Christmas Eve 2015
Join us on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 7:00 pm for our candlelight service of Lessons and Carols. As is our tradition at Covenant, there will be opportunities throughout the service to bring forward pieces of the Nativity scene. Feel free to bring your own Nativity pieces to help build the scene together!
The Season of Advent 2015 at Church of the Covenant
Sunday, November 29 began the expectant season of Advent as a church. Our theme for the Advent season will be: Climate Changes Everything: God is With Us. In preparation for this season, please consider marking your calendars for the following upcoming events related to climate justice and the season of hopeful, active expectation:
- Advent Wreath Making: Join us on Sunday, November 29 from 11:30 am- 12:0 pm in Bates Hall. Materials will also be available on Sunday, December 6th.
- 12:00 pm Take Action: Global Climate March, Boston Common & State House: Join us as we join a Global Climate March for climate justice and peace in solidarity with millions others around the world today marking the beginning of the climate negotiations in Paris. We will be back by 1pm to COTC for film screening.
- Screening of Movie “This Changes Everything”: Sunday, November 29, 1:00 pm in Bates Hall. There is a second screening of this movie at the AMC Lowes Boston Common on December 1 at 6:30 pm.
- Covenant and Old South Church are collaborating on a "Care for Our Common Home" reading group, based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical. We'll meet on Sundays at 12:30 to 1:45 PM for 2 sessions to discuss climate change and how to respond to its challenges. The first session on December 6th will take place at Covenant. The second session will be on December 13 at Old South. The encyclical is available on line or can be purchased in book form. Please come even if you are unable to complete the reading of the first two chapters. Please contact Barbara Darling for any questions and to add your name to the list of attendees: firstname.lastname@example.org A light lunch will be provided. Donations accepted.
Updates from the Climate Negotiations in Paris:
The end of COP21 is upon us, and final deliberations and decisions have been extended through Sunday. Since there has been a lot of info these past 2 weeks in media, we thought it helpful to single out a few places to inform ourselves as to how things have gone. In the spirit of active waiting, preparation and listening for the Spirit’s birthing into our world in this Advent season, we offer this incomplete but hopefully helpful list of updates:
- Latest news update passed along by our denominational partners in Paris – note use of Zulu J http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/11/climate-change-negotiations-in-paris-close-to-the-finishing-line-say-french
- Updates from PCUSA eco-contingent in Paris: http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/eco-journey/ and https://www.facebook.com/pcusa.environment/?fref=ts
- Faith Communities have had a significant presence in Paris: http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/12/07/news/faith-communities-organize-save-planet-cop21
- Hopeful non-violent actions representing the global, diverse, peace-making movement that is climate justice: (take special note of folks from the Congo playing instruments and leading others in prayer) http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/blog/2015/dec/11/amazing-things-have-been-happening-cop-21-despite-protest-ban
- Boston wins prestigious city award for local responses to climate adaptation in Paris (and a member of the UCC from Boston accepted the award!):http://www.wbur.org/2015/12/07/cop21-paris-boston-award-cities-climate-change (CHURCH- let’s make sure the homeless and most disenfranchised are being prioritized in Boston’s plans for climate adaptation!)
- Some interesting podcast interviews from the perspective of millennials: http://climatevoicespodcast.com/
- Finally, a good brief summary of basic climate change info: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/28/science/what-is-climate-change.html?_r=1
Advent at Church of the Covenant in the News: