November 18 // The Rev. Dr. Maureen Kemeza, Priest Associate
How well I know that fountain, filling, running,
Although it is the night.
This line from a poem by Irish poet Seamus Heaney makes a long title for a Forum talk, but its artfully compressed image offers an opening to speak about the unspeakable. Heaney here draws on a widely-known poem by the 16th century Spanish mystic Juan de la Cruz, La Noche Oscura, in English The Dark Night of the Soul, to address the wisdom of not knowing. After a lifetime of theological study, teaching, and preaching, one savors the freedom in retirement to rest in attentive silence. Contemplative silence is the bright nowhere where art, prayer, zen practice meet up, where religious traditions converge, where un-knowing is the dearest knowledge. Faith perspectives of a church pensioner. Maureen is retired from parish ministry and teaching, and she will be helping out with pastoral care during Becky’s sabbatical in the spring.
November 25: Concord Prison Outreach Holiday Gift Bags Project
Trinity has been supporting the Concord Prison Outreach for over 40 years! Did you know our church was one of the three original denominations that initiated the annual Christmas Caroling? Every year we invite CPO to use our Undercroft as a collection center (for over 35 churches and other groups). Our Undercroft is transformed near the end of November through mid-December, for volunteers to assemble over 1000 gift bags of toiletries and writing paper, which are then given to every inmate during the holiday season.
Join us during the Adult Forum and create handmade cards. Let’s bring a message of caring and hope to those incarcerated over the holidays. Often the gift and card is the only present they may receive. The children will be creating cards as well during church school that day, and the card making materials will be available during coffee hour, too! If you choose to make some at home ahead of time, it is important to follow the Department of Correction (DOC) guidelines (see below).
If you would like to help with the assembly process, simply drop in most weekday mornings between 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, or come to their evening session on Wednesday, December 5th. Check the Window of Opportunity for specific days and times.
If you would like to donate items, please adhere to the specific sizes that are described below DETERMINED BY THE DEPT. OF CORRECTION:
- 1 bar of deodorant soap (4-5 oz.)
- 1 tube toothpaste, 5.8 – 6 oz.
- 1 pad WHITE paper 6” x 9” or 5” x 8”, 100 pages (no wire)
- 1 stick deodorant (no roll-ons or gels, 2.5 oz. or larger)
- 1 pair white CREW socks preferably 5 inches of ribbing or less (no tube socks, knee highs, ankle socks or “tennis” socks)
- 1 bottle (plastic) shampoo (12 -15 oz.)
- A handmade holiday greeting card
Donations can be dropped off anytime the church is open, but please adhere to the requirements above.
DOC Guidelines for Card Making
- Use paper or card stock (no larger than 8.5 x 5.5), crayons, markers, paint, colored pencils or pens
- Sign card with first name only and if you, include a non-religious message
- Do not use metal or sharp objects (sequins, pins, etc), natural fibers (grasses, flowers, etc) and potato prints
- Do not use any type of glue or tape, or stickers of any kind.