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located in the heart of Boston
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WORSHIP WITH US

Thursday
8:30 a.m. 
Morning Prayer
(Chapel)

6 p.m.
The Crossing 
Dinner followed at   
7:00 p.m. with Worship
(Sanctuary)
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Friday

12:30 p.m.  
Muslim Friday Prayers
(Sanctuary)
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Sunday

10 a.m.  
Sunday Morning
Holy Eucharist
(Sanctuary)

12:30 p.m.    
Chinese Ministry 
Holy Eucharist
in Chinese
(Sanctuary)
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Monday

1 p.m.  
MANNA Holy Eucharist
(Sproat Hall)
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Tuesday

11 a.m.  
MANNA Christian Meditation
(Sanctuary)
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Wednesday

10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Sanctuary)

12 p.m.
Santa Misa en Español (Sanctuary)

EXCERPT FROM 
THE 
PILGRIM
"The Big Bang"
by Richard Baydin

Inner cacophony, inner     storms
break my tumbling heart
break, withdrawal,   retreat
heal my inner ice
heal my frozenness
heal my solitary   confinement
heal my sunken
    black bleak mood
    the tethered heart
Liberate, unlock my inner
 voice
    music in the air
Free, Free, Free
    myself from quicksand
I am in union with
    Potential Life-force
All parts of rainbow self
    Light, Light, Light
Let there be light.


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VISITORS' HOURS

The church will be open for visitors during the following hours:

Sundays
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mondays - Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fridays
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturdays
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
OFFICE HOURS

Mondays - Fridays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NOTE:
Monday is Dean Amy McCreath's day off. to reach her in case of a pastoral emergency during non-office hours, call:
617-482-4826 x204.

FROM THE DEAN

This Saturday, I'll be joining the Crossing and folks from lots of other churches at the Boston Pride Parade. I hope you'll be there, too. Here are  Five reasons I am participating in Pride this year:

1. This week's Supreme Court Masterpiece Cake decision reminds us that the right of LBGTQA+ citizens to full access to goods and services is still up for debate.

 

2. While studies show that the majority of Christians support full inclusion of LBGTQA+ persons in the life of the church, the loudest voices in Christianity deny inclusion. The witness of allies in the church continues to be important to counter the negative, shaming voices that take up a lot of air time in the media.

 

3.  As the mother of a transgender teen, I am clear that being an ally is an action, not just an attitude. Presence matters. Building relationships matters. Sometimes, it saves lives. And we cannot know the depth or breadth of our impact: it is usually greater than we think.

 

4.  Lots of great lay and clergy leaders will be there. These are people I just love spending time with. You will, too! And there will be sparkly sunglasses!

 

5.  Our Episcopal presence will be part of a larger ecumenical group, so we'll get the bonus blessing of meeting friends in Christ who may sing different songs but sing them to the same Savior. We might even learn a new song. It might even lead to us doing more great ministry together.

 
Pride Parade is this Saturday, June 9. The Episcopal Church contingent will gather on the steps of Trinity Church in Copley Square at 10:30 a.m. and proceed together to the line-up location (still to be announced). More info: Sasha Weisse, The Crossing  ( sasha.thecrossing@gmail.com ).

Christ's peace to you,
Amy
OUR CATHEDRAL AT A GLANCE

NEW AND ONGOING

Conscious Contact, Wednesdays 7-8 p.m.
This program, led by Deacon Cynthia Pape and Bill Comer and based on the 11th step of the Alcoholics Anonymous  program (improving conscious contact with God as we understand God...through prayer and meditation), continues every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the church. It's open to everyone.

Show your Episcopal Pride at the Boston Pride Parade, June 9
The 48th Boston Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 9, kicking off at noon. As usual, a large diocesan contingent, spearheaded by our own Crossing program and including Dean Amy McCreath, will take part. Come and be a part of the fun and join in this important support of our LBGTQ members and friends. Meet on the steps of Trinity Church, Copley Square, at 10:30 a.m. (note changed time).   #blessedarethefabulous!  Facebook event here!
SUNDAY MORNING COMMUNITY

Our Sunday Morning community gathers together to worship God, while honoring the traditions, styles, and desires of all God's people.

This Sunday, June 10
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Dean Amy E. McCreath, Preacher


  8:30 am               CoffeeKlatsch, Lawrence Room
10:00 am               Holy Eucharist, Cathedral nave
11:15 am              Coffee Hour, Lawrence Room
11:45 am              Faith Matters, Lawrence Room
12:30 pm              Social Justice Committee, 5th Fl Conf Rm
12:30 pm              Worship Committee, place tba

Good news: We now have large-print copies of the bulletins available on Sunday mornings.

The Social Justice Committee will meet this Sunday at 12:30 pm, in the 5th Fl Conference Room.

The Worship Group will meet this Sunday at 12:30, location to be announced.

Faith Matters Reflects on The Sabbath
This Sunday after Coffee Hour our focus on The Sabbath in Faith Matters will include a discussion of what we can learn from the Jewish tradition of Sabbath, led by Susan Butler. Faith Matters takes place in the Lawrence Room and everyone is invited to attend.

Sunday Morning Council Report

At the Sunday Morning Council meeting on May 27, Dean Amy McCreath expressed thanks for the welcome she has received, and discussed her initial impressions, noting that she and the community are well matched to work together. In addition, the Council chose the topic of Sabbath for Faith Matters during the summer, heard updates on plans for Porch activities and a meeting for Greeters. The next meeting is June 17.

 

Serving at Worship
Please speak to Jeffrey Seamans or  Deacon Cynthia Pape if you are interested in serving at the altar during our services, or serving with the Altar Guild  to assist with preparation and cleaning up after services.

Stewardship Pledge Update
To date $11,300 has been paid of $35,914 pledged for the support of the Cathedral by our Sunday Morning congregation. It's not too late to pledge: the Greeters always have extra Pledge Cards for 2018 on hand. And don't forget to keep up to date with your pledge payments. Thank you for your support.

Education for Ministry
What does it mean to develop a personal faith?
What does it mean to discern God's call in your life?
What do the Scriptures really say?
  
If you like to learn in community,
If you like good questions better than easy answers,
Then you may want to join us for "Education for Ministry."  
 
At Trinity Copley Square, Wednesdays 6-8:30PM, September to May.  For more information call Susan Butler at  978-912-1990  (cell) or write to EFMTrinityBoston@gmail.com  
 
Cards for Vinnie Panico 
Vinnie Panico, a  long-time and faithful friend of the Cathedral is in nursing care and  would like visits or to hear from us via cards and notes! Vinnie's at Milton House Center, 1200 Brush Hill Rd., Milton, MA 02186-2337. 

MANNA COMMUNITY

MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is our ministry of and with the homeless in Downtown Boston. 

MANNA Head Pastor Jennifer McCracken was ordained to the diaconate this past Saturday by Bp. Alan Gates. Congratulations to Jennifer and the other candidates ordained with her.

CoffeeKlatsch
Sundays, 
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Lawrence Room
The CoffeeKlatsch is a community that gathers weekly for support, accompaniment, coffee, and conversation. More...

Leadership Team
Mondays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Upper Sproat Hall 
The MANNA Leadership Team provides support to one another and to the broader homeless community.  More...

Monday Lunch Program
Mondays, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Sproat Hall
The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch for anyone who desires it every week for thirty years.  More...

Homeless AA
Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lawrence Room
Open to all.

Black Seed Writers' Group
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Upper Sproat Hall
The Black Seed Writers' Group produces a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage. The Pilgrim, is their renown literary magazine.   More...

Christian Meditation Group
Join a group of between 12 and 20 folks who meet each week to share in silent contemplative prayer, the first homeless Christian Meditation group in the U.S. The C hristian Meditation Group meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  More...

THE CROSSING

The Crossing is our grassroots, justice-focused, do-it-yourself church community of hipsters, heretics, homeless, and other unlikely pilgrims. 

The Crossing recently bade farewell to their Priest, the Rev. Marsha Hoecker,  who retired on May 24th. We wish Marsha a fond farewell and thank-you for her guidance and enthusiasm for The Crossing's unique worship and fellowship.

Thursday Worship in Sproat Hall
The Crossing is now worshiping in Sproat Hall every Thursday with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by worship at 7:00.

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on worship and other offerings of The Crossing,  subscribe to their weekly e-mail newsletterlike them on Facebook, and/or visit their website.
EPISCOPAL BOSTON CHINESE MINISTRY

Our Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry (EBCM) serves the Chinese-speaking community in Downtown Boston, hosting both traditional and contemporary worship services in Mandarin and Cantonese. More...

The Rev. Ryan Lun Joins EBCM Worship
The Rev. Ryan Lun will be serving as Interim Priest the first two Sundays of each month (the first three when there are five Sundays in a month). Matthew Lai is now serving as Lay Ministry Associate of the EBCM. You can reach him at 617-482-5800.

DIOCESAN EVENTS

Our Cathedral serves as administrative, event and liturgical host to the  Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts  (DioMass).

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on what's happening in DioMass,  subscribe to their monthly e-mail newsletterlike them on Facebook, and/or visit their website.