The Union Church in Waban
Weekly Update| Friday, January 1st, 2021
Online Worship - This Sunday
Epiphany Sunday
January 3, 2020 
Original artwork by
Roxann Peterson
The early church celebrated Epiphany as the manifestation of Christ as evidenced in the Wise One's visit to the manger, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and the miracle of Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding in Canna as told in the Gospel of John.

This Sunday, we will join the Wise Ones as they encounter the Christ child and consider what qualities we too may be called to embody as we set out into the unknown of this New Year.
To join worship on Zoom:  

Zoom Link: HERE 
Meeting ID: 889 6192 3076
Passcode: 907880
Dial in only: 1 646 558 8656 
Find a Copy of the Bulletin HERE 
This Sunday is also Communion Sunday. Please bring bread and cup to worship with you. May we share in this Holy meal together and draw strength for the journey from it.
NOTE:  To connect to Sunday Worship or to any of our online offerings, you may go to our website at There you will find a click through to Sunday morning worship and to other online opportunities. You may also use the link below.  
Children, Youth and Families 
Pastor Amy Away from Dec. 26th to Jan. 2nd
Please Note that Pastor Amy will be away and not checking email or phone during the week between Christmas and New Year. If you have any questions or pastoral concerns during that time, please reach out to Pastor Stacy at or 617-759-9016. 

No Forest Church this Sunday - We will not gather for Forest Church this Sunday, but please plan to gather next Sunday, Jan. 10th for a special Epiphany service!
Youth Ministry
Mission Matters
Advocates for Racial Justice
Did you know......
On December 29th, 1890
U.S. Troops Kill Over 300 Lakota in
Massacre at Wounded Knee
On December 29, 1890, hundreds of United States troops surrounded a Lakota camp and opened fire, killing more than 300 Lakota women, men, and children in a violent massacre.

In December 1890, Sioux Chief Sitting Bull — who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies — was killed by Indian Agency Police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation as authorities attempted to arrest him for his involvement in the Ghost Dance movement.

In the late nineteenth century, the United States Government began forcefully relocating Native Americans onto reservations, where they were dependent on the government for food and clothing. In response, some Native American people embraced a religion called Ghost Dance, which promoted the belief that Native Americans would become bulletproof and return to their freedom following a great apocalypse. The Ghost Dance performance and religion frightened the
United States federal government and
sensationalist newspapers across the country stoked fears about an uprising by Native Americans.

Shortly after Sitting Bull’s killing, the Sioux surrendered and were marched to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. On the morning of December 29, 1890, 500 troops of the United States 7th Calvary Regiment surrounded a group of Lakota Sioux where they had made camp at Wounded Knee Creek. The troops entered the camp to disarm the Lakota. During a brief scuffle between a soldier and a Lakota man who refused to surrender his weapon, the rifle fired, alarming the rest of the troops. The troops began firing on the Lakota, many of whom tried to recapture weapons or flee the assault. The attack lasted for more than an hour and left more than 300 Lakota dead; over half of those killed were women, children, and elderly tribal members, and most of the dead were unarmed.
Source: Equal Justice
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We, the members of The Union Church in Waban, true to our founding principle of being an inclusive church, covenant together to nourish and to sustain in our common life and practice a fully welcoming and affirming church for all persons. Welcoming all persons who seek to join with us in a commitment to love God and our neighbors, affirming the inclusive love of Jesus, we are open to all, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, ability or economic circumstance. We invite all to full participation in our worship, membership, leadership and life of this church.