Honduras Mission Trip

Submitted by the Lexington Catholic Community

Over the recent February school break, Lisa Cimino of Bedford traveled with the Lexington Catholic Community on a mission trip to the Honduran city of Guaimaca to work with the mission of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, located in the parish of Santa Rosa de Lima.

“Being in Honduras was truly a life-changing experience,” said Cimino upon her return to Bedford. “Honduras is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere and due to an increase in extreme violence support from missionaries has been on a decline. I was so inspired by the 4 Dominican Sisters who work tirelessly on behalf of the poor. A highlight for me was visiting the barrios where the poorest live. I brought a Polaroid camera with me so I could offer the families photographs of their children. The gesture was so small and yet they were so appreciative. I am so grateful for the experience and look forward to returning next year.”

Sexuality Education Classes Offered for Teens in Grades 10 – 12

Submitted by Lisa Rubin, First Parish’s Director of Religious Education

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision-making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program to Bedford High School age teens. OWL is an antidote to sexualized media messages, peer pressure, misinformation, and prejudice.

Making a Difference on Global Warming: MIT Professor John Sterman at First Parish

John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management and faculty director at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will offer a Sunday service, From climate change to personal and political change: Making a difference on global warming at 10 am on Sunday, January 29 in the sanctuary of First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, the historic meeting house on Bedford Common.

Interfaith Forum on Intolerance Brings Together Four Local Faith Communities

By Emily Mitchell

More than 125 people filled the Islamic Center of Burlington on Sunday afternoon, January 8, for “Responding to Intolerance,” an interfaith panel featuring religious leaders from four local faith communities.

State Representative Ken Gordon served as moderator, with panelists Rabbi Susan Abramson from Temple Shalom Emeth in Burlington; Bishop Jared Koyle of the Billerica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon); Imam Shakeel Rahman Miah of the Islamic Center of Burlington; and The Reverend Christopher Wendell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bedford. Sparked by discussions within the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Association, as well as conversations with Rabbi Abramson in connection with her cable-access television show, “Spiritually Speaking,” the panel aimed to highlight commonalities among area faith communities and strengthen the ties of friendship and support across religious lines.

First Church West Virginia Mission Festival Update

Submitted by First Church of Christ Congregtional

Our first West Virginia Mission Festival will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford, 25 The Great Road. Drop in any time from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The suggested entrance donation for this fundraiser is $10/person or $20/family. The Festival includes:

Discover Appalachian Crafts, Storytelling, Music, Activities, and Foods at First Church of Christ’s West Virginia Mission Festival

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Five members of First Church of Christ Congregational visited Pipestem, West Virginia for a week of service during a 2016 Mission Trip, and another delegation will return in July, 2017.

In the meanwhile, First Church has invited several West Virginia friends to visit Bedford next month for a West Virginia Mission Festival, scheduled from 3 until 9 pm on Saturday, January 14.

“Celebrating MLK’s Vision Together,” Bedford’s Community Breakfast on January 16, will Feature Gospel Music and Inspiring Remarks

A young songwriter who says he “loves to sing the Gospel” will be featured at Bedford Embrace Diversity’s first community breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16.

Jalen Williams is only 24, but his resume includes singing at several Boston area churches and the Berklee Jazz festival. Currently he sings on the worship team at Impact Church in Medford.

An Evening of Fellowship at Temple Shalom Emeth

By Judy Wasserman

An overflow crowd of more than 100 people of all ages, Jewish and Muslim together, gathered at Temple Shalom Emeth in Burlington in November for the community’s first-ever “Evening of Fellowship.” The evening was conceived by Rabbi Susan Abramson of Bedford, with support from members of the Islamic community.

After praying, dining, and talking together, participants left the nearly four-hour event feeling positive about their new partnership.

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