Sunday, April 14, 2024

Religion & Spirituality

Have Faith: Chabad on the Vineyard

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I met Rabbi Tzvi Alperowitz the way I meet a lot of people, through emailing back and forth over the past year. We finally met in person last Sunday when I visited Chabad on...

Have Faith: Thinking about Juneteenth

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Last month, my 33-year-old daughter decided she would dig deeper into our ancestry by doing a whole lot of online research. She definitely went down a rabbit hole. I was delighted when she reported...

Have Faith: Forgiveness

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Editor’s note: From time to time, the “Have Faith” column is written by guest writers connected to the Island’s faith communities. Forgiveness is one of the key tools of Christian faith. And knowing Jesus forgave...

Faith and Climate: Faith-based climate action

The Martha’s Vineyard Interfaith Climate Action Team is formed of volunteers from several different faith communities. If yours is not represented, please join us — our contact information is mvicat2040@gmail.com. We’ve been meeting regularly to...

Have Faith: Prayer

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Do you ever say a quick prayer before you do something, like have an important conversation you’ve been dreading, or making a decision that’s been weighing on you, or maybe before writing a column...

Back to the earth

When we visited our friend Bobby a few days before her death, she strongly expressed a final wish — she wanted a green burial. Bobby was a science teacher all her working life, and...

Easter and Passover services

Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center The Hebrew Center, at 130 Center St., Vineyard Haven, hosts its annual Community Passover Seder on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 pm, remotely and in person. Rabbi Caryn Broitman leads the...

Have Faith: A new way

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At a time when the Catholic Church, along with other denominations, is experiencing a decline in membership, one family on the Island is joining the faith community at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish this...

Have Faith: Changing the world

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Every once in a while I hear from people who might be having an interesting speaker coming to visit, and this time it was Susan Murphy who called. Next Saturday, March 25, at 2...

Have Faith: New minister in Edgartown

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I had a great visit last week with the new minister of the Federated Church in Edgartown, the Rev. Mark Winters. It was a dreary day outdoors, but that was in contrast to our...

Have Faith: Interfaith connections

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As Christians, we are supposed to share the good news of Jesus Christ. But how do we do that if people run from us, or the conversation comes to a halt because they know...

Honoring St. Brigid

Ireland’s ancient goddess, Brigid, long beloved and venerated in the hearts of the people, has been granted national recognition with an annual public holiday. Her official status is now recognized as equal to that...

Have Faith: On pilgrimage

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Almost 20 years ago, I made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, with the North American Lourdes Volunteers, a nonprofit based in Syracuse. I was supposed to write about the experience, but I didn’t anticipate...

Have Faith: Mental and spiritual health

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Beginning Feb. 18, folks will have a unique option for facing the challenges life throws at them. Therapist Jeremy McLellan, a good friend of Vineyard Assembly of God pastor the Rev. Matthew Splittgerber, will...

Have Faith: World Day of Peace

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The Catholic Church observed the first ever World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, 1968, and for me, it’s a reminder of the good that the church can do. It’s been a rough couple...

Have Faith: Welcome

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Sometimes you come across really powerful words by happenstance. I saw a reference to Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and ecumenical teacher who runs the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, by...

Have Faith: Meet Charles Rus

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown welcomed musician and organist Charles Rus to the parish community back in July, in the middle of an Island summer. He had only visited once before, earlier in...

Religious services for the holidays

  Aquinnah Community Baptist Church of Gay Head Visit communitybaptistgayhead.org or call 508-693-1539. Christmas Day Worship, hymn singing, scripture lessons, and prayer, 9 am.   Chilmark Chilmark Community Church Visit chilmarkchurch.org or call 508-645-3100. Saturday, Dec. 17 Holiday flea market at Chilmark Community Center, 10...

Have Faith: Welcome!

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It’s a newsy week in the faith world here, it seems. After a church-led search, the congregation of the Federated Church in Edgartown announces that the Rev. Mark Winters has been selected as the...

Have Faith: Spiritual fitness

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Instead of writing about my own spiritual journey, I thought it would be fun and much more interesting to ask someone else about theirs. Pam Benjamin was kind enough to answer some pretty personal...