Your Religion News: Aug. 26, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017
Still time to sign up for the Northfield Interfaith Alliance

NORTHFIELD — Rev. Julie Olmsted and Rev. Ted Thornton ask, “Are you called to some kind of ministry? Do you long to know more about your own faith and the faiths of others?” If so, they invite you to become a part of the Northfield Interfaith Alliance, a course about the religions of the world that meets one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from September through May 2018 (no meeting in December) at the Trinitarian Congregational Church. Enrollment is limited to 15 but there are still a few openings. In addition to academic learning, there will be music, prayers and active engagement in the different traditions. Tuition is $200; limited, partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. To sign up or for more information, call 413-498-5839 or visit tccnorthfield.org.

Annual Unity Worldwide Day of Prayer: Sept. 14 in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, Sept. 14, people all over the world will gather locally to share prayers of peace from all faiths. There is a local gathering in Greenfield at 6:30 p.m. at Saints James and Andrew Church, corner of Federal and Church streets, in the Parish Hall. We will affirm, “I am peace in the midst of all matters.” There will be prayers from many different faiths, beautiful music, singing and silence as we observe this sacred time together. There will be a love offering.

With all the discord going on around the world, in our country, in our lives, we see this as an opportunity to “do something” to bring about peace in our lifetime. There is no more powerful act than prayer.

Let us persist in our working together for peace in our lives and in the world. Please join us.

Barry Dietz on “The Second UU Principle,” Sunday in Bernardston

BERNARDSTON — Speaker Barry Dietz continues his series at Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse on the seven Unitarian Universalist principles. This Sunday, Aug. 27, the topic will be Principle #2, “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” Subsequent talks will be listed at www.bernardstonunitarian.org. The service is at 11:30 a.m. (coffee served at 11 a.m.), with music by Lynne Walker. The church is at the corner of Church and Depot streets.

Theologists tackle topics: Sept. 14-16

GREENFIELD — Join a rotating panel of theology experts on the Greenfield Town Common as they tackle various topics centered on religious texts, false prophets, gods, unity, truth and love. Join them as they answer questions such as “What makes the Bible so special?” “Who does Jesus think he is?” “Does Christianity even matter?” and much more. Rain or shine: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon as well as that evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Open dialogue and Q&A welcomed after each session. For questions, contact Christian Joyner at 559-329-9629.

Neighborhood Labyrinth Community Supper is Sept. 14

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew (8 Church St.), all are welcome to share a meal and help us identify first steps to bring a Community Labyrinth to Greenfield. We have a dream and we are looking for partners to help bring it to life. The evening will include a 20-minute film about the remarkable process that brought an outdoor labyrinth to the Hampshire County House of Correction and the ways that it is changing lives at that facility. The film will be followed by a conversation with several individuals for whom walking labyrinths has brought significant benefit.

RSVP by Sept. 11

RSVP by Sept. 11 to communitylabyrinthfc@gmail.com. Questions? Call Elise at 413-834-1998.