We hear you, groaning under the weariness of this ugly political season. We know how hard it is to believe in unity when everything feels divided.  We give thanks for the artistry in your ministry as you tend to your communities, pointing to another way. You are signs and outposts of God’s reconciliation. 

In the days ahead, there will be ample opportunity to pray for civic unity and the restoration of right relationships with our neighbors.  All across Massachusetts churches are opening the doors and gathering the people, as signs and outposts of God’s reconciliation. Please, if your church is hosting an Election Eve or Election Day prayer service, add your information to our list.

 At my home congregation, we pray each week for “a robust and informed citizenry.” To help you and your people in this way, we’ve created resource pages for the four Ballot Questions before Massachusetts’s voters. These handouts are perfect for bulletin inserts and coffee hour tables.  We know that Christians are not of one mind on slots, charter schools, food policy and marijuana. We hope the ballot resources help you think theologically about these critical policy decisions.  (We also hope that by creating these resources with Mass. Council of Churches, City Mission, Episcopal City Mission, and UU Mass Action Network, we are modeling a generative “mutually affirming, non-competitive” religious ecology!)

There will be a time when the election is over. At all times, we rest in the arms of God our Creator, who orders our days and the planets in their course.  If’ you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the pace of life and long for a holier relationship with work and rest, consider attending “The Regenerative Sabbath” conference at Old South Church on Thursday October 27,2017, hosted by The Lord’s Day Alliance. 

Church, we’re grateful for you. We know with all the division and rush, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and weary.  Every action you take for unity and reconciliation is a sign of God’s love to a weary world. Your love and justice are signs of restoration. Bless you.  


In hope,

Rev. Laura

 
 
 
 
In This Issue




October 27

October 28-29

October 31

November 7-8

November 13

 
 
 
 
 

October 30
Arlington

November 13
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Read Rev. Laura's sermons on her blog: RevEverett.com 
 
 
 
 
 
​​​​​​​The Regenerative Sabbath
Thursday, October 27, 2016
9 AM - 7 PM
Old South Church                
645 Boylston St,            
Boston, MA 02116


The Lord's Day Alliance will offer a day of interfaith reflection on the place of rest in the life of faith. From moments of chanted prayer, through speakers, TED talk  offerings, a 6 PM Jazz service, and a final dinner, the topic--and the day's practice--will be focused around taking time out for prayer, thought, and praise.

 
 
 
 
 
The Massachusetts Council of Churches relies on donors like you to join us in making the Vibrant Church Visible!  Together, we can accomplish so much more than any one of us could do alone.  Join our community of donors today!
 
 
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Faith Leader Workshop on Domestic Violence: Resources for Counseling Survivors and Abusers

Friday, October 28, 6-9 pm
& Saturday, October 29,
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Cambridge Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative, Transition House, and Emerge have partnered together to offer a two-part workshop for faith leaders and their teams! This two-part workshop will provide tools for working with survivors and abusers in relationships affected by domestic violence.
 
This workshop is free of charge and open to all faith leaders and their teams. A light meal will be provided both days. Please use this link to register!
 
 
 
 
 

The Anna Howard Shaw Center invites you to participate in a research study of leadership in Protestant congregations. The information obtained in this study will contribute to knowledge about religious leadership, and will be used to create leadership development tools for pastors, lay leaders, and pastors-in-training. We welcome lay leaders and pastors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and perspectives to participate in this survey.


Thank you for your support.
 
 
 
 
 
For such fallible, interested individuals in a broken political system to attempt perfect balance or completeness would be a fool’s errand. And so with our partners at City Mission, Episcopal City Mission, and UU Mass Action we have created this guide, attempting instead to be honest, specific, and to present the best in each side.

We hope that you will:
  • Read about the 4 ballot questions in this guide;
  • Be provoked into thoughtful and civil discussion on the way that faith informs your vote on these issues by the questions posed;
  • Learn more—from advocates, new sources, and members of your faith community—listening always for the voices of those who might be left vulnerable by a vote each way.
 
 
 
 
 
Youngish Clergyish Brunch: Halloween Edition 

Monday, October 31
10:00am-1:00pm
Dave and Kendy's House
(Worcester)

Join other Youngish Clergyish* types from across Massachusetts for Halloween/Harvest brunch on Halloween Monday! Stop by any time between 10-1 for some brunch--as always, KIDS welcome, SWEATPANTS welcome. Very welcome.

In the tradition of this event, Halloween Costumes are appropriate!  Prizes for the most awkward costumes that come out of your church closet!

More information on our facebook event page, or by emailing Rev. Daryl.

* we consider both "youngish" and "clergyish" to be expansive categories, open to self-definition. Our aim is to connect up those who serve the Church in some way. Brunch is open to any and all who want to relax before the trick-or-treating commences
 
 
 
 
 
As November 8 approaches, consider holding a prayer service in your community. Our friends at the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have developed this beautiful Liturgy for an Ecumenical Prayer Service for Election Day or Eve.  This communion liturgy might be useful to you in planning worship for November 6 or 13 as well.


Currently, we know of the following services, keep checking our facebook page for more:

Bedford 
Monday, 11/7, 7:30 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Boston
Tuesday, 11/8 Prayer Vigil 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM Trinity Church in the City of Boston
Tuesday, 11/8 Prayer Vigil, Services of Patriotic Music 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM Old South Church
Tuesday, 11/8 Taizé Services 8:30 AM, 12:10 PM and 5:30 PM  Trinity Church in the City of Boston

Brookline
Tuesday, 11/8 7:00 AM  All Saints
Tuesday, 11/8 12:00 PM Church of Our Saviour
Tuesday, 11/8 8:00 PM St. Paul's

Cambridge
Monday, 11/7 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Christ Church

Great Barrington
Tuesday, 11/8 7:00 AM and all-day prayer vigil,Grace Episcopal Community of the Southern Berkshires

Lexington
Monday, 11/7 7:00 PM Church of Our Redeemer

Longmeadow
Tuesday, 11/8 (ecumenical Service) St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Medford
Monday, 11/7 7:00 PM Grace Episcopal Church

Millis

Pittsfield
Monday 11/7 6:30 PM St. Stephen's

Salem
Sunday 11/6 5:00 pm, Monday 11/7 and Tuesday 11/8
8:00AM & 5:00 PM, Wednesday 11/9 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM Grace Episcopal Church

South Deerfield
Wednesday 11/9 5:30 PM Woolman Hill MeetingHouse (Quaker)

Southborough
Monday, 11/7 7:00 PM St. Mark's Southborough

Turners Falls
Monday, 11/7 6:00 PM St. Andrew's

Waltham
Monday, 11/7 6:30 PM (communion) Christ Church

Watertown
Monday, 11/7 7:00 PM (interfaith service) Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown

Weston
Monday, 11/7 6:30 PM  (ecumenical service) First Parish Weston
Monday, 8:00 PM (compline) St. Peter's Church 
Tuesday, 11/8 8:00 PM (compline) St. Peter's Church

Wilbraham
Tuesday, 11/8 8:00 AM & Noon Church of the Epiphany
    5:30 PM & 7:30 PM Christ the King

The Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts call for a vigil period of intense prayer from noon on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 6 through noon on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.  See their full list of services here.
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 PM
 
This interdenominational public liturgy will be a powerful statement of Christian unity in response to climate change and other environmental challenges.  It will bring together Protestant leaders from across Massachusetts in a shared expression of our desire to love God and to protect God’s Creation.

Please RSVP at the Facebook page, so that we can plan for adequate seating and food.
 
 
 
 
 

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