Tag Archives: ecumenism

East Jerusalem West Jerusalem Film and Discussion

East Jerusalem West Jerusalem
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

Monday, March 19, 7:00 PM
Dever Stage, Parenzo Hall, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA

Follow Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza as he collaborates with Palestinian and American musicians during an eight-day recording session in the studio of the legendary Palestinian band Sabreen in East Jerusalem. Palestinian performers include actress and musician Mira Awad and hip hop artist Muhammad Mughrabi. American performers include Grammy winners Wyclef Jean and singer/songwriter/activist Steve Earle.

Introduction by Fr. Warren Savage, Director, Interfaith Center, Westfield State University. Panel discussion moderated by Elise Young, Professor of History, Westfield State University, with Rabbi Efraim Eisen, Congregation Ahavas Achim.

Co-sponsored by the Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center at Westfield State University and by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts/Israel @ 70


Lent: A time for self-reflection

Click the image to watch Father Savage’s Ash Wednesday interview with Mass Appeal.

You can hear Fr. Savage speak at these locations during Lent:

Lenten Seminar
St. Ann’s Parish
134 Main Street
Lenox, MA 02140
February 26 and March 12
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Lenten Seminar
DeCicé Hall at the Marian Center
1365 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
February 28 and March 14
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


The Great Bible Experiment

Father Warren J. Savage and fellow panelists Rev. Anne Robertson and Tom Krattenmaker invite you to explore the Bible in a series of discussions.

September 7, 2016 at 7 pm in New Haven, CT – Yale Divinity School

September 12, 2016 at 7 pm in Albany, NY – Elks Lodge #49

September 19, 2016 at 6 pm in Providence, RI – Providence Public Library

September 27, 2016 at 7 pm in Boston, MA – Harvard Divinity School

For more information, visit The Great Bible Experiment.

Annual Retreat for Deacons and Their Wives

year-of-mercy-logo_medMerciful Like The Father: Deacons as Servants and Crafters of Mercy
Saturday, April 9, 2016
St. Anthony Maronite Church
375 Island Pond Road
Springfield, MA 01118

Pope Francis wrote in Misericordiae Vultus that “the mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality with which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child (MV, n. 6).”

God’s mercy never runs dry because it always finds people who give concrete testimony to it in everyday life.

This year’s Deacons’ Retreat will focus on the Ministry of Deacon as a servant and crafter of Divine Mercy in a world grown dull by indifference.

Retreat Facilitator: Fr. Warren J. Savage, Catholic Chaplain, Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center, Westfield State University; Lecturer, Religious Studies Department, the Elms College, Chicopee, MA; Instructor for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program; Member of Spiritual Directors International, Academy of Homiletics, and The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Retreat Schedule
Arrival 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Retreat Presentation 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Fr. Savage
Lunch 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Retreat Presentation 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Fr. Savage
Ramsho 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Liturgy 4:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Retreat cost: $40 per person, to cover the cost of meals.

Please RSVP to Deacon Leo Coughlin at 413-732-3175.


Conversation on the Parables of Mercy

year-of-mercy-logo_medJubilee of Mercy Conversation on the Parables of Mercy
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westfield State University
Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center Worship Space
Fr. Warren J. Savage and Patty Byrnes, co-facilitators

TAIZÉ Prayer Celebration

By F.G. comm (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By F.G. comm (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, March 15, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center
Westfield State University, Westfield, MA

In the Spirit of Taizé is an ecumenical form of prayer modeled after the Taizé community (an ecumenical Christian monastic community of brothers) founded in the 1940s by Br. Roger in Taizé, France. The purpose of the prayer is to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Christians of all traditions share in this ecumenical prayer. The simple service consists of song (using the simple chants of the Taizé community), scripture, and an extended period of silence for meditation concluding with prayers for the world.