Your Religion News: Sept. 14, 2019

Published: 9/13/2019 12:08:11 PM
Modified: 9/13/2019 12:07:59 PM

Sunday: Celebrate All Souls UU Service at Temple Israel

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Sept. 15, Julie Payne-Britton will address “Opening to Change (Even When We Don’t Want To).” Eveline McDougall will provide music for our first service of the new season. We are being welcomed to meet at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., as our building is still closed. Service is at 10:30 a.m. with a brief coffee hour to follow.

Sunday: Music on the River

Instead of a regular service this Sunday, Sept. 15, Bernardston Unitarians will cruise the Connecticut River on Northfield Mountain’s riverboat, “Heritage.” Members of the Farley String Band will provide traditional music for the 1.5-hour river tour from Northfield Mountain’s Ferry Road dock to Barton’s Cove and back. Details for participating are at or call or text 413-330-0807. Arrive for boarding at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday in Wendell: ‘A Healing Circle: A Devotional Inquiry’

WENDELL — “Inner Walking, Nature Talking” is a gathering for prayers, community meal, fellowship, personal self-discovery and group reflection supported by the spirit of nature. Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Charles and Shay Cooper, 71 Kentfield Road. Create a community healing mandala (a mandala, shield, is an artful motif expressed in many traditions for devotion, ceremony and healing). Sponsored by the Baha’i’s of Wendell. No talent is necessary other than sincerity.

Wednesday: Interfaith Council presents ‘Enough Food for All’

GREENFIELD — On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Interfaith Council of Franklin County will present “Enough Food For All,” a local foods (bring food that’s grown and harvested in Franklin County) potluck, followed by a panel and discussion at First Congregational Church on Silver Street.

5:30 p.m.: Local foods potluck

6:15 p.m. : Panel and discussion

Join the Interfaith Council of Franklin County to hear stories of food insecurity and food sustainability. We know there is enough food for all. Why are there hungry people? Join the Hunger Task Force, Just Roots, the Compost Collective, Stone Soup Café and Rachel’s Table for a discussion of these issues.

The Interfaith Council of Franklin County brings together representatives of various faith communities and religious organizations, as well as interested individuals, for the purpose of dialogue, information sharing, celebration and social transformation.

Contact the Interfaith Council at 413-625-6967 or email with any questions.

All are welcome.

Sept. 21: Tibetan Medicine talk

CONWAY — “The Seven Body Types According to Tibetan Medicine,” a public talk with Manpa Phuntsog Wangmo (Ping Cuowangmu), director of Tibetan School of Medicine, is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. at Tsegyalgar East, 18 Schoolhouse Road.

Sept. 22: Fall Festival Sunday

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m., there will be one combined service at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for Fall Festival Sunday. The worship will feature the return of our choir, a special welcome to newcomers, a prayer of thanks for the longtime ministry of the Episcopal Church Women as they conclude their ministry, and will celebrate the creation season. Immediately following will be a special coffee hour and a ministry fair in our parish hall. The church is at 8 Church St. To learn more, call 413-773-3925 or

Sept. 27: Marriage Enrichment Series

VERNON, Vt. — The Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church (1002 Fort Bridgman Road) is offering a video series workshop for couples wishing to enrich their marriage. The videos are a nationally acclaimed seminar series by Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs entitled “Love and Respect.” The series will be presented on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning on Sept. 27 and ending on Nov. 1 with a banquet. There will be two videos shown each session. The evening will begin with time getting acquainted, visiting, and snacks/beverages, followed by the videos.

There is a $20 registration fee per couple. Child care will be provided. Registration is required. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jean Brodis by email at or by calling 802-387-5776.

Oct. 3: Climate Crisis and Faith

ASHFIELD — The First Congregational Church (UCC) and St. John’s Episcopal Church of Ashfield are co-sponsoring a discussion about climate change and faith on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the First Congregational Church on Main Street. The evening event will start with a locavore potluck (using local ingredients) at 6 p.m., followed by a program from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Bullitt Jonas serves as Missioner for Creation Care for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Her website,, includes blog posts, sermons and articles. Her new book, “Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis,” co-edited with Leah Schade, will be published this fall.

The event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 6: Blessing of the Animals

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 6, during the 8 and 10 a.m. services at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, we will bless our pets, backyard farm animals, stuffed animals and photos of our petsduring our worship services. Every creature is beloved by God; bring yours to be blessed. 8 Church St. To learn more, call 413-773-3925 or

Oct. 11: Movie night screening of ‘Blessings’

CONWAY — The October monthly movie night educational series will present “Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet,” directed by Victress Hitchcock, narrated by Richard Gere. 7 p.m. at 18 Schoolhouse Road.

Oct. 16: ‘Jews and Allies” An Interfaith Workshop’

GREENFIELD — “Jews and Allies: An Interfaith Workshop,” sponsored by The Interfaith Council of Franklin County, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6:15 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew at 8 Church St. A potluck dinner will precede the program at 5:30 p.m.

The classic example of divide and conquer, anti-Semitism has been used for centuries to separate groups of people from each other. This mechanism continues to derail our work for social justice today. In this interactive workshop, Jews and allies will learn to recognize and counteract anti-Semitism. We will explore the roots of anti-Semitism, why it is so confusing and hard to talk about, and what it means to be an ally, including how it makes your life better and how to take a stand against blame, isolation and terror. Trainers are Amy Leos-Urbel and Betsy L. Ames. All are welcome.


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