large diocese, and so
do not have a bishop visit every year, which makes this even more special.
We have a lot going on at Grace this fall—many
projects underway in addition to our worship and formation programs. But we are
not alone, and our common life here in Newton Corner is enriched by our
diocesan family in so many ways. I give thanks for all these partners in
ministry across eastern Massachusetts!