Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


April 9, 2024

Seeking understanding of life in the Holy Land?

Join SJC for Book Discussion on May 22nd via Zoom

May 22, 7pm


A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy by Nathan Thrall

Join members of the Social Justice Commission for a single discussion of this powerful book on Wednesday May 22nd at 7 PM EST via Zoom.

Named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, The Economist, Time, The New Republic, and the Financial Times.

Immersive and gripping, an intimate story of a deadly accident outside Jerusalem that unravels a tangle of lives, loves, enmities, and histories over the course of one revealing, heartbreaking day.

Register here

Earth Day 2024

Apr 20, 9am

Southborough, MA

and Online

"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

Watch the livestream here, courtesy of Province I

Online Retreat for Episcopalians and Lutherans Living with Disabilities

Celebrating Our Embodied Vocations: Meeting Jesus in Our Encounters with Disability

May 4, 9:30am


Presenter: Dr. Diana Ventura

This online retreat will be a virtual space of healing reflection, prayer, and guided meditations. Participants will be invited to explore how to meet Jesus in the everyday challenges of living with a disability. Through a series of meditations and online activities based on biblical passages and other spiritual narratives of people with disabilities, participants will be led to an encounter with Jesus, disability and vulnerability to nurture renewed compassion and love.

Learn more and register for Celebrating Our Embodied Vocations

Slate of 4 bishops announced for 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church

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[Episcopal News Service] "The Episcopal Church’s next presiding bishop will be chosen this June from a slate of four nominees, whose names were released April 2: Nebraska Bishop J. Scott Barker, Pennsylvania Bishop Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright and Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean Rowe, who also serves as bishop provisional of the Diocese of Western New York.

Those four bishops – and any additional candidates nominated by petition – will be presented for election at the 81st General Convention, which convenes June 23-28 in Louisville, Kentucky."

Read more

Bishop's Visitations

  • 04/14/24 - Church of the Reconciliation, Webster
  • 04/21/24 - Christ Trinity, Sheffield
  • 04/28/24 - St. Stephen's, Pittsfield
  • 05/05/24 - St. Paul's, Gardner
  • 05/19/24 - St. John's, Athol
  • 05/26/24 - Christ Church, Rochdale
  • 06/02/24 - St. Mark's, Leominster
  • 06/09/24 - Good Shepherd, Oxford
  • 06/16/24 - Christ the King-Epiphany, Wilbraham

From Our Congregations & Missional Partners

WMA & MA Together

Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network Meeting

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."

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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Proposals take aim at church health plan inequities that left those in Navajoland uninsured

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RIP: Edward Rodman, longtime Massachusetts priest and social justice advocate, dies at 81

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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