Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


March 12, 2024

TODAY: 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

Earth Day 2024

Apr 20, 9am

Southborough, MA

"All are warmly invited for a day of fellowship, learning, and celebration to mark the conclusion of the pilot program of 'An Episcopal Path to Creation Justice,' a new initiative from the dioceses of Western Massachusetts and Massachusetts to equip churches for deep and broad work in creation care.

The event will feature presentations by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker and, joining virtually, Bill McKibben and Robin Wall-Kimmerer, as well as opportunities for conversation and reflection. The day will conclude with a celebratory Eucharist officiated by Bishop Carol Gallagher."

Learn more and register for Earth Day 2024

Two Upcoming Events for Young Adults

Board Games @ a Brewery Meetup

March 16, 2pm

South Deerfield, MA

Board Games at Treehouse Brewery in South Deerfield.

All are welcome! Drop in or stay the whole time. Bring a board game, bring a friend, enjoy fellowship, games, a beverage, craft beer and craft seltzer, & pizza.

Email Lucy to RSVP or with questions: lucy.bergin@gmail.com

YAMN Lenten Retreat

March 23, 10am

Athol, MA

YAMN is excited to host a quiet Lenten Retreat day in partnership with St. John's in Athol and Grace Episcopal, Amherst on Saturday March 23 from 10 - 2 at St. John's Athol, lunch included. All are welcome! The retreat will start with morning prayer before breaking into self-guided quiet retreat space with reading and art materials available, and then we will close with a brief Eucharist and communal lunch. 

Please register at this link to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or would like to carpool.

New Board Member for BCHCCC invites us to get ready for summer camp

From Todd Goodwin, BCHCCC Board Member:

"With spring so close, summer can’t be far behind. With summer comes fond memories of summers of yore; among them the times we spent at a church camp. 

A year round ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Barbara C. Harris Center welcomes children, adults, and families for spiritual practice and connecting to the natural world through camps, retreats, conferences, and programs. Some of you may be familiar with the Center through clergy or parish retreats and meetings of Province One held there. Situated on beautiful Otter Lake, it has everything a summer camp and retreat center needs to welcome you.

The Barbara C. Harris Center invites us to take advantage of all it has to offer. I hope you will consider the Center a place for you and your parish and family as well."

Read the full letter here

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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 21, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Bishop's Visitations

  • 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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At spring House of Bishops meeting, connection and future church in focus

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Churches in two Pennsylvania dioceses raise funds to eliminate $3 million in medical debt

Workshops & Resources

ECM Spring Education Series: "A Stolen Beam": Essential Conversation and Spiritual Reflection on Reparations for Descendants of Slaves in the U.S.

Mondays Apr 8 - May 20 , 7pm


"Dr. Constance Holmes & The Rev. Steven Bonsey will be offering Stolen Beam over seven sessions on Mondays from 7-8:30 pm, April 8th Through May 20th.

This course of educational engagement and personal reflection, originating from the Jewish Community of Amherst, focuses on the legacy of African enslavement and 400 years of anti-Black racism to what was stolen and what may be owed. It examines the historical case for reparations; global and national precedents for reparations; practical proposals for national and local reparations; and theological reflections on reparations from Jewish and Christian sources.

This is the last call for applications before we close the poll on March 15th. We are committed to cultivating a diverse cohort group to provide a variety of perspectives throughout this series. Space is limited and we will update you on the status of your application before April 1st."

Learn more and register for A Stolen Beam

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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