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Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


January 31, 2023

Episcopal Voices: Tyre Nichols

Presiding bishop sends pastoral word on the death of Tyre Nichols

Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a pastoral word on Jan. 28, the morning after the Memphis Police Department issued body-camera footage of the beating of Tyre Nichols. The 29-year-old motorist was beaten by Memphis police officers after a Jan. 7 traffic stop and died as a result of the injuries three days later.

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For Tyre - Special Becoming Beloved Community Newsletter - January 2023

I have not watched the film of five Black Memphis police officers beating 29-year-old Tyre Nichols to a pulp. I have not seen the EMTs who did so little while a beloved child made in God's image lay dying at their feet. I have not looked, yet it is all I can see.

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West Tennessee bishop issues statement on Tyre Nichols' death

Episcopal News Service] West Tennesse Bishop Phoebe Roaf issued the following statement on Jan. 27 following the Jan. 10 death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old motorist who was beaten to death by Memphis police officers after a Jan. 7 traffic stop. The statement came hours before the Memphis Police Department was scheduled to release body-camera footage of the beating.

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The Killing of Tyre Nichols: An Eruption of Violence - Mark Beckwith

If you haven't seen the video, you certainly have heard about the savage beating of Tyre Nichols, which led to his death, murder charges brought against five Memphis police offers who carried out the atrocity, and their subsequent firing. Brutal, horrific, evil. And real. And I am sad, angry, defeated.

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Actions on Police Reform

"In light of the death of Tyre Nichols, we are re-re-releasing a modified list of actions you can take NOW to address police violence. 

First, please join us in taking action by doing what we can at the federal level. But some issues, policing being one of them, have critical components at the state and local levels. The other actions below are intended to encourage you to get involved locally, as the approaches to addressing police violence are highly dependent on local context, local structures, and local relationships, and must be attended to as such.

The Episcopal Church urges action to address police violence and police reform and 'condemns the improper and violent actions of authorities against people of color.'" 

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Stewardship: Important news from ECF

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Important changes regarding Charitable Gift Annuities and Qualified Charitable Distributions

"Two important changes occurred recently regarding Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs) and Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs).

As of January 1, 2023, Charitable Gift Annuity rates increased by approximately 0.6% depending on the age of the beneficiary. If you or others at your parish or Episcopal organization would like to create a new CGA in 2023, please contact ECF for an illustration at giving@ecf.org or by calling 800-697-2858. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We are always ready to assist you in any way we can."

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2023 Diocesan Directory

Diocesan clergy will receive the directory in a separate email.

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Safe Church Trainings

The Rev. Tanya Wallace, our Diocesan Safe Church Officer, will be leading Safe Church training on the following dates:

Please consider your commitment as the space is limited in each Zoom session. Your parish will be billed for your registration.

For full details please visit our webpage. You may register by clicking on the date of your choice above. Thank you for helping to keep our churches safe.

Karen Warren

Administrative Assistant to the Canons to the Ordinary

Province 1: The Episcopal Church in New England

Conversations with Noted Speakers

The Province 1 Christian Formation Network is hosting a series of online conversations. On the third Thursday of each month, participants will have the opportunity to hear from people at the forefront of Christian Formation. Registration required.

2023 Schedule

  • Feb 16 - "Supporting your College Students and Becoming a Supportive Congregation for College Students" - The Rev. Nancy Vogele
  • Mar 16 - "VBS on the go: How it worked in one church." - Sam Burton 
  • Apr 20 - "Interactive Family Church: an introduction to liturgy" - Dean Kristi Maulden and Becky Moseman
  • May 18 - "Confirmation: The Lost Sacrament Finds Fresh Purpose" - The Rev. Josh Hosler
  • Jun 15 - "Atrium for Everyone: Incorporating practices from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or Godly Play into any program" - The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock

Register here

WMA & MA Together

The Dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network invites everyone to a discussion of Bishop Steven Charleston’s book Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder's Meditations on Hope and Courage  on Feb. 2, 2023, at 7 pm.

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. 

The attend the next meeting e-mail creationjusticeepisma@gmail.com to confirm and to get the Zoom link.

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Book Study - We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible With the Poor People's Campaign. If you would like to receive communications from the MA Episcopal Network for the PPC or to join the We Cry Justice study group that meets Wednesdays at 9 am, please email Amelia Slawsby at amelia.slawsby.mappc@gmail.com to be added to the list.

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! 

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Episcopal Migration Ministries launches initiative to help LGBTQ+ migrants, seeks input through survey

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Registration open for 2023 Episcopal Youth Event delegations

Workshops & Resources

Pathways - Bexley Seabury

Spouses of Episcopal clergy gather for for connection, spiritual nourishment, and gifts discernmentthrough heart-to-heart topical engagements with our host and guestas we explore the challenge and the gift of being a clergy person's partner.

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Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church - The Gathering 2023

April 26-29, 2023. Greenfield, NH.

"Come to the beautiful Monadnock Mountain region of New Hampshire and join with others from across the country for the three-day Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church Annual Gathering."

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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

Ministerio Hispano en Holyoke:

  • Sábado, Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Joel Martinez, @ 6pm en la Iglesia San Pablo

La Catedral: 

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

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