November 26, 2019
New Digital Invitation Kits for Advent
Continuing the invitation to connect  The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life  more deeply to the seasons of the year, The Episcopal Church has developed additional free and downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith. An Advent Digital Invitation Kit is available now to help congregations invite people to enter into this season of preparation.

Save the Date for Super Saturday
March 14, 2020
Super Saturday = Parish Leadership Day

We have changed the date for our annual gathering of congregational leaders to March 14, 2020 . Our resolution to deepen our relationship with the United Church of Christ has prompted this change of day and venue so that we might learn alongside one another. The Massachusetts Conference of the UCC has welcomed our participation in the bi-annual Super Saturday conference, and invited us to lead workshops that reflect our experience of ministry, and the needs of our leadership.

More details in 2020. Stay tuned!

Remembering Sandy Hook
December 14, 2019, marks the 7-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. By this December, over 700,000 Americans will have been killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shootings.

If your congregation would like to hold a local vigil or event download a  Vigil/Event Toolkit to learn more and  add your event to the list on the Newtown Action Alliance website.

EYE20 Venue Change; Theme, Registration Details Released
The venue for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) has been changed to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). The location remains within the Diocese of Washington and the dates, July 7-11, 2020, are unchanged.

The theme for EYE20 is “Unite! ¡Unámonos!”

Safe Church Registration is Open
Our Safe Church Officer, the Rev. Tanya Wallace, has scheduled the following dates/locations for upcoming Safe Church workshops:

Creation Care
Book Event: December 11 at Grace Church, Amherst
Margaret will speak about her new book,  Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis  at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at  Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst , on the Town Common. Book sales will be handled by  Amherst Bookstore Rooted and Rising , co-edited by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Leah D. Schade, features 21 essays by a wide range of individuals – scientists, scholars, faith leaders, and activists – who write about their sources of strength, wisdom, and hope as they grapple with the climate crisis. The book includes study questions and spiritual practices, making it an excellent choice not only for individual reflection but also for study groups and classes.
Social Justice Commission
Beloved Community Commission
Resources & Workshops
RenewalWorks Winter Deadline: December 6th

RenewalWorks will inspire your congregation and leadership to rediscover who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. Through a guided methodology of self-reflection, sharing, and workshop discussion, it will help you refocus on spiritual growth and identify ways that God is calling you to grow.

Girls' Friendly Society Leadership Workshop -
The Art of Change

“The Art of Change: Building a Beloved Community” will teach young women how to create communities where all of God’s children can be free. From the practice of empathy and leadership skills to social organizing and peaceful conflict resolution, this transformational workshop will teach participants how to solve real-world problems through a creative and experiential learning process.

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