Religion News Jan 21, 2017

Your Religion News: Jan. 21, 2017

Religion* News Jan 21, 2017

Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Religion*  : NORTHFIELD — There will be an Anointing of the Sick today at the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Main Street. Father Thomas Lisowski says, “This is a great opportunity for anyone suffering from physical, emotional or spiritual ailments to come and experience the faith, hope and love of our forgiving and redemptive God.” For more information or to participate, call 413-498-2728 or email

Labyrinth Walk Sunday at St. James

GREENFIELD — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its Fourth Sunday Labyrinth Walk this Sunday. Organizers say, “Starting at 4 p.m. in candlelight and meditative music, it is a good time for reflecting on the next four years in America and sending healing energy across our nation.” The church is located at Federal and Church streets.

Winter Festival and Annual Meeting is Sunday at Saint James

GREENFIELD — Saint James Episcopal Church will hold Winter Festival Sunday and Annual Meeting on Jan. 22. Winter Festival Sunday is a combined service at 10 a.m. (no Saturday 5:30 p.m. or Sunday 8 a.m.). Following the service there will be a meal sponsored by Barnabas Guild (please sign up outside the chapel), followed by the Annual Meeting. For more information, visit

Khaita — Tibetan Joyful Dancing: Tuesdays evenings

CONWAY — All are welcome to enjoy Khaita — Tibetan Joyful Dancing, Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at 18 Schoolhouse Road in Conway. Free and fun! Please call or email first to confirm: 413-369-4473 or

Centering Prayer: Wednesdays in Ashfield

Rev. Lee-Ellen Strawn at the Memorial Chapel at NMH.Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

ASHFIELD — St. John’s Church in Ashfield offers Centering Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at the parish house across Main Street. It welcomes people across faiths and requires no special experience.

Ecclesiastical Council set for Jan. 29

BERNARDSTON — The Franklin Association, United Church of Christ (UCC), will hold an Ecclesiastical Council for Lee-Ellen Strawn, chaplain at Northfield Mt. Hermon School and member of the United Church of Bernardston. The council will be held at the United Church of Bernardston on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Ecclesiastical Council is one of the final steps in a candidate’s journey to ordained ministry in the UCC. At this meeting, the candidate makes a presentation based on his or her ordination paper to members of the Franklin Association. On completion, the council votes whether or not to authorize ordination. The public is welcome to attend. A coffee hour will follow.

‘Meditation Mondays’ starts in February

NORTHAMPTON — The Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Studies in Conway invites you to unplug with “Meditation Mondays.” Explore the ancient art of mindfulness and its benefit to our modern lives. 7 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Mondays starting in February. The event takes place at the Unitarian Society, Main Street, in Northampton. By donation. for more information, contact or

Tibetan Yoga starts March 6

NORTHAMPTON — The Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Studies, based in Conway, presents “Spring Yantra Yoga — Tibetan Yoga of Movement,” beginners series, on Monday nights, March 6 through April 10, in Northampton. $12 per session; $10 for seniors and students. For details, contacct: or

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