Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


September 13, 2022

Bishops to Visit Plymouth for "sacred listening,"

Service of Lament and Commitment

October 10,11am

Plymouth, MA

The Beloved Community Commission invites you to a historic event!

On Monday, Oct. 10th at Christ Church in Plymouth, the Rev. Canon Cornelia Eaton, Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland, will join the bishops of both Massachusetts Episcopal dioceses and Indigenous leaders from the Commonwealth for a morning symposium of sacred listening and responding, lunchtime conversations and a worship service of lament and commitment. All are welcome. Registration is required. Doors open at 10:30 am. The event begins at 11:00 am.

Register here

Preaching Climate Justice: A Conversation with Jim Antal and Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

September 15


A presentation by two religious leaders committed to encouraging climate preaching that is both pastoral and prophetic. There will be time for questions and conversation, as well as suggestions for how to preach on some of the texts assigned for upcoming Sundays in Creation Season. This is a free event open to all preachers, lay and ordained.

Register here

Take heart, it is I.

An online Creation Season Retreat

October 1, 9:30am


Led by The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas.

Strong winds are blowing against us: the winds of white Christian nationalism, the winds of war, the winds of climate change. Like the disciples in their small boat, we may feel “battered by the waves” (Matthew 14:24). Let’s gather to pray for the courage to meet Christ in rough seas, the serenity to trust in Christ’s presence, and the boldness to bear public witness to Christ’s love. Our time together will include silence and guided meditation, presentations and small group conversation, and free time for solitary prayer and a contemplative walk outdoors.

This online retreat will be held the day before Faiths for Climate Justice launches 5 weeks of faith-based climate events (Oct. 2- Nov. 6). Please consider planning or joining an event, so that we can pray for you during our retreat. 

Register here

Safe Church Training Fall 2022

A gentle reminder that Safe Church training workshops, led by The Rev. Tanya Wallace, will be held via Zoom on the following dates. Registration is open--choose your date, click on the date and register now! Registration closes one week prior to the workshop date.

Please register early as workshops fill up quickly.

For additional information please visit our webpage. Thank you for helping to keep our ministries safe.

Young Adult Ministry Network Retreat

Sep 27-29

Greenfield, NH

We are excited to welcome you to Barbara C Harris Camp in Greenfield, NH for our Young Adult Ministry Network (YAMN) in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts retreat.

Because this retreat occurs during the week, we are prepared to offer scholarships to young adults taking unpaid time off to attend. Please email Will Harron for more information.

We currently have space for 20 young adults 18-40 from within the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Please register as soon as possible so we can be aware of any additional space needs and so that we may share accommodation requests with Barbara C. Harris camp in a timely fashion.

Register here

Province 1: The Episcopal Church in New England

The Province 1 Christian Formation Network is hosting a series of online monthly

 “Conversations with Noted Speakers”

On the third Thursday of each month participants will have the opportunity to hear from people at the forefront of Christian Formation. To participate, sign up here: 


2022-23 Schedule

  • Sept. 15 "We Worship Young !", Jennifer Rome

Jen Rome has the best job ever: Pastor of Next Generation Ministries at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul. She has 20 years of experience in bringing people of all generations to deeply experience and creatively connect with God, the world, and each other. Nationally and locally, she presents and leads workshops on cross-generational, multi-sensory, interactive faith formation for church professionals and lay leaders. She, her husband, and their two children live inter-generationally with his parents in a duplex in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

  • Oct. 20 "Way of Love VBS: How it came to be and its success and effect on all those who participated and the whole parish." Priscilla Nason Shartle 
  • Nov. 17"Providing New Doorways: How Art and Literature Can Open Up Spiritual Conversation in Parish Life" Rev. Megan McDermott 
  • Dec. 15 "What's St. Nicholas doing in our Advent? And how do we restore him the dignity and worth he deserves." Gertrud Mueller Nelson 
  • Jan. 19 "Using Storywalks for an Intergenerational, Community Event. " Glenys Nellist
  • Feb. 16 "Connecting with College students" The Rev. Nancy Vogele
  • March 16 " "VBS on the go: How it worked in one church." Sam Burton 
  • April 20 " Messy Church and how it worked" Dean Kristi Maulden and Becky Moseman
  • May 18 "Another twist on Confirmation" Josh Hosler
  • June 15 TBD

WMA & MA Together

The Creation Care Justice Network, the growing band of Episcopalians across Massachusetts, invites you to engage in caring for creation throughout the year. Summer is a particularly good time to enjoy and care for the natural world all around us. Take time to enjoy as you pray, learn, act and advocate!

Learn more

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From TEC

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Episcopal delegates at World Council of Churches 11th Assembly connect with local Anglicans, global Christians

Episcopal dioceses, churches pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Workshops & Resources

Creating Racial Equity in our Communities and Congregations

Sep 24, 9am

Online or Glastonbury, CT

A gathering focused on devising strategies to confront racial inequity in local congregations and communities. 

Morning workshops will center on current and emerging issues of racial justice identified as priorities by SNEC members and congregations. Attendees will bring together their knowledge and experience to work on a plan for addressing each specific issue. 

Learn more and register

Save the Date - Next Gathering of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church 

April 26-29, 2023

Greenfield, NH

Theme: “From Basement to Sanctuary, Recovery and the Church”

Keynote speaker: Stephen R. Haynes, author of “Why Can’t Church Be More Like an AA Meeting? and Other Questions Christians Ask About Recovery

Ministerio Hispano

Latine Ministries

Para conectar con las actividades de la Catedral mande un email a tcallard@cccspfld.org.

Para conectar con las actividades del Ministerio Hispano en Worcester visite el sitio web ministeriohispanoworcester.org o mande un email a jreyes@diocesewma.org.

Misa Dominical
Ministerio Hispano en Worcester:
  • 12:00pm en la Iglesia de San Marcos en persona
La Catedral:
  • 12:15pm en persona

Durante la semana
Ministerio Hispano en Worcester: 
  • Estudio Bíblico todos los martes a las 6:30pm por Zoom
  • Grupo de Oración todos los viernes a las 6:30pm for WhatsApp
La Catedral: 
  • Estudio Bíblico (En persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm
St. Paul's, Holyoke:
  • Saturday, Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Joel Martinez, @ 6pm

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