January 30, 2018
“Blessing of the Journalists” to be held at Episcopal cathedral February 20
All members of the media invited for brief noonday service
January 23, 2018 [Springfield, Mass.]— The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and The Very Rev. Tom Callard, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, welcome all members of the press in Western Massachusetts – print, television, cable news and radio – to attend a brief “Blessing of Journalists” service at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA.
The date was selected in conjunction with the Episcopal Church’s annual commemoration of Frederick Douglass (1811-1895) – abolitionist, orator, and editor of the pro-abolition journal North Star. Douglass was a prophetic witness to the sinfulness of slavery and spoke this truth to a nation in need of repentance and reform. In a speech before the American Anti-Slavery Society, May 11, 1847, Douglass spoke of the need for unrelenting assault on the institution of slavery. “The conscience of the American public needs this irritation. And I would blister it all over, from center to circumference, until it gives signs of a purer and a better life than it is now manifesting to the world.”
The First Amendment to the Constitution will be read in addition to readings from Scripture. The service is open to all who support the work of the free press and value this fundamental element of our democracy.
We request your assistance in posting the attached invitation where the members of your news organization may read it.