10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Agape Community celebrates its 31st anniversary with its annual St. Francis Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the community’s site in Hardwick, Mass.
Agape is a lay Catholic community open to all beliefs, based on simple, sustainable, and peaceful living. Bring a brown bag for both lunch and dinner (music, poetry at end of event). We will only serve refreshments … trying to simplify, reduce and reuse. Tours will showcase Agape’s solar projects, straw bale house, compost toilet, grease car, and organic garden.
- Roger S. Gottlieb: Professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; author/editor of numerous books and articles on environmental ethics, religious environmentalism, and contemporary spirituality. His most recent books, Engaging Voices: Tales of Meaning and Morality in an Age of Global Warming and Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters, received Nautilus Book Awards.
- Sister Bernadette Bostwick: Co-founder with Sisteer Gail Worcelo and the late Father Thomas Berry of Green Mountain Monastery in Greensboro, Vt., whose mission is to live in the consciousness of a “Single Sacred Community of Life.”
- Tom Cornell Jr.: Lifetime Catholic Worker and gardener, homesteader at Peter Maurin Farm, an affiliate of the New York Catholic Worker, whose articles on gardening appear frequently in the Catholic Worker newspapers.
- Shea Reister: Age 24, recently arrested for peaceful civil disobedience action against the Keystone XL pipeline, works for the Better Future Project and 350.org, and the student fossil fuel divestment movement, as well as an organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
- Youth Climate Change Activist Panel: Students from area colleges will speak out on the current climate crisis.
Call (413) 967-9369 for more information.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will screen the 2013 documentary “Who Takes Away the Sins…”: Witnesses to Clergy Abuse three days this October.
The official film description reads:
“In 2002, with the disconcerting revelation by the Boston Globe Spotlight Team of extensive abuse throughout the Boston archdiocese, the city suddenly became the epicenter of the long-hidden and dark secrets of the Catholic Church. Further investigations brought to light the all-pervasive abuse of power and authority of pedophile priests, followed by a carefully orchestrated cover-up as church officials focused on preserving and protecting the image of the institution. This decision led to countless cases of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse of young boys and girls across the country and continents. Countering the betrayal, victimization, and failed accountability are the voices of individual survivors who courageously broke through the silence, along with those of the advocates who persistently confronted these unconscionable acts. With accountability and openness, it is now time to acknowledge the sins of the past and seek justice and renewal.”
Screening times are:
- Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.
Selmadanse, Joanie Block & Dancers presents Streaming Shabbat, an evening of dance, music, and memory. Ritual, tradition, and memory are woven together in choreographer Joanie Block’s newest creation, Streaming Shabbat. This multimedia performance about women and their experience of the Jewish Sabbath, including stories from the Talmud, the Holocaust, and modern day, was inspired by Joanie’s own memory of how the gift of a Shabbat image sustanied her through a frightening brush with ovarian cancer. An original score by Billy Novick and Willie Sordillo and video art by Lynn Bikofsy merge with Joanie’s choreography creating an evening that inspires, challenges, and ultimately connects us to the universal power of light.
Tickets $20 adult/$18 students, seniors & BDA members
Tickets also available at the door or reserve at 617-794-8184
Parking available at Green Street Garage, 260 Green St.