Marblehead Covenant

May 4: Covenant Exchange Service At St. Michael’s

On Sunday, May 4th at 5:00 p.m. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will receive the Marblehead Ministerial Association’s Covenant from Grace Community Church during a special Evensong service at the 26 Pleasant Street church. People of all faiths are invited to attend, joining the congregations of the Ministerial association to observe the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Covenant which originated in response to a widely publicized incident of vandalism and desecration at Temple Emanu-El and at Marblehead’s Jewish Community Center. Since 1989 the Covenant has resided, on a rotating basis, in each of the houses of worship comprising the 13-member Marblehead Ministerial Association.

All are welcome to the May 4th service. Refreshments will be served.

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Sun 05/04/2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Michael's Episcopal Church


In 1989, the desecration of Temple Emanu-El and the Marblehead Jewish Community Center was a watershed moment for the entire community, as the stunning expression of hatred could not be ignored. The Marblehead Ministerial Association Covenant was written and signed as a pledge of honor by the houses of worship in the community to uphold the U.S. Constitution and freedom of worship and to stand united as communities of faith in opposition to all forms of bigotry, racism, and intolerance.

The Association’s 13-member organizations include the congregations and leaders of Marblehead’s religious denominations and also the Marblehead Counseling Center. Every year, the framed Covenant documents are passed from one congregation to another, symbolizing and re-affirming the Association’s purpose. As is customary, the Covenant Service takes place within the context of a worship service typically conducted by the hosting congregation.

Receiving the covenant in 2014 is especially important to St. Michael’s. Founded in 1714, the church is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.