Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


February 27, 2024

A Conversation About Reparations Work with the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell

Mar 12, 6pm


Presenter: The Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell, Reparations: A Plan for Churches

Moderator: The Rev. Dr. Nina Ranadive Pooley, Beloved Community Commission, co-chair

The Bishop's Office is collaborating with the Beloved Community Commission to offer this educational experience as part of our commitment to healing the legacy of slavery and racism articulated at the 122nd Diocesan Convention. Read the resolution here.

All are welcome!

Learn more and register for A Conversation About Reparations Work

New commission will sponsor two clergy who will attend suicide training

Apr 15 - May 6, 11am


Ministering to Those Impacted by Suicide

by the Berkeley Divinity School

The diocesan mental health commission, Reclaiming Hope, will sponsor two scholarships for clergy to attend this training. Please email the Rev. Charlotte LaForest to apply.

About the training:

"Many in ministry feel in over their heads when called upon to respond to any suicide-related crisis, whether acute or chronic. This training will take a deep dive into the topic; it will increase awareness of the impacts of suicide, teach practical tools for responding appropriately and sufficiently in times of suicidal need, and expand the thinking of leaders about how churches and organizations can proactively address the hopelessness and isolation that contribute to suicidality."

Learn more about the course

2024 Diocesan Directory available to parish leaders

Download the 2024 Diocesan Directory here

Save the Date: Province 1 Annual Conference

May 29, 5pm


Province 1 Annual Conference will include:

  • General Convention Discussions
  • Executive Council Election
  • Ministry Networks Gathering
  • Province 1 News & Updates
  • and more

Registration details, election announcement, call for nominees, and full schedule coming soon.


Upcoming Safe Church trainings

Mar 5, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Mar 21, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Bishop's Visitations

  • 02/25/2024 - St. Helena's, Lenox
  • 03/10/2024 - Christ Church, Fitchburg
  • 03/17/2024 - St. Michael's-on-the-Heights, Worcester
  • 03/24/2024 - Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
  • 03/31/2024 - Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
  • 04/07/2024 - Trinity Church, Ware
  • 04/14/2024 - Church of the Reconciliation, Webster
  • 04/21/2024 - Christ Trinity, Sheffield
  • 04/28/2024 - St. Stephen's, Pittsfield
  • 05/05/2024 - St. Paul's, Gardner
  • 05/19/2024 - St. John's, Athol
  • 05/26/2024 - Christ Church, Rochdale

From Our Congregations & Missional Partners

WMA & MA Together

Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network Meeting

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Book Discussion

Mar 20 @ 7pm


The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

"A powerful account, by Israeli peace activist Miko Peled, of his transformation from a young man who'd grown up in the heart of Israel's elite and served proudly in its military into a fearless advocate of nonviolent struggle and equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis. His journey is mirrored in many ways the transformation his father, a much-decorated Israeli general, had undergone three decades earlier. Alice Walker contributed a foreword to the first edition in which she wrote, 'There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one.' In the new Epilogue he takes readers to South Africa, East Asia, several European countries, and the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel itself.

The book discussion will be facilitated by Max Sklar. Max Sklar attended Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (MDiv ‘23). He is a transitional Deacon in the Episcopal Church with the Diocese of Massachusetts and will be ordained a priest on February 10. Since the summer of this year, Max has been living & working with a Palestinian Christian community in Ramallah through The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships. He was residing in Ramallah on October 7th and remained there until he was evacuated back to the USA at the end of the month.

This book discussion is open to all in Province I (New England dioceses.)"

Register here for book discussion

The Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon. Contact Martha Gardner for meeting access.

Creation Care Justice Network

The Creation Care Justice Network in Massachusetts is a group of Episcopalians from across our state who are committed to faith-based environmental justice and climate action. They draw upon the strong environmental messages from our bishops and The Episcopal Church as well as our diocesan mission to protect creation and seek ways to work collaboratively to address the climate crisis in a just and equitable way. 

To attend the next meeting, email creationjusticeepisma@gmail.com to confirm and to get the Zoom link.

Learn more about the Creation Care Justice Network here

MA & WMA Poor People's Campaign Network Meeting

Here's what's happening in the Poor People's Campaign: February newsletter

Join the MAPPC Email List. If you do not already receive invitations, news, and updates from our Massachusetts PPC chapter, please sign up here: MAPPC Sign Up. The campaign is in a season of action around the election - voter and candidate education, registering folks to vote, and encouraging voter participation. Hope you can join in events! 

Catch up with the latest news from the Poor People's Campaign!

Province 1

Conversations with Noted Speakers

"The Province 1 Christian Formation Network is hosting a series of online monthly Conversations with Noted Speakers on Zoom. While hosted by the Episcopal churches of New England everyone is welcome to join these sessions. 

On the third Thursday of most months’ participants will have the opportunity to hear from people at the forefront of Christian Formation. Each session includes time for questions and conversation as we learn from each other new ways of sharing our faith. Below is the information for our 3rd year of speakers."

Mar. 21, 7pm ET

Rhythms of Grace at St John's Episcopal Church Chico, CA – Teri Todd

Apr. 18, 7pm ET

Welcoming Trans and Gender Non-conforming folks in our churches - Rev. Kit Wang

May 16, 7pm ET

Re-invigorating Acolyte Ministries through Gamification, Storytelling, and Community Building - Kelsey Aebi

Jun. 20, 7pm ET

Using Children's Literature in Children's Ministry - Elizabeth Christie

Learn more

From The Episcopal Church

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Ministerio Hispano | Latino Ministries

Ministerio Hispano San Pablo en Holyoke

  • Misa Dominical - 5:00pm en persona

La Catedral en Springfield

  • Misa Dominical - 12:15pm en persona y live-streamed (Facebook y YouTube, link su Catedral sitio web)
  • Estudio Bíblico - (en persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina - (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm

Ministerio Hispano San Marcos en Worcester

  • Misa Dominical - 12:00pm en persona
  • Marie’s Mission - (diaper distribution program) first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm
  •  Thrift Shop - open the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm
  •  Karate Classes - every Wednesday and Friday from 5:30pm-7:00pm
  •  Prayer group - every Friday at 7pm on WhatsApp 
  •  AA meetings - every Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00pm-8:00pm

Para conectar con las actividades de la Catedral mande un email a ap735@earthlink.net.

Para conectar con las actividades del Ministerio Hispano en Worcester visite el sitio web ministeriohispanoworcester.org o mande un email a jreyes@diocesewma.org.

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