Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


October 24, 2023

Today: Last day to register online for convention

Alternate delegates and guests welcome

Oct 28, 8:30am

Amherst, MA

The 122nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts will be held on Saturday, October 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m. As noted in the first Convention mailing, we are gathering once again at The Conference Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Smart Device Needed for Voting

We will once again use the SimplyVoting platform for elections and any additional resolutions. All delegates will need access to a “smart” device in order to access the voting platform.

UTO Offering 

Plan to bring your parish’s UTO offering to Convention.

Learn more

Register here

Convention Eucharist

Oct 28, 9am

Amherst, MA and streamed on YouTube

Convention begins with Word and Sacrament. Join the livestream on our diocesan YouTube channel and pray and hear Bishop Fisher's Address to the 122nd Diocesan Convention.

Watch here

Bishop's Visitations

  • 10/29/2023 - All Saints, South Hadley
  • 11/05/2023 - Holy Spirit, Sutton
  • 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

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

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!

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Workshops & Resources

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Better Together: The Gifts of Cross Denominational Collaboration

Nov 1, 7pm


Presented by: Together We Thrive

Join Rev. Jenny Gregg, Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass, Rev. Joel Bergeland, Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, MA and Rev. Mike Denton, First and South Church, Pittsfield, MA as they share their stories of collaboration.

Over the last several years, the downtown churches of Pittsfield have worked together on a variety of efforts that have brought life and revitalization to our community and individual congregations. Come and hear our joy and work together.

Register here

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

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

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