Sunday, April 14, 2024

Religion & Spirituality

Have Faith: The harvest season

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I went searching for what the Bible has to say about harvesting, since it feels very much like that time of year. Really, I suppose, it's the end of that time of year. I...

Have Faith: L’shanah tovah

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Sally Cohn from the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center called me a couple of weeks ago to invite me to the Tabernacle to celebrate the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It was...

Have Faith: Darkness and light

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It's not always easy to have faith. Sometimes we get a taste of what St. John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul.” No matter how hard we pray, it all...

Have Faith: A new spiritual leader

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I first met Rabbi Giulia Fleishman years ago when I was working at the West Tisbury library. She exudes the word “kindness” from the moment you meet her. Giulia is still involved with the...

Have Faith: Grieving

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We've been joking around the office about how rough July was — some of us struggled through COVID, those who hadn't gotten it previously finally falling into various degrees of illness. I don't want...

Have Faith: What can we do?

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Between reading Catherine Walthers' Edible Vineyard story on World Central Kitchen (bit.ly/evworldkitchen) and George Brennan's story on “Covering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine” at last weekend's Islanders Write (bit.ly/mvtlongwar), I'm convinced I don't know...

Have Faith: Visiting preachers

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One of my favorite aspects of summer on the Island is all of the visiting guest preachers who come to the Tabernacle and to Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. I’ve heard some amazing and...

Have Faith: Flags and faith

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I was all set to write a column about spiritual reading, and then yesterday someone from the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury reached out to tell me that their Pride flag that hung...

Have Faith: Special visitor

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There's a special event coming up at the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head in Aquinnah. Pastor Sean McMahon tells me that the Rev. Gerry Locklear, a member of the Lumbee Tribe in North...

Faith and Climate Change: What is your view?

By Mardi Moran Mardi Moran is a member of both Grace Episcopal Church and the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center. She is part of the Interfaith Climate Action Team's writers committee, and in this column she...

Have Faith: Dark to light

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It’s early morning, and I’m sitting in the dark in a hotel room on Palm Sunday in Kingston, N.Y., where my son Dan and I are visiting relatives for a few days. There was...

Faith and Climate Change: Pastors weigh in

By the Rev. Chip Seadale and the Rev. Hyuk Seonwoo This column is an edited transcript of a Feb. 28, 2022 conversation on “Faith and Climate Change” between the Rev. Chip Seadale, rector of St....

Have Faith: Lent has arrived

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Well, it's Lent, and not only did I not get ashes on Ash Wednesday, but I also forgot to go to Eucharistic Adoration last Friday. I think of these things, telling myself throughout the...

Have Faith: Small but mighty

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Well, I drove up to Aquinnah for church last Sunday. I made it to the 10 am service before it got underway and was greeted warmly, as always, by the small-but-mighty congregation there. I...

Have Faith: What’s app?

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I had a couple of good ideas for the column this week, but wouldn’t you know it, they both fell through. Best-laid plans. This led me to ramble through the internet searching for what...

Have Faith: Traditions

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I always love it when I hear from readers. Always, even when they point out mistakes. Because they should point them out, and because it means they're reading, which is every writer's dream. After...

Have Faith: Feast of the Epiphany

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When I was a kid, my grandmother didn't take her Christmas tree down until the Feast of the Epiphany on Thursday, Jan. 6. I remember mimicking her tradition in my own adult life, and...

Religious services for the holidays

Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish Visit goodshepherdmv.com, or call 508-693-0342. Tuesdays in Advent St. Augustine’s Church, Vineyard Haven Mass, followed by confessions, 6:30 pm. Christmas Eve St. Augustine’s Church, Vineyard Haven Mass in English, 4 pm. Mass in Portuguese, 7 pm. Mass in...

Have Faith: Hocus-pocus or faith?

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I've been thinking a lot about Mary lately, as in the mother of Jesus. Maybe because Christmas is looming. Over the years I've heard things like “Other Christian traditions don't hold Mary in as...

All things Christmas

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury hosts a slew of holiday events this year, including special Christmas services, a crafts faire and silent auction, and Christmas Eve caroling with hot apple cider. According to...