My friend Rev. Jamez Terry, ordained by the Christian Universalist Association, sent me this description of Trans Celebration Day this Sunday at Metropolitan Community Church where he is Interim Pastor. After annual meeting I’m planning on going.
Several of the awesome performers at the evening event made music at our Parental Advisory cafe last month. A description is below.
Mazel tov! (מזל טוב) to our friend Rabbi Victor Reinstein and his wife Mieke on their daughter Noa giving birth to their first grandchild, Leo Maxwell!
Lev (לב), the Hebrew word for Leo, means “heart.”
Rev. Burke writes:
This week my Wednesday Worship Class featured Ellen McGuire, our Music Director, speaking to us about hymns, music, and how music fits in the flow of our worship service. Thanks Ellen!
Rev. Terry Burke writes:
Besides the usual, some of the things I was up to this week included:
- meeting with Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace;
- having dinner with Jim Solomon, Scoutmaster of Troop One West Roxbury and long-time head of our kitchen crew for the Fellowship Dinner;
- attending the Jobs With Justice annual fundraiser dinner at Suffolk Downs (“I got a horse right here, the name is Paul Revere…”);
- talking to our Worship 101 group about sermons and organizing a service around a theme; and
- preparing for and co-leading (with Ghanda DiFiglia and Alice Kociemba) our weekend church retreat at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham.
I also spoke about my Camino pilgrimage at a house service for my friend Phil Jacob’s church in Canton. Phil and I are both board members for the Massachusetts Committee for Interfaith Worker Justice.
In Between is a semi-autobiographical one-man show that portrays the complexities and contradictions inherent in Palestinian-Israeli identity. On the precipice between two cultures stands Ibrahim Miari. His play recalls his childhood in Acco, memories of his Jewish and Palestinian grandmothers, of war, and of the struggle to shape and understand his own multi-faceted identity.
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, and JP Forum are co-presenting this production of In Between, which will be performed on Sunday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. at First Church. To reserve tickets, call Allie at First Baptist (617-524-3992). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. If you’d like to help promote the show, a one-page flyer for the performance may be found here.