Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


January 2, 2024

Bending Toward Justice 2024

"I heard +Allen give a powerful workshop on inclusion to the whole House of Bishops just after the pandemic began. His perspective on anti-Asian sentiment at that time was so important. I am so glad he will be working with us at Bending Toward Justice."

--Bishop Doug Fisher

Jan 20, 8:30am - 2:00 pm

South Hadley, MA

The Social Justice Commission of our diocese is happy to announce that registration is open for the 6th annual Bending Toward Justice conference which will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church, South Hadley on January 20, 2024.

Come pray in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Listen to the Word and discern how the Spirit is calling the Church to action. Connect with others who are working for God's justice in our time and place.

Keynote Speaker: The Right Reverend Allen K. Shin, Bishop Suffragen, Episcopal Diocese of New York

Learn more and register

"A Case for Love" Documentary with Bishop Michael Curry

Jan 23, 7pm

"A Case for Love" is a new feature-length documentary inspired by the teachings and

writings of Bishop Michael Curry and produced by Grace-Based Films, a non-profit inspirational film company led by faithful Episcopalians. The film explores whether or not love--specifically unselfish love--is the solution to the seemingly ever-growing societal divide.

On January 23, 2024, the film will be shown in 1,000 theaters nationwide–one night only!

Reserve tickets for the showing in Hadley at Cinemark at Hampshire Mall.

Find out more

Upcoming Safe Church trainings

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

  • 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
  • 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

From Our Congregations & Missional Partners

WMA & MA Together

Book Discussion

Jan 10 @ 7pm


Our next Province I Indigenous Peoples’ Justice Network book discussion is on January 10, 2024 from 7-8:30 p.m. The book is Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, by Lisa Brooks.

Read about Professor Brooks here, and about the book here.


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: December 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!

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."

Jan. 18, 7pm ET 

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

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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Sandra Day O’Connor honored at Washington National Cathedral funeral

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Same-sex couples receive blessings for first time in Church of England

Workshops & Resources

2024 Forma Annual Conference: A Way in the Wilderness

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Jan 22-25

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

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

January 2024 Mission Matters Publishing Schedule

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