January 2019 Parish News

PARISH NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
  • On Sunday, January 27th, Church of Our Saviour will have the Annual Meeting. There will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. In addition, Girl Scouts will be selling cookies on this day.
  • Please e-mail wuj@diomassintern.org or Rev. Rachael at rachael@cos-milton.org with any names that you would like to be added to our Parish Prayer List.
  • On Wed, January 9th, Bible Study will be held from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Please arrive with your Bible and complete reading Genesis 25:19 – 36:43. Even if you can’t finish the entire reading, we still welcome you to participate!
  • On Wed, January 23rd, Bible Study will be held from at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. The text is Genesis 37:1 – 50:26, the Story of Joseph (the rest of Genesis). Even if you cannot finish the entire text, please join us.
  • On Wed, February 6th, Bible Study will be held from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. The text is Genesis 47 – Exodus 1. Even if you cannot finish the entire text, please join us.

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS TOWARDS RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS

  • Courageous Conversations now has a website, where you are invited to leave questions, comments, and feedback.
  • Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Church of Our Saviour, 453 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186. New Year Drumming Circle. You are invited to join the New Year Drumming Circle. There will be a potluck meal.
  • Monday, January 21st, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts 02186, Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites you to participate in the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
  • Sunday, February 10th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Parkway United Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA 02186. Save the Date. Join us to build new knowledge and engage in discussions on the School to Prison Pipeline. There will be a potluck dinner – You are encouraged, but not required, to bring food to share.
  • Monday, March 18th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Church of Christ, 330 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186. Save the Date. Save the Date for our March Courageous Conversations Event.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
  • On Sat, Jan 26th, between 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, you are invited to the event “South End Artists In Their Studios,” where you can view paintings created by Michael Eder. The studio is located on 59 Wareham Street, Boston, MA 02118.
  • 2019 Quincy Lunar New Year Festival Sunday will be on February 10, 2019 at North Quincy High School from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The event has free admission and free parking.

December 2018 Parish News

PARISH NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
  • On December 12th, 2018, Bible Study will be held from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Please arrive with your Bible and complete reading Genesis 11:10 – 25:18. Even if you can’t finish the entire reading, we still welcome you to participate!
  • On December 9th, Church of Our Saviour will have a Christmas Party from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
  • On December 24th, Church of Our Saviour will have Christmas Eve Service beginning at 3:30 PM.

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS TOWARDS RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS

  • Save the Date: Film Screening and Discussion of a Tim Wise documentary on Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 112 Randolph Ave, Milton, MA 02186. To RSVP, please click this link.
  • Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Church of Our Saviour, 453 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186. New Year Drumming Circle. You are invited to join the New Year Drumming Circle. There will be a potluck meal.
  • Monday, January 21st, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts 02186, Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites you to participate in the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

November 2018 Parish News

PARISH NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
  • On Wednesday, November 28th, Bible Study will be held from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Please arrive with your Bible and complete reading Genesis 1 – 11:9. Even if you can’t finish the entire reading, we still welcome you to participate!
  • Rev. Rachael, along with our delegates, Ann Hunt and Rebecca Fuller, were in attendance at the 233rd Annual Convention.
  • Church of Our Saviour will host an informal conversation about ballot questions on this upcoming Sunday Coffee Hour, November 4th.
  • Time: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Location: First Parish UU, 535 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA : Our Volunteer of the Year is Conevery Bolton Valencius! Conevery works with the fabulous Girl Scouts of Troop 65472. She tells stories with kids at Sunday School and has served as Co-Warden of our parish. She is President of the Board of Directors of Ummeed Child Development Fund, supporting children with disabilities in Mumbai, India, and is on the Board of Directors of Boston Chinese Dance.
  • Our goal this year is to give away $10,000 in grants to organizations that reflect the passion and work of COS parishoners and our shared local mission. If you are a parishoner that wishes to request a grant donation, please contact wuj@diomassintern.org to fill out the Outreach Request Form.
  • On December 9th, Church of Our Saviour will have a Christmas Party from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
  • On December 24th, Church of Our Saviour will host Christmas Eve Service.
COMMUNITY NEWS
  • In the aftermath of the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites, indeed calls, all in our community to gather in witness and solidarity with our Jewish neighbors on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:45 AM at Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills.

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS TOWARDS RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS

  • Save the Date: Film Screening and Discussion of a Tim Wise documentary on Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 112 Randolph Ave, Milton, MA 02186. To RSVP, please click this link.
  • Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Church of Our Saviour, 453 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186. New Year Drumming Circle. You are invited to join the New Year Drumming Circle. There will be a potluck meal.
  • Monday, January 21st, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts 02186, Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites you to participate in the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

DIOCESAN NEWS

  • Middle School Retreat begins on Friday, Nov 16, 2018, 7:00 PM and will end on Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 12:30 PM, located at Barbara C. Harris Camp. Come enjoy the midwinter beauty at the Barbara C. Harris Camp, and meet young people and adults from all over the diocese! We will have small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship that gets you both moving and thinking, a live band, and above all, time away from the stress of everyday life, so that we can pay a little more attention to the Spirit of God!

 

October 2018 Parish News

PARISH NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Blessing of the Animals: On Sunday, October 7th, to reflect on the kind deeds of St. Francis of Assisi, you are welcome to bring your pets, pictures of animals, or stuffed animals to be blessed.
  • On Sunday, October 21st, MaryAnn, Ann, and Monique will provide the sermon. Their sermon will be related to healthcare. During Coffee Hour, our guest will be Susan MacIsaac, RN, MSN, from the Declaring Directives Initiative as she presents the importance of declaring a health care proxy.
  • Girl Scout Troop 65472 will be hosting their annual Juliette Gordon Low Coffee Hour on October 28th , to honor the founder of Girl Scouts, thank the parish for hosting the Troop, and introduce themselves and their recent projects.
  • Church of Our Saviour will host an informal conversation about ballot questions on this upcoming Sunday Coffee Hour, November 4th.
  • Our goal this year is to give away $10,000 in grants to organizations that reflect the passion and work of COS parishoners and our shared local mission. If you are a parishoner that wishes to request a grant donation, please contact wuj@diomassintern.org to fill out the Outreach Request Form.
COMMUNITY NEWS
  • In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DOVE is holding three vigils in remembrance of those who lost their lives in incidents of domestic violence in Massachusetts this year. Vigils are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us to honor those lost and to show support for those who are currently struggling in abusive relationships. Date: Thursday, October 25th at 6:00 PM Location: Parkway United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA 02186

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS TOWARDS RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS

  • Monday, November 19th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Milton High School (25 Gile Rd., Milton). Conversation with Debby Irving, the author of Waking Up White. Order here for a copy of her book. To RSVP, please click this link
  • Save the Date: Film Screening and Discussion of a Tim Wise documentary on Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 112 Randolph Ave, Milton, MA 02186. To RSVP, please click this link.
  • Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Church of Our Saviour, 453 Adams St, Milton, MA 02186. New Year Drumming Circle. You are invited to join the New Year Drumming Circle. There will be a potluck meal.
  • Monday, January 21st, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts 02186, Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites you to participate in the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

DIOCESAN NEWS

  • The 233rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of MA is Saturday, November 3rd. The following topics will be addressed: The Church’s Response to the Opiod Crisis The Use of Fair Trade Coffee at All Church Events, Supporting Gender Identity Antidiscrimination Laws in Massachusetts, Planting a Paris Grove: A Resolution in Support of Creation Care Seeking, and Immigrant Justice through Accompaniment, Advocacy and Direct Action
  • Middle School Retreat begins on Friday, Nov 16, 2018, 7:00 PM and will end on Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 12:30 PM, located at Barbara C. Harris Camp. Come enjoy the midwinter beauty at the Barbara C. Harris Camp, and meet young people and adults from all over the diocese! We will have small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship that gets you both moving and thinking, a live band, and above all, time away from the stress of everyday life, so that we can pay a little more attention to the Spirit of God!

 

September 2018 Parish News

PARISH NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Please join us for our Welcome Back Sunday Cookout! Since this is a potluck lunch, please bring food to share. This is also our new Life Together Fellow’s first day with us.
  • This Middle School Retreat begins on Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 7:00 PM and will end on Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 12:30 PM, located at Barbara C. Harris Camp. Come enjoy the midwinter beauty at the Barbara C. Harris Camp, and meet young people and adults from all over the diocese!
  • Please join on Sunday, Sept. 23rd after Sunday worship for Acolyte Training!
COMMUNITY NEWS
  • MMNC – Our Neponset Community Celebration: On Saturday, September 29th, please join the MMNC at the Our Neponset Community Celebration from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This event is located at the Neponset Greetway, between Mattapan Square and Central Avenue at the Harvest Bridge and Ryan Playground. The rain date is Saturday, October 6th from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • On Sunday, Sept 30th from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Celebrate Milton will feature local businesses, non-profit organizations, musical entertainment, bounce houses for the kids, and great food!

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS TOWARDS RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS

  • Thursday, September 6th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Church of Christ, 330 Edge Hill Rd., Milton. Bystander Intervention Training. This is a deeper exploration of taking constructive action toward everyday bigotry, public harassment, and obliviousness.
  • Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, First Parish Milton (535 Canton Ave, Milton). Workshop with artist, activist and musician, Soyinka Rahim, on articulating our journey with race and racism through story telling, music and user friendly embodiment exercises. To RSVP, please click this link.
  • Monday, November 19th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Milton High School (25 Gile Rd., Milton). Conversation with Debby Irving, the author of Waking Up White. Order here for a copy of her book. To RSVP, please click this link

DIOCESAN NEWS

  • Next Diocesan Council meeting is Saturday, Sept. 8th at Trinity Church in Concord
  • Registration is open for Middle School Retreat: Nov. 16-18 at Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center
  • Diocesan community to celebrate new ministry and installation of ninth cathedral dean Amy McCreath: Sept. 29

 

May 2018 Parish News

You can read the May Parish Newsletter here.
22nd Annual Mother’s Day March for Peace
The 22nd Annual Mother’s Day March for Peace will take place on Sunday, May 13th. The March will begin at Town Field in Dorchester (1520 Dorchester Avenue) and end at Boston City Hall. A beloved Boston tradition, the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to more peaceful communities and a movement to demand dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder. More information on how to join and support the march can be found here.
Quincy Pride Day 🌈 
The City of Quincy will hold its first ever Pride Day Event on Sunday, June 3rd from 12 noon- 6:00pm at Pageant Field in Quincy. Quincy’s inaugural pride event will celebrate and support the LGBTQ community in Quincy and around the world. All are welcome!
Here Comes the Sun Potluck ☀
June 10th is Rosamond’s last Sunday as our Fellow and she will also preach. It will also be Herculano’s last Sunday with us as our interim musician. Please be sure to mark the date on your calendar and come with food for the cookout!
Episcopal City Mission’s 2018 Annual Celebration 
June 12th, 2018, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont Street, Boston. This year’s celebration is focused on Prophetic Hope: the capacity to fully see the world’s brokenness alongside the hope of what God might create through us. The keynote speaker is Christena Cleveland, a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and Associate Professor at Duke University. This event is free for all to attend. Follow this link to RSVP.
Courageous Conversations Summer Dates 
The next Courageous Conversations events will take place on Tuesday, June 19th from 7-9pm (Time TBD) and Thursday, July 26th at the Milton Public Library (Location TBD). The conversations will feature film screenings and discussions.
Mattapan Milton Neponset Community Celebration
June 28th – (7:00 – 9:00pm): Two Communities and a River: The Story of the Neponset Greenway Extension. An interactive community storytelling event with True Story Theater. All are welcome. Foley Senior Residences, 249 River Street, Mattapan.

November 2017 Parish News

You can read the November Parish Newsletter here.
PARISH NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association will be hosting the annual Thanks-for-Giving service in celebration of all the volunteers who gave back to their community this year. The service will take place on Sunday, November 19th at 4pm at St. Elizabeth’s Parish. The volunteer of the year from Church of Our Saviour is Jackson Humphreys. Congratulations, Jackson! Thank you for all you do for our community!
  • The Celebration of Stewardship will be help during worship on Sunday, November 19th. Join us in the celebration and hear Ann Hunt and Laurie Ozelius share their story!
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS TOWARDS RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS
  • The next Courageous Conversations event will be held on Wednesday, November 15th at First Congregational Church on 495 Canton Ave. This month’s conversation will feature facilitated discussion of race, injustice, and the wealth gap. All are welcome!
  • Some Courageous Conversations participants have been part of an ongoing series of conversations between Mattapan and Milton residents that has addressed issues of racism and inequity in the work of constructing a shared bike path along the Neponset River. These conversations, co-convened by Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and the Mission Institute, are inspiring efforts to build more equitable, respectful relationships among these communities who share the Neponset River as a border, and a commitment to identify and engage the structural racism that diminishes the capacity for all to thrive. The next meet-up will be held on Monday, November 13th from 7-9pm at 535 River St. in Mattapan.  
DIOCESAN NEWS
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts will hold its annual Diocesan Convention this Saturday, November 4th at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Convention is an annual gathering of all the churches and communities in eastern Massachusetts. This year, the Diocese will be voting on amendments to the Diocesan Constitution and Canons related to the role and structure of the Diocesan Youth Council, a resolution to fight climate change, and a resolution to encourage the formation of a network of Congregations and individuals engaged in Elder Ministry. More information and a live webcast of the proceedings can be found here.
  • Save the Date: March 15-17, 2018 “Evangelism Matters” Conference 
  • Diocesan Youth Mission Trip: Building on the success of recent youth mission trips to Las Fronteras, the borderlands of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, the Office of Youth Ministry is now offering the experience to a broader range of young people in 2018. The new program, open to current 9th and 10th graders, will include several mandatory organizational meetings ahead of the trip along with meetings after the trip to connect the new understandings gained with activities ongoing around the diocese. The focus of the program will be helping young people put their faith into action. Details and the online application are now available here. Applications are due Dec. 28. Space is limited.

 

Mattapan Reading Circle: Courageous Conversations October Event

Courageous Conversations in October

The next session in the Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice series will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at Church of the Holy Spirit Mattapan from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  

This month’s event will feature a reading and discussion circle on the history and consequence of the effort to integrate public schools in Boston and throughout the country. The event will consist of facilitated discussion of former Boston Globe columnist Farah Stockman’s Pulitizer-Prize Winning series of commentaries on “Boston After Busing.” The discussion will help build an informed audience for a larger community-wide discussion and screening of the award-winning documentary The Harvest, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Douglas Blackmon’s exploration of desegregation in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi. This screening is hosted by the Mass Humanities council and will take place at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St. Boston, MA 02119) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
More information on The Harvest film screening and panel discussion can be found here.

More information on the reading circles taking place across the Boston area on the topic of school desegregation can be found here. 

NEXT STEPS  

To prepare for the October 17th reading circle, read what you are able: 3, 7, or all 13 of the well written and insightful articles and reports selected by MassHumanities. 

3 Must Reads 
1. Whitey Bulger, Boston Busing, and Southie’s Lost Generation (Sept. 28, 2015) by Michael Patrick Macdonald
2. Naming Our Era of Racial Contradictions (Aug. 2, 2015) by Farah Stockman
3. How a Stand-Off Over Schools Changed the Country (Dec. 20, 2015) by Farah Stockman

4 Readings to Take You Deeper 
1. Boston Busing/Desegregation Report (Union of Minority Neighborhoods); pages 3-7.
2. Unfinished Business: 7 Questions/7 Lessons
3. Did Busing Slow the City’s Desegregation? (Aug. 9, 2015) by Farah Stockman
4. Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and Echoes of Busing (Dec. 27, 2017) by Farah Stockman

6 Readings to Broaden Your Understanding 
The remaining Pulitzer Prize Winning Articles by Farah Stockman

Summer 2017 Courageous Conversations events

July Gathering

Monday, July 31 from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM

Church of Our Saviour at 453 Adams Street, Milton

Read “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving and then come to the book discussion on July 31. According to Ms. Irving “Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intention mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole”. Light refreshments will be provided.

August Gathering

Tuesday, August 15 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Parkway Methodist Church at 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton

Join neighbors and friends for jazz music performed by Milton High School Jazz Ensemble “False Lighting”. The concert will be held in the church outdoor courtyard so bring picnic blankets and/or chairs. If it rains we will move indoors. Please bring a dessert or non-alcoholic beverage to share with fellow attendees.

May 2017 Parish News and Reflection

I am an Episcopal priest. I am a woman. I have often had this conversion:

So…do I call you ‘Father Rachael’?

No, I’m not a man.

Hmm …

Technically, it is ‘Mother Rachael’ … but you can just call me Rev Rachael.

15 months after ordination, I became a ‘mother’ of a more normal sort. There was no substitute title this time.

Like most new parents, my husband and I discovered quickly that we were in over our heads. We both have congregations to pastor, family was nowhere near, and we had a little tiny child to care for. How could I “mother” a church AND a child?

When my son was one week old, we went to the church to introduce him to my congregation. As soon as we entered the doors we were met with cheers. Parents surrounded me and asked to me to share my birth story—they knew how healing it could be. Someone brought us a snack, others took our baby and passed him around.  At one point I looked around, not knowing where my son was and was moved when I saw him in the arms of a visitor I had just met. Mothering is full of unexpected surprises and the joy of new relationships.

Our faith community is an powerful extended family—especially when ours is so far way. Members of this community provided meals for us in the weeks after. They share wisdom and give helpful parenting advice when we need it. They watch my son while I attend meetings, or simply need a moment to rest. The other children of our church act as the siblings and cousins to my son. Every Sunday when I look out into the congregation my heart is full when I see him in the arms of various parishioners while I lead worship.

Being a parent has changed not only the way I serve my congregation but also how I live alongside them. I have come to value ever more deeply the role our faith communities play in our lives. The Church or Temple is a place of worship, but it is also a place of community. Since becoming a parent I have come to understanding the importance of living life together, even when other commitments make it difficult.

When I became “Mother Rachael” I learned that I could not lead a congregation on my own. The same is true as “mom.” We cannot parent alone. We need one another. We need a community—a village—to help care for our precious children. Faith communities serve as extended families, bringing us together across life experiences and other boundaries. Whether we are taking care of young children or elderly parents, whether we have experienced the loss of a loved one through death or broken relationships, or are empty nesters looking to connect, being a part of a faith community enriches our lives. Being a part of community shows us that we are all interconnected as one family.

— Rev. Rachael