March 17, 2020
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Corridor Meetings this week for all clergy with Bishop Fisher
via phone or video
Bishop Fisher will be meeting with diocesan clergy this week via the ZOOM platform. All meetings will be at 5:00 PM. He will meet with the Berkshires Corridor on Tuesday, Pioneer Valley on Wednesday, and Worcester on Thursday.

Sunday streaming options

While many congregations are adapting to this event, several congregations have been streaming the Sunday celebration regularly. Here's when and how to join.


Online stream from the National Cathedral

Although the Washington National Cathedral remains closed, we can join online for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Use this link on Sunday: https://youtu.be/aUGZLwnLhUU

Join worship at Trinity, Wall Street

Use this link to join worship on Sunday at 9 am and 11 am.

Cancelled: Safe Church Training March 21, 2020
The Safe Church training that was scheduled to take place on March 21, 2020 at St. Andrew's Longmeadow has been
cancelled. Attendees have been notified.
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
Flatten the Curve: How social distancing works to slow the spread of coronavirus
These simulations show how to flatten the coronavirus curve.

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to "flatten the curve" to protect your community.

Read more
www.washingtonpost.com
If we don't flatten the curve, the number of COVID-19 cases will overwhelm the health care system, like what has been seen in Italy. Italian hospitals have had to decide who lives and who dies because they simply cannot treat everyone.

If we DO flatten the curve, the health care system won't be overwhelmed and everyone who needs treatment will get it.

Stay home. Practice social distancing. Flatten the curve.
Announcements from the Bishop re: COVID-19
Two-week Suspension of Services: Be Witnesses of Hope
3/13/2020 - "Liturgy should not provoke fear and anxiety. Therefore, I encourage congregational leadership to suspend public worship services, and other gatherings of congregants, for the next two Sundays - March 15 and March 22. After two weeks we will reevaluate based on the recommendations of local and state health officials. I encourage all of our congregations to do this, not just those in areas that have positive cases of the virus."


EDIT: On March 15, 2020, Gov. Baker prohibited gatherings of groups larger than 25 people, effective until April 7, 2020.
Diocesan Events & Meetings During Outbreak
3/11/2020 - "Today, we are considering some practical issues as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds in the Commonwealth, and in our diocese. With the Executive Team, I am making the following adaptations for the health and well-being of our communities.

  • Diocesan Council, Fresh Start, commissions and committees will meet via the ZOOM platform, as much as possible.
  • I have given diocesan staff the option to work remotely.
  • We are cancelling the gathering of clergy here on Tuesday, April 7 in favor of a virtual gathering for prayer and the blessing of oils. The oils will be shipped to our deans for local pick-up/distribution.
  • Clergy Conference is "on" for now. We'll keep you posted.

We are facing a challenge for which the Church came into being. We have the opportunity to comfort and assure one another that God is God, and this epidemic will not go on forever. There are wonderful resources surfacing that confirm our pastoral role and help us all think outside the box in terms of communication, and what it means to worship 'together'."


EDIT: On March 15, 2020, Gov. Baker prohibited gatherings of groups larger than 25 people, effective until April 7, 2020.
Creation Care
Social Justice Commission
Beloved Community Commission
Together We Thrive
Save the Dates
April 19-24, 2020

Coaching4Clergy’s Professional Coach Training program is for pastors, church leaders, and ministry staff who want to develop ministry excellence and effectiveness.
May 12, 2020

How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? [...] Liminal seasons call for a different kind of leadership presence, one that connects the soul of leaders with the soul of the institution.

Keep an eye on the calendar here.



Rev. Heather Ramsey Mabrouk, Program Coordinator
Resources & Workshops
Seeing God in the Midst of Disasters
Application deadline: April 15

"The US Disaster Team is looking for new people to join Partners in Response and Resilience (Partners). Partners are volunteers who work closely with US program staff and diocesan leaders as they prepare for and recover from disasters. 

Disasters have a disproportionate impact on historically-marginalized communities, and Episcopal Relief & Development believes in centering the experiences of these people in preparedness and response programming. Partners play an important role in ensuring that our programming serves the most vulnerable people in disaster-impacted communities." 

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

June 23-26, 2020
Tucson, AZ

You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), a practical workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This outstanding inter-denominational training event will be hosted by Scarsdale Congregational Church, UCC in Scarsdale, NY from 8:30am-5:00pm daily on May 4-8, 2020. 

Early bird registration ends April 3 .

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