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Friday, July 7, 2017
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Summer Worship begins this Sunday  
We will gather at 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel for an informal service of song, prayer, word and communion.  Pastor Stacy will be leading us in a service for all ages.  It will be good to come together. 
Summer Musings --
Independence Day and Interdependence Year
... from pastor Stacy  

I would like to make a proposal.  I would like to propose that we continue to celebrate July 4 th as a Day of Independence.  I would like propose that we keep the fireworks and back yard barbeques and let the surge of pride at being members of the United States of America fill our hearts.   There is something profoundly special about this country.  Our ideals are to be lauded.  Our aspirations are to be upheld.   It is there in our Declaration of Independence:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  It is good to remember and celebrate our independence. (to continue reading go here)

GBIO's next "Out of Many, One": Teach-In and Solidarity with the Boston Muslim Community will be hosted by Temple Isaiah (55 Lincoln St., Lexington) on Tuesday, July 25 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Join together with our Muslim neighbors from the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and other Greater Boston Interfaith Organization leaders for an evening of learning, relationship-building and solidarity. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Muslim faith and to hear stories from individuals of their experiences being Muslim in Boston. 

We'll also learn about specific threats facing the Muslim community in these troubling times and about what we can do to be of support.  RSVPs to <>   would be helpful for planning purposes.

- Sent on behalf of Suzan El-Rayess (ISBCC) and Temple Isaiah planning team.    


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Sunday, June 25 th was our last Sunday morning service.  

During the month of July, starting 
July 9th, we will gather on Sunday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. for a service 
of prayer, song, and reflection.  

These services will be informal and inclusive of all ages.  Come just as you are, straight from the beach or the garden.  

(Please note will not have worship services in August and Gathering Sunday, when we will again gather at 10:00 a. m. is September 10 th).

From the Wider Community 
  Declaring the Earth is the Lord's, UCC calls for environmental imperatives for a new moral era
The United Church of Christ, noting both the urgency of climate change and the continued debate over its existence, is "raising its prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth."

On Monday, July 3, the delegates of the General Synod passed a resolution that calls on clergy across the life of the church to preach about the moral obligation to protect God's creation, and appeals to its members to lead efforts to educate and advocate for legislation to reduce the human impact on the environment. The resolution had been endorsed by the Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors.

"The climate crisis is an opportunity for which the church was born," said Rev. Jim Antal, president and conference minister for the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, and the author of the resolution. "This sets the stage for engagement and hope. This is a proclamation of truth and the love of God's gift."

To read the full United Church News article CLICK HERE
To read (and share!) coverage in the Boston Globe titled "United Church of Christ speaks out on climate change" CLICK HERE