Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


January 30, 2024

Lenten Resources: Local, Ecumenical, Churchwide

Take a look at these Lenten resources from our diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the New England Synod ELCA, and from The Episcopal Church.

View Lenten resources here.

Renewing God’s Creation: Daily Meditations for Lent 2024

"Lent invites us to reflect on our relationships with God, each other, and the Earth upon which all life depends. 

The Creation Care Leadership Circle, a small group in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts that advises our Missioner for Creation Care, invites you to sign up to receive an inspirational daily meditation email (including a short quote and an image) during the Forty Days of Lent. The quotes come from diverse sources as we honor the wisdom of many voices and traditions. 

Please join us for our third annual series of Lenten meditations as we contemplate the gift of the natural world and our calling to reconcile humanity with the rest of God’s creation."

Sign up here for Daily Lenten Meditations

Preaching Climate Justice in Lent

Feb 20, 10am


Organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

"As the world awakens to catastrophic threats to our climate and as authoritarian leaders threaten democracy, Lent invites us to join Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem. If we are to engage the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced, we need Jesus’ guidance.

This webinar will suggest ways in which our Lenten texts provide an opportunity to shape sermons that offer hope to our congregations, engage their imagination, and inspire them to take action for climate justice."


  • The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
  • The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese of Western MA & Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ; Creation Care Advisor, Episcopal Diocese of MA

Register here for Preaching Climate Justice in Lent

Online premiere of The Philadelphia Eleven

Mar 8, 8pm ET


The feature documentary film that tells the story of the first Episcopal women priests is having its online premiere on International Women's Day, March 8th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

Reserve tickets here for The Philadelphia Eleven

Upcoming Safe Church trainings

Feb 10, 2024, 9am - 2pm

Clergy, Staff, & Lay Leaders

Mar 5, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Mar 21, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Bishop's Visitations

  • 02/04/2024 - St. Andrew's, Longmeadow
  • 02/11/2024 - St. Mark's, East Longmeadow
  • 02/18/2024 - St. David's, Agawam
  • 02/25/2024 - St. Helena's, Lenox
  • 03/10/2024 - Christ Church, Fitchburg
  • 03/17/2024 - St. Michael's-on-the-Heights, Worcester
  • 03/24/2024 - Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
  • 03/31/2024 - Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
  • 04/07/2024 - Trinity Church, Ware
  • 04/14/2024 - Church of the Reconciliation, Webster

From Our Congregations & Missional Partners

WMA & MA Together

Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network Meeting

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Book Discussion

Mar 20 @ 7pm


The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

"A powerful account, by Israeli peace activist Miko Peled, of his transformation from a young man who'd grown up in the heart of Israel's elite and served proudly in its military into a fearless advocate of nonviolent struggle and equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis. His journey is mirrored in many ways the transformation his father, a much-decorated Israeli general, had undergone three decades earlier. Alice Walker contributed a foreword to the first edition in which she wrote, 'There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one.' In the new Epilogue he takes readers to South Africa, East Asia, several European countries, and the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel itself.

The book discussion will be facilitated by Max Sklar. Max Sklar attended Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (MDiv ‘23). He is a transitional Deacon in the Episcopal Church with the Diocese of Massachusetts and will be ordained a priest on February 10. Since the summer of this year, Max has been living & working with a Palestinian Christian community in Ramallah through The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships. He was residing in Ramallah on October 7th and remained there until he was evacuated back to the USA at the end of the month.

This book discussion is open to all in Province I (New England dioceses.)"

Register here for book discussion

The Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon. Contact Martha Gardner for meeting access.

Creation Care Justice Network

The Creation Care Justice Network in Massachusetts is a group of Episcopalians from across our state who are committed to faith-based environmental justice and climate action. They draw upon the strong environmental messages from our bishops and The Episcopal Church as well as our diocesan mission to protect creation and seek ways to work collaboratively to address the climate crisis in a just and equitable way. 

To attend the next meeting, email creationjusticeepisma@gmail.com to confirm and to get the Zoom link.

Learn more about the Creation Care Justice Network here

MA & WMA Poor People's Campaign Network Meeting

Here's what's happening in the Poor People's Campaign: January newsletter

Join the MAPPC Email List. If you do not already receive invitations, news, and updates from our Massachusetts PPC chapter, please sign up here: MAPPC Sign Up. The campaign is in a season of action around the election - voter and candidate education, registering folks to vote, and encouraging voter participation. Hope you can join in events! 

Catch up with the latest news from the Poor People's Campaign!

Province 1

Conversations with Noted Speakers

"The Province 1 Christian Formation Network is hosting a series of online monthly Conversations with Noted Speakers on Zoom. While hosted by the Episcopal churches of New England everyone is welcome to join these sessions. 

On the third Thursday of most months’ participants will have the opportunity to hear from people at the forefront of Christian Formation. Each session includes time for questions and conversation as we learn from each other new ways of sharing our faith. Below is the information for our 3rd year of speakers."

Feb. 15, 7pm ET  

Helping Hands Across Ages: Intergenerational Service Projects as a Monthly Ministry Model - Melinda Corey

Mar. 21, 7pm ET

Rhythms of Grace at St John's Episcopal Church Chico, CA – Teri Todd

Apr. 18, 7pm ET

Welcoming Trans and Gender Non-conforming folks in our churches - Rev. Kit Wang

May 16, 7pm ET

Re-invigorating Acolyte Ministries through Gamification, Storytelling, and Community Building - Kelsey Aebi

Jun. 20, 7pm ET

Using Children's Literature in Children's Ministry - Elizabeth Christie

Learn more

From The Episcopal Church

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‘A Case for Love’ screening draws praise, commitment from Episcopalians

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Executive Council previews ‘legendary Louisville’ hospitality as 81st General Convention approaches

Workshops & Resources

Wild Tea with Jesus: A Day Retreat at BCH

Mar 16, 9am

Greenfield, NH

"Spend a day at BCH entering into Jesus’ Lenten journey by engaging in an ancient human tradition- making tea. Our tea will be created from wild ingredients on the BCH property. Through the ritual of foraging, brewing and drinking our tea, we will create an atmosphere where we can dig deep into two separate stories of Jesus staying close with God in his last days."

Register here for Wild Tea with Jesus

Learn more

Ministerio Hispano | Latino Ministries

Ministerio Hispano San Pablo en Holyoke

  • Misa Dominical - 5:00pm en persona

La Catedral en Springfield

  • Misa Dominical - 12:15pm en persona y live-streamed (Facebook y YouTube, link su Catedral sitio web)
  • Estudio Bíblico - (en persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina - (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm

Ministerio Hispano San Marcos en Worcester

  • Misa Dominical - 12:00pm en persona
  • Marie’s Mission - (diaper distribution program) first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm
  •  Thrift Shop - open the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm
  •  Karate Classes - every Wednesday and Friday from 5:30pm-7:00pm
  •  Prayer group - every Friday at 7pm on WhatsApp 
  •  AA meetings - every Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00pm-8:00pm

Para conectar con las actividades de la Catedral mande un email a ap735@earthlink.net.

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

Open Positions

February 2024 Mission Matters Publishing Schedule

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