Where & When:

SAT JAN 13: 

Parish of the Epiphany

70 Church St

Winchester, MA 01890


Church of the Redeemer

379 Hammond Street

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


St. Gabriel's Church

124 Front St

Marion, MA 02738




Jennifer Garrett

Administrator and Event Coordinator

[email protected]

In 2024 participants in the workshop session will engage with how to avoid anti-Judaism in preaching and worship during Holy Week. The Rev. Dr. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski will illustrate the key issues and pitfalls regarding preaching and practice during Holy Week. Participants will learn together in finding alternatives that faithfully proclaim the Gospel while avoiding anti-Judaism. Being equipped to avoid anti-Judaism during this season will have the added benefit of empowering participants to serve as better allies to their own local Jewish communities.

The safe church review sessions will be conducted by Canon Bill Parnell and Martha Gardner.

All clergy are encouraged to take advantage of the workshop. Clergy due for a Safe Church refresher in 2024 should attend both the workshop and the review segment. You may choose to attend the segments in any order and in any combination.

Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski is a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations and comparative theology and the Kraft Family Professor and Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. He is the author of The More Torah, The More Life: A Christian Commentary on Mishnah Avot and Christian Memories of the Maccabean Martyrs, as well as numerous articles. In the Diocese of Massachusetts, he serves as priest associate at Christ Church in Cambridge and as an ecumenical and interreligious officer and co-chair the diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. 

Most clergy who are canonically resident or licensed to officiate in the Diocese of Massachusetts are required to attend a Clergy Professional Development Day every three years in order to maintain good standing (see the document here explaining required attendance and exemptions). Also, every three years, clergy will be required to complete online training via Praesidium Academy (if you do not have an account, contact the safe church administrator at your church or, if non-parochial or retired, Jennifer Garrett at [email protected]), and authorize our diocese to conduct a nationwide public records check.  

Those who register for virtual segments will receive detailed information to join by zoom in a reminder email at least 12 hours prior to the meeting. Clergy attending both sessions in person will be offered lunch between 12-1pm.

Please contact Martha Gardner, at [email protected] or 617.482.4826 x403 if you have any questions about clergy safe church policies.