Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017

Your Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017

Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017Your Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017

 “The Way of the Cross,” coming March 17 to Our Lady of PeaceReligion : TURNERS FALLS — Our Lady of Peace Church says, “Make this Lent one to remember by joining us on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. for the Mystery Players from Immaculate Heart Central School in Watertown, N.Y., who will present “The Way of the Cross.” Since 1981, IHC seniorshave been bringing the stories of Jesus’ birth and death on the Cross during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Their performances combine an austere but dramatically effectiveuseof acting narration, music and lighting to captivate audiences of all ages. Admission is free and there will be a free-will offering. Our Lady of Peace Church is located at 90 Seventh St.

Lenten Labyrinth Walks at St. JamesGREENFIELD — “Walking in the Wilderness: A Series of Lenten Labyrinth Walks,” will take place Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting March 8 and ending April 5, at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall (accessible from the 55 Federal St. parking lot). There will be music and Christian liturgical readings. All people welcome, religious or not, for rest and relaxation, for reflection and repentance. For more information, email Elise Schlaikjer at

There will also be a monthly Fourth Sunday Labyrinth Walk this Sunday at 4 p.m.

Talk by Barry Dietz: Louisa May Alcott, Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston Unitarian says, “If you haven’t heard one of Barry Deitz’s captivating talks about his many historical heros or heroines, don’t miss the opportunity this Sunday. Deitz will give you a view of Louisa May Alcott that you will get nowhere else. Join us for a feminine view of that great era of Transcendentalism led by her father, Bronson Alcott. Louisa grew up in the center of all that intellectual buzz in Concord. Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 Come for coffee and fellowship at 11 a.m. at Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. Music by Lynne Walker.” For more information:

Strawn ordination service: Sunday

GILL — Lee-Ellen Strawn, chaplain at Northfield Mount Hermon School, having passed her Ecclesiastical Council appearance, will be ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m., at the Memorial Chapel at Northfield Mount Hermon School. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Bible survey course continues Sunday in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Community Bible Church of Northfield is holding a Bible survey course each Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The course will look at the major themes of each book of the Bible. Emphasis will be given to discovering the unifying message of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. This week will be the second class in Genesis. Pastor Bob Emberley will lead the classes and all materials will be provided. All are welcome to attend and do not have to be present at the first class, but can pick up the course at any point. Community Bible Church is at 781 Millers Falls Road, at the corner of South Mountain Road and Route 63. For more information, email Bob Emberley at or call 413-498-4404.

Climate Change: What will it mean for animals? Sunday in Charlemont

CHARLEMONT — “Animals of the North: What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?” featuring renowned naturalist and animal tracker Susan Morse of Keeping Track Inc., will be presented Sunday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St. This program is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome. Sponsored by Charlemont Federated Church and Tyler Memorial Library. For more information, call 413-339-4294.

Ash Wednesday: 7 p.m. at Trinity Church

SHELBURNE FALLS — Trinity Church is holding an Ash Wednesday Service, March 1, at 7 p.m. Rev. Marguerite Sheehan says, “Come join with friends and neighbors for a quiet, contemplative service of ashes and prayer and meditation on the theme of ‘Giving up and taking up our lives.’ All are welcome.” Trinity Church is located at 17 Severance St.

Saint James takes Ash Wednesday to the streets

GREENFIELD — On Ash Wednesday, March 1, Saint James Episcopal Church will be offering “Ashes To Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 3 to 4 p.m., near the corner of Church and Federal streets, in front of Saint James. During that same time period, says Rev. Heather Blais, we will also be walking around downtown and will offer the imposition of ashes on anyone that would like to receive them. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Contact Rev. Blais at 413-773-3925 for more information.

Lenten study series: March 2 at Robbins

GREENFIELD — All are welcome to attend a six-week Lenten adult study at The Robbins Memorial Congregational Church, 55 Munson St., on John Ortberg’s “Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You.” The DVD and discussion study meets on six consecutive Thursdays beginning March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In “Soul Keeping,” Ortberg helps Christians rediscover their soul as the best connection to God there is and find out why it’s hurting and why neglecting it has set so many believers so far back spiritually.

Park and enter through the rear of the church.

‘Racism and the Episcopal Church’ starts March 5

ASHFIELD — St. John’s Episcopal Church, at Main and South streets, will hold an after-church discussion series led by Sara Jonsberg, “Racism and the Episcopal Church. Church service starts at 10. The after-church series continues March 19 and April 2.

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, contact: or

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series starts March 8

WHATELY — “Views from the Desert,” the 20th annual ecumenical Lenten discussion series, begins Wednesday, March 8, at the Whately Congregational Church, 177 Plain Road, at 7 p.m. Fr. Randy Calvo will present the first discussion, “My blood of the covenant” (Matt. 26:28). Please bring your Bible. Refreshments will be served after the gathering. All are welcome.

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series continues March 15

SOUTH DEERFIELD — “Views from the Desert,” the 20th annual ecumenical Lenten discussion series, continues Wednesday, March 15, at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 15 Thayer St., at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson Harrington will present the second discussion, “When God Surprises.” Refreshments will be served after the gathering. All are welcome.

Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series continues March 22

SUNDERLAND — “Views from the Desert,” the 20th annual ecumenical Lenten discussion series, continues Wednesday, March 22, at the Sunderland Congregational Church, 91 S. Main St., at 7 p.m. Rev. Barbara Turner Delisle will present the third discussion, “Sand between Your Toes.” Refreshments will be served after the gathering. All are welcome.

Hilltown chautauqua set for April 22-23

ASHFIELD — The Hilltown Chautauqua of Western Massachusetts will present “Civitas: A Celebration of Democracy,” at St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Curtis House and the First Congregational Church, all in Ashfield, on April 22-23. The Hilltown Chautauqua explores pressing issues of American life in programs that combine noted speakers, panels, debates, interviews and the arts. Box office opens March

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