Your Religion News: June 9, 2018


  • The Sower, relief print by Cara Hochhalter Contributed image

  • The Rev. Don Erickson will present a local history program on Christian Universalism, June 13, at The First Universalist Church of Orange. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Friday, June 08, 2018

Cantabile presents ‘10 Centuries of
Music by Women Composers,’ Sunday

NORTHFIELD — The Trinitarian Congregational Church will sponsor the vocal quintet Cantabile performing “10 Centuries of Music by Women Composers,” Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. The program is entirely music by women composers, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Many musical styles will be heard, from medieval chant, Italian madrigals, a sacred motet, Romantic part-songs, a jazz standard and more.

Cantabile’s current members are Diana Brewer, Justina Golden, James Mead, Peter Shea and Kayla Werlin. They will be joined by lutenist Meg Pash, viola da gambist Laurie Rabut and guest vocalist Nina Wurgaft.

The church is at 147 Main St., Northfield. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged and will be shared with NELCWIT (New England Center for Women in Transition).

‘True diversity’ is Tinen’s topic Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Dan Tinen will speak on “True Diversity” Sunday, June 10, at 11:30 a.m. at Bernardston Unitarian Church, 49 Church St. Is multiculturalism a realistic goal or are we destined to live in tribal conflicts all over the world? Coffee hour at 11 a.m., all welcome to the potluck picnic after the service.

Honor firefighters and first responders

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, June 10, the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will celebrate Firefighters’ Sunday and honor first responders for their service, which is vital to the community. At both services, attendees will give thanks and ask a blessing on all firefighters. Firefighters are cordially invited to join us. The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew is at the corner of Church and Federal streets.

‘A Local Universalist History’ Wednesday

ORANGE — On Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m., Rev. Don Erickson will present “From Warwick to New Salem, A Local Universalist History.” The First Universalist Church of Orange will host the presentation, which will use multimedia and be interactive. First Universalist Church is at 31 North Main St., in downtown Orange. The building is handicapped accessible. All are welcome.

Local historian Lloyd Taylor of Tully calls our region “Universalist country.” The area, especially Warwick, represents one of the birthplaces of the Christian Universalist movement, which dates back to the late 1700s. Christian Universalism once thrived in what is now the greater Quabbin region. A source of historic pride at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully (CCNOT) dates to the year 1800, when the General Convention of the burgeoning Universalist movement was held “in-house” at the 1781 meetinghouse.

‘Cara’s Art and Armenian Cuisine’

CHARLEMONT — Reserve your place at the table for “Cara’s Art and Armenian Cuisine,” set for Saturday, June 23, beginning at 5 p.m. The event features appetizers, dinner and dessert for a $15 to $20 donation. Marlene Nalbandian and her family will be preparing the meal. The Rev. Cara Hochhalter’s artwork will be for sale. This is a fundraiser for the Charlemont Federated Church. Call 413-339-4294 by June 17 to reserve a place at the table. .

Free intergenerational drumming program starts June 20

SHELBURNE — The Shelburne Congregational Church will offer a free intergenerational drumming program as part of their celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary. Led by master drummer, Ellen Clegg, the group will first meet on Wednesday evening, June 20 to create two original compositions that will then be performed on Sunday, June 24, as part of the congregation’s morning service. The program is limited to the number of drums available, which is 20, and registration is required. Priority will be given to church members but is open to others in the community as space is available. Please register to hold your spot by calling Marion Taylor at 413-625-6306.

Old time church picnic set for June 24

GILL — On Sunday, June 24, the Gill Church will host an old-fashioned church picnic on the church property and Town Common.

The event will begin with a church service from 10 to 11 a.m. that will include the Agape Baptist Church (Moldovan) youth choir.

The picnic will begin at noon with the ringing of the church bell, followed by an outdoor presentation by the choir which will include gospel, spirituals, patriotic and American folk tunes. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. It is a bring-your-own-lunch event. The community is invited to participate by bringing picnic baskets and a blanket or lawn chair. The church will supply water, lemonade and watermelon. The Friends of Gill plan to serve strawberry shortcake. Following lunch, there will be more music and singing. There will also be activities and games for the children.