Greening Your Life ~ St. Pauls’ Green Team Adult Forum at 2 pm on Sunday, October 21

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

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Our September observance of Creation Tide was an inspiration to many, calling attention to the grandeur and simple beauty of God’s Creation.

If you are like me, you want to be more attentive to, and responsible about, creation care in your daily life. But you, like me, may often have more questions than answers about the nuts and bolts of HOW to make changes that matter.

This month, the Green Team of St. Paul’s Church will host the monthly Adult Learning Forum, by offering a series of “mini-workshops” on different ways you can “go green.”

Celebrating the Music of Leonard Bernstein at First Parish on Sunday, October 14

Submitted by First Parish Music Director Brad Conner

The First Parish Music Committee will offer a 100th birthday tribute to Leonard Bernstein on Sunday morning, October 14, both during the 10 am service and in a brief, free concert beginning at 11:45 am.

During the 10 am service, the First Parish adult choir will present three Bernstein works: Take Care of This House, Make Our Garden Grow, and Somewhere when they will be joined by the junior youth choir. At 11:45 am, a brief program of vocal and instrumental works will include Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata (1942), “Glitter and Be Gay” (Candide, 1956), songs from West Side Story

Hearing on Solar Panel Petition Concludes with Few Answers

By Meredith McCulloch

The Reed Meeting room in Town Hall was filled nearly to capacity on October 1 for the hearing on a proposed bylaw amendment that would permit solar panels in the Historic District. Selectman Bill Moonan recused himself from chairing the meeting after explaining that he is also a member of the Historic District Commission. Selectman Mike Rosenberg opened the meeting with a reminder to those attending that the subject of the evening was the bylaw and not renewable energy. He asked that speakers comment only on the proposed bylaw change.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Michael Parish

By Linda White

Under a bright blue sky and warm sun, parishioners gathered on Sunday, September 30 with their pets to participate in the annual Blessing of the Animals in the courtyard of the Parish of St. Michael. Monsignor William Cuddy officiated at the ceremony that included a nine-month-old hedgehog named Pixie, dogs of many breeds, sizes, and ages, tolerant felines, and a peach-faced lovebird.

October 3 Forum Offers Information on “Yes on 3” Ballot Question Campaign

By Emily Mitchell

Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Violence Prevention Coalition are co-sponsoring a forum on the Yes on 3 campaign, featuring a speaker from Freedom for All Massachusetts (FFAM), which is spearheading the statewide effort for voting yes on the ballot question. The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:00pm in the Flint Room at Town Center.

Representative Ken Gordon and Selectman Margot Fleischman will be at the event, along with Kelsey Barowich, coalition organizer for FFAM. Ms. Barowich will give a brief history of the 2016 legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people and the challenges to the law since then, as well as information on the ballot question itself and on concrete ways people can get more involved, through canvassing, phone banking, and more.

Mozart and Handel ~ Concert on Saturday, September 29 at First Parish on Bedford Common

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The First Parish Music Committee will present works by Mozart & Handel, featuring a 16-piece chamber orchestra and the congregation’s19th Century Hook & Hastings organ on Saturday, September 29 at 7pm in the sanctuary of the historic meetinghouse on Bedford Common.

The program includes the Mozart Symphony No. 6 in F Major, the Handel Organ Concerto in F Major Op. 4, No. 4, and the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb Major.

Bedford Residents in Support of “Yes on 3” for the November 6 Election

By Emily Mitchell

A group of Bedford residents, working in conjunction with Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Violence Prevention Coalition, are organizing support for the Yes on 3 campaign, sponsored by Freedom for All Massachusetts. The campaign encourages voters to approve ballot question 3 in November, to uphold existing laws protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places, such as movie theaters, restaurants, hospitals, and bathrooms.

Solar Panels on the Roof of First Parish ~ A Letter to the Selectmen from Donald Corey

Dear Board Members,

I was disappointed to learn of your decision to appeal the Superior Court’s order to grant permission to the First Parish to install solar panels. I have the highest regard for your judgment, but cannot fathom the Board’s decision in this case. Having had similar debates over CPC historic funding eligibility and during HPC demolition delay hearings, I would like to express some of my concerns.

Rosh Hashanah 5779: The World Is Up To Us

By Dan Brosgol

Thanks to the machinations of Judaism’s lunar calendar, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, arrives early this year, beginning on Sunday night, September 9, and ending on Tuesday evening, September 11. Rosh Hashanah kicks off the Hebrew month of Tishrei, one which features seven festival days, four Sabbaths, and two other lesser holidays; it’s a busy month.

As the new year dawns, or more appropriately, dusks (as the holiday starts at sunset), it offers everyone, Jews and non-Jews alike, to chance to take stock of the previous year. What went well? Were we our best selves? Where did we fall short? Did we wrong others? Did we do our best? If not, why? We can ask ourselves these questions until the cows come home, but suffice to say that they are eternal and we should keep asking them, in addition to admitting that we aren’t perfect and can always find something to atone for.

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