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January 18, 2013

Calvary Episcopal priest headed to MIT

DANVERS — The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, one of the two outgoing priests at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, will soon take up campus ministry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, where she will coordinate a forum on how technology and scientific discovery affects us all.

With the recent merger of Calvary Episcopal Church on Cherry Street in Danvers and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Peabody, the rectors of both churches are moving on so a new priest chosen by the combined congregation can take over, said Keith-Lucas, 36. The new congregation is worshipping in the Danvers church building.

Keith-Lucas’ next calling will be at MIT, where she will work in a joint Lutheran-Episcopal ministry with a Lutheran chaplain.

At MIT, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, with support from MIT, sponsors the Technology and Culture Forum, which features events focused on how technology affects our lives and “shapes our ethical choices,” said Keith-Lucas, who will run this series of events.

A recent program focused on the use of remote-control-drone technology, Keith-Lucas said, and a forum in the spring will look at climate change and questions surrounding how it’s viewed.

“My role is to work with faculty at MIT who are on the Steering Committee for Technology and Culture and ask them: ‘What are the conversations in your field? What’s happening next? What questions does that bring up for you, and who can speak to those questions?’”

In this role, she’ll sit down with some brilliant minds and ask these thinkers about their discoveries: “What does it mean to you, and what does it mean for the world?”

And while she will not be dealing with the needs of a congregation in a town, a Catholic chaplain at MIT told her that she will continue with pastoral care, listening to young people and helping them find God’s presence in whatever they are dealing with.

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