Your Religion News: March 3, 2018



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Friday, March 02, 2018
Tonight: Kirtan Rabbi at Temple Israel, 7:30

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel hosts Kirtan Rabbi tonight at 7:30 p.m., for an evening of chanting as we usher out the Sabbath Queen in style after our day of rest. Kirtan Rabbi is an internationally known prayer innovator and recording artist. We are delighted to bring his participatory kirtan worship to Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. Light snacks will be served afterwards. Sustainable donation: $10. All are welcome, family-friendly.

‘A Thoreau ramble:’ Sunday at All Souls

GREENFIELD — Rev. Kathy Duhon will present “A Ramble with Henry David Thoreau.” Saunter with this Unitarian Universalist luminary Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls UU, at the corner of Main and Hope streets. Join us for coffee and community potluck after the service.

Moody Chorale to perform Wednesday in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — The Moody Center will host the Moody Bible Institute’s Chorale in a performance Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m., at The Moody Center Auditorium, 58 Winchester Road. Founded in 1946 at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, the Moody Chorale serves churches around the world through the ministry of sacred music. Enjoy the Chorale’s broad repertoire of music from various cultures, styles and periods. The Chorale tours throughout the United States every year and tours internationally — the 2018 summer tour will be in Poland.

Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a free-will offering in lieu of an admission cost. For additional information, contact Julia Wiggin at jwiggin@themoodycenter.org or call 413-834-8508.

‘Hope and Healing for #MeToo World’ set for March 8

GREENFIELD — “Hope and Healing for #MeToo World” will be held Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m., at Second Congregational Church (on the common).

In solidarity with the #MeToo movement, the people of Saints James and Andrew (Episcopal Church) and Second Congregational Church (UCC) are co-hosting a Vigil of Hope and Healing for those impacted by sexual violence. Come and light candles; sing and pray; find support and peace. There will be an opportunity to briefly share your story and speak your truth, if you choose, with a listener in confidence and privacy.

Ecumenical Lenten Series: Visionsof repentance, continues Wednesday

“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.

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.

One of nation’s top young organists to play in Deerfield on Sunday

DEERFIELD — “The Brick Church” Music Series at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present Monica Czausz, organist, on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the door, a fundraiser for the church. There will be a reception following the concert in the E.H. Williams House at Deerfield Academy.

Recognized as one of the top 20 organists under 30 in the country. Ms. Czausz is currently at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A native of Chicopee, she has won many organ competitions and is in demand as a soloist throughout the USA and Canada.

For more information, call Jean Pitman Turner, artistic director, at 413-774-2657.

Dan Kennedy in concert: March 10

ORANGE — The Coffee House Series of the First Universalist Church of Orange presents Dan Kennedy, pianist, composer and recording artist, in concert on Saturday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kennedy will entertain you with a mix of classical, jazz and contemporary music, including his original award-winning compositions. Kennedy is one of the top 300 contemporary solo pianists in the world. Coffeehouse-style evening with complimentary coffee. Suggested donation: $8. Additional refreshments for sale. The church is at 31 North Main St.

‘Last Supper to Gethsemane’ drama: March 10

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Living Waters Assembly of God and Valley Life Church will present “The Last Supper to Gethesmane” drama at Frontier Regional School, 113 North Main St., on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. There is no charge.

The four gospel accounts from the afternoon until Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane have been blended together and will be acted out in period costumes by members of both churches. Songs will be led by a joint worship team, including solos by Duken Brown, Liena Churchill and Joe Zuraw. Communion will be offered to those who would like to partake.

For more information, call Pastor Peggy Belanger (413-397-3797) or Pastor David Levandusky (413-773-9506.

West County Mid-Lenten Soup and Service: March 13

SHELBURNE FALLS — Trinity Church (17 Severance St.) will host “Living an Alternative Life,” a mid-Lenten event on Tuesday, March 13. Silent prayer and meditation at 6 p.m.; soup and bread from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a program from 7 to 8 p.m., to celebrate the ways that we are connected, even in our diversity. All are welcome. Call 413-625-2341 with questions.

‘The Transformative Power of Equality:’ March 17

GREENFIELD — The All Souls UUs are presenting a dynamic, full-day conference on March 17 featuring keynote speaker Chuck Collins on “The Transformative Power of Equality.” There will be a panel discussion with Rep. Paul Mark, Al Norman and Chuck Collins, lunch at Stone Soup Café, followed by workshops in the afternoon.

‘Shroud Encounter’ set for March 18

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Holy Family Catholic Church, 29 Sugarloaf St., is hosting the “Shroud Encounter” on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. A museum-quality, life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be on display. International expert Russ Breault will present over 200 images and commentary covering all aspects of Shroud research.

GCC Chorus: ‘Think Spring!’ concert is April 6

GREENFIELD — The GCC Chorus “Think Spring!” program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St. The program features sacred and secular choral music from the Renaissance to the present and is conducted by Margery Heins, with Marilyn Berthelette as accompanist. GCC Chorus concerts are free and are held in accessible venues.