December 2017 Newsletter
DECEMBER 28, 2017
Las Fronteras: Boundaries and Bridges
A Borderlands Pilgrimage

For young people in grades 9 and 10

Based on the recent success of our powerful mission-focused pilgrimages through the Youth Leadership Academy, this new opportunity includes a week-long encounter in and around Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Participants will explore issues of security and hospitality, stranger and neighbor, with local residents, church leaders, local government officials, migrants, US Border Patrol, indigenous communities, and others.

Trip dates:  Aug. 3 - Aug. 10, 2018

First meeting:  Feb. 2-4, 2018
(as part of High School Retreat at Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conf. Center)

Additional meetings in local communities confronting these issues:
Saturday, March 10 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (location to be announced)
Saturday, May 5 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (location to be announced)
Saturday, June 23 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (location to be announced)

Applications due December 28, 2017

For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith at

2018 High School Retreat!!
February 2-4, 2018
Registration now open!!
Registration is now open for the 2018 High School Retreat weekend (Friday to Sunday, February 2-4), at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Retreat participants this year will explore how they are formed by their culture and by their faith for action in the world.

Led by the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC), the weekend features small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship to get everyone moving and thinking, lively music, and some much needed time away from the rush of everyday routines in order to pay more attention to the Spirit of God in our lives. Scholarship support is available, as is bus transportation. Registration closes when capacity is reached, or on January 25 .

2018 Preconfirmation Retreats!!
March 16-17 or April 6-7
PreConfirmation retreats are a chance for young people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to meet other young people discerning their call to Confirmation, or even just the faith journey in general! The retreats do not try to sum up a year’s worth of classes in one overnight, but we do try to give all who come a feeling for how making a commitment to one’s faith can be lived out not only in church, but in every part of our day.

The retreats are led by the members of the Diocesan Youth Council, 10th-12th graders who see part of their leadership and ministry as welcoming all the youth attending retreats, leading small groups, and giving reflections on their own spiritual journeys. They look forward to getting to know all participants!

And a final word...

Looking forward to learning from you and
working with you in the coming year!!
In the coming weeks, may you find time both witness God's goodness breaking into your world as well to embody God's goodness breaking into our world--
and may you be reminded that

you are created by God
in the image of God
to be loved by God.