Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


November 7, 2023

Did you miss our Convention Recap?

We worshipped as one Body in Christ.

We honored our long and rich relationship with New England Synod ELCA.

We made a commitment to healing the legacy of slavery and racism through an act of atonement.

We had robust and respectful conversation about important matters.

We elected new lay and ordained leaders.

And more!

Read the recap here

Parish Admins and Secretaries:

Making Connections

Dec 4, 11am


Please join us via Zoom on Monday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m. for an informal, friendly gathering of our parish administrators and secretaries.

New to your job? Welcome--we'd love to meet you! Whether you are brand new or have been in your position for a long time--you are welcome. We'd love to hear from you and help you connect with others in the diocese!

Please email Karen Warren for the Zoom link: kwarren@diocesewma.org

Register here

Advent Retreat with Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Dec 16, 9:30am


Guided by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, we will enjoy a morning of listening, prayer, and conversation as we open ourselves to the presence of Divine Love. Our time together will include presentations, guided meditation, and gathering in small groups. If you like, bring a candle and wear something comfortable for an optional walk outdoors. All are welcome to join our fourth annual Advent retreat.

This year’s Advent retreat takes its name from the opening line of a 15th-century hymn attributed to Thomas á Kempis.

Register here

Upcoming Safe Church trainings

Nov 28 & 30, 5:30pm - 8pm

Clergy, Staff, & Lay Leaders - Full day in two parts

Dec 10, 2pm - 5pm


Jan 16 & 18, 2024, 5:30pm - 8pm

Clergy, Staff, & Lay Leaders - Full day in two parts

Jan 31, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Feb 10, 2024, 9am - 2pm

Clergy, Staff, & Lay Leaders

Mar 5, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Mar 21, 2024, 5pm - 8pm


Bishop's Visitations

  • 11/12/2023 - Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
  • 11/19/2023 - St. John's, Williamstown
  • 12/03/2023 - Atonement, Westfield
  • 12/10/2023 - Trinity Church, Milford
  • 12/17/2023 - All Saints, North Adams
  • 01/07/2024 - Christ the King-Epiphany, Wilbraham
  • 01/14/2024 - St. Stephen's, Westborough
  • 01/21/2024 - St. Luke's, Worcester
  • 01/28/2024 - Southwick Community
  • 02/04/2024 - St. Andrew's, Longmeadow
  • 02/11/2024 - St. Mark's, East Longmeadow

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. To sign up click the link for each session."

Wednesday Nov. 15, 2023, 7pm ET

Creating community with Adults on Zoom: The lectionary as laboratory: using literary criticism to understand the Bible - The Rev. Celeste Hemingson

Dec. 21, 2023, 7pm ET

How to Welcome and Embrace Neurodiversity - Veronica Sydlowski

Jan. 18, 2024, 7pm ET 

OutOfTheBox: Playing with stories to bring wellbeing - Kathryn Lord and Lacy Finn Borgo

Feb. 15, 2024, 7pm ET  

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

Mar. 21, 2024, 7pm ET

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

Apr. 18, 2024, 7pm ET

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

May 16, 2024, 7pm ET

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

Jun. 20, 2024, 7pm ET

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

Learn more

WMA & MA Together

Book Discussion

Nov 8, 7pm


Join the Province 1 Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network for a discussion of This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David Silverman.

Learn more and register

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

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

Here's what's happening in the Poor People's Campaign: October 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 Our Congregations

From The Episcopal Church

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Grant applications open for Episcopal Church Constable and Roanridge grants

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Matching grant challenge to support ministries of Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Workshops & Resources

Life of the Beloved: Henri Nouwen and the Wisdom of the Trinity

Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, 10am


Presented by: Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D.

Following a trail of scriptural sayings, as well as the teachings of ancient Christian mystics, and stories from Yale Divinity School professor Henri Nouwen, Dr. Jonas, long-time friend of Nouwen, explores the possibility that any of us can discover and awaken the mind (Greek: nous) of Christ.

By casting a clear, fresh light on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, this presentation will support people in ministry, in addition to helping professionals who walk with others.

By offering accessible, down-to-earth spiritual practices, this presentation will show us how to deepen our connection to God in the midst of our daily lives, and how to draw from the well of grace as we encounter the demands and challenges of ministry.

Learn more and register

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2024 Forma Annual Conference: A Way in the Wilderness

Jan 22 - 25, 2024

Online and in-person

"Forma, a ministry of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, is the professional network for Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Our conference offers an intentional time of networking, learning, and inspiration. 

All conference participants will have access to conference recordings. Recordings will include the didactic teaching portion of each plenary and workshop (about 30 minutes each). Discussion, Q&A, and activities will not be recorded.

Learn more and register

Ministerio Hispano | Latino 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

Ministerio Hispano en Holyoke:

  • 5:00pm en la Iglesia San Pablo

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 por WhatsApp

La Catedral: 

  • Estudio Bíblico (en persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm

Open Positions

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