Earth Sunday Film at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Continuing our observance of Earth Day, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a film discussion on the film Kiss the Ground via Zoom at 3:30pm Sunday afternoon.  Click on these links to preview the film or register to view it.  For more information, or to get the zoom link to our discussion, email us at green@stpaulsbedford.org.  

Kiss the Ground is a new film how about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. The film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers. This film has been chosen as the featured film of Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Climate Action Week, April 16-25, 2021, and will be available for streaming for free to all who register in advance.  Once you register you will receive the links to view the film and be able to view the film at home at your leisure between April 10-26.  It is also available on Netflix and as a DVD.

Earth Sunday Worship at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church observes Earth Sunday on April 18th with two virtual events, both open to the public. Join us on YouTube < https://youtu.be/KiZjAKGB0BA> for Sunday morning worship at 10am. The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, a renowned climate activist, is our guest preacher. 

You are also welcome to join us on Zoom at the 3:30 discussion of the film, Kiss the Ground.  For more information, please see our separate entry.

Several Events to Observe Earth Day ~ April 18 to 22 ~ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

As Elizabeth Nemirovsky so eloquently wrote last week, the 51st anniversary of Earth Day is next week, on April 22nd.  Communities of faith frequently participate in this celebration of our planet, or in the words of Pope Francis, “our common home”, because almost all faith traditions call upon their believers to be good stewards of Creation as well as to care for their neighbors.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Bedford is hosting three events to observe Earth Day, two of them this coming Sunday, April 18th. 

Letter to the Editor: Easter Dawn at Fawn Lake

This once-a-year Easter gathering has contributed much to the Bedford we know. Commonalities of kindness, caring, and good citizenship are certainly fed by our faith in our Redeemer as a nice community mindset. These have contributed to the rearing of children and to the citizenship you see in folks here in Bedford.

Editor’s Note: Click this link for details of Bedford’s 2021 ecumenical, lay-led Easter service, now in its 70th year.

Reflections in the Time of Pandemic: Deborah Weiner

I am not unacquainted with trauma and stress and the unexpected. Twenty years ago, while serving on the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters on Beacon Hill in Boston, a perfectly ordinary day turned into a rolling horror show as planes flew into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA. Our offices – at the time, next to the State House – were evacuated and we were sent home. There, I worked for up to twenty hours a day, interviewing families of Unitarian Universalist families who had lost loved ones in the tragedy.

70th Annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake

The 70th annual Easter Dawn Service, an ecumenical, lay-led worship service, will be held on Sunday, April 4, between 6:30 and 10 am. Individuals and households are invited to come to the shores of Fawn Lake, at the end of Sweetwater Avenue in Bedford, at their own time and pace on Easter Sunday for private meditation, prayer, and worship.

Reflections in the Time of Pandemic: First Church of Christ

On Sunday, March 14, 2021, members of First Church of Christ, Congregational U.C.C., gathered outside at the front of the church to bless and hang Remembrance Beads that represent each of the 16,281 deaths due to COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Letter to the Editor: A Word from Members of the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network

Jan. 8, 2021—Like many of you, we watched Wednesday’s events unfold in Washington DC with hearts full of sadness, anger, and deep concern.  We accept that public protests of strongly felt grievances can at times become disorderly and chaotic.  But what can never be tolerated in civil society is the use of violence to threaten, intimidate, or disrupt the functioning and continuity of elected representatives doing the People’s business. That is not protest.  That is an effort to undermine the very sources of our common liberty: our Constitution and those sworn to uphold it on our behalf.  We condemn such violence in no uncertain terms.

Our prayers today are with all those who live and work in our nation’s capital.  We give thanks for those who helped restore safety and order, allowing our representatives to continue their work on all of our behalf.  We pray for the recovery of those injured in body, mind, or spirit.  We mourn for those who have died.  We commend this nation to God in our prayers in the coming days. 

Hanukkah Begins Tonight ~ December 10, 2020

“The joyous festival of Hanukkah … celebrates two miracles – a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple.

“We celebrate Hanukkah – also called the Festival of Lights – for eight days.

24 Hours of Climate Reality: Countdown to the Future

A free, community presentation on “The Climate Crisis” will be hosted via Zoom by First Parish in Bedford on Sunday, October 11 from 4 to 5 pm.

Corinne Doud, a Climate Reality Leadership Corps member, will lead a discussion and present slides developed by former Vice President Al Gore. The presentation is designed to provide a pointed review of the science, the societal changes, and the solutions necessary to curb global warming and address the effects of climate change.

Covid-19 Testing Tuesdays at First Parish on Bedford Common

The small testing tent can be seen along Elm Street, on First Parish’s part of Bedford Common. Tuesday’s testing will take place in the historic meeting house’s narthex.

For the foreseeable future, there will be COVID-19 testing at First Parish on the Bedford Town Common, 75 The Great Road, every Tuesday (with the exception of October 13). ALL are welcome regardless of town of residence, affiliation, symptomology, or ability to pay.

Register on-line at https://www.bedfordresearch.org/product/first-parish and you’ll be given a time-slot and number.

The Suffragists Who Lived Next Door ~ The 19th Amendment in Bedford

 

They were called “Soapbox Suffragists.” They would arrive in a town with a wooden box to stand on, set up on a busy corner, and take turns lecturing the crowd that gathered.  Sometimes they would speak from the town common or the steps of a public building or standing in the back of an open car. Once, when she was warned out of a seaside town as a public nuisance, a speaker went down to the beach and waded out into shallow water — neutral territory — and gave her call to action from there. Sharon McDonald serves both as Bedford’s Town Historian, and as Historian for First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on the CommonA group of suffragists came to Bedford from BESAGG – Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government — one Saturday afternoon in 1909. They wanted some practice before they went on their speaking tour. “Go out to Bedford,” they were advised.

B.Y.O.S. ~ First Church Strawberry Festival ~ 2020’s Virtual Celebration

It’s hard to keep a good berry down!

The logistics of First Church’s annual Strawberry Festival mean that an in-person event can’t happen this year, but intrepid members of First Church extend a virtual invitation to the community that has loved the Festival over so many years.

Fix your shortcake, or a hot fudge sundae, and be part of First Church’s virtual B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Strawberries) community event on Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm.

New Hands Unite in Separation

In a year of much change and turbulence, Bedford welcomes two new pastors to the community. Interim pastor The Rev. Leah Goodwin joined First Baptist Church in late May, and The Rev. Jonathan Manor became pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Savior (LCS) in mid-March. The two have been presented with unprecedented circumstances in the religious community amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Reminder ~ You Are Not Alone

We are all social distancing, but you are not alone.

If you are heading along Great Road, stop by First Church of Christ at #25 and visit our prayer banner.

If you are grieving a loss yourself or missing something important to you, or if you want to share gratitude for what gives you hope, name it on the banner.

Letter to the Editor: Coronavirus Testing~Tuesdays on Bedford Common

I appreciate the coverage of Covid19 testing, a collaboration of the Bedford Research Foundation and First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Bedford Common, in The Bedford Citizen.  

We want to make this testing more widely known.  The testing is open to everyone, regardless of town of residence, symptomology, affiliation, or ability to pay.

 First Parish is providing a prominent and central location, volunteers, and our communication network to promote universal testing.

Earth Week film and discussion

Observe Earth Day by watching The Human Element, an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction and Chasing Ice.  Environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With compassion and heart, the stories he tells come from across our country and challenge us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. Now, due to the coronavirus restrictions on gatherings, James Balog and the distributor, Earth Vision Institute, are offering a link to view the film <https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50836/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=11669> for free from home during Earth Week, from April 17 to the 26th. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is planning 1-2 virtual discussion groups on April 26-27.  Check the parish website and/or Facebook page closer to the dates for details, or call the office at 781-275-8262 for more information.

Black History and First Parish on Bedford Common ~ Nanne’s Life Matters

In a Sunday morning service on February 2, at the start of Black History Month,  First Parish on Bedford Common dedicated a small new plaque. It remembers a woman named Nanne and is installed beneath a memorial to Bedford’s first minister, Nicholas Bowes, her owner.