The Recorder – Your Religion News: September 18, 2021

Today: State Representative Paul Mark to Face the Climate Crisis

GREENFIELD – Franklin County Interfaith Council and All Souls Church Sponsor Major State Representative Paul Mark Conference on Climate Crisis, Specifically on “The Next Generation Roadmap Act for Massachusetts Climate Policy, ”the first such law in the country. Representative Mark is the House Deputy Chairman of the Legislature’s Key Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The conference will take place today at 1:30 p.m. at Energy Park in Greenfield. Representative Mark will be joined by Representative Joan Meschino, the author of the 2050 Roadmap Bill which was ultimately transformed into the new law. Members of the audience will have time to ask questions of the representatives.

Sunday at the first parish: ‘Relation

NORTHFIELD – “Relationship” is the topic of the Chalice Circle service at Northfield First Ward this Sunday at 10 am via online video conference. Ann Linge will lead the group in thinking and discussing the topic, a fundamental part of the human experience. Relationship is the start of a six-part program on reconnecting breakout ministry of Unitarian Universalist Association. Questions for this chalice circle include: What does it mean to be in a relationship? How do we relate to others? How do these relationships impact our lives? All are invited to participate in this service. For the link, send a request to [email protected]

Sunday: “Five lessons of gravity”

BERNARDSTON – The Bernardston Unitarian Church meets in person on Sunday at the 1739 Meetinghouse at 49 Church Street for vaccinated members and friends and online for those wishing to join Zoom. The service on Sunday, September 19 is at 11:30 am Coffee at 11 am. Masks required.

Barry Deitz led the service with the sermon topic: “Five Lessons from Gravity”. Lynne Walker will provide the music. For a Zoom link, send your name and email to 413-330-0807. Full program at

Sunday at All Souls

GREENFIELD – Reverend Elaine Bomford will lead services at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main Street, Sunday, September 19 at 10:30 am The title of the sermon is “Kurt Vonnegut: Thank you for your attention. Reverend Bomford has served UU churches over the years as a church educator, musician, ward pastor and guest preacher. She is currently an Affiliate Minister of the Unitarian Church of Walpole (NH).

Sunday in Northfield: outdoor worship service

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church continues to have outdoor worship (weather permitting) on ​​Sundays at 10 a.m. In case of bad weather, the service will take place in the Fellowship room. State and federal guidelines will continue to be observed for the welfare of all participants. For more information, contact the church office at 413-498-5839.

Sunday: Grand organ recital

ASHFIELD – A grand organ recital by Grant Moss, a music teacher at Smith College, will take place on Sunday, September 19 at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church in Ashfield. This recital will celebrate the restoration of the historic George W. Reed Ashfield organ, built in 1903. Free. Masks are compulsory inside the sanctuary.

Sunday: Brick Church Music Series

DEERFIELD – The musical series “The Brick Church” at the First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, September 19 at 3 p.m. with the musicians of the New World Trio: Anhared Stowe, violin, Peter Zay, cello, and Pi-Hsun Shih, piano. The trio have a prominent place in the Greater Hartford area and have been recorded frequently on WNPR broadcasts, music by Mozart, Piazzolla and Dvorák will be heard. There is a suggested donation of $ 10 to $ 20 at the door as a fundraiser for the church. Masks will be mandatory as well as social distancing. For more information, please call Jean Pitman Turner, Artistic Director 413-774-2657.

Sunday: lecture on the Shays rebellion

PETERSHAM – Bill Corey will be giving a short talk titled “Daniel Shays: The Making of a Rebel” on Sunday September 19 at 10:30 am at the Unitarian Church in Petersham.

The First Congregational Parish Unitarian is located at One Common Street in Petersham. The parish follows the current COVID-19 requirements of the Board of Health: 50% maximum occupancy, masks required and no singing. ”

September 26: Ashfield and Cummington churches examine racism

Ashfield’s First Congregational Church (UCC) joins with West Cummington Church and Village Church, also in Cummingington, to develop “Moving Forward Towards Racial Justice”. The first event is scheduled for Sunday September 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be carried out via Zoom in collaboration with the Bridge for Unity. The speakers will discuss how to make the struggle for racial justice real in our communities and in the Western mass.

“I am delighted that our Ashfield Church is a part of this developing partnership,” said Reverend David Jones. “Racial injustice affects us all, and as spiritual communities I believe churches like ours have a responsibility to initiate and encourage events like this. I am grateful for the leadership of Reverend Sarah Pirtle on this matter. Please spread the word and plan to attend.

The event is free and open to the public. A link will be posted on the Ashfield Church website, Everyone is welcome.

October 3: organ concert

DEERFIELD – The musical series “The Brick Church” at the First Church of Deerfield in Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., will present its second concert of the season on Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. with Mark Steinbach, organist, playing music by JS Bach, Philip Glass, WA Mozart and Anton Heiler. Steinbach, a Fullbright scholar, graduated from the Eastman School of Music and is currently organist at Brown University, Providence, RI. Masks will be mandatory as well as social distancing. For more information, please contact Jean Pitman Turner, Artistic Director, at 413-774-2657.

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