Your Religion News: July 7, 2018


Friday, July 06, 2018
Free concert memorializes First Universalist Parish of North Dana

NEW SALEM — The Pioneer Valley Brass will perform a free public concert of traditional and modern music arranged for brass on Sunday, July 22, at 4 p.m., at the Swift River Valley Historical Society in new Salem. This program coincides with the anniversary of the birthday of Mary Clary, who lived for many years in the Whitaker-Clary House, which is part of the museum today. Birthday cake will be served after the concert. The program is sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana as the 783rd in a series of memorial concerts to further the memory of the parish, which was forced to leave North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir 80 years ago.

Tinen: ‘Fences on the Moral Landscape’

BERNARDSTON — Speaker Dan Tinen will speak about fences, walls and immigration Sunday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at Bernardston Unitarian Church at the 1739 Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. Coffee at 11 a.m.; service at 11:30 a.m. Music by Lynne Walker.

The Rev. Margaret Payne — ‘All about Jesus’ — this Sunday in Shelburne

SHELBURNE — The Rev. Margaret Payne will lead worship this month at the First Congregational Church of Shelburne, 22 Common Road. Her theme for the month is “All about Jesus: Walking with him through Life and Change.” The Rev. Payne is the former bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She and her husband run the Foxbard Farm in Shelburne. Later this month, The Rev. Payne will lead a study group, “Prayer: The Breath of Life.”

All Souls: Christophre Woods on ‘The Man in the Mirror’ Sunday

GREENFIELD — Join Christophre Woods as he talks about holding on to compassion, justice and equity, starting with the “Man in the Mirror,” Sunday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls UU, corner of Hope and Main streets. All welcome.

Learn about genealogy, family history and more at July 24 open house

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints invites the public to an open house Tuesday, July 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at 92 Colrain Road. Come see our beautiful building and learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ. Also, learn about genealogy, family history, self-reliance and all the other church programs we have to offer to members and the community.

Discuss ‘A Man for All Seasons’ Tuesday

NORTHFIELD — Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons” is the chosen play in a discussion Tuesday, July 10, led by English teacher David Dowdy at the C.S. Lewis Study Center on the corner of Moody and Main streets. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted.

Discuss ‘Surprised by Joy’ Wednesday

BELCHERTOWN — Dr. Gayne J. Anacker, chair of the board of the C.S. Lewis Study Center, will be discussing “Surprised by Joy,” the lifelong spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis, writer of the “Chronicles of Narnia,” Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m., at Christ Community Church in Belchertown.

Discuss C.S. Lewis’ ‘Screwtape Letters’ Thursday with Dr. Scott B. Key

NORTHFIELD — Dr. Scott B. Key will lead thoughtful commentary on C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters,” looking at letters 2 through 7, Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m., at the C.S. Lewis Study Center on the corner of Moody and Main streets. Each session is self contained. Reading ahead is recommended. Free; donations accepted.

Halifax Union Society summer season continues Sunday

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Halifax Union Society continues its 2018 season this Sunday, July 8, at 6 p.m., in the church at 44 Stowe Mountain Road, at the crossroads in Halifax Center.

The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey is pastor and Merrillyn Courser plays request hymns on the Carpenter reed organ. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry will be accepted. All are welcome to attend.

Open for meditation

ORANGE — Do you ever feel as if life is just rushing on by? Do you need a minute to catch your breath and realign yourself? We can help! The sanctuary of the First Universalist Church of Orange, 31 North Main St., will be open every Sunday for silent meditation from 10 to 11 a.m.

Four summer gatherings at All Souls UU

GREENFIELD — All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Main and Hope streets) will have four opportunities to gather for connection, worship and exploration over the summer months. Join them in the Parish Hall at All Souls UU at 10:30 a.m. on the following Sundays:

July 8: Talking about the man in the mirror. Taking justice, equity and compassion into the world, by Christophre Wood.

July 22: Summer Celebration, led by Jennifer Bennett.

Aug. 5: Moving on; Story telling, led by Kate Mason.

Aug. 19: Singing the Living Tradition, led by Dan Tinen.

Summer Literature Seminar Series starts Tuesday

NORTHFIELD — English teacher David Dowdy will present four plays on four Tuesdays in July at 7 p.m. at the C.S. Lewis Study Center, 199 Main St. In order: T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral; Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons,” George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” and Graham Greene’s “The Pottihc Shed.” Each session is self-contained. Reading ahead is recommended. Free; donations accepted. For more information, visit www.greenpasturesstudycenter.org or email May Key at mkey@greenpasturesstudycenter.org.

Join ‘Summer Cross Talks’: Wednesdays, July 18 and 25, at Cameron’s Winery

NORTHFIELD — What does it take to succeed as a Community of God? How do we live as whole human beings in a world that often disregards the dignity of “the other”? Rev. Julie Olmsted of the Trinitarian Congregational Church leads this journey, with the Book of James as guide. Wednesdays, July 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. in “the Upper Room” at Cameron’s, 105 Main St. Coffee and tea provided. Low-cost house-made pastries.

New Mass schedules start July 7/8

GREENFIELD — Effective the weekend of July 7 and 8, the new Mass schedule will be as follows:

Blessed Sacrament Church: Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Trinity Church: Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Summer hours at Trinitarian Congregational Church

NORTHFIELD — The Trinitarian Congregational Church will meet for worship at 9:30 a.m. on Summer Sundays in July and August (except for Riverside Sunday in August).

Summer schedule at Bernardston Unitarian Church

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Unitarian Church will take a vacation and then resume a full month of services in July.