We practice the buddy system at Emmanuel Church, because we are persuaded by the African proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Together, we have a four-fold mission for our city, for the Episcopal Church, and for the wider world:

  • Provide radical welcome to people on the spiritual margins, especially members and allies of the GLBT community, and interfaith families;
  • Serve and advocate for people on the economic margins;
  • Strengthen and deepen the connections between music, the visual arts, and spirituality; and,
  • Be good stewards of our building and resources.

When Words Are Not Enough

Thanks to a generous grant from The Lilly Foundation, while rector Pamela Werntz travelled bodily, artistically, and spiritually during her recent sabbatical, those of us at Emmanuel also had many opportunities to explore Spirituality and the Arts. A collaboration with Lesley University’s Expressive Arts Therapy program seemed like a perfect means of enriching the church’s mission for using the arts as vehicle for healing and spiritual growth. On April 7th, faculty from Lesley joined us for the service and offered a stimulating presentation about their program and ideas for working with Emmanuel.

In order to build upon this exciting beginning, a group of Lesley University faculty met with representatives from Emmanuel to discuss our future collaborations. Between these two meetings, the bombings at The Boston Marathon resulted in feelings of pain, loss, fear, and anger. The group decided its first event should involve the healing power of creativity in addressing these wounds, and we called it “When Words Are Not Enough” Read more about this collaboration in an article on the Lesley University website.

Participants in "Words Are Not Enough" carry prayer flags to the Boston Marathon bombing memorial site in Copley Square.

Participants in “When Words Are Not Enough” carry prayer flags to the Boston Marathon bombing memorial site in Copley Square.