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Retreat for Youth on MLK weekend
Youth Service Lock-In
January 20-21, 2019
Every year on the third Monday of January, we observe a day in remembrance of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, diocesan youth in grades 6-12, and the adults who work with them, are invited to Christ Church Cathedral for an overnight.

During this lock-in, we will dream about what it means to carry on Dr. King's legacy in our own communities, and explore what that looks like in Springfield today. We'll also engage in service work in the Springfield community. Bonus: everyone will get to sleep inside the Cathedral over night!

Registrations are due by January 13, 2019.
2019 UTO Grant Applications
The UTO Board released the Grant Focus and Criteria for the triennium: 2019, 2020, and 2021, which will allow applicants to think ahead.

United Thank Offering Grant Focus and Criteria
UTO was founded to support innovative mission and ministry that the Church budget has not yet expanded to fund.

  • The 2019 United Thank Offering Grant session will focus on the following: Go: Crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus.

  • The 2020 United Thank Offering Grant session will focus on the following: Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.

  • The 2021 United Thank Offering Grant session will focus on the following: Act: Turn love into action by caring for God’s creation to protect the most vulnerable who will bear the largest burden of pollution and climate change.

Please submit applications to Susan Howland by February 15, 2019 .
Phone: 508-612-3198
Upcoming Safe Church Workshops
The Rev. Tanya Wallace, Diocesan Safe Church Officer, will be leading workshops on the following dates:

  • January 12, 2019 – Combined volunteer and full-day training at Christ Church Cathedral
  • February 12, 2019 – Combined volunteer and full-day training at St. Stephen's Church, Pittsfield
  • February 24, 2019 – Volunteer training at All Saints’ Church, Worcester
  • March 2, 2019 – Combined volunteer and full-day training at St. Andrew’s, Longmeadow
  • March 30, 2019 – Combined volunteer and full-day training at St. Michael’s Church, Worcester

Details and online registration are available here , as well as a hard-copy registration. Questions, please email

Please register early to avoid workshop cancellation. Thank you for helping to keep our churches safe!
Register Now!
Pre-Lent Clergy Retreat
A Joint Diocesan Retreat with
the Diocese of Massachusetts
Barbara C. Harris Conference Center - February 26-28, 2019
Getting Real with God: The Psalms
The Psalms are the part of Scripture that most directly connects every congregation, and each pray-er in it, with God. We will work with the Psalms as vehicles for pastoral care, survival in difficult times, spiritual self-examination and growth. We will give some attention to psalms appointed for the Lenten season, as they provide opportunities for teaching, preaching, meditation.
About our Retreat Leader:
Dr. Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. The author of eleven books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. A lay Episcopalian, she has long been active as a theological consultant within the Anglican Communion. Her current work explores dance and visual arts as modes of interpreting the Psalms.
Payment in full by check is requested.
Please write, "Pre-Lent Retreat" in the memo and send the payment to:

Attn: David Ames
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
News from our Cathedral
Book reading with Ed Farrell
Author Ed Farrell will talk about writing and will read from his new novel, White Angel , and other work at Christ Church Cathedral on January 23rd at 6:30. 

About White Angel he says, “It’s a murder mystery, so it’s not supposed to be profound, but the protagonist is a man who is wrestling with both his past and his faith, situations which may be familiar to many of us.”

For mystery fans who would like to read the book beforehand, it’s available from Dark Ink Press on Amazon in both print ($13.99) and Kindle ($4.99) versions.

Ed is a Cathedral member who has served the church in a variety of positions over a thirty year career, but he has long been a writer and retirement is giving him more time to pursue his avocation. 

January 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
35 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01103

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