June 23, 2020
From Bishop Fisher: The Joy of Juneteenth
Worcester Telegram
June 19, 2020

" Juneteenth must mean something to us all.

June 19th has been marked by African Americans since 1865 when the last people enslaved in Texas heard the news of The Emancipation Proclamation — two and a half years after it was made law. Why the delay? Many scholars theorize there was a desire to get one more cotton harvest, or that the messenger with the good news had been killed along the way. No one is certain, but for black slaves in Texas, freedom was postponed and justice delayed."

Safe Church Workshop for Volunteers
via ZOOM
The Rev. Tanya Wallace, Safe Church Officer for our diocese, will be presenting a three-hour workshop for volunteers  via ZOOM  on Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 a.m. Materials will be provided electronically.

This workshop is open to all volunteers who work with children and youth. It is also open to Eucharistic Visitors. Attendance is recommended every three years.

Register by June 24, 2020.
Registration for this workshop is limited to 20.

Additional workshops will be offered if you are unable
to participate at this time.

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!

Last TECH TIME tomorrow
Wednesday, June 24th, at 6 PM
Tech Time with Ellen Lincourt

Are already offering worship online and have a question? Come.
Haven't moved into online worship and want to try? Come.

Ellen is Senior AV Support Specialist at  Worcester Polytechnic Institute . She lends her digital skills to ministry at  St. Michael's-on-the-Heights , Worcester and to our diocese as needed. Many of you took Ellen's workshop last spring on cell phone videography for congregations. She's got the skills and the professional experience to guide is into the next phase of digital evangelism.

Tech Time w/ Ellen Lincourt
Time: June 24, 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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From The Episcopal Church
Third season of The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry podcast continues with guest Richard Rohr
In this episode, Bishop Curry talks with Richard Rohr, OFM, about what it takes to turn and follow a Christ who is as big as the Universe, choosing the Way of Love instead of the way of our ego. The two discuss the Spirituality of Addition vs. the Spirituality of Subtraction, and the consequences for our country and ourselves when we spend more time placing Jesus on a pedestal than we do actively following him as we live our daily lives.

The Episcopal Church invites participation in Good News Gardens
Join the movement to Plant, Pray, & Proclaim!

"As the realities and repercussions of COVID-19 continue to unfold, one area we know will continue to be affected is our food supply. The issues surrounding food justice are broad and often complex.

We believe that one thing that love could do right now is call a community of people with the ability to plant gardens of all sizes and kinds together – from small pots of herbs to hundreds of acres of corn – in order to share the love of Christ through word and action, food and labor." 

Resources and Workshops
Forging an Earth Ethic in a Time of Crisis
Jul 9 at 7pm

The themes of climate change and the corona virus will merge in the Charlemont Forum’s second summer program event with Karenna Gore speaking to the challenge of “Forging an Earth Ethic in a Time of Crisis”. The Forum will once again utilize the Zoom technology platform that has proved effective in reaching audience members in Western Massachusetts as well as nation wide. The program is scheduled for July 9 at 7 pm.

Virtual Nuevo Amanecer 2020 Conference
Jun 13, Jul 11, 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.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course led by Cricket Cooper
Jul 11- Sep 5

On nine consecutive Saturdays in July-September, please join us for the gold standard Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Live & Online course. The class is for beginner meditators, therapists, teachers, clergy, and anyone else looking to learn and grow personally and professionally.

The course will be co-led by Cricket Cooper, MDiv, and Kathy Woodliff, LPC.

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. 
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches   (July 18):  Sessions include "Finding Renewal in Conflict" and "How to be Effective when People are Angry," among others. Groups are especially encouraged to register for this event!
Healthy Congregations (July 21) : Participants will learn how to keep anxiety within their congregations from becoming infectious, put limits on invasive behavior, manage reactivity, focus on strengths, and more!"

Creation Care
Social Justice Commission
Beloved Community Commission
Together We Thrive

Keep an eye on the calendar here .

Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk , Program Coordinator
From Our Congregations
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