Holy week is coming. Holy Week can unite us as Christians from many different traditions all turn our eyes to the cross, the grave, and the empty tomb.  What a wonderful time to delight in one another, to experience new traditions, and to encourage each other for the work that lies ahead.  I'll join the Catholic, Episcopal, Baptist & UCC churches of Medford for their ecumenical blessing of the palms this Sunday. Will you join us at one of the four Holy Week events coming up?  Scroll down for the details.

Blessings for the end of your Lenten journeys, and for the Holy Week that lies ahead,
Rev. Laura
In This Issue

April 7
Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Maronite Church

April 11
Ecumenical Pilgrimages to renew Ordination Vows

April 17
Youngish Clergyish Post-Easter brunch

April 21 

Mondays in May


Friday, April 21
6:00-9:00 PM
1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester, MA 

You are invited to join in celebrating the release of Rev. Laura's book, "Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels"!  More details on facebook.

The Massachusetts Council of Churches is partnering with Boston Faith and Justice Network to connect Christians living in intentional community across Massachusetts. 

If you are someone living in intentional community and would like to connect with others who share your lifestyle, please send your contact information, along with a little about your intentional community, to Rev. Meagan, and we will keep you updated!

The Massachusetts Council of Churches relies on donors like you to join us in making the Vibrant Church Visible! During our Advent appeal, we got a strong start to our campaign to identify 153 new monthly donors, tripling the number of monthly donors we had before!  But we still have work to do.  Please join us with your monthly gift of $11.15!

You won't want to miss out on these upcoming events:

May 6: BostonServe

Sponsored by Unite Boston, Boston Serve is a day for churches around the city to serve their neighborhoods as a visible sign of Jesus' love for Boston.  If you want to add a service project, you can do so at their website by April 1!

May 14: Mother's Day Walk for Peace

Walk together for more peaceful communities.  More information at mothersdaywalk4peace.org.  

June 18: Coptic Church Music Concert
Featuring church music in Coptic, English, and Arabic, this concert by an Egyptian Choir will be held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Ma. Tickets are $30 per person for this opportunity to show ecumenical solidarity to our Coptic brothers and sisters!  More on this flyer.

Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Vespers of St. Lazarus in the Melkite Tradition
Friday April 7 (time)

We’ll attend the vespers liturgy, and the meal after, where Rev. Laura will be the guest speaker. The Vespers of St. Lazarus begin the transition from Great Lent into Holy Week. Please RSVP to the Facebook event or email Rev. Laura.

Ecumenical Pilgrimages to Holy Tuesday
Tuesday April 11, 2017

Boston: 11:00 AM
Cathedral Church of St. Paul

All are invited to renew ordination vows and experience the Episcopal tradition.  Christian clergy looking for renewal and centering during Holy Week are invited to join. 

Meet Rev. Laura 15 mins before the start time near the back of the church--there will be a reserved section for our ecumenical delegation! Please RSVP at the Facebook event.

A luncheon will follow ($10 per person, open to all).
For lunch reservations call 617-482-4826, ext. 221 or e-mail cathedral@diomass.org.

Springfield: 11:00 AM
Christ Church Cathedral 

Ministers from all traditions, join Bishop Fisher and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts for their Renewal of Vows Service. This Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist includes the blessing of holy oils and renewal of vows for clergy.  More information on the facebook event page.

Meet Rev. Daryl 15 mins before the start time near the back of the church--there will be a reserved section for our ecumenical delegation!

A casual lunch will follow 

For lunch reservations e-mail LHurlbut@diocesewma.org.​​​​​​​

Youngish-Clergyish Post-Easter Brunch
Monday, April 17, 2017

Join other Youngish Clergyish types from across Massachusetts for Post-Easter recovery brunch on Easter Monday! Stop by any time between 12-3 for some brunch--KIDS welcome, SWEATPANTS welcome. Very welcome.   Please feel free to invite other colleagues. For more information or to RSVP, email Rev. Daryl or check our facebook event page!

* we consider both "youngish" and "clergyish" to be expansive categories, open to self-definition. Our aim is to connect up those who serve the Church in some way and celebrate surviving Holy Week! Brunch is open to any and all who want to bask in the post-Easter glow with over the fellowship of baked goods.
Training sessions for Spiritual Care Givers, Mondays in May 2017

The Massachusetts Council of Churches hears the desire of many Christians across the Commonwealth to offer meaningful gestures and helpful actions to people being detained. And so, we’ve partnered with Refugee Immigration Ministries to provide meaningful opportunities for service that meet a real need.

Who should volunteer?  Adult lay leaders and clergy willing to visit detention center in Plymouth, MA once a month. A second language is helpful, but not required. 

Register online here:  https://goo.gl/forms/ifDNmhfKLR8PysEm1 by April 24, 2017.

When & where will we be trained?  4 Monday evenings in May 2017, hosted by Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth, MA.

For more information, download the flyer.

masscouncilofchurches.org      |     (617) 523-2771