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Newton's first female Mayor Ruthanne Fuller invited Newton's clergy to her office today.  I was one of over forty who attended - an unprecedented number of attendees, attributed to the divisive times we find ourselves in. 

Mayor Fuller noted FBC as being a model of what it looks like to open up and welcome the wider community. You are, indeed, an open and affirming church. 

We will open our doors once again to offer a sanctuary for thoughtful thinking, conversation and community.

Bring a friend to church...your church...Saturday night for an evening with two world-class authors.

See you this weekend,


Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; and the novels My Name is Lucy Barton, and Anything is Possible. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.

Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprahs Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award), and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family in Newburyport.

Sat, Oct 20, 7PM

Contact before 2p Friday for complimentary tickets.


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Fall Calendar online!

There's a lot to keep track of this fall with wonderful opportunities to gather, grow and give.

Check out this list online and share it with your friends.

Thurs 10/25
Opioids & Our Community

This unique contribution to our 'critical conversations' will include an unprecedented number of contributors and affinity-based breakout sessions for more focused conversation. 

Opiod overdose is being called a national crisis by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Someone you know has been affected.

Read more here:


Deb Youngblood, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Health and Human Services, City of Newton, MA. 

Brian DeLeskey, MSW, LICSW.
Intervention/Prevention Counselor, Newton South High School, MA.

Scott Weiner, M.D.
President of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians.
Director of Brigham's hospital-wide opioid education and stewardship program.

Two identical 30-minute breakout sessions so participants can have the option to try two different sessions.

Workshop for Teens through Music & Dialogue 
Jeff Levin, M.A.T., M.S.W. Life Coach

Relieving Stress through Yoga
Peggy McLoughlin, E-R.Y.T., 500, YogaNewton

Ecumenical Interfaith Meditation
Alicia Johnson, Newton Interfaith Clergy Association

When & How to Use Narcan? 
Scott Weiner, M.D.

Sun 10/28
2nd Hour

Our Second Hour series continues Oct 28. Each of the three Sundays includes three special guests: two Shia Muslims and a Christian from the Muslim majority country of Indonesia. The series began on September 28 with "Spirituality and Devotion". 

"Learning about other people and cultures in intended to make the world safe for human differences," said special guest Mahtab Sirdani at our first gathering. Mahtab was joined by Hesham Dehgani, both of who are Shia Muslims (a community that we hear about and encounter less frequently) and Hans Harmakaputra, a Christian from the Muslim majority country of Indonesia

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