July 21, 2020
RenewalWorks begins in the fall;
50% reimbursement if you go for it!
RenewalWorks  is a great place to begin for congregational development.

This four-month plan is being used across The Episcopal Church to help congregations focus on spiritual growth for congregational growth. 

What a great time to give it a try – as we emerge from our stay at home orders and emerge back together as “church”.

It begins on September 20 , with the opening of the online survey. RenewalWorks advises you to register at least 4-6 weeks ahead of time in order to advertise and gather a leadership team. So, register by August 10 to give yourself plenty of time!

For Youth in the Berkshires
Building the Beloved Community:
Middle School Adventure in Community and Justice
Jul 19 - Aug 9

Join St. Stephen's Pittsfield and the Cathedral of the Beloved on Sunday mornings for community service, reflection, and learning.

Complete this Bingo board and return it to Northshire Bookstore at either location (Manchester VT or Saratoga Springs NY) by September 7th to be entered in a prize drawing for a Northshire Bookstore Gift Card. Prizes have been donated by the Episcopal Clergy of Berkshire County.
From The Episcopal Church
Season of Creation, September 1 – October 4, 2020 Devotions offered by four leaders
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, September 1–October 4.

The season, which begins on September 1 with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, is a time to join with the global Christian community in renewing, repairing and restoring commitments to God, to one another and to all of creation.

Traveling the Way of Love special episode: Triangle of Hope
In this special episode, developed with The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships and filmed in late 2019, Chris Sikkema, the Office of Communication’s manager for special projects, visits with the Tsedaqah community and others from the Diocese of Liverpool in England.

Tsedaqah is a community of young adults representing dioceses in locations that participated in the Triangle of Despair that fed and nourished the transatlantic slave trade. Through worship, communal life, and service to the community, they work toward reconciliation and transformation of the Triangle of Despair to a triangle of hope.

Resources and Workshops
art + soul: The Secret Life of Bees reading group
Aug 2 - Nov 15

"Sue Monk Kidd’s astonishing classic book The Secret Life of Bees will be our center source, the big red heart we touch again and again as our own spiritual biographies unfold. Taking place in the the summer of 1964 in the Deep South, this story intersects questions of race, gender and life-giving spirituality, and unapologetically re-imagines them all...which is why this book needs to be dusted off and broken open right now."

Zoom conversations twice a month, and weekly reflection materials for you to work with as your schedule allows.

Virtual Nuevo Amanecer 2020 Conference
Aug 15, Sep 12, and Oct 10.

Registration is now open for all 5 events of Virtual Nuevo Amanecer: June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12 and October 10. The registration is bilingual: Spanish/English. You only need to register once for all 5 events. Two days before the event you will receive the links for the Zoom meetings.

ESP: Nos reuniremos el 13 de junio de 1:00 pm a 4:00 pm, Tiempo del Este (Miami, Santo Domingo). Durante los próximos cuatro meses, del 10 de julio al 10 de octubre, nos seguiremos reuniendo mensualmente para más oportunidades de aprendizaje, conocimiento mutuo y oración.

ENG: We will meet on June 13 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Eastern Time (Miami, Santo Domingo). Over the next four months, from July 10 to October 10, we will continue to meet monthly for more opportunities for learning, mutual knowledge, and prayer.

Webinars from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Jul-Dec 2020

"LMPC announces the return of one of our more popular seminars: Leadership and Anxiety in the Church (LAC)  on August 19, 2020 via Zoom video conferencing. This webinar is comprised of a series of PowerPoint presentations that look at the challenges posed by rising levels of anxiety in churches and in society as a whole. 

Creation Care
Social Justice Commission
Beloved Community Commission
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Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk , Program Coordinator
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