Chris Stefanick “REBOOT!” ~ Hosted by the Parish of St. Michael ~ Wednesday, April 25

Submitted by the Parish of St. Michael

Chris Stefanick, international Christian speaker, television host, and author will appear at the Parish of St. Michael in a sold-out event on Friday, April 25, 2018. If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please call 781-275-6318.

REBOOT! is described as a fun, inspiriting and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of life — from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more.

Celebrate Earth Sunday Outdoors: Attend a Special Fawn Lake Eucharist at 4pm on Sunday

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Chuch

All are welcome to a joyful outdoor Eucharist this Sunday at 4 pm at Fawn Lake, sponsored by the Green Team at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Park in the lot off Sweetwater Ave.

The service will feature music by Judy Criscitiello (fiddle) and John Mitchell (guitar), creation-care themed prayers and a celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Bedford Youth Attend United Nations Conference on Worldwide Migration and the Refugee Crisis

Submitted by First Parish in Bedford

Members of Bedford’s First Parish Unitarian Universalist church attended the annual “Intergenerational Spring Seminar,” a conference at the United Nations last week (April 4-7) where they learned about worldwide migration and the refugee crisis. The four teens and three adults heard first-hand from speakers who had escaped violence or persecution in their native lands.

The group will report back to the congregation and discuss some of what they learned at a Lyceum to be held at First Parish on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 9 am. The church is located at 57 The Great Road, on Bedford Common. Using the Elm Street entrance, the building is fully accessible. The Lyceum is open to the public.

“Who Will Roll Away the Stone?” An Easter Reflection

The Rev. Christopher Wendell, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Beside the sidewalk that runs in front of St. Paul’s Church three giant boulders are embedded in the earth. There is another, even larger one in the church basement. In fact, they are scattered all around Bedford. Scientists tell me that many of them are glacial erratics, which means they came from thousands of miles away during the last ice age when this part of New England was covered under giant sheets of ice. I find it nearly impossible to imagine that the streets in which we bike, the sidewalks on which we walk, and the homes in which we live were all once under so much ice. But they were. They may be again someday. It was these forces of flowing ice that were strong enough to move even the largest boulders in Bedford and deposit them where they now sit – in yards, in basements, or even beneath a church.

Passover, 2018: 8 Days, 8 Questions

By Dan Brosgol – Reprinted from 2016 The Passover holiday begins at sundown on Friday, March 30, 2018 and concludes 8 days later on Saturday evening, April 7. Passover is one of the more universally celebrated holidays in Judaism, so for all of you who have...

Interfaith Service at Fawn Lake at Dawn on Easter Morning

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Scores of residents — children and grandparents alike — gather at the edge of Fawn Lake on Easter morning. On April 1 they will celebrate Bedford’s 67th annual interfaith dawn service at 6:30 am. This year’s weather is expected to be mild, and partly cloudy; in case of inclement weather, the service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 Pine Hill Road.

The Bridgeman Brass Ensemble is expected to accompany the hymns and the service is shared among five Bedford congregations: First Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, First Church of Christ, UCC, the Parish of Saint Michael, and First Parish in Bedford, UU.

‘Traces of the Trade’ at St. Paul’s on April 8: A Sundance Festival Film that Unearths a Hidden Legacy of Slavery in America

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

On Sunday, April 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bedford will host a screening of a documentary film that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North was one of the few documentaries chosen from 953 submissions to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2008. It traces a journey by Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins into the dark past of the slave trade which enriched their white New England family.

Dain Perry, one of the nine cousins, and his wife, Constance, will screen the film and facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing at St. Paul’s (100 Pine Hill Road) on Sunday, April 8 beginning at Noon. The screening is free and open to the public, but we ask that you call the parish office to let us know you will be coming (781-275-8262).

Community Conversations Sponsored by Bedford Embraces Diversity

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

Bedford Embraces Diversity is planning a series of community conversations that will address ways to improve communication and understanding among those who live and work in the town.

The program, expected to be scheduled for May, will be all-embracing. Organizers hope to welcome members of ethnic, racial and religious groups, as well as other local subcultures, including LGBTQ, the disabled and the military.

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