Your Religion News: Nov. 30, 2019

Published: 11/29/2019 10:00:44 PM
Today: Psychic Fair at TNSA

LAKE PLEASANT — The National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA) is holding a Psychic Fair on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our readers are at the top of their field and use a variety of divination modalities including Tarot, channeling, art and mediumship. Reiki healing is also available by a Reiki Master and certified spiritual healer. A 20-minute reading or healing is $20. TNSA Thompson Memorial Temple is a Spiritualist church located at 2 Montague Avenue in Lake Pleasant, a village in Montague.

Sunday: ‘Three Truths’ at All Souls UU

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Jim Craig will speak on the topic of “Three Truths ... though You Might Disagree” at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Craig taught religious studies at Northfield Mount Hermon School for 25 years before taking early retirement in 1995. For the next four years he served as acting minister of All Souls Church. He now lives in California with his wife Margaret and is visiting friends and family this week. Keith Rollinson and the All Souls Choir will provide music. Fellowship potluck to follow the service. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Dec. 1: Hattie Nestel to lead Petersham service

PETERSHAM — Services at the Petersham Unitarian Universalist Church will be led by Hattie Nestel on Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. The local community knows Nestel as a peace activist, champion of social issues and feminist, but her homily will center on her religious journey in Reconstructionist Judaism.

There will be sharing and refreshments following the service.

Sunday: Redefining God discussion

BERNARDSTON — On Sunday, Dec. 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, instead of having a service, we are having a roundtable lunch discussion led by Dan Tinen. He’s going to present a proposal for an adult religious education class loosely based on the book “God, Revised” by Galen Guengerich, who was born into the Mennonite faith and is now the minister of All Souls UU Church in New York City. We’ll see a video and talk about what topics we would like to explore in the future, so bring your Thanksgiving leftovers to share.

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Sunday: Local pastor talks about her new book

WHATELY — This Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church UCC, 177 Chestnut Plain Road, the Rev. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington will be sharing some insights on her new book, “You Cannot Cage the Wolf; A Mother Struggles with the Suicide of her Soldier Son” (Haley’s). The book describes her healing journey from the death of her son to developing the first program to place trained service dogs with other veterans with stress syndrome. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be glad to sign them. Snow date will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday: ‘The Space Between’

NORTHFIELD — On Sunday, Dec. 1, The Rev. Cynthia A. Frado will preach at First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, on “To Bless the Space Between Us.” All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service held in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street in Northfield.

Dec. 1: Advent workshop

GREENFIELD — Children and adults can make ornaments, yule logs, door sprays and more to cheer your home. 11 a.m., immediately following worship at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square. All are welcome.

Dec. 8: Book discussion on anti-Semitism

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Dec. 8, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Amy Leos-Urbel will lead a book discussion on the booklet she co-authored, “Anti-semitism: Why Is It Everyone’s Concern?” This program will take place at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. Copies of the booklet are available through the Temple: 413-773-5884 for more information. Suggested donation: $6 to $36 to help cover program costs. This program is co-sponsored by Greenfield Hadassah & Temple Israel, with major funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Dec. 7: Free carol sing and concert

TURNERS FALLS — Enjoy a Christmas Carol Sing and Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at JaDuke Performing Arts Center, 110 Industrial Blvd. Featured is 4D1G Gospel Quartet, the Valley Revival Choir, Dennis Ainsworth on piano and other special guests. Free admission.

Dec. 8: Community Tree Lighting

SHUTESBURY — Shutesbury Community Church will hold a community tree lighting and visit by Santa Claus at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 on the Common. The event will include carol singing inside the church, the arrival of Santa, lighting of the tree on the Common, and children’s visits with Santa back inside the church. Cocoa, coffee and refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

Volunteers are also needed to decorate the tree at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7. For more information, contact Pastor Mark Ellis at (413) 349-8444 or email him at The tree has been donated by Ethan Stone of West Brook Tree Farm of Athol.

Dec. 8: Impromptu Christmas Pageant

GREENFIELD — Join in telling the story of Jesus’s birth at the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square. All are welcome to have a role or to be in the audience. One rehearsal at 3 p.m., followed by the pageant (with costumes) at 4 p.m. Then stay for a Mac’n’ Cheese dinner for everyone right after the pageant. Musicians encouraged and music is provided.

Dec. 10: Blue Christmas Service

GREENFIELD — A special service for those seeking wholeness and peace during a season of festivity, 7 p.m., at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square. This Blue Christmas service gives the opportunity to feel the hope, love and peace of the Advent season in a subdued and reflective setting. Candle lighting, silence and music are part of this service.

Dec. 11: Celebration of the Light: A Community Memorial Service

GREENFIELD — “Celebration of the Light: A Community Memorial Service,” will take place at Second Congregational Church (on the Common), on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. This is a celebration of the lives of those who have died. The whole community is invited to attend and participate. A community meal is being served that night at 5:30 p.m. All are invited for supper, too. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County.

Dec. 12: The Bible is not a weapon

ASHFIELD — The Rev. Thad Bennett, a retired priest from Vermont now living in Conway, will present a program on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 pm, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. “The Bible is Not a Weapon” will look at the ways the Bible was used to support the slave trade and to fight abolitionists and in the 1700s and 1800s. Bennett will also explore how the Bible is being used today to oppress the LGBTQ community and others.

A potluck at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by Rev. Bennett’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information: or call 413-628-4402.

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