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Your Religion News: Jan. 6, 2018


Friday, January 05, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service set for Jan. 15

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Faith Communities and Interfaith Neighbors Connecting will hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut St, near the uptown common.

Pastor Beverly Prestwood-Taylor of the Athol Congregational Church said, “This is a special day to focus on the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.’ We all have the power to make this happen for our community and beyond. We can each make a difference in our own way.”

Events will begin with breakfast at 9 a.m. and workshops from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Service activities and workshops as well as child care are available. A community worship service will be held at 11:30, followed by a light lunch. Reservations and information is available by calling 978-249-6202.

Sunday: ‘Fail Fabulously’

GREENFIELD — Rev. Kathy Duhan will preach “An Invitation to Fail Fabulously” on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. Duhan is a part-time minister at the UU Fellowship of Bennington, Vt., and lives on a homestead in upstate New York. A fellowship luncheon follows, every first Sunday.

Guest Lorrie Byrom Sunday, First Parish

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will welcome guest speaker Lorrie Byrom on Sunday, Jan. 7. Her sermon will be, “A Quest for All Times.” All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service held in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Rev. Steve Wilson on ‘Grace’

BERNARDSTON — Rev. Steve Wilson will return to Bernardston Unitarian Church in the 1739 Meetinghouse for the second sunday with us. Rev. Wilson will talk about “Grace” on Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship at 11 a.m. www.bernardstonunitarian.org

Sunday: ‘An Invitation to Fail Fabulously’

GREENFIELD — Rev. Kathy Duhan will preach “An Invitation to Fail Fabulously” on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. Duhan is a part-time minister at the UU Fellowship of Bennington, Vt., and lives on a homestead in upstate New York. A fellowship luncheon follows, every first Sunday.

Economic Justice series, Health Care Inequality: Sunday, Jan. 28

GREENFIELD — All Souls Church (399 Main St.) is addressing issues of Economic Justice this year. On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. (?), the Sunday service will be followed by a discussion circle led by Dr. Stephen Martin, MD, on “The Most Shocking and Inhuman: Health Care Inequality and the Need for Social Justice.” Dr. Martin is a family physician at Barre Family Health Center, associate professor at the UMass. Medical School, and a member of the “Right Care Alliance.” He and his family live in Northfield.

Study group forming Jan. 13: Taking action to help heal racism

GREENFIELD — Join a study group to read “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X Kendi. Learn how deeply embedded racism is, about inner and outer racism and taking action to help heal.

The first meeting is set for Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at 5 Park St., Greenfield, to discuss the first section of the book — Part I: Cotton Mather. Please feel free to come, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. Copies are available through inter-library loan.

Hosted by the Bahai’s of Wendell, Orange and Amherst. Contact Shay Whitman Cooper at 978-500-7073 for more information.

God and the Problem of Evil: Wednesdays in January in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — “God and the Problem of Evil” will be presented Wednesdays in January beginning Jan. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at College Church, 58 Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton. Presenters are Cameron Gibbs, Ph.D. student in philosophy at UMass., and Bill Hodgeman, senior pastor, College Church.