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common art Shows
October 5th 2014 Art show and sale St. Peter's Episcopal Church Weston MA


Thank you to our partner congregations who will be joining us for outdoor worship.

5th: St Stephen's Episcopal, Cohasset
12th: Parish of the Epiphany,Winchester
19th: Union Church, Waban, MA
26th: All Saints, Brookline, MA

Lunch and Worship groups still needed on Nov 30th; Dec 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th; and January 4th.

Let us know if your church would like to volunteer!

12~ Althea
14~ Kenneth
16~ Jim Woodworth
18~ Lily Taylor
24~ Sue Hart
25~ Jeffrey Powers
25~ Ken Schmidt
25~ Sarah Rossiter
25~ Edwin
25~ Leigh Maynard
27~ Darius Lee Ford Stimpson
28~Sally Fisher

We remember
Martin Corr's Mom (10/2012)
Johnny Walker (10/13/2008)
Harry Castro (10/14/2008)
Gary Huber (10/19/2007)

...And those that mourn:
Martin Corr


We are in need of some small and large items. All make a big difference in our ministry.  



 Individual (or group) donations of these items are deeply appreciated:



  • New white socks
  • Dunkin Donuts gift cards
  • small toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, small shampoo/deodorant/razors/soap/sun block/chapstick)
  • new mens and womens underwear/tshirts


  • Dick Blick Gift certificates
  • Acrylic paints (especially red, blue, yellow, white, black)
  • Paint brushes (all sizes)
  • Canvas boards or stretched canvases (all sizes)
  • Old paintings that can be painted over
  • Sketch books (all sizes)
  • Beads (all types)
  • Costume jewelry and beaded jewelry (that can be taken apart and made into new pieces)
  • Pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, masking tape
  • Yarn for knitters
  • Hot and cold cups (paper, not Styrofoam)
  • Powdered drink mix
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Coffee (regular)
  • Sugar and sugar-substitute   

If you can help, please respond to this email.



We are always looking for new volunteers -- and hope to see again soon those of you who already do!



Our ministries run thanks to volunteers, prayers and financial support. If you have already given time and prayer...keep it up. If you still have more to give a check will be greatly appreciated.  


Checks (written to "Ecclesia Ministries Inc.") can be mailed to:
P O Box 51003, Boston MA 02205


October 2, 2014 
Dear Friends,

Now that fall is here we are getting ready for CityReach, celebrating successful art shows and learning how to welcome.  We hope you will join us.

A Lesson in Welcoming
In every new job there is a learning curve.  I knew that this would be the case when I started at common cathedral but I never expected I would need to learn how to welcome. I come from an Italian family who welcomes well, loves well, and believes that there is always room at the table for one more. Yet, my past jobs and global communities did not prepare me for how deep and loving a common cathedral welcome can be.  

The power of a common cathedral welcome is that it does not matter how you enter the space. If you are healthy, happy and ready to share your joy, the community is there to welcome you. If you have stumbled, sick and feeling empty, the community is there to welcome you.

Last week a community member came to common art and received a "Mary Welcome". If you don't know Mary, our associate street pastor, you should. When Mary welcomes you are truly seen, truly loved and you know she cares.

This community member came to common art to check in. After years of living on the streets he has been living in an apartment. He has not been around common art much lately, as he now enjoys being able to watch TV and listen to music, any time he wishes.

When he came in he was dressed head to toe in Red Sox gear, worn jeans, and shoes that have already walked miles. Although not originally from Boston he shared that he has fallen in love with being a Bostonian and believes God brought him to be a part of the common cathedral community.

This community member was given a hug, welcomed back and told how much he had been missed. This welcome began with Mary but quickly the community saw he had returned and greeted him as well. A welcome anyone would have stopped to notice but it was what happened next that was humbling.

He turned to me, asked my name and wanted to hear my story. This community member knows the power of the welcome which, without prejudice, includes everyone. As staff I had assumed I would be the one welcoming but in being welcomed I saw the power in our ministry. He welcomed me into the community, welcomed me into this community of Christ.

My prayer today is that we all find this passion to welcome. No matter our path in life, no matter our housing situation, may we welcome all and offer a sign of the restorative power of Jesus Christ. 


common art Show At The Old Fiske Museum!
This was the first ever museum exhibition for common art artists and it was a smashing success. More than 22 pieces were sold, fabulous conversations were shared between shoppers and artists, and to top it all off, a gorgeous Mexican meal was provided.

Benson Colella is only a Junior in high school, but what an inspiration he is to us all. As part of his Eagle project, Benson organized it all --  the art show, an art supply drive, the home cooked meal, appetizers during the show, and delivery of all the artwork back to common art!

 At the conclusion of our shared meal, a few of our artists dedicated a carved paper eagle to Benson, symbolizing Integrity, Courage, and the Tenacity to fight for the dignity of those impacted by severe poverty and homelessness.

Way to Go, Benson!

City Reach Dates are Set!
Mark Your Calendars!

Our City Reach Dates are as follows:


Nov 14/15, 2014

Dec 5/6, 2014

Jan 16/17, 2015

Feb 6/7, 2015

Feb 27/28, 2015

March 20/21, 2015

April 10/11, 2015

May 1/2, 2015


To sign up please email Tonika at  

Thank You
To our office host
St. Augustine & St. Martin Episcopal Church, Boston
To our program hosts and partners
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Church on the Hill
        Emmanuel Episcopal Church
The Barbara McInnis House (Boston Healthcare for the Homeless)
Father McCarthy House (Father Bill's & Mainspring)
Tuttle House (Paul Sullivan Housing/Pine Street Inn)
To our common art lunch sponsors/partners 
St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Parish
Community Servings  
To our semi-annual outing sponsor: St. John's Episcopal Church, Westwood

To our annual retreat sponsor: 

Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center and The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross

To our staff retreat sponsor

Society of St. John the Evangelist


To ALL who give their time, their donations, their prayers.

Ecclesia Ministries | | |
PO Box 51003
Boston, MA 02205

Regular Weekly Activities
Everyone is Welcome!!!
A simple lunch at 12:30pm, Brewer Fountain on Boston Common
common cathedral Worship at 1pm
Leadership Team (1st Sunday) or Gospel Reflection
Spiritual Support (with Communion) at the Barbara McInnis House respite facility
Spiritual Support at the Barbara McInnis House
common art 
Leadership Team at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, 8-9am
Open studio & mentoring 10am till 2pm
Bible Study at South Station, upstairs in the Food Court, 11am


Pastoral care at Friday Flix, Church on the Hill, 1pm

common cathedral Staff  

Amanda Grant-Rose, Executive Director 

Mary Jane Eaton, MDiv, Associate Pastor

Fr. Brian Murdoch, Associate Priest

The Rev. Ken Schmidt, Deacon

Heidi Lee, Artist-in-Residence  

Tonika Farrell, Administrative Assistant

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