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E-NEWS on May 21, 2020
The Congregational Church of Weston, UCC
http://www.westonucc.org 781-899-5417

ONLINE WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY, May 24

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/westonucc.org/

Link thru the website: www.westonucc.org 

Links will be sent with an email on Sunday morning.

This year people – and particularly graduates — are missing commencements.  In the church calendar, this Sunday is Ascension Sunday which in many ways is also a commencement.   We have gotten to the end of the season of Easter.  We have been instructed in the lessons of resurrection.  The risen Jesus is taking leave of his disciples.  Or, more to the point for us, the disciples are commencing into a life of faith and leadership to which they have been prepared.  

The disciples ask, “Is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” still not convinced that their new life and calling has commenced.  Even so, a transition of leadership has commenced.

Ron Heifetz (Harvard School of Government) has defined “leadership” as “disappointing people at a rate they can stand.”  While we have a ritualized day when this transition takes place, generally it is not exact.  It goes back and forth as we learn, absorb disappointments, and find that good schools, good parents, good Gods are not helicopters. 

Jesus invited the first disciples – and us – to wait on the Holy Spirit so that we could be prepared by the past but not trapped by it.  With the Holy Spirit – upon whom we wait, we are invited into a living relationship that carries the past forward but changed, owned by you for your life, your community, and your world.  Do not stand looking into heaven.  Commence; begin your calling to bear witness to God’s reign:  a reign of justice and peace, a reign of hope restored, a reign of lasting love.  Commence.  Begin. 

This Sunday you will receive a link to CCW service.  Zen Kuriyama and CCW Choir members are preparing two more pieces of music using the Acappella app.  Dooseon Woo will be playing the piano.  Candace Paquin will be reading scripture.  Mika Higgins will offer a Moment for Mission about Walk for Hunger.

In addition, CCW has been invited to celebrate Pastoral Residency Sunday, this Sunday, May 24, with the Wellesley Village Congregational Church.  The Pastoral Residency program is instrumental in the collaborative ministry of our two congregations began in 2001 with a grant from the Lilly Foundation.  Newly graduated seminarians are encouraged to apply for a two-year experience as a Pastoral Resident.  (During this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, WVC discerned that extending the current Pastoral Residents from 2-year terms to 3-year terms would be beneficial to the Pastoral Residents, to WVC and, yes, to CCW). 

On Pastoral Residency Sunday, the tenures of Sean Patrick Coady and Bob Feeny will be lifted up, the new relationship with CCW acknowledged and the witness of past Pastoral Residents will be heard.  Priscilla Claman will be one of the speakers as a member of the Pastoral Residency Committee.  On Sunday you will also receive a link to the Wellesley Village Congregational Church UCC service at 10am.

Look for your Sunday email with links to the CCW worship and to the WVC Pastoral Residency Sunday.  Let the world that is coming commence.

Peace,
Richard Edens

UPDATES

BOOK STUDY WITH BOB FEENY: LAUDATO SI (Praise Be To You)

We are excited to announce that we will be gathering a discussion group around Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si (Praise Be To You)” that will gather on Zoom.  Pope Francis’ encyclical deals with the reality of global climate change, and probes for a faithful response.  

This is sure to be a fruitful discussion, and we hope that it will draw interest from folks at Wellesley Village as well as from CCW!  Together, we hope to envision and enliven a discussion about what it might mean for the wider Church to engage in the ecumenical task of honoring, stewarding, and healing creation.

We will gather on Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm in May.

Schedule of meetings/readings:

  • May 28th: Chapter 6

 If interested, please contact Pastor Bob (bob@wellesleyvillagechurch.org), who will provide study guide information, as well as answer any questions.  

Click here to join the Zoom sessions.  

ENVIROMENTAL JUSTICE

Air Pollution, COVID-19 Mortality and Communities of Color. 

What We Can Do About It.  May 27 at 6 PM

With a respiratory pandemic sweeping the globe, it’s important to understand the links between air quality, health, and injustice. The MetroWest Climate Solutions Group will present a virtual event in its series on tackling climate change. This event is sponsored by The Union of Concerned Scientists and Conservation Law Foundation. 

In this webinar, Xiao Wu, a Harvard School of Public Health Ph.D. candidate in biostatistics, will describe the research linking COVID-19 death rates with particulate air pollution. Paulina Muratore, a senior campaign organizer for Clean Transportation with the Union of Concerned Scientists, will describe how fine particulate matter from cars, trucks, and buses disproportionately impacts communities of color and the need to reduce air pollution from the transportation sector. Staci Rubin, a senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, will moderate the program. The speakers will share information about how to take action.

To Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/air-pollution-covid-19-mortality-and-communities-of-color-what-we-can-do-about-it-a-webcast-registration-104835582048

The Road Map to Carbon Neutral for Massachusetts, June 4, 7-7:30

A Webinar Sponsored by MetroWest Climate Solutions and Mass Audubon

Legislation currently in the Massachusetts House of Representatives lays out a road map for Massachusetts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The bill, H3983, calls for interim carbon reductions of 50 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2040, with protections for environmental justice communities. 

Representative Joan Meschino, the lead sponsor of this bill, will discuss the legislation and answer questions. Meschino is the State Representative for the 3rd Plymouth District (Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and North Scituate). Alexandra Vecchio, Climate Change Program Director for Mass Audubon, will moderate the webcast.   You will learn what you can do to help pass this critical legislation.

To register for the webinar please click here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-road-map-to-carbon-neutral-for-massachusetts-tickets-105174168770

For additional information, please email mwclimates@gmail.com.

About The MetroWest Climate Solutions Group –

This all-volunteer committee is made up of members of First Parish in Wayland, First Parish in Lincoln, First Parish Church in Weston, the Congregational Church of Weston, and other individuals. The committee’s charter is to offer information on climate change and to provide activities for individuals to get involved in bringing about solutions.  

NEW ADDRESS FOR JILL & RICHARD EDENS

In approximately a month, Jill & Richard Edens will be moving from the parsonage to 154 Chestnut St, Unit 9, Lowell, MA  02493.  Additionally, we will be retiring our @WestonUCC.org emails.  Please begin using jillredens@gmail.com for Jill and jrichardedens@gmail.com for Richard.   Our cell phone numbers will continue to be our primary phone numbers:  919-357-3914 (Jill) and 919-357-3913 (Richard).

CCW Calendar

May 31  PENTECOST Online Worship with Wellesley Village Congregational Church UCC

June   7 TRINITY Sunday Online Worship

11am Zoom Communion and Fellowship Hour

June 14 Pentecost 2 Online Worship – Bob Feeny to preach

June 21 Pentecost 3 Online Worship

June 28 Pentecost 4 Online Worship

11am Zoom Farewell Gathering with Edenses

July & August   Summer worship at Wellesley Village Congregational Church UCC