Your Religion News: Sept. 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017
Rev. Dr. Christine Fontaine to speak

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will welcome Rev. Dr. Christine Fontaine to speak on Sunday, Sept. 24. The service will focus on the theme, “To Do Justice.” Religious Education will be available. All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Temple Israel marks High Holidays

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel has planned a full schedule of services, meals and celebrations for the High Holidays. All are welcome — please feel free to join for all or part of these community gatherings. No tickets needed, but donations gratefully accepted. For more details, visit www.templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement begins in the evening of Friday, Sept. 29 with a Kol Nidre service at 5:45 p.m. A full day of prayer and reflection is planned for Yom Kippur on Sept. 30 beginning at 10 a.m. Children’s programming will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eventide Singers will present at Yizkor Services at 1:30 p.m.

Fall Festival Sunday is Oct. 1

GREENFIELD — Fall Festival Sunday is Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, at 8 Church St. We will come together for one combined service for a morning of worship, food, fellowship and fun. Following the service will be a Ministry Fair in Whiteman Room, where folks can learn more about our community’s many ministries and how to get involved, and a special coffee hour. All are invited and welcomed. For more information, call 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Peace Pagoda 32nd anniversary: Oct. 8

LEVERETT — All are warmly invited to the New England Peace Pagoda 32nd Anniversary Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 8. At 11 a.m., the Nipponzan Myohoji Sacred Ceremony begins, which includes interfaith prayers as well as prayers of other Buddhist traditions. Dharma talk by presiding Elder Monk. At 12:15 p.m. is music. At 12:30 p.m.: Special message delivered by Chief Arvol Looking Horse. At 1:15 p.m.: Closing words and social dance by members of the Wampanoag Nation. At 1:30 p.m.: Hearty lunch served to all. The pagoda is at 100 Cave Hill Road in Leverett.

Blessing of the Animals is Oct. 8

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 8, during the 8 and 10 a.m. services, The Episcopal Church of Saints james and Andrew will commemorate St. Francis of Assisi and the clergy will bless any animal, photo or stuffed lovey that attends worship during the liturgy. All of God’s creatures are invited and welcomed. For more information: 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

300th anniversary homecoming: Oct. 15

SUNDERLAND — The First Congregational Church of Sunderland will celebrate its 300th anniversary with a special homecoming worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a light lunch. The Rev. Barbara K. Seamon and the 300th committee invite you to join with them to share in this historic event.

Digital Cathedral set for Oct. 15

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be one of a handful of “digital cathedrals” that will livestream Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield’s Liturgy of the Word, featuring the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon. Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and is visiting the Diocese of Western Massachusetts for a few days. The service will follow, with a local service of Holy Eucharist. Presiding Bishop Curry is a powerful preacher and it is sure to be an inspiring event. All are invited and welcomed. For more information, call 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org