Your Religion News: Jan. 19, 2019

Published: 1/18/2019 11:14:38 AM
Church to host free dinner, Monday, for furloughed employees and contractors

GREENFIELD — The Second Congregational Church of Greenfield is hosting a chef-cooked free dinner for furloughed federal government employees and federal government contractors and their immediate families who are not being paid during this partial government shutdown: Monday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m.

Rev. Sanderson says, “There’s no program or speakers, and no religious or political agenda. This is neighbors caring about neighbors — the way it should be. Just bring your family, come enjoy a nice meal, spend time with others, and know that you are appreciated and valued.”

Doors open at 5 p.m. for appetizers and conversation. The plated meal is served at 5:30 p.m. The menu is fresh chicken with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, and green beans. The vegetarian option is a chick-pea stew with vegetables and tomatoes. Fresh homemade bread, coffee, tea, juice, and angel cake with whipped cream for dessert will also be served. Please RSVP with your name and number of people joining you at 413-774-4355 or email: so they can get a count for the meal.

The church, at 16 Court Square (on the Common), is fully accessible, with parking behind the church.

Snow date: All Souls UU service rescheduled for Jan. 27

GREENFIELD — This Sunday, Jan. 20, the service at All Souls UU Church is cancelled due to predicted severe weather.

Next Sunday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m., speaker Laura Wagner, executive director of UU Mass. Action, will offer a sermon and a workshop on “Living Our Values,” based on her over 25 years of social justice work. Following the sermon, there will be a luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. for those attending the workshop and sermon.

The workshop will offer an overview of the four primary campaigns: Climate Justice and Action; Immigrant Rights and Ending Mass Incarceration, plus information on five working groups. There will be a discussion about lobbying in Massachusetts in the current legislative year. Contact Molly Chambers, co-chairperson of the Social Justice Committee, at 413-773-5018 or email with any questions and if you plan to attend.

Postponed: Death Café to be rescheduled due to storm

GREENFIELD — Due to Sunday’s predicted snow storm, All Souls Church’s Death Café — an opportunity to talk about this sensitive topic — will be postponed until Spring. Contact with questions.

Snow date: Bethany Lutheran Church’s final service rescheduled for Jan. 27

ORANGE — The final worship service at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church on Cheney Street, originally set for Jan. 20, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Anyone from the community is encouraged to attend.

Snow date: Bernardston Unitarian art program rescheduled for Jan. 27

BERNARDSTON — Due to the forecast for a large winter storm on Sunday, the Arts & Activism Program at the Bernardston Unitarian Church, “Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel,” a hands-on art workshop by artist Gregory Maichack, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The workshop is close to full; however, some may not be able to attend the new date. So if you are interested, contact Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807 to participate. Funded by Bernardston Local Cultural Council through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arts & Activism Program at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse.

Special service to honor Rev. Thomas Keating: Jan. 26

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Second Congregational Church (on the Common) will host a Remembrance of Thomas Keating, Cistercian priest and monk and a founder of the Centering Prayer movement. Father Keating visited Second Church and Deerfield Academy in may 2007 to share his message of God’s presence in each of us and the healing power of silence. He was a beloved teacher and a model of selfless love and humility. The gathering will include 20 minutes of silent prayer, sharing of memories and viewing of his final video, “A Life Surrendered to Love.”

Second Church hosts centering prayer groups on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m., and at The Arbors on Thursday afternoons at 3:45 p.m. All are welcome.

Clarification: Rev. Kate Stevens’ recent sermon at All Souls Church

GREENFIELD — Last Sunday, Rev. Kate Stevens spoke at the All Souls UU Church. The announcement of this service last week stated that she would discuss “her recent trip to Alabama and the racism she saw there.” Rev. Stevens wishes to clarity that the actual topic was seeing the US South — with all its awful and awe-inspiring history – as our national Holy Land. She spoke about the inspiring work the South is doing in dealing with past and present racism head-on. “We in the North may have a lot to learn from some of our Southern neighbors in dealing with the issue of race,” said Stevens.

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