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“Give me a handful of those flags,” said one young man as he sat down. “I could sit here for a long time remembering people I know who have been killed.” Yesterday’s ministry of the steps was a booth where we invited people to make prayer flags remembering those who had died from gun violence. Some people wrote the names of loved ones. Others used a list we provided of the over 1,200 children who have been killed by gun violence in the US since the Parkland massacre. Tourists from England stopped to share their amazement and sadness at how much more prevalent gun violence is here than in their homeland. Children from Japan (pictured) were deeply engaged in offering tribute to lost peers. There were tears, prayers, debates about policy, and the sharing of deeply wrenching losses.

We are coming to the end of our ministry of the steps season. In an age when most people travel through city streets in isolation, ear buds rendering them unavailable to others, fear for their safety holding them back from talking to strangers, I believe we have made a positive difference. At a time when depression and suicides are rising among elders because of extreme loneliness, we are welcoming them to sit for a spell and chat with us. At a time when many are wary of entering churches, we have brought the care of Christ outside to meet them. We have set a metaphorical table where all are welcome at the feast and offered at least a moment of​ human connection, a glimpse of the reconciliation that is the mission to which we are called.

Thank you to our intern, Karen Sargent, for coordinating this ministry this summer, to everyone who has participated, and to the donors whose special offerings made it possible. And join us next week for our Cathedral Yard Sale, where we will be selling no-longer-needed items from our nooks and crannies, welcoming students and others.

Amy
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Our Sunday congregation welcomes you to beautiful worship and life-giving fellowship. Our motto is
“When in doubt, we choose love.”

Join us Sundays at 10 a.m.!
The Crossing is our grassroots, justice-focused, do-it-yourself church community of hipsters, heretics, homeless, and other unlikely pilgrims. In August we do house church. Visit the Crossing website, or check their newsletter each week for more information.
MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. We need each other. And this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together. Join MANNA throughout the week for any number of our programs!
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. We invite you to join us Sundays at 12:30pm.
What's Going On...
In July and August , Monday's morning prayer and Tuesday's morning Eucharist take a break. They return after Labor Day. All other services continue throughout the summer. We have updated the website for July and August to reflect the change in the schedule.
Auditions for Schola
Auditions for Cathedral Schola at St. Paul’s Cathedral are now open. Looking for singers to sing traditional Anglican Choral repertoire by both men and women composers,  shape note repertoire and plainchant. A yearlong look at the music of William Billings (buried in the Boston Common) will lead to the 200th anniversary of the Church in June. Sunday morning rehearsal and service as well as Diocesan events. ​For more news from Louise and the choir click here .

Contact Louise Mundinger.
Upcoming Events...
Massachusetts TPS Committee Celebration Dinner - Sunday, August 25 in Malden. Join Dean Amy at this fundraising dinner celebrating the hard work already done and preparing for the journey ahead to defend those whose continued residency in this country is uncertain because of threats to the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) program. Details and sign up here.
Cathedral Yard Sale! Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 am to 4 pm. We are making space for what is next by clearing out items we no longer need at 138 Tremont Street. Bonus: Alongside the yard sale, MANNA ‘s Richie Berman will be selling baked goods to raise funds for Best Buddies ! If you have useful household items to donate or you’d like to help price things or sell them, contact the Rev. Tamra Tucker .
Baptism and Blessing of the Backpacks - Sunday, September 8, 10 am. It will be our joy to welcome a child into the Body of Christ and to celebrate the new academic year. All students of all ages are invited to bring their backpack, so we can bless it - and them! - for the year ahead.
Congregational Retreat - Saturday, September 14, 12:30 to 5:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge. Our theme is “Come away for a little while.” Details further below in the newsletter!
TPS Film Watch Party - Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm at the cathedral. Come view a short documentary about families living under the threat of deportation, learn how to defend TPS and work for permanent residency for TPS holders, and enjoy a light dinner. Co-sponsored by ECM. Sign up here .
Abraham: Out of One, Many - An exhibit of art by acclaimed Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists, will be on display at the cathedral from October 27 to December 6 . Mark your calendar now for the exhibit opening party - October 27 at 4 pm. Also, we are recruiting people to serve as docents - to be in the sanctuary, welcome people to view the art, and answer basic questions. If you are interested in learning about this opportunity, contact Roger Lovejoy at the cathedral. Learn more about the exhibit here .
Ministry of the Steps...
8/27
12 pm – 2 pm

Chess/Checkers
2 - 3 pm
Chanting
8/28
10 am – 4 pm

Yard Sale
The cathedral is hosting a yard sale NEXT WEDNESDAY and we invite you to join in the fun!
12 - 2 pm
4 pm
Blessings
Evensong
8/29
12 – 5 pm

Labyrinth with James van Looy .
Congregation Retreat
Saturday, September 14
12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

An Invitation: Looking Ahead to a Spiritual Retreat for the Sunday Congregation

We hope you will save September 14 th from 12:30 – 5:30 pm to meet at the
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge MA
( T-accessible ...just off Harvard Square)

for the Cathedral’s First Annual Congregational Retreat with your fellow congregation members:
-           there will be lunch and beverages
-           then scripture prayer, readings, bible study and responses
-           walking and talking outside
-           and coming back together to imagine how we might deepen our hospitality to all on Sunday mornings
-           and, there will be transportation at the
beginning and end. if you need help, please let us know.

It will be important to register before September 9 th , which you are welcome to do by responding to Ann Page Stecker (annpagestecker@gmail.com) online here .
GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE  

My slumber has ended. . . 
Time to open my eyes. . .
My day is beginning. . .
The heavenly sun is beaming upon us. . .
I give a song of thanksgiving for this blessing of a day. . .
A day of beauty blossoming. . .
In the meadows bees all buzzing. . .
The dewdrops are like diamonds that flashes upon the grass. . .
My heart is filled with gladness. . . Nature's awakening. . .
It's such a joyous way to take part in opening one's eyes. . .
The start of everything coming alive. . .
                            
Wilma Parham
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Diocesan Events ...
Our Cathedral serves as administrative, event and liturgical host to the  Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts  (DioMass).

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Christ Church , Medway
Grace Church , Norwood

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