February 2019 Newsletter

DioMass Youth Jamboree with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Details to come
All middle and high school students invited!

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry has scheduled a visitation in the Diocese of Massachusetts, Friday-Monday, April 26-29. Full details on the weekend are in the works, but we know there will be an event for diocesan youth groups and young people in middle and high school.

Details to come, but plan on bringing your group to Boston Saturday, April 27. This is an opportunity for them to share with Bishop Curry and each other their dreams for the church and for the world, and to receive in person his dynamic challenge and invitation to them, and to our church.

Mark your calendars. Organize your car pools. Tell your neighbors!
You won't want your kids to miss this great event.

Youth members sought to serve on the EYE20 Planning Team
Application deadline:
March 17 at 5 PM
Every three years, the young people of The Episopal Church gather for an international gathering of worship, workshops, exploration, and fun. The next EYE is in the summer of 2020, and the event is organized by a youth planning team from across the church.

Planning Team members are charged with creating and implementing EYE20 from beginning to end. Team members must be mature in their faith and able to commit to the work and commitments necessary for the year-long process of developing an international event of this scale.

Someone from the Diocese of Massachusetts has been on the Planning Team for the last two EYE's, EYE17 (OK) and EYE14 (PA). Let's keep the streak going!

Lent Launch Lock-In
in partnership with
Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston
March 9-10, 2019

Join us as we begin together our journey through this season of reflection, study, repentance, and forgiveness. Youth groups and young people from across the diocese will gather for an overnight "lock-in" to explore with each other the potentials and the promise of this holy season.  This year our work will be nurtured by stage director and teaching artist Kristen Cairns. Theatre, m usic, spoken word, and the majestic Trinity Church worship space will all be utilized in our explorations.

The retreat culminates by participating in the 9 AM Lent 1 service at Trinity followed by a group presentation to the Trinity congregation during the Sunday morning Educational Forum. 

For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith , Diocesan Youth Missioner.

March 22-23 or April 5-6, 2019
Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center

PreConfirmation retreats are a chance for young people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to meet other young people discerning their call to Confirmation, or even just the faith journey in general! The retreats do not try to sum up a year’s worth of classes in one overnight, but we do try to give all who come a feeling for how making a commitment to one’s faith can be lived out not only in church, but in the world and in every part of our day. One of our bishops will join us on each retreat.

The retreats are led by the members of the Diocesan Youth Council, 10th-12th graders who see part of their leadership and ministry as welcoming all the youth attending retreats, leading small groups, and giving reflections on their own spiritual journeys. They look forward to getting to know you all!
Resources for Youth Ministry
New curriculum available Feb. 22!
Sacred Ground
A Film-Based Dialogue Series on
Race & Faith
Sacred Ground  is a film- and reading-based dialogue series on race and faith. Participants will walk together through America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in the threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. It’s an invitation for small groups to gather to learn, share, and prepare to become Beloved Community.

“Sacred Ground is a time and opportunity to hear the story of our past with regard to race, to hear our stories of our pasts,” said The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. “By listening to those stories and hearing them, and then telling our own stories together, and then looking possibly at the stories of our very faith, somehow, from the travail and the reality of all of those stories may emerge hope for a new day.”

Built around a curriculum of powerful documentary films, videos, and readings, this 10-part series considers some of the major chapters of the United States of America’s history of race and racism. It focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to challenges and divides in the present day – all with a deep foundation in faith and love.

While not specifically written for young people and youth groups, the material is accessible and relevant and can easily be adapted for your young people.

Created by Katrina Browne, producer and director of the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, this small group resource is part of  Becoming Beloved Community , The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. Sacred Ground is especially targeted to help white people talk with each other about racism past and present, their own racial identity, and the interwoven issues of class, region, and ideology.

Click  here , for additional information about Sacred Ground and to sign up to be notified when the curriculum is released.