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Your Religion News: May 27, 2017


Friday, June 02, 2017
Movie Night at Trinity Church: Tonight at 7 p.m.

SHELBURNE FALLS — Trinity Church and the First Congregational Church of Shelburne are teaming up for a free public showing of “For the Bible Tells Me So,” Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. About the film (from a press release): “Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships? Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross? These questions and more are answered in this award-winning documentary. Through the experiences of five families, we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.” The Seattle Times said this film “boldly takes on a loaded topic and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.”

Church of Saints James and Andrew Pentecost and Spring Festival: Sunday

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, June 4, The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will have a combined service at 9 a.m. to celebrate Pentecost. We will have a procession from the Town Common, where we meet at 8;50 a.m., welcome new members, have some fun getting to know one another on the lawn, and enjoy an extended coffee hour in the Parish Hall. Come join the fun and bring a friend. Following coffee hour, there will be a conversation called, “Welcoming the Stranger.” Located at 8 Church St. For more information, call 413-773-3925.

‘Welcoming the Stranger’: A talk on ‘Safe’ or ‘Sanctuary’ cities: Sunday

GREENFIELD — “Welcoming the Stranger” will be a conversation at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St., following coffee hour at noon on June 4. We will look at a statement called “The Pilgrim Church: We are all Strangers in a Strange Land,” discuss how it applies to our lives and community, and to the work happening in Greenfield and neighboring towns that are considering becoming a “Safe City” or “Sanctuary City.”

The conversation will be facilitated by Rev. Heather Blais and Maggie Sweeney, a former member of the Social Justice Commission. For more information: 413-773-3925 or www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

‘Prayers for the Planet’: Outdoor worship service in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — “Prayers for the Planet: Reverence and Resistance,” an outdoor interfaith religious service concerned with climate change, will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, June 11, on the grounds of Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northfampton. Free. The public is invited to gather under a big tent, rain or shine, to join in prayer and song, to listen to stirring messages by two nationally-known climate activists, and to share in renewed energy and hope. Free child care will be available. For more information: www.prayersfortheplanet.org.