What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
Contributed by Robert Fagerlund
What is Gender Jam, you ask? It is a regular meeting group to provide a nonjudgmental, supportive, not scary forum to discuss and share on gender issues, social sexual roles and expectations, women’s issues, men’s issues, LGBTQ issues, straight issues, and any other related topics. There will be no agenda, no predetermined topic or issue. Conversation will arise from whatever attendees wish to talk about. This will be open to everyone in the community. Attendees participation in sharing or commenting is not required. No one will ever be “put on the spot” or made to feel uncomfortable about speaking or about not speaking.
The first Gender Jam will be on Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00–9:00p. Come on and check it out! Gender Jam is free. Donations to the Interfaith Center will be accepted.
To get the conversation started, here is a message from Rob Fagerlund, the creator of the group:
Feminism is the best thing that ever happened to men.
Why do I say that? One thing feminism set in motion (and I mean long ago, at least as far back Susan B. Anthony and the other nineteenth century feminists who fought for women’s rights) is a challenge to destructive and oppressive gender roles and expectations for everyone.
And no, the feminist struggle is far from over. But that’s not really my focus here. I would like to make a few observations about feminism and men.
Continue reading Gender Jam Begins at ICSG!
The weekend of Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 will be great days for us to come together, celebrate, and support the Interfaith Center.
On SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 at 8 pm, music director Alaura Massaro is hosting concert with a talented group of musicians and performance artists to benefit Interfaith. All musicians, poets, and performers are donating their time and passion, and ALL proceeds will benefit the Center. We would love you to join us and fill the room with your great energy. Invite friends and family too!
On Sunday, August 9, after the service we’ll hold the Raffle Drawing for Interfaith. (see Amazing Prizes here and get a batch of tickets if you don’t have them yet — only $2 each for a chance to win the prize of your choice). Concurrent with this festive occasion, Dave and Judy are hosting a party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their Interfaith family. Please join us in wishing them well! Bring a dish of finger foods and your dear self!
To see what else is happening, check out the August Interfaith Inspirer here.
Last Saturday, the Interfaith Center celebrated its 17th birthday. In addition to a tasty potluck, games, and reflections from founding minister David Bell, the Center honored the occasion by launching a new website. It was a fitting time to unveil this new branch of our community: not just a birthday, but also the day of the Spring Equinox. Continue reading Welcome to the Interfaith Inspirer blog