Your Religion News: Feb. 10, 2018



Thursday, February 08, 2018

Today: Love & Chocolate concert

NORTHFIELD — Enjoy love songs, a sing-along and a profusion of chocolate treats at the third annual Love and Chocolate concert, Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m., at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., Northfield. Concert features Jeff Olmsted and the a cappella group “On That Note,” Patter Field and Ted Thornton, plus special guest Grace Olmsted. Suggested donation: $12.

Tonight: ‘Valentine Cabaret’ stars Boston band

BERNARDSTON — The Boston/Cambridge-based band “Three at Home” will perform at the 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., for a Valentine Cabaret. Organizers say, “This is high caliber, high-energy live music that you won’t hear every day in Bernardston.” An artful backdrop for the music will be provided by the large-scale oil paintings of Cameron Schmitz of Bernardston.

Tickets are $15. Reservations at www.bernardstonunitarian.org or text 413-330-0807. The meetinghouse is at 49 Church St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The cost of the band has been underwritten by a generous donor.

On Charles Darwin’s birthday, at All Souls Sunday

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Calvin O. Dame will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service at All Souls UU on the topic, “The Grandeur View,” marking Charles Darwin’s birthday with a look at his life and how his work helped create the modern world. The church is at Main and Hope streets.

‘Christianity Explored’ series starts Feb. 13

NORTHFIELD — Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6:45 p.m., Community Bible Church will offer an informal six-week “Christianity Explored” course. The series will explore the life of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark and is designed for those who are interested in checking out the claims of Christianity or are seeking to examine their own personal faith. There will be time for questions and a short DVD presentation will accompany each lesson. The group will meet at the home of Bob and Wendy Emberley. For more information, contact Bob Emberley at rwemberley@gmail.com or call 413-498-4404. The course and materials are free.

Church takes Ash Wednesday to the streets

GREENFIELD — On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be offering “Ashes to Go” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., near the corner of Church and Federal streets, in front of the church. During that same time period, we will also be walking around downtown and offering the imposition of ashes to anyone that would like to receive them. For more information, call 413-773-3925.

Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday at 7

SHELBURNE FALLS — Join us for prayer and quiet music, reflection and ashes as we remember our mortality and our hopes for a new day: Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., at 7 p.m.

Feb. 18: Sarah Pirtle at Trinity Church

SHELBURNE FALLS — Join us for “Songs Across the Hills — Linking Generations” with music and song, with singer/songwriter Sarah Pirtle, Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m., at Trinity Church (after Church and Coffee Hour). Free. Sponsored by the Mass. Cultural Council. The church is at 17 Severance St.

Syrian Refugees: A Talk, set for Feb. 18

GREENFIELD — “Syrian Refugees: Women and Children in Lebanon,” is the subject of a talk by Patricia Hynes of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square. Sponsored by The Interfaith Council of Franklin County.

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series: Four visions of repentance, starts Feb. 21

“Four Visions of Repentance” is the theme of the 21st annual Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series for 2018. Refreshments will be served after each gathering by the host parish. All are welcome.

Feb. 21

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first session of the 21st annual Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series will be offered by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington at Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Session title: “Repentance: Burden or Blessing?” The church is at 15 Thayer St.

Feb. 28

MONTAGUE — The second session will be offered by Rev. Randy Calvo at the Montague Congregational Church on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Session title: “Repent and believe in the good news.” The church is at 4 North St.

March 7

HATFIELD — The third session will be offered by Fr. Robert Koerber at the Hatfield Congregational Church on March 7 at 7 p.m. Session title: “The Purpose of Repentance.” The church is at 41 Main St.

March 14

WHATELY — The fourth session will be offered by the Rev. Allen M. Comstock at the Whately Congregational Church on March 14 at 7 p.m. Session title: “Prophetic Repentance: The Repentance of Jesus.” The church is at 177 Chestnut Plain Road.

Friday Family Concert with Sarah Pirtle: Feb. 23

SHELBURNE FALLS — Join us for a family concert with singer/songwriter Sarah Pirtle, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Shelburne falls, Friday, Feb. 23, at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Free. Sponsored by the Mass. Cultural Council.

The #MeToo Movement and Minority Voices: Feb. 27

NORTHAMPTON — “The #MeToo Movement and Minority Voices: A Conversation with Shaheen Pasha,” is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Northampton Friends Meeting Room, 43 Center St., second floor. This is a chance to discuss the #MeToo movement from the underrepresented perspective of minority women and how we can move society to address our entrenched misogyny, with UMass professor of International Journalism Shaheen Pasha. Free and open to the public. RSVP: leif.maynard@gmail.com.