Monday, February 28, 2011
"Our mission is to be a loving and supportive community for understanding our oneness with God. We practice the universal spiritual principles of love, abundance, wholeness, and happiness as taught by Jesus Christ. Our vision is to be an intentional welcoming, affirming, and progressive Christian community. Embracing the 1st and 2nd Testaments and Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, offering prophetic preaching, teaching, and healing ministries to strategically fulfill our role as the major servant-leader institution in Southeastern Massachusetts to synergize the total salvation -- economic, social, political, and spiritual -- of the community."
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Church member Lisa Rue, and her children, Clara and Graham, ventured north to enjoy the good food, gracious hospitality, beautiful sites and activities of southern Vermont at the B&B of former parishioners, Julie-Lynn, Michael, Samantha and Sadie Wood.
We were met at the door by Julie-Lynn and daughter, Samanatha, who was bedecked in a vibrant personalized apron made by Louella Mann. The Woods had finally realized a long-time dream of owning and operating a B&B when they moved in to a 'full house' at the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville (a village of Cavendesh), on December 30th.
The house is great - a rambling old homestead - filled with books, artifacts, puzzles, games, and a piano and fireplace in the central Common Room. A tour of the 10 guest rooms reveals some of the history and much of the charm. The one current two-room suite offers a fireplace as well. A second suite is being considered.
Right now the sun is shining in brightly off of the snow covered landscape. Sadie and Graham are sprawled in front of the fireplace playing a game of Mancala. Clara and Samantha are still getting their beauty sleep. And Michael and Julie are continuing to serve a delicious breakfast of Mexican Frittata and baked ham, with homemade coffeecake Julie was whipping up last night. Homemade granola, fresh yogurt, melon and honey from Julie's own Massachusetts bees were also availalble with the coffees and teas. When we arrived yesterday afternoon there was hot cider and soup waiting.
Today we're off to skate with the kids at Okemo, and check out cheese making at Grafton Cheese. Tomorrow, the ride home home will include more farms and cheese in Brattleboro, which is hosting a Winter Carnival for the vacation week. Plan to snow shoe and take a sleigh ride there. This is a beautiful place to do lots or nothing....
The event was the most significant so far in a series of cooperative events between the church's Social Justice Committee and the Social Justice League at Bridgewater State University.
Friday, February 25, 2011
- First Sundays: Choir rehearses hymns and an anthem with Marika, and leads hymns in the Service.
- Second Sundays: Choir rehearses anthems with Lisa and Marika, and sings an anthem in the service
- Third Sundays: Choir rehearses hymns and an anthem with Marika, and leads hymns in the service. Lisa rehearses separately with the Ringers.
- Fourth Sundays: Choir and Ringers rehearse together with Lisa and Marika, and sing/play together in the service.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, March 16th from 7 to 9pm at the Brockton UU Church, 325 West Elm Street. We will discuss the works and thoughts of Friedrich Nietzsche, Noam Chomsky, and Bertrand Russell. There are many books and on-line resources available which cover the opinions of these writers. Possible reading material includes, Will Durant: The Story of Philosophy and Adventures In Philosophy. Both of these are currently in print and readily available.
Our last meeting was the 66th; we discussed the following items:
· Recent news of a large number of planets discovered outside our solar system, Some of which are Earth-like orbiting solar-like stars and which fall within the Goldilocks zone (not too hot, not too cold).
· After reading the book, Carrier: Untangling The Danger In My DNA, by Bonnie Rough; discussion regarding how understanding our genetics can influence our medical decisions.
· What role does traditional, orthodox religious beliefs play in our medical decisions?
· What would non-religious philosophers say about these same questions?
Earlier that morning, the new First Parish jazz ensemble, The Barn Goats, will be part of the regular jazz service at Messiah Baptist. See details and a map in the original post.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The service at Messiah Baptist will begin at 10:45. A map and directions (from First Parish) are provided below. Carpooling is encouraged! An earlier service will also be held -- at 8:00 a.m. -- that will feature the jazz music of First Parish's own Barn Goats.
The two congregations will share lunch at around noon, following the second service.
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50 School St
Bridgewater, MA 02324
|1. Head west on School St toward Cedar St|
|2. Turn right at Central Square|
|3. Turn left at Main St|
|4. Turn left at Legion Pkwy|
|5. Take the 1st left to stay on Legion Pkwy|
80 Legion Parkway, Brockton, MA 02301-7205
Friday, February 11, 2011
Professor Chomsky's talk will focus on the people-centered movements happening in Egypt and the surrounding region, along with general information about social justice and a people-centered sustainable society.
Tickets will be available at the door. A $15 donation, or $5 for students (no student ID required), is suggested. All proceeds go to the church's Social Justice Committee for its projects locally and globally.
Professor Chomsky has taught at MIT for 56 yrs. He has authored over 100 books and is the most quoted person in the world. His propaganda model of the media is the definitive work on the topic. He is considered the "Einstein" of linguistics having shown that the acquisition of language is due to an unpacking of a genetically pre-programmed system. He is also the world's leading critique of the unjust use of power.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
We Can Help is a five-week food drive that is a partnership project of the children and youth of Messiah Baptist Church of Brockton and First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Bridgewater. The children have created their own project web site that tells the story of their collaboration, provided educational material on food security and -- best of all -- lets us all know how we can support the project.