Your Religion News: Jan. 13, 2018


Friday, January 12, 2018
Free Centennial Celebration Concert: Sunday at Starrett church

ATHOL — The public is invited to attend an afternoon of music as two historic Athol institutions — Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church and the Athol Public Library — celebrate 100 years of service. The concert will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, 40 Island St., Athol.

The program will feature the professional musicianship of the Greater Gardner Community Chorus and the Pioneer Valley Brass Quintet, providing some of classical music’s most uplifting choral works. The program is free and appropriate for all ages. Child care is available. Immediately following the concert there will be a reception and light refreshments.

The program is sponsored by the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, the Friends of the Athol Public Library and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

There is plenty of parking available in the library lot, on the street and in the handicapped-accessible church lot on Marble Street.

Deitz on UU Principle #6: Sunday at the 1739 Meetinghouse

BERNARDSTON — Speaker Barry Deitz will talk about UU Principle #6: The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Bernardston Unitarian Church in the 1739 Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. Sunday coffee hour at 11 a.m. Music by Lynne Walker.

Rob Peck is speaker at All Souls UU, Sunday

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls UU Greenfield, Rob Peck will present ReSPARK! (Bringing Light to the Darkness of Depression). With honesty and humor Rob will do his best to make art out of pain, and help bring down the stigma of mental illness. The church is on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Faith Communities and Interfaith Neighbors Connecting will hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut St, near the uptown common.

Pastor Beverly Prestwood-Taylor of the Athol Congregational Church said, “This is a special day to focus on the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.’ We all have the power to make this happen for our community and beyond. We can each make a difference in our own way.”

Events will begin with breakfast at 9 a.m. and workshops from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Service activities and workshops as well as child care are available. A community worship service will be held at 11:30, followed by a light lunch. Reservations and information is available by calling 978-249-6202.

‘Coffee House Discussion: Needs of Youth’ is Thursday

ORANGE — Mission Covenant Church announces a coffee house discussion on the “Needs of Youth in Our Community,” Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., at The Little Church on the Corner, 53 Pleasant St., Orange. The Compassion, Justice and Mercy Ministry leader George Hunt will facilitate conversation between representatives from the Orange School System and the Orange Police Department. All adults will be encouraged to join in with questions, ideas and concerns over light refreshments. To learn more, call Hunt at 774-364-4367.

Economic Justice series: Jan. 28

GREENFIELD — All Souls Church (399 Main St.) is addressing issues of Economic Justice this year. On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m., the Sunday service will be followed by a discussion circle led by Dr. Stephen Martin, MD, on “The Most Shocking and Inhuman: Health Care Inequality and the Need for Social Justice.” Dr. Martin is a family physician at Barre Family Health Center, associate professor at the UMass. Medical School, and a member of the “Right Care Alliance.” He and his family live in Northfield.

Taking action to heal racism: Today

GREENFIELD — Join a study group to read “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X Kendi. Learn how deeply embedded racism is, about inner and outer racism and taking action to help heal. The first meeting is set for Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at 5 Park St., Greenfield, to discuss Part I: Cotton Mather. Please feel free to come, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. Copies are available through inter-library loan. Hosted by the Bahai’s of Wendell, Orange and Amherst. Contact Shay at 978-500-7073 for info.