Marc Adams, author of the award-winning book "The Preacher's Son," will speak on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 pm at the Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven.
PFLAG of Martha's Vineyard and the church will host Mr. Adams, a gay man, who will share his experiences growing up in a fundamental Baptist home.
Mr. Adams went through reparative therapy because his religion told him that being gay is not acceptable to God. His experience is a common one as he found out through doing outreach with youth at religious schools. Mr. Adams shares his story by speaking to groups around the country.
For more information, call 508-693-8213 or 508-693-3490.
A wakening experience
There is still time to sign up for the meditation retreat to be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Chapel, located at 238 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. From 9 am to 4 pm, join Chas Di Capua, teacher in residence at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre for a day of meditation practice.
The introduction to "Vipassana," which means "clear-seeing," is a clear and simple presentation that leaves you with a much deeper understanding of the practice, according to Jo Rice, who has attended Mr. Di Capua's retreats before. His teachings also demonstrate how meditation "cools the fires" of greed, hatred, and delusion, Ms. Rice writes.
Winter at the
Chilmark Library Director Ebba Hierta is correct by saying "There's not much to do up-Island in the off-season." To get through the winter, The Friends of the Chilmark library will start to host the ChilLib Off-season Café on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am and Thursday afternoons at 3:30 pm. Come in and gather with friends and neighbors for coffee, tea, cocoa, and pastries all winter long. The library offers wireless Internet in the meeting room and board games in addition to books and magazines. The new winter library hours are Monday, 10:30 to 5:30 pm; Tuesday, 10:30 to 1:30 pm; Wednesday, 10:30 to 7:30 pm; Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30; Saturday, 10:30 to 5:30.
For more information, call 508-645-3360.
It's great to give
In Edgartown, large red stockings decorate the storefronts of merchants participating in the Red Stocking Fund toy drive. Show your holiday spirit by donating new, unwrapped mittens, hats, batteries, toys, or non-perishable food items so they can be distributed to children and families. For more information, call 508-627-1315.
Light bulb sale
Stock up on light bulbs for the darker winter months on Friday, Dec. 8, at Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven. The sale offers 15 energy saver light bulbs for as little as $1 each. The Vineyard Lighting Challenge sale is in conjunction with the Vineyard Energy Project. For more information, call 508-693-3002.
Chilmark residents are invited to a ceremony where the new postmaster, David A. Medeiros, will be sworn in. The ceremony will be on Friday, Dec. 1, at 2 pm at the Chilmark Community Center.
A new worship
This December, join the Taize Community for three advent worships at the Chilmark Community Church. The Taize was started in the south of France in the 1940s, and is a style of worship that incorporates elements of Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. It includes prayer, silence, and repeated song, and is simple and contemplative. People from all faith traditions are welcome. The worships will be on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at 5 pm. For more information, call the United Methodist Cooperative Parish at 508-645-3100.