Anti Racism Resouces and Events 2015-2016

Have you ever wondered how to plug into the anti racism work of the Eastern Diocese of Massachusetts? Our very own Rev. Liz Magill collected a list of resources and events so you wouldn't need to! Here you will find resources and upcoming events in 2015 and 2016. If you know of others that are not listed, please let us know! 

Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice

January 21-23, 2016
Episcopal Divinity School

99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 
Co-hosted by Lifelong Learning at EDS, the Mission Institute, and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Leading Change: Strengthening Emerging Urban Leaders & Ministers

How might non-profits, churches, theological schools, & faith-based groups better encourage and support emerging leaders and ministers in community-based urban work? What collective actions might help us strengthen existing processes of forming, supporting, & sustaining these crucial drivers of empowerment, innovation, and change?

Join with committed groups and individuals in the Boston/Cambridge metropolitan areas:

This is What the Church is Made For: Embracing the Prophetic Tradition

On Thursday, Aug. 13, the Leadership Development Initiative, Life Together, Episcopal City Mission, the Mission Institute, the Congregational Development Team of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and Episcopal Divinity School are excited to host the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra for a day-long training, "This is What the Church is Made For: Embracing the Prophetic Tradition." 

National Chruch Leadership Institute

The National Church Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Center for Progressive Renewal and the United Church of Christ, is offering a three day event bring leaders from around the country to discuss, listen, and share how the church is growing and moving today. 

Bread of Life: Building Community through Faith-Based Food Programs

Deepen your food ministry program with hands-on exercises to help you converse, share, and minister with participants at your food program.For churches and community groups engaged in providing community meals, food banks, and other direct service ministries. No experience is necessary. 


The Rev. Elizabeth M. Magill is Program Coordinator at the Mission Institute and helps serve lunch every week at Worcester Fellowship in Worcester, MA. A graduate of Episcopal Divinity School (‘02) her passion is helping churches to engage in mission with people in need.

This workshop for church and community groups engaged in providing community meals, food banks and other direct service ministries is designed to help teams imagine and develop realistic next steps for their programs and to provide support for moving in new directions. Participants will explore the cycle of mission, discuss with others the struggles and successes of their particular ministries and take part in experiential exercises designed to help them engage in conversation, shared work and mutual ministry with program participants. No experience is necessary.

Share Your Website

What is the best thing about your congregation’s website? What needs the most improvement? What do you wish you knew how to do? Join us for a facilitated discussion of the best ways to represent your church on the web. Each church should bring a laptop; we will look at and evaluate your existing website in the workshop.

Being Church Release Party

We are delighted to invite you, your congregation, and your friends and partners to join the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, the staff of the Mission Institute, and our collaborators in the Diocese of Massachusetts for a celebration of Being Church.


Eat and Share: Next Steps in Food Ministries

Do you have a food ministry, thriving or struggling, that you want to move to the next step? Eat and Share provides hands on experience developing your food ministry skills. Join in for an exploration of the cycle of mission giving in churches and consider how to move your congregation through that cycle. Enjoy experiential exercises to help you engage in conversation, sharing, and ministry with the participants of your food program. Imagine and develop concrete next steps for your particular program and find the support you need to move in new directions.