May 11 How Big is your Footprint? A
few observations about our changing climate from Brian Rosborough and
Earthwatch. Brian Rosborough, who along with his wife Lucy is an active
parishoner at Trinity, is also the founding director of Earthwatch
Institute. Since its inception in 1971, Earthwatch has supported over
3000 scientific expeditions in 120 countries to investigate and monitor
environmental change. Today, Earthwatch Institute continues to be a
major sponsor of scientific inquiry, currently supporting 130 projects
annually to document changing world conditions.
May 4: Earth Day. The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, priest
associate at Grace Episcopal Church Amherst, longtime environmental
activist, spiritual retreat leader, writer, and teacher. Margaret
recently returned from the launch in Seattle of the Genesis Covenant,
to encourage faith communities to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions
from all their facilities (houses of worship, schools, and other
buildings) by a minimum of 50% in 10 years. Margaret is also a
member of the leadership council of Religious Witness for the Earth,
whose current initiative, 1 Sky, Many Faiths, focuses on the 2008
national election and making global warming and clean energy top
priority. Last March, Religious Witness for the Earth led a nine-day
interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue from Northampton to Boston to press
legislators to reduce global warming pollution by 80% by
2050. Margaret is the principal author of To Serve Christ
in All Creation: A Pastoral Letter from the Episcopal Bishops of New
England, published in 2003. She led a day-long retreat at Trinity
on the same theme in January 2003. She has also written Holy
Hunger (2000) and Christ's Passion, Our Passions (2003). Learn
more about Margaret and her ministries at her Web site: www.holyhunger.com.
April 27: Faith in a Chinese Prison: Dr. Yang Jianli
Yang will speak about the role of his Christian faith in sustaining him
during 5 years in prison for political activity in China. Dr. Yang came
to the US in 1986 for graduate training and earned a doctorate in math
from UC- Berkeley, while remaining active in China’s
pro-democracy movement. He participated in the Tianamen Square protests
in 1989 and testified before Congress about the Chinese
military’s use of violence with protestors. Co-founder of the
Foundation for China in the 21st Century, Dr. Yang received a second
doctorate in political economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School in
2001. In April of 2002, while traveling in China researching labor
unrest, Dr. Yang was detained and imprisoned by the Chinese
authorities. Members of Congress, faculty members at Harvard, and
President Bush lobbied for his release, which finally came in August,
2007. Dr. Yang and his family have been parishioners at All
Saint’s Episcopal Church in Brookline since the late 1990s.
April 20: Beauty in Science and Spirit: Paul Carr Ph.D.
can we bridge the divide between religious fundamentalists on the Right
and atheists on the Left, like biologist Richard Dawkins, author of The
God Delusion? What are ways we can reconcile faith and science? Retired
physicist and minister’s son, Paul H. Carr, has written Beauty in
Science and Spirit to address these questions. Carr received physics
degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and led a
research team at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Bedford, MA where
his work contributed to components used in radar, cell phones, and TV.
He has taught philosophy courses in science and religion at U
Mass-Lowell. Paul found science didn't help him with his grief when his
wife died in 1986 of leukemia, leaving him with five daughters. He was
thankful for his life long religious grounding and community, and found
consolation and beauty in spiritual story and music. Learn more about
Paul on his website www.MirrorOfNature.org Paul serves with
former Senior Warden John Lewis on the board of InterFASE, a faith and
science group started 20 years ago by Episcopal priest Barbara
April 13: Creating and Maintaining Civic Community
Perry, Moderator of Concord's Town Meeting since 2000, will speak about
the history of the New England Town Meeting, the meeting’s role
in Concord's history and your role in Town Meeting that starts on April
28. For much of his life, Ned has been a resident of Concord,
first on Wood Street and now on Thoreau Street. An employment relations
attorney in Boston, Ned has served as the chair of The Greeley
Foundation for Peace and Justice here in Concord and as a member of the
Board of Directors of World Neighbors, Inc., an Oklahoma NGO that helps
marginalized people in third world countries.
April 6: Welcoming Spaces/Newcomer Committee
get updates on what Trinity is doing with regard to the physical plant
and human relations aspects of being a welcoming church. Members of
both the Welcoming Spaces (physical plant) and Newcomer Committee
(human relations) will be on hand to give progress reports, answer
questions, and invite input. These initiatives are both direct outcomes
of the Planning for Ministry strategic planning initiative.
March 30: Young Adults and Religious Identity in the Middle East
Slenski, Smith College. Abby will share her experiences of living among
Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and the role of
religion in shaping the people she lived and worked with. The daughter
of our seminarian Mary Slenksi, Abby is a senior at Smith College
majoring in Religion and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. In the
fall of 2006, Abby lived with a Christian family in Amman, Jordan as
part of a program run by the School for International Training. Abby
will discuss the impact on her family of Pope Benedict’s
inflammatory remarks about Islam in September of 2006. In the summer of
2007, she lived with a secular Palestinian Muslim while working at the
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.March 23: Easter Sunday—No Forum
March 16: Palm Sunday—No Forum
March 9: POSTPONED - Dr. Yang Jianli: Faith and Prison
Yang will speak about the role of his Christian faith in sustaining him
during 5 years of detention in China. Dr. Yang, a Tiananmen Square
activist in 1989, came to the United States, earned two Ph.D.s, and
created the Foundation for Democracy China in the 21st Century. He
returned to China in April, 2002 to view labor unrest in the
northeastern part of China. Dr. Yang was detained by the Chinese
authorities for 5 years, including stints in prison, until his release
in August, 2007. Dr. Yang and his family have been parishioners at All
Saint’s Episcopal Church in Brookline since the late 1990s. For
more information see http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/08/21/i_respect_even_my_guards/
March 2: Bishop Bud Cederholm’s Parish Visit
Bud will preach and celebrate at 10am and will be our Forum guest at
9am. Join him for conversation about the direction of our diocese as
well as the various issues Episcopalians face in today’s world.
He will also want to hear about what’s going on in
February 24: Annual Meeting: 1 Service at 9am, no Forum
February 17: The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
(MCH):Sr. Linda Bessom, SND
Linda has been the Faith in Action Together (FIAT) Coordinator at the
MCH for the past 12 years, and has been a member of the Peace and
Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for the
last 11 years. She has worked extensively with state legislators on the
Commission to End Homelessness in seeking to move from shelter-based to
housing-based solutions for homelessness. She is also active in seeking
adequate COLA in emergency aid for severely disabled children and the
elderly. She will lead us through some concrete actions for addressing
these issues. MCH has been the beneficiary of the holiday lemon stollen
bread sales that Trinity has sponsored in recent years.
February 10: Extending Human Life: The Report of the Working
Group on Faith and Genetics: John Lewis
summary reflection on attempts to extend the length of the human life
span and the role of faith in the range of economic, social and
political issues raised by these possibilities. John Lewis, Trinity
parishioner and computer scientist, is the convener of this ecumenical
group with members from the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Congregational,
Lutheran traditions. John will present the group’s findings and
have copies of the report on hand.
February 3: The Stewardship of Meatless Eating
production consumes an extraordinary amount of the earth's resources.
Parishioner Janet Vaillant and others explore a meatless day as a
Lenten devotion, sharing their own experiences and recipes.
January 27: The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic
Search for the Meaning of God
us in welcoming Peter Bebergal and Scott Korb, the two authors of this
religious “coming out” story by two young believers –
one Catholic and one Jewish, who form a friendship and share a secret:
They believe in God. (from the book description). Peter, a Jew,
graduated from Brandeis and Harvard Divinity School. He has written for
Salon, Nextbook, Beliefnet, the Believer, and the Boston Globe.
He is also an editor at Zeek. Scott Korb received his B.A. from
the University of Wisconsin and graduate degrees from Union Seminary
and Columbia University. He has written for Harper's, Gastronomica, the
Revealer, Commonweal, and Killing the Buddha.
January 20: Hands on Ministry at Ecclesia Ministries/Common
Rev. Kathy McAdams, Executive Director of Ecclesia Ministries/Common
Cathedral will join us along with members of the common cathedral
congregation. They will describe the causes of homelessness, their
experience of it, and the ways Ecclesia Ministries serves and makes
community with the homeless. Trinity youth and adults have supported
Ecclesia Ministries financially and by serving lunch and worshipping
with the congregation on Sunday afternoons.
January 13: Ask the Clergy and Wardens: An open
forum affording the opportunity to ask questions and to offer comments
about the ongoing life of the parish.
January 6: Hands on Ministry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal
Church, South End.
Ebata will speak about the variety of ministries that St.
Stephen’s offers to children and youth of Boston, and the ways
that Trinity can continue to take part in them. Kimiko is the volunteer
and academic coordinator for the after school and B-SAFE programs at
St. Stephen’s. She is a Massachusetts Promise Fellow, a program
supported by Americorps, that works on delivering America’s
promise to our youth. Kimiko is a 2002 graduate of Bishop
Shaw’s Youth Leadership Academy, and a 2007 graduate of the
University of Mary Washington. Her home parish is St. John’s
Episcopal Church in Hingham.
December 30: See December 16th.
December 23: Scenes from Concord’s past.
indulge in some holiday nostalgia, come return to a simpler
time—16mm movies of everyday life in Concord in the 1930s and
1940s. These films were taken by Joseph Dee, Jr. and Charles Dee, Sr.
and include footage of snowstorms, the aftermath of the 1938 Hurricane,
sledding and skiing on Nawshatuc Hill, pond skating at Punkatasset
Hill, sled dogs, ice cutting, as well as other scenes of everyday life
in a small town.
December 16: New Orleans and Katrina, A Gardener's Way to
Rev. Polly Jenkins Man will tell about her dream of rebuilding gardens
for those who lost their homes in Katrina. She took a group of
ten people to New Orleans (Win Wilbur was one of them) in November,
2007, and will be going again in March, 2008 (details below).
Come and hear about this healing work and the people we met and worked
Postponed to December 30th due to Snow.
December 9: The Ministry of Money: Frank Butler
Butler is the retired CEO of Eastman Gelatine Corp, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Eastman, Kodak. His ministries have included Education
for Ministy, the Institute of Servant Leadership, Diocesan Council, and
Senior warden at Trinity Episcopal Church in Topsfield. Using retreats,
Pilgrimages of Reverse Mission, speakers, and publications, the
Ministry of Money (www.ministryofmoney.org)is a loving, prophetic
Christian ministry which encourages all persons to become free from
their attachment to cultural values regarding money and to live out
joyfully God’s call for their lives and resources.
December 2: Who Chooses the Sunday Readings? The
Revised Common Lectionary:
The Rev. Dr. Horace Allen, Professor Emeritus, Boston University School
of Theology. Ever wonder who decided which lessons get read each
Sunday? This Forum will answer that question and more about the use of
the Bible. The Rev. Dr. Allen is one of the architects of the Revised
Common Lectionary, used around the world, which Trinity begins using
November 25: Mission on the Gulf Coast
Bristol, parishioner at Church of the Epiphany in Winchester, will
discuss her hands-on participation in the reconstruction efforts on the
Gulf Coast. Her 4 trips have been sponsored by the Gulf Coast Task
force of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Sandy will also discuss the Gulf
Coast Partnership Priest-in-Residence ministry of Massachusetts priest
Rev. Jane Bearden, at Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi, Mississippi, that
is being funded by the Diocese.
November 18: Does God go to College?
Reverend Amy McCreath, Episcopal Chaplain at MIT, and The Reverend
Benjamin King, Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard, along with students from
both campuses, will join us to talk about how faith is nurtured in the
November 11: May a Christian Be a Soldier? One Insider’s
Jeffrey Cox serves as a clinical social worker in the Massachusetts
National Guard assigned to the Medical Company stationed on Everett
Street in Concord. He was deployed to Iraq with a Combat Stress/Mental
Health Company in 2005-2006. He is currently a Postulant for Holy
Orders in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Sunday November 4: Convention
Trinity’s clergy and convention delegates will answer questions
about the actions taken during Diocesan Convention on November 2-3, 2007
October 28: A Year with American Saints: Selections.
September 30: How do We Pray for Justice?
Professor Claire E. Wolfteich of Boston University School of
Theology will draw on her book Lord Have Mercy: Praying for Justice
with Conviction and Humility.
Rev. Christopher Webber, author of Welcome to the Episcopal Church, The
Vestry Handbook, Reinventing Marriage, as well as other books, has
co-written a book which is a broad and inclusive cross section of
American pilgrims of faith from all periods of American history and all
major Christian faith traditions. Their accomplishments and spiritual
journeys are examples of perseverance, courage, and holiness. Webber
has served parishes in the United States and abroad.
September 23: Christians, Jews, & Muslims Abiding in
learn about Oasis of Peace/Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salaam, a village of
400 Jews, Christians and Muslims who have lived together peacefully
near Jerusalem for the past 35 years. Local supporter and Concord
resident Dr. Joel Andrews, and Brandeis student Noam Shuster, who grew
up in Neve Shalom, will present and lead discussion.