Preaching & worship
Townsend Congregational Church, UCC
3 Brookline Street
Pittsfield, MA Green Drinks
J Allen's Clubhouse Grille
41 North Street
Please join the many people who gather each month to discuss interesting ideas, such as solar, wind, clean water, wildlife conservation, green building and waste prevention.
What is "Green Drinks"?
Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "Are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way to catch up with people you know and also to make new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.
Pittsfield Green Drinks is hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) . Email email@example.com for more information.
Preaching & worship
129 Reservation Road
Andover, MA 01810
“Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us”
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493
Charles Arand, Paul Bradshaw, M. Shawn Copeland and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Plenary Presenters
“For the Sacrament of Holy Communion has no blessing and significance unless love grows daily and so changes a person that they are made one with all others.” --Martin Luther, 1519
At altars across the world, the gathering of the faithful around a table of thanksgiving has been shaped by the scriptural narratives of feasts and fasts:
• Relying on manna and quail in a desert time of wilderness famine
• Offering hospitality to sacred strangers near the Oaks of Mamre
• Hungering for prophetic visions of wisdom’s feast and sustenance for all
• Celebrating a Caananite wedding banquet with abundant wine
• Remembering how Jesus met disciples before and after the cross at shared dinners
• Receiving the surprise on the road of broken bread and scriptural revelation
• Claiming the marriage supper of the Lamb as a blessing for the future
How are we being made one, today, by this table of thanksgiving we call the Eucharist in spite of diverse administration and intention? When much is broken in the world, how might the mutual recognition of the promise of Christ’s presence at the table promote healing? When hungering for food security overwhelms and shared bread is scarce supply, how might the mystery and meaning in the meal assuage our common needs? Are there shared understandings of the ethics of embodiment? And what of the claims of the sacramentality of all tables? How do reciprocal relationships between preaching and eating, and praying and singing shape a community of faith? Do we still hear Elijah and the widow’s generosity, the Psalmists pleas, theology from above and below?
At Institute 2019, these questions and many others will provide food for thought as we consider how the Eucharist, today, is instrumental in formation. Guided by leading practitioners, thoughtful scholars, and skilled musicians and artists, we invite you to join others in interrogating assumptions about the Eucharist by engaging in inquiry with history, theology, fine arts, and practice. As we consider what it means to give thanks at table, we again will examine how the means of grace change communities of faith.
For more information, please consult the Website here.