Your Religion News: Sept. 18, 2021



Published: 9/17/2021 2:58:01 PM
Today: State Rep. Paul Mark to address climate crisis

GREENFIELD — The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and All Souls Church are sponsoring an important talk by state Rep. Paul Mark about the climate crisis, and in particular about the recently-passed “Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy,” the first such state law in the country. Rep. Mark is House vice chair of the key Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in the Legislature. The talk will take place today at 1:30 p.m. at the Energy Park in Greenfield. Accompanying Rep. Mark will be Rep. Joan Meschino, the author of the 2050 Roadmap bill which was eventually turned into the new law. There will be time for audience members to pose questions to the representatives.

Sunday at First Parish: ‘Relationship

NORTHFIELD — “Relationship” is the topic of the First Parish of Northfield’s Chalice Circle service this Sunday at 10 a.m. by online videoconference. Ann Linge will lead the group in reflection and discussion of the topic, a foundational element of the human experience. Relationship is the beginning of a six-part program on Reconnection by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Small Group Ministry. Questions for this Chalice Circle include: What does it mean to be in relationship? How are we in relationship with others? How do these relationships impact our lives? All are welcome to participate in this service. For the link, send a request to

Sunday: ‘Five lessons from gravity’

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston Unitarian Church meets in person Sunday at the 1739 Meetinghouse at 49 Church St. for vaccinated members and friends and on line for those who want to join on Zoom. Service on Sunday, Sept. 19, is at 11:30 a.m. Coffee hour at 11. Masks required.

Barry Deitz lead the service with the sermon topic: “Five Lessons from Gravity.” Lynne Walker will provide music. For a Zoom link text your name and email to 413-330-0807. Full schedule at

Sunday at All Souls

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Elaine Bomford will lead the services at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St., on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. The sermon title is “Kurt Vonnegut: Thank You for Your Attention.” Rev. Bomford has served UU churches over the years as a religious educator, musician, parish minister, and guest preacher. She is currently the Affiliate Minister of the Walpole (N.H.) Unitarian Church.

Sunday in Northfield: Outdoor worship

NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church, Northfield continues to have outdoor worship (weather permitting), Sundays at 10 a.m. In case of bad weather, the service will be held in Fellowship Hall. State and federal guidelines will continue to be observed for the well-being of all in attendance. For more information, contact the church office at 413-498-5839.

Sunday: Grand organ recital

ASHFIELD — A grand organ recital by Grant Moss, Smith College Professor of Music, will be held Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. This recital will celebrate the restoration of Ashfield’s historic George W. Reed organ, built in 1903. Free. Masks are required inside the sanctuary.

Sunday: Brick Church Music Series

DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. with the New World Trio musicians: Anhared Stowe, violin, Peter Zay, cello, and Pi-Hsun Shih, piano. The Trio is featured prominently in the Greater Hartford area and has been recorded frequently on WNPR broadcasts, Music by Mozart, Piazzolla, and Dvorák will be heard. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door as a fundraiser for the church. Masks will be required along with social distancing. For further information, please call Jean Pitman Turner, artistic director 413-774-2657.

Sunday: Talk on Shays Rebellion

PETERSHAM — Bill Corey will give a short talk entitled “Daniel Shays: the Making of a Rebel” on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Petersham Unitarian Church.

The First Congregational Parish Unitarian is located at One Common Street in Petersham. The parish is following the current COVID-19 requirements from the Board of Health: 50% occupancy maximum, masks required, and no singing.”

Sept. 26: Ashfield and Cummington churches examine racism

The First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ashfield is joining together with the West Cummington Church and the Village Church, also in Cummington, to develop “Moving Forward Towards Racial Justice.” The first event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 5 .pm. It will be conducted via Zoom in collaboration with the Bridge for Unity. Speakers will address ways to make the fight for racial justice real in our communities and in Western Mass.

“I am excited that our Ashfield church will be part of this developing partnership,” the Rev. David Jones said. “Racial injustice affects us all, and as spiritual communities, I believe churches like ours have a responsibility to initiate and encourage events like this. I am grateful for Rev. Sarah Pirtle’s leadership on this. Please pass the word and plan to attend.”

The event is free and open to the public. A link will be posted on the Ashfield church’s website, All are welcome.

Oct. 3: Organ concert

DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield in Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present its second concert of the season on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. with Mark Steinbach, organist, playing music by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, W.A. Mozart, and Anton Heiler. Steinbach, a Fullbright scholar, has degrees from The Eastman School of Music and is currently organist at Brown University, Providence, R.I. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door as a fundraiser for the church. Masks will be required along with social distancing. For further information please call Jean Pitman Turner, artistic director, at 413-774-2657.

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