By JACKSON GODDARD
Gazette Contributing Writer
Thursday, March 6, 2014 (Published in print: Friday, March 7, 2014)
EAST LONGMEADOW — Liturgies will be accompanied by rock and roll Saturday when the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts offers an “un-quiet” day at St. Mark’s Church in East Longmeadow.
The “un-quiet day,” titled “Bruce Springsteen: Prophet of Hope,” aims to explore Bruce Springsteen songs and their messages of hope. It is a play on the traditional “Quiet Days” observed during Lent, meant for prayer and reflection.
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church in East Longmeadow and will include a reflection of the messages in the lyrics of Springsteen’s songs, prayers, a Eucharist and, of course, classic Springsteen tunes.
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from the heads of
The Anglican Church of Canada
The Episcopal Church
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Ash Wednesday 2014
We have watched with dismay, along with the rest of the world, as tensions rise and peace is jeopardized in Ukraine. Recent dangerous developments in the Crimean region of the country put the lives of many innocent people at risk, and threaten peace and security far beyond that region of the world.
As Christians in the western tradition, Anglicans/Episcopalians and Lutherans today enter the season of Lent, a time of repentance. In the Ash Wednesday liturgy we repent of “our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty.” We cannot remain indifferent in the face of the injustice befalling the people of Ukraine, nor toward the potential suffering and cruelty further military intervention might bring.
In the name of the churches we serve, we join our voices in solidarity with those of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches in pleading for an end to military aggression in that land. We call on all of those involved—whether governments, movements, or individuals—to repent of aggression and violence, and turn instead to the way of peace through dialogue.
We also call upon the faithful people of our churches to pray throughout the season of Lent for wisdom, peace, and justice to prevail in Ukraine.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Anglican Church of Canada
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
“So as you enter Lent, consider how you will live in solidarity with those who are hungry, or broken, or ill in one way or another,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in her Lent Message 2014.
“Author Diana Butler Bass to Speak at Ecumenical Service Sunday at First Churches”
By SCOTT MERZBACH
NORTHAMPTON — Every Tuesday morning for close to 20 years, pastors from several Christian churches in Northampton have gotten together to discuss scripture and the messages they will preach.
On Sunday, this already close relationship will extend to the congregations as their members come together at 10 a.m. at First Churches of Northampton for an ecumenical worship service featuring a talk by progressive Christian author Diana Butler Bass.
Rev. Catherine Munz, pastor at St. John’s Episcopal Church, said the service is a rare opportunity for those who attend different churches to feel a kinship in their belief in progressive Christianity and inclusiveness.
“We all like each other and we like to do this together and hope it will be a great treat for our congregations,” Munz said.
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February 28, 2014
By Diane Lederman, The Republican
AMHERST – Grace Episcopal Church’s new reverend was actually born into the Roman Catholic faith but found great joy in an Episcopal church he attended. And it was at an Episcopal church in Washington D.C., that the rector there first planted the idea that Thomas N. Synan might have a calling. At that time Synan was at George Washington University Law School, a career he was pursuing after being a bank loan officer upon his graduation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Synan took over as rector here at the end of September, and was instituted at a ceremony Feb. 22. He currently lives in Hadley with his 4-year-old yellow lab named Lucy.
Before coming to Amherst, Synan had been associate rector at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City for 13 years. He follows the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas who was interim church leader. She replaced long-time Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld who left to become bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2012. Synan said he had never thought about a calling until that reverend in Washington asked him “Have you ever thought about becoming ordained?” The reverend said he was a good judge of people and told him “I think you have something that is the making of a calling. He planted the seed,” said Synan, who’s now 52.
Synan had first gone to an Episcopal Church in New York, where two women he worked with at a bank there attended. He wanted to have something to talk to them about at work, he said, “The joy I found in the church,” he said with a smile. Going “kind of changed my life.”
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