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Your Religion News: Nov. 10, 2018


Friday, November 09, 2018
Orange church joins Peace Pole Project

ORANGE — As our country and our world continue to exist in turmoil, members of the First Universalist Church of Orange have decided to promote peace by joining the Peace Pole Project Network and erecting a peace pole on church property.

The message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” is written on one side of the four-sided pole, which will be planted and dedicated in Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m., in a ceremony open to the public.

Peace poles are constructed with either four or six sides, with the universal peace message in different languages on the sides of the pole.

The other three languages on the church’s pole are Japanese, (for the first peace pole), Cree (a Native American language) and Portuguese (in honor of the three most recent music directors at the church). There is room for four additional languages yet to be determined.

The peace pole movement began in Japan with Masahisa Goi, who was disheartened by the destruction inflicted during World War II.

Now there are over 200,000 peace poles in almost every country in the world. They are as close as Turners Falls and as far away as Mount Everest in Nepal.

The World Peace Prayer Society’s message is that peace can transcend the boundaries of race, religion and politics.

Bible Dig: Tuesdays at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Wanted: crowds of hungry people who want to hear Jesus.

How is it that with faith we can have abundance? Why does giving thanks produce more than we had before? Is gratitude powerful? What has Jesus to teach us in the story of “Feeding the 5,000?”

Come and see at the Bible Dig, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. (and every Tuesday) at Trinitarian Congregational Church (TCC), 147 Main St., Northfield, side door. Come with or drop off your child(ren), ages 5 to 12. Includes light supper. (Menu: Tuna salad and cream cheese & jelly sandwiches, soup and dessert). Led by Rev. Julie Olmsted.

Tinen on ‘A Century of War and Peace’

BERNARDSTON — On Sunday, Nov. 11, Speaker Dan Tinen leads the service at Bernardston Unitarian Church at 11:30 a.m. Topic: “A Century of War and Peace.” The Great War, later to be renamed “World War I,” was hoped to be “the war to end all wars.” One hundred years later, its impact and the lessons for civilization, continues. Dan Tinen will discuss some of the connections to our situation today in his talk this Sunday.

Lynne Walker, pianist, will provide music. Coffee hour starts at 11 a.m. “Capturing Light and Life” photographic exhibition on our gallery walls until Nov. 25. The church is at 49 Church St. For more information: 413-330-0807.

UCB to mark end of WWI with Taps

BERNARDSTON — As part of the national “Sounds of Remembrance” Centennial Commemoration of World War I, Steve and Joyana Damon will sound Taps on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at United Church of Bernardston (58 Church St.). Following that, the church bell will be rung as the congregation sings “Let There Be Peace of Earth.” All are welcome to come pray for peace.

West County Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service: Tuesday, Nov. 20

SHELBURNE FALLS — Gratitude abounds! West County Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service is set for Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p[.m. (pick-up choir practice at 6 p.m.) at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. For more information, call 413-625-2341.

Hanukkah workshop set for Nov. 18

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel is hosting a workshop on observing the holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn rituals, songs and enjoy homemade latkes together. $15 per person. Registration required to ensure plentiful latkes. Visit templeisraelgreenfield.org for more information or call 413-773-5884 to register.

All Souls welcomes the Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson

GREENFIELD — This Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m., All Souls UU Church will welcome Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister, who has served both in the parish and community. Her recent ministry includes the co-founding of UU Class Conversations, to inspire UU congregations to become more class-inclusive and diverse. The topic of her sermon is “Sea Change: What can we learn from the 1960s?” Her memoir, “Sea Change: The unfinished agenda of the 1960s,” will be available for purchase after the service.

Music will be provided by Julia Bady, a concert pianist and piano teacher based in Greenfield. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and with world renown vocal performers. All are welcome.

Film: ‘Grand Illusion’ at All Souls Sunday

GREENFIELD — To mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of world War I, there will be a free showing of the 1937 film classic, “Grand Illusion,” at All Souls Church at Hope and Main streets on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. The film and refreshments are free.

Taise Advent Service set for Dec. 8

SHELBURNE FALLS — Taise Advent Service: A time for quiet and songs of comfort and strength to increase light and love in our lives and in the world in this time of waiting. All are welcome, come as you are: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St.