Your Religion News: Oct. 16, 2021

Published: 10/15/2021 3:36:30 PM
Sunday: Stevens to speak at All Souls

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Kate Stevens is the speaker at All Souls Church, Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Her sermon title is “Heart Work.” Kate Stevens is a UCC minister working on the leadership team of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County. She lives and works on a CSA farm in Charlemont. “Though most of our time is spent in our heads, it is the heart that makes us more human, more compassionate, more caring. Rather than spending 47% of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we are doing, perhaps we can do a little more heart work.” Masks and social distancing required. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Sunday: Ashfield churches plan public witness for climate justice

ASHFIELD — In anticipation of the UN Conference on Climate Justice that begins on Occt. 31 in Glasgow, Scotland, Faiths 4 Climate Justice has invited houses of faith all over the world to take some action over the weekend of Oct. 17. In response to this call for global action, Ashfield’s two churches, First Congregational and St. John’s Episcopal, will offer a brief joint service for climate justice on Ashfield’s Town Common on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Vicki Ix, Vicar of St. John’s, and the Rev. David Jones, minister at the First Church, will lead a 15- to 20-minute service of prayer, poetry and song. All are welcome. Bring banners and signs of support for climate justice. Information is available at each church’s website: and .

Sunday: Bell choir at Sunderland church

SUNDERLAND — Sunday’s worship service at the First Congregational Church of Sunderland begins at 11 a.m. on Oct. 17. The Rev. Randy Calvo says, “We are excited to add the Bell Choir to our worship this weekend. The title of the sermon is ‘The Roomba won’t stop falling down the stairs.’ It deals with the apparent difficulty we have learning from Jesus. In Sunday’s Gospel, even the disciples have now failed to learn for the third time.

“After the service, we will transition into a congregational meeting to discuss future plans and new ideas.

The church is at 91 S. Main St.

Sunday: Bulb-planting at Northfield UU

NORTHFIELD — “Claiming and Cultivating Joy” is the theme at First Parish Church this Sunday.

Joy is not a privilege. Joy is our birthright. What would shift in our lives if we claimed this blessing more often and more fully? Come explore these ideas in a multigenerational community. Children and youth will have an opportunity to plant bulbs around the church, if they like, as an embodiment of the theme of the service. Participants will gather outside in the gravel lot behind First Parish and concurrently online at 10 a.m. on Sunday. First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian’s Affiliated Minister the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer will lead this service. For a link to the videoconference stream, send an email request to

Bernardston UU Sunday with Barry Deitz

BERNARDSTON — Barry Deitz will lead the Sunday Service at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse at 49 Church St. at 11:30 a.m. with the topic, “By What Right?” The in-person service is for vaccinated and masked members and friends. A Zoom link is available for those that want to do the service remotely. Text name and email to 413-330-0807. Coffee hour starts at 11 a.m.

Deitz will look at how our history has taught us that words like freedom and equality have to always be expanded if we are to grow as a nation. “We will look at how in her book “These Truths<” historian Jill Lepore asks the question ‘By What Right?’ in order to address these issues of liberty and equality and what they mean to us today.”

Schedule updates and photos, history of the Meetinghouse and UUA links for the Bernardston Church are at

Sunday: The Rev. Rosemary Dawson leads worship

NORTHFIELD — All are welcome to join Trinitarian Congregational Church, Northfield, Sundays at 10 a.m. Weather permitting, the Rev. Rosemary Dawson will continue to lead outdoor worship. 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.

Oct. 23: A ‘scary’ fundraiser

ASHFIELD — Pauline Productions Theatre Co., in partnership with the First Congregational Church of Ashfield, presents “Whispering Bones” on Saturday Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Ashfield. “Whispering Bones” is an evening of ghost stories, featuring storytellers from upstate New York as well as local tellers. “The show is curated by Kelvin Karaga, a well known regional storyteller,” said Jeannine Haas, Pauline Productions producer, “and it’s a second showing in Ashfield. Karaga will be joined by fabulous storytellers including me and Delta Carney of Ashfield. We hope lots of people will join us in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church to celebrate Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead, and the celebration of All Saints Day in Christian tradition.”

Oct. 30: Phychic Fair

LAKE PLEASANT — Get into the spirit of Halloween by receiving a reading at the TNSA Psychic Medium Fair on Saturday, Oct. 30. The fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spiritualist church located at 2 Montague Ave in Lake Pleasant. Readers are at the top of their field and use a variety of divination modalities including Tarot, oracle and angel cards, channeling, and mediumship. A 25-minute reading is $30. Vendors will also be on hand offering handmade jewelry and other arts and crafts. To make an appointment for a reading and to view the vendors list go to

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