Your Religion News: Sept. 2, 2017


Friday, September 01, 2017
New: Monthly ‘Many Blessings Gathering’ starts today at 5

GREENFIELD — “Many Blessings Gathering” is today (and the first Saturday of every month) from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Unity Healing Temple, 158 Main St., Greenfield. Universal All Faith Devotional Prayers for each and all. Meditations for yourself, sharing and support from 6 to 7 p.m. High energy aerobic hip hop dancing, led by Sita Roohi. Move your body to the beat of healthy fun. Free. Offered by the Baha’i Faith Group of Wendell. For more information, contact Shay at 978-500-7073.

New interim minister starts Sunday in Montague’s First Congregational Church

MONTAGUE CENTER — This Sunday, First Congregational Church of Montague will welcome their interim minister, The Rev. Allen “Mick” Comstock. He will begin a covenant with the church with a Communion Service at 10 a.m. Comstock is a graduate of College of Wooster (Ohio) and studied at Hartford Seminary Foundation. He has served churches in Rowe, Heath, Stockbridge and Charlemont and also served as interim minister in Hartland, Vt., South Hadley and North Adams. His theology is biblically and church-based. Rev. Comstock will be available with office hours at the church, posted on the church’s website: www.montaguechurch.org.

Final summer service for Halifax Union Society is celebrated this Sunday

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Halifax Union Society concludes its 2017 summer worship season this Sunday, Sept. 3. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will examine the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis and Marrillyn Courser will play request hymns on the society’s antique Carpenter reed organ. The service will begin at 6 p.m. at the white church near the crossroads in Halifax Center. A potluck picnic precedes the service, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the church (moving inside in case of rain). Donations of nonperishable food items to benefit the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry are encouraged. The Halifax Union Society is nondenominational and all are invited.

Celebration! Fourth annual Christian Festival is Sept. 16 in Orange

ORANGE — Fourth annual Celebration of Christian believers gathering together at 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange (the site of the Garlic & Arts Festival), on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Theme: Loving God, Loving Others ... Together. Free. Music, speakers, children and youth activities, food, ministry booths. Admission/Parking. Tax deductible gifts support the event. For more information, email mickeymantle2017@gmail.com or visit www.christianfest.org

Still time to sign up for the Northfield Interfaith Alliance history of religions

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: to be held 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.

Theologians 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 Sept. 14 at Sts. James-Andrew

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.