About Bishop Fisher

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Fisher is the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. A member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Bishop Fisher advocates for gun safety, for God's justice on earth "as it is in heaven." 

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From “Radio Nowhere” to “The Rising”

November 5, 2022

In reflecting on our convention theme, “Sing a New Song,” my mind turned to two old songs that might help us to do that. They were written by….Bruce Springsteen. One is “Radio Nowhere” which includes these lyrics: "This is radio nowhere / Is there anyone alive out there? / This is radio nowhere / Is there anyone alive out there? / Is there anyone alive out there? / I was spinning around a dead dial / Just another lost number in a file / Dancing down a dark hole / Just searching for a world with some soul." Although we have some churches that have come out of these two and a half years of COVID-19 stronger, many of our churches are hurting. Some churches of all different sizes are down in Sunday attendance by 30-50 per cent.

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From “Radio Nowhere” to “The Rising”

The Bishop’s Address to the 120th Diocesan Convention

November 6, 2021

Repairing, Rebuilding, Reimagining – our Convention theme as we are slowly coming out of the Pandemic. It is a 2021 theme. It was also a theme 2000 years ago at the start of the Jesus Movement. Many of you know my favorite Bible story is the Feeding of the 5000. So if you have heard me preach about this before, bear with me. And listen for the new context. 5000 people follow Jesus to a deserted place. After hours of preaching and healing and forgiving, the apostles recognize the people are hungry. They tell Jesus to send them away so “they might go onto the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” Jesus tells the apostles, “You give them something to eat.”

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The Bishop’s Address to the 120th Diocesan Convention

Following Jesus is Anything But Tranquil

July 8, 2021

Throughout this liturgical year the Sunday gospel has been from Mark. One of the passages we skipped is Mark 6:1-14. In this passage Jesus preaches in the synagogue of his hometown of Nazareth after teaching and performing miracles in many other places. Many are “astounded.” “Where is he getting all this wisdom? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!” Then we hear, “And they took offense at him.” Why would they take offense at that? Maybe we skip it as a Sunday Gospel because there is a very similar story in Luke that is on the liturgical calendar in another year. It is also the story of the first time Jesus taught in the Nazareth synagogue.

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Following Jesus is Anything But Tranquil