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- Weaving the Stories of Our Life Journey
- Film Screening – Healing From Hate
- Deeper Than The Skin
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♦♦♦ Gem of The Week ♦♦♦
Gems From Prior Weeks
This is a video of a TED talk by Christian Picciolini who was very deeply into the American Neo-Nazi movement. He very eloquently describes how and why he became so attracted to the movement, and what needs of his were fulfilled there. He also tells the story of how and why he got out, using the power of love to help himself and others that were trapped in the movement. This is a powerful and inspiring video. Christian Picciolini was also featured in the film Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of the Nation that many of you watched last month – see below for the link to the panel discussion about film.
"It’s our disconnection from each other. Hatred is borne of ignorance, fear is its father and isolation is its mother. When we don’t understand something we tend to be afraid of it and if we keep ourselves from it, that fear grows and sometimes it turns into hatred." - Christian Piccolini
Healing From Hate Panel Discussion
In case you missed the excellent Panel Discussion that our church co-hosted on March 12 about the documentary film Healing From Hate, you may view it on here on Youtube.
"What would it mean to imagine a system in which punishment is not allowed to become the source of corporate profit?” UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Angela Davis asks. Good question. This article in Truthout shows the ugly reality of the New York State (NYS) Division of Correctional Industries, a state-run prison labor corporation that operates a range of enterprises in 13 prisons across New York State. In reality, it is slavery, and a crucial cog in the self perpetuating evil that is America’s prison industrial complex.
Women’s Alliance Meeting, Tuesday, April 6th, 7pm
Wednesday Open Meditation
Chimers rehearse in the church on Saturday’s at 11 a.m.Thanks!
Glean Team Volunteers
My husband Ben, a marine biologist told me the Rights Whales are on their way back to the Gulf of Maine. He also told me that 14 calves have been born this year! Sadly, one was struck by a ship and died. Years ago, his office created a free “Whale Alert” app that shows what buoys on the Boston shipping lane have been “lit up” by whale song. Check it out!
Just knowing they are there reminded me of the day I spent counting Right Whales from a four seat plane over Cape Cod Bay. As we flew, 1,000 feet over the perfectly calm water, I was reminded of a folktale called The Perfect Globe.
The folktale tells of how once, long ago there was this tiny globe, just a few feet in diameter, which was kept safe in a museum. It held so much mystery and beauty that people came from miles and miles just to see it. And there it was a delicate sphere in space, looking different at every angle. Sometimes you could see big pools of water in it, and smaller flows of water feeding into the big pools. There were bumps too, some big bumps, with white tops, and some smaller with gentle bumps.
I thought of this tiny globe as we gained elevation from the Plymouth airport and saw the small and big pools of water. Duxbury Bay, nearly drained at very low tide, was a vast expanse of mud flats. The coastal ponds seemed swollen in comparison, and my eye searched the malachite green for the bottom of their depths. But then, we left the land and the Cape Cod Bay, the southern portion of the Gulf of Maine stretched out before us.
It was an extraordinary day. One-fourth of our world’s endangered Right whales (79 of 350) were off our coast feeding on copepods. My husband works for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and I was helping him film the whales and to document how close to ships they were. The Sanctuary had placed real-time whale detection buoys in the Boston shipping lane that bisect the Sanctuary, and all of them had been activated by Right Whale calls.
As we flew over this part of the bay, known for its rich diversity in marine animals and plants, the water seemed to come to life. The white sides of dolphins flashed like beacons, and their brief small blows brought the water to life like inverse rain. Finback whales methodically made their way, blowing and arching at predictable and consistent intervals. A Humpback, silhouetted under water by the white barnacles on its body seemed suspended in the jewel green of the bay, and I felt as if I could reach down and hold it in the palm of my hand.
And we saw the right whales, waving their tail flukes over and over as if they were answering the beckoning arm of Cape Cod. My heart seemed to pause with time as their magnificent blows shot up like geysers, suspend for a moment then disappear. The calm water they left behind after surfacing spoke to ancient times untouched by current day threats.
As we flew above this all, I felt like I was in that museum of ancient days, marveling with wonder and awe at this tiny treasure of our ocean. I joined the people in the story who felt wisdom and healing after seeing their perfect globe. The ancient story ends sadly, the tiny globe dies as people stopped coming to the museum. So I write to you to share the awe and wonder and change the ending of the story. Listen and track the whales at www.listenforwhales.org. Share the treasure.
Who we are
We are a liberal religious community of people of all ages who hold diverse theological beliefs. We come not only from Harvard, but also from many surrounding towns. We gather together "in the spirit of love," to worship, to learn, and to care for one another. We come together both to be comforted and accepted for who we are, and to be challenged to transform and grow as moral and spiritual persons.
We believe in the value of personal experience and reason, and use both as we explore the wisdom of the world's religious traditions, seeking to find and make meaning for ourselves. We celebrate and honor the prophetic words and deeds of many of those who've come before us, which call us to serve not only one another, but also those outside of our community. We long for a world that is fair and just and filled with compassion, and we work to make it so.
We welcome you! We'd love to have you join us on our journey!