Your Religion News: Oct. 28, 2017

  • The Lamore family of Rowe were this year’s winners of the Greenfield Church of Christ gift basket. Contributed photo

Friday, October 27, 2017
‘Pioneer Valley Poets,’ Sunday in Bernardston

BERNARDSTON — The 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse presents a special Arts & Activism program Sunday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m., “Pioneer Valley Poetry.” Noted local poets share their new works with us: Jim Bell of Bernardston and Trish Crapo of Leyden. Coffee and refreshments at 11 a.m.

Following the poetry program, at 1 p.m., will be our first Book in Common discussion over a potluck lunch. The book is “Unbelievable,” by Katy Tur, an MSNBC reporter assigned to the Donald Trump presidential campaign for over 500 days.

Heart Centered Kirtan, Sunday at First Parish of Northfield

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will welcome Heart Centered Kirtan (Libby Volckening, James Robinson and Joe Johnson) on Sunday, Oct. 29. In their modern adaptation of kirtan, the practice of devotional call-and-response singing, they weave Sanskrit hymns, prayers and inspirational texts from ancient India into their own original blend of rock, blues and reggae. All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service held in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Death and Dying series starts Sunday

GREENFIELD — All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will be hosting a series on Death and Dying, starting Sunday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., with a Death Café: Lively conversation about a serious topic. Join us for tea, cake and conversation in small groups. Use the Hope Street entrance. Voluntary donations will cover use of the building and refreshments. You are invited to attend one or all of the sessions. For more information: katelagrezemason@gmail.com.

Open House in Charlemont: Sunday

CHARLEMONT — Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St., welcomes members and community to a special open house on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to join us in worship at 9:30 a.m. or just come to the open house at 10:30 a.m. We will have a special coffee hour with homemade cinnamon rolls. Tour our newly renovated kitchen, library and Sunday School area. The restored stained glass windows in the sanctuary can also be seen. For questions, call 413-339-4294.

Mending the Web of Life: Sunday

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel is hosting a workshop based on the teachings of Joanna Macy on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., facilitated by Sarah Pirtle and Emily Koster. This workshop is helpful for people taking part in many kinds of community building and activist work. This is a sliding scale cost of $10 to $40 and registration is requested. For more information, visit templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Don White at St. James Coffeehouse: Nov. 4

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, Nov. 4, Don White will be appearing at St. James Coffeehouse at 8 Church St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The opening performer(s), to be announced, will start at 7:15 p.m. and White will start at 8. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets will be available at the World Eye Bookshop. For more information, call 413-772-2213.

Choral Evensong: Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will offer evening music for contemplation and reflection with a Choral Evensong in the Octave of All Saints. All are invited. Located at 8 Church St. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

‘Lost Art of Good Conversation’ starts Nov. 5

BUCKLAND — In a world of iPhones and connectivity, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation,” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, readers will learn to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers and even ourselves.

The class will meet Sundays, from 10 a.m. to noon, starting Nov. 5 at the Shelburne Falls Shambhala Center, 71 Ashfield St., Buckland.

The class is free; the book will cost less than $15.

Please register so we can have enough books available. Email: shelburnefallsshambhala@gmail.com. Donations are welcome.

Veterans Recognition Service: Nov. 12

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9 and 10 a.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will invite and recognize veterans who have served our country in our armed forces, asking God’s blessing on them and on their service. All are invited.

Located at 8 Church St. www.saintsjames

Stookeys to present multifaith program Nov. 12

GREENFIELD — “One Light, Many Candles” is a multi-faith concert in word and song presented by Rev. Betty Stookey and Noel Paul Stookey on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Second Congregational Church on the Common in Greenfield. Rev. Stookey spent eight years as chaplain of Northfield Mount Hermon School and Noel Paul Stookey is the singer/songwriter in the folk trio of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Help for ‘Surviving the Holidays’ set for Nov. 14

GREENFIELD — “Know someone who is grieving? Are you grieving? Do you dread facing the holidays?” asks Living Waters Assembly of God, which is presenting “Surviving the Holidays” on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 450 Davis St., corner of Harrison Avenue. Find help, hope and healing at GriefShare’s special evening event.

Rowe family wins gift basket

GREENFIELD — The Lamore family of Rowe were this year’s winners of the Greenfield Church of Christ gift basket. Each year, a basket is raffled at the Greenfield fair free of charge. We wish to thank all the local merchants and members of the church for their contributions.