Dear friends, 

Alleluia! Christ is risen! We have entered the Great Fifty Days of Easter, a season that invites each of us to explore and experience the power of resurrection. If Christ is alive, how will His risen presence transform your life and mine? I preached about the power of Easter in my Easter Vigil homily at St. Andrew’s Church, Longmeadow. You can read it here

The days leading up to Easter drew many of us to stand up against violence of all kinds – gun violence, racial violence, and violence against Mother Earth. After months of hard work, I was glad when Monday in Holy Week finally arrived. In the company of more than a hundred faith leaders and supporters, I helped to lead an interfaith service on the steps of the Massachusetts State House: Exodus from Fossil Fuels In word, song, and prayer, we called upon Governor Baker to take leadership in stopping construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure. As I said in my remarks to the press, “We are holding this event during a time of year that is a holy season for multiple faith traditions, because protecting our climate and God’s creation is one of the most important ways to practice our faith in today’s world.” After a lively outdoor service, which included speakers from front-line communities all across the Commonwealth that are resisting new fracked gas pipelines, we walked in procession to the State House, where I met with a couple of the Governor’s staff members and the whole crowd wrote him postcards. The Berkshire Edge wrote a good short article that can be found here