November 22, 2019

 From Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, a prayer:

Spirit of Infinite Love,
Be with me and my people. Help us know that we are loved–wholly and deeply–exactly as we are. Help us know that our faces are a reflection of the face of the sacred, the face of God. Help us understand that our longing to be whole and tell the truth of who we are is holy. Be with us when we are afraid. Be with us when we are proud and joyful. Be with us when we are confused. Protect us from our enemies.

Help us transform the world be being ourselves and understanding the deep need for every person to have the freedom, safety, and support to do the same. Help us transform the oppression we face into determination to stand up for ourselves and for any we see also being oppressed. Help us learn to accept our anger when it is necessary and appropriate and to let it go when it is causing harm.

Help us accept and celebrate the diversity in our own community and show the world it is possible to love each other even though we do not always agree. Help us forgive. Help us listen. Help us let go of stubbornness. Let us worry more about being kind than being right.

Spirit of Life that defies labels and will not be made small by small minds, give us courage to live fully and continue to learn, grow, and transform our selves, our communities, and the world.

May it be so. May we be the ones who make it so.
Amen. Ashe’. And Blessed Be.

Friends, I hope you will join us this week for our Being OtherWise Service in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Come for this multi-sensory, audio-visual presentation, where Dawn will share what it is like living a non-binary life, drawing on writings from Chris Paige's book "Being Otherwise: A guidebook to Transgender Liberation" and Virginia Mollenkott's "Omnigender." Dawn will also highlight emerging theologies around gender identity and sexuality. 

Please note that this service will take place at 50 Church St in Waltham at 4:30pm  on Sunday, November 24th.
Unearthing the Roots of Racism
Saturday, November 23, 9am-12noon
Congregational Church of Weston:  See flyer below

Agape Service: Being Otherwise
Led by Agape's Minister of Outreach and Intergenerational Programs, Dawn Sorensen
Sunday November 24th, 4:30pm
50 Church St., Waltham, MA 02452 
Come for this multi-sensory, audio-visual presentation, where Dawn will share about what it is like living a non-binary life, drawing on writings from Chris Paige's book Otherwise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott's book Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach.  Dawn will share emerging religious movements around gender identity and sexuality.

Initiating Inspiration Book Group 
Monday November 25, 7:15-8:45pm
Waltham Public Library 
735 Main St
Waltham, MA 02453
This is a Bi-Montly Book Group in partnership with the Waltham Public Library. The current book is "The Buddha’s Brain" by Rick Hanson. All are welcome whether you have read the book or not. 
Agape Advent Dinner Church
Sunday December 8th, 4:30pm
Intercultural Center, Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453 

Agape Christmas Service
Sunday December 22nd, 4:30pm
50 Church St., Waltham, MA 02452 

Agape upcoming events and directions are at this link:
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If you would like to make a love donation to support the unfoldment of Agape's vision in the world of living and spreading unconditional love, you can do so at the link below, or checks can be made out to "MACUCC" with "Agape" in the memo line (and mailed to 106 Stearns Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451).