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Simone Campbell is a lawyer...and a nun. In 2012, she packed a bus full of fellow sisters for the first "Nuns on the Bus" tour. The tour was a direct response to a public critique by The Vatican which accused American nuns of being concerned about social justice other than those most important to the Vatican's doctrinal office (specifically abortion and gay marriage). So Simone packed a bus full of sisters and traveled the country stopping at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools, and health care facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and marginalized.

Buses of Christians are currently traveling across the country to encourage voting and raise awareness of important issues which influence midterm elections. Doug Pagitt (who visited FBC in 2016) has embarked on such a tour with an effort called Vote Common Good and calling it a "revival" - a revival of enthusiasm about the power of voting.

Separation of church and state is an historic founding principal for both our country and for Baptists. Baptist Roger Williams is credited with founding the first colony which separated religious affiliation with citizenship. It's almost impossible for us, centuries later, to imagine it being any other way. However, at the time, the Rhode Island Colony was considered heretical and Baptists were even outlawed by other colonies.

I have found myself conflicted about speaking publically to what might be considered "political issues". However, I have become less conflicted as I have come to see "politics" as referring to the activities related to how we organize and make decisions about power. Consequently, every decision we make (or cannot make) is political and everything I speak about (or chose not to speak about) publically is political. Bus riding is notoriously political. How we spend (or don't spend) is political.  How we speak (or how we don't speak) is political. 

We live in a political world
The one we can see and feel
But there's no one to check
It's all a stacked deck
We all know for sure that it's real

- Bob Dylan

This Sunday, we will look at a unique encounter Jesus has with someone we call "the rich young ruler". It is a political moment, but one that addresses the "politics of the heart" and offers the hope of a new way of being.

See you Sunday.

Warmly,  Sean

 

 

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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.
 

This Sun
Harvest Fair

It's time for the annual Harvest Fair in Newton Centre. On Sunday until 5p, Newton Centre will host am an extraordinary variety of food, rides, music, arts, and culture, as well as a Green Expo. We will contribute to the festivities by hosting a bouncy house and personally welcoming folks on our corner.

To learn more:
https://www.newtoncommunitypride.org/harvest-fair.html

Sign up to host the bouncy house:

But wait...there's more!
Come meet our new Facilities Manager, Bill Rabbitt, and his mint condition 1962 Oldsmobile.
Here's what it looks like (not the actual car)
 

Sun Oct 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

For more details, see http://www.fbcnewton.org/blog/second-hour-a-curated-interfaith-series.
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