By REV. HEATHER BLAIS Pastor, St. James Episcopal People do not know what to do with me at a party. And not just because my jokes are pretty lame and I insist Birkenstocks remain the latest hot fashion footwear. The real reason is because my two favorite topics are religion and politics. I loved them […]
VESTRY PAPERS / Buildings & Grounds [& Mission] Reconciliation House By Janice Ford, part of the Vestry Papers issue on Buildings & Grounds [& Mission] (July 2016) For the past four years I have been volunteering two days a month at the Worcester County House of Correction (WHOC) in West Boylston, Massachusetts, providing spiritual direction, […]
Episcopal Bishops Support Commonwealth’s AG on Enforcement of Assault Weapons Law Healey is “working to remove weapons of war from our communities” July 29, 2016 [Springfield, Mass.] — The Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have issued a joint statement of support for Attorney General Maura Healey. In her Op Ed published in the […]
Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro joins Cathedral staff With the Rev. Tom Callard I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro as Christ Church Cathedral’s first “Rabbi in Residence” effective September 1. He will teach adult education classes, preach periodically at the Sunday liturgy and offer his wisdom on a host of […]
In Christ all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw terrible violence and lost his life for speaking the truth to our nation. I find myself wondering what he would say to us today. His way of nonviolence – Jesus’ way – meant that we had to watch Selma […]
By Anne-Gerard Flynn | Special to The Republican June 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM, updated June 23, 2016 at 3:48 PM SPRINGFIELD – The Right Rev. Douglas Fisher, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, has issued a statement on the upcoming presidential election encouraging “our church leaders to urge people to vote, to […]
More death. More Words. And no action. They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; they spy out the helpless. Psalm 10:8 I write to you again in response to yet another mass shooting in America. Elementary schools, high schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, office buildings, churches […]
After a year of repairs and 'tens of thousands' of dollars, St. Paul's Episcopal Church organ is good as new (video, photos)
By Rebecca Everett | firstname.lastname@example.org on June 02, 2016 at 10:37 AM HOLYOKE — Playing the organ is no simple feat; in addition to two keyboards, there are a set of pedals that can be played like a keyboard, pedals to change the volume and swell, and many other buttons to change the how the […]
By ENS staff | June 2, 2016 [Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians across the church wore orange shirts, orange ribbons and even orange liturgical stoles June 2 as a sign of their commitment to reducing gun violence in their communities. The Wear Orange movement began in 2013 after Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old high school student, was […]
By Julie M. Cohen email@example.com ROSLINDALE Singing songs and reciting prayers as their legs dangled over a deep trench, 16 clergy members were arrested while protesting Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline along Grove Street in West Roxbury on Wednesday. Participating religious denominations included American Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopal, Hindu, Jewish, Presbyterian, United Church of […]
By Anne-Gerard Flynn | Special to The Republican Email the author | Follow on Twitter on May 24, 2016 at 9:31 AM, updated May 24, 2016 at 5:06 PM SPRINGFIELD – The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts’ Christ Church Cathedral is sponsoring an inter-faith fund-raiser to aid children in war-torn Syria. The June 5th event, […]
By REV. DR. MOLLY SCHERM Priest in Charge, St. Andrews Episcopal Church Friday, April 29, 2016 The parish I minister in, as well as my previous parish — and, in fact, virtually all mainline Christian congregations today — look quite a bit different from the church I grew up in. The pews are much less […]
Logan LeavittPublished: April 15, 2016, 6:06 pm Updated: April 15, 2016, 6:44 pm GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Greenfield church believes spirituality can help stop addiction. The Second Congregational Church hosted a workshop attended by faith-based leaders, treatment providers and professionals who work with the addiction community. The featured speaker, Rev. Janice Ford, talked about how […]
By Clarence Fanto firstname.lastname@example.org @BE_cfanto on Twitter POSTED: 03/29/2016 05:07:10 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 DAYS AGO LENOX — A new shared-services partnership at the town’s two Episcopal churches is yielding financial savings, efficiencies and a unity of purpose and mission. The formal covenant between Trinity Church downtown and St. Helena’s Chapel in New […]
By Samantha Allen Telegram & Gazette Staff Posted Mar. 25, 2016 at 8:24 PM Updated Mar 26, 2016 at 9:51 AM WORCESTER – Standing outside the Worcester Public Library in drizzling rain Good Friday afternoon, the Rev. Warren Hicks said the downtown space was an emblem of both support and suffering in Worcester. In an […]
By Samantha Allen Telegram & Gazette Staff Posted Mar. 22, 2016 at 8:24 PM Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 8:38 PM WORCESTER – The celebration of Christ’s resurrection this Easter Sunday will be marked in the city first by a more somber reminder on Good Friday of the suffering that came with his death. The […]
By Anne-Gerard Flynn | email@example.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 17, 2016 at 9:07 AM SPRINGFIELD – The country’s Episcopal bishops are “troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric,” saying it is causing Americans to “turn against their neighbors” and, drawing on biblical references that seem directed […]
Statement says Americans are turning against their neighbors By Anthony Fay Published: March 16, 2016, 11:23 am Updated: March 16, 2016, 11:26 am SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Violent political rhetoric is causing Americans to worship a “modern false idol” of power and privilege, say bishops of the Episcopal Church. Gathering for their annual Lenten retreat […]
By LISA SPEAR Recorder Staff Sunday, March 06, 2016 GREENFIELD — The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of western Massachusetts came to town to preach and preside at St. James Episcopal Church on Sunday morning. Congregants welcomed the Rev. Douglas Fisher under the high wooden arches of the church. He walked down the aisles to […]
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