In the Community: Forgiveness, Jewish Songs, Obama

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Workshops (Values over Violence) Newton Group
Mondays, beginning January 9, 2016 (with a break on MLK Day), 7pm – 9pm
Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve St, Newton, MA 02465

Values over Violence Program

The Values over Violence program offers a fresh approach to violence reduction. This program is occurring in two different settings, one urban and the other a suburban setting. As the trainings are being developed, both are grounded in houses of worship (churches, synagogues, and mosques) as well as in the wider faith and civic community. Our goal is to bring together these two sets of conversations, urban and suburban, at some point over the next 18 months.

More information at Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries’ Values over Violence

Jewish Songs: Let’s Sing, hosted by Follen’s Anabel Graetz

Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 pm, Anne Smith Room

An evening devoted to singing (and learning) Jewish traditional and folk melodies, from many traditions. I will bring song sheets and we will sing accompanied by our voices, the way we sang in the synagogue where I grew up. Traditionally, instrumental music was not allowed in the synagogue on holy days. The program will cover songs from at least two traditions; but I would love to have input from the group about what people would like to learn. Is there a melody, or song, you heard when you were young that you would like to rediscover? (No guarantees on that one; I know an awful lot of Jewish songs, but my knowledge is extensive, not encyclopedic. Taking Requests via email, or on the registration form:


CNN’s “The Legacy of Barack Obama”

First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Friday, January 20, 7pm

Through extraordinarily candid interviews with President Obama, as well as many of the key players who served his administration, ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama’ examines the historic election of America’s first African-American President, the impact of the gridlock that haunted his tenure, what he achieved in the face of unprecedented opposition, and the vexing problems he was unable to solve.

See/download flyer for “The Legacy of Barack Obama”