Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.

Creation Season

Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost begins the Sunday before Labor Day and ends on Reformation Sunday. It is not a church season, but a period in which congregations celebrate the fact that creation is an integral part of the whole Christian year.

Oct 1 - Don't Give Up the Ship Day - This day in 1781 marks the birthday of James Lawrence, the American naval officer who while under attack by a British frigate cried out to his men, "Don't give up the ship!" Today, if the ship you're on is in danger of sinking, whether it's an institution, marriage or your spiritual life, hold fast with a heart filled with courage. Don't abandon ship till it's no longer possible to stay with it, and spend your time now trying to save it.

Oct 2, Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) — Mohandas K. Gandhi is revered as Mahatma (Great Soul) in gratitude for his life of service in support of nonviolence. "My life is my message," Gandhi said. That message continues to call to us in the 21st century.

Oct 2, Feast of the Holy Angels — We can become aware that our life is “marvelously guided by good powers,” as Dietrich Bonhoeffer experienced in a Nazi prison. Christian tradition speaks of these guiding powers as Guardian Angels and celebrates them on this special feast.

October 3-6 - Eid al-Adha. This Muslim observance of "The Feast of Sacrifice" commemorates Abraham's response to the Lord's command: offering for sacrifice his son Ishmael (in Jewish and Christian texts, the son was Isaac). Considered the most important feast of the Muslim calendar, Eid al-Adha marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), and is observed by Muslims worldwide, whether or not in pilgrimage in a given year. Customarily during this feast Muslims offer meat from animal sacrifice to those in need.

October 3 — October 12-Durga Puja (Dussehra). Hindu festival which honors the Divine as Shakti, the cosmic energy which brings all beings to life. During this observance, which varies in length according to region, devotees worship the Mother Goddess through procession and rituals venerating a beautiful image of Her. Devotees recite and listen to verses from sacred scripture. At the conclusion of the festival, the Durga image is released with a traditional water blessing.

October 4-Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). St. Francis inspires us by his love of peace and his kinship with all creatures. Some eight centuries after Francis lived in Italy, hundreds of thousands of Franciscans around the world strive to follow the Gospel with the joy he expressed. A great reformer who was called the first Protestant.

St. Francis embraced this prayer before a crucifix in a little church called San Damiano: "Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Instill in me a correct faith, a certain hope and a perfect love; a sense and a knowledge, Lord, so that I may do your holy and true command."

Francis’ words are often in the form of direct "conversation" with God, a conversation that includes all creation. His Canticle of the Creatures proclaims: "Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, all praise, glory, honor and blessing are yours...All praise to you, Oh Lord, for Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” all these brother and sister creatures. His themes spring from sacred scripture, e.g. Psalms ("The orb of the Sun, resplendent at its rising; what a wonderful work of the Most High!") and St. Matthew’s Gospel ("Look at the birds in the sky...Learn from the way the wild flowers grow").

October 5- Calendar Celebration Day. On this day in 1582 the Gregorian Calendar was introduced. It is the order of days that we presently are following, having made a 12 day correction in the Julian calendar. The use of calendars was once reserved for shamans and priests who alone knew the secrets of the seasons, solstices and equinoxes. Today, remember that when you observe the changing seasons, the new and full moons and the other events in the cosmic calendar you are living in harmony with the universe. Celebrating the calendar is an excellent prayer.

October 6- St. Luke-one of the Four Evangelists or authors of canonical Gospels of Jesus Christ. Luke was a native of the Hellenistic city of Antioch in Syria. The early church fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the book of Acts of the Apostles, which originally formed a single literary work, referred to as Luke-Acts. In the New Testament, Luke was mentioned briefly a few times, and referred to as a doctor in the Pauline epistle to the Colossians; thus he is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul.Patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers.

October 10- Vida Dutton Scudder-(December 15, 1861 - October 9, 1954) was an American educator, writer, and welfare activist in the social gospel movement. She was one of the most prominent lesbian authors of her time.She was born in Madurai, India, in 1861, the only child of David Coit Scudder and Harriet Louise (Dutton) Scudder. After her father, a Congregationalist missionary, was accidentally drowned in 1862, she and her mother returned to the family home in Boston. Apart from travel in Europe, she attended private secondary schools in Boston, and was graduated from the Boston Girl's Latin School in 1880. Scudder then entered Smith College, where she received her BA degree in 1884.

In 1885 she and Clara French were the first American women admitted to the graduate program at Oxford, where she was influenced by York Powell and John Ruskin. While in England she was also influenced by Leo Tolstoi and by George Bernard Shaw and Fabian Socialism. Scudder and French returned to Boston in 1886

Scudder taught English literature from 1887 at Wellesley College, where she became an associate professor in 1892 and full professor in 1910. When French died in 1888, Scudder joined the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a group of Episcopalian women dedicated to intercessionary prayer and social reconciliation. Also in 1888, she joined the Society of Christian Socialists, which, under the Rev. William Dwight Porter Bliss, established the Church of the Carpenter in Boston and published The Dawn. She was one of the founders, in 1890, along with Helena Dudley and Emily Greene Balch, of Denison House in Boston, the third settlement house in the United States. Scudder was its primary administrator from 1893 to 1913.

In 1893 Scudder was a delegate to the convention of the Boston Central Labor Union. Later, she helped organize the Federal Labor Union, a group of professional people who associated themselves with the American Federation of Labor. Having received a leave of absence from Wellesley for 1894-96, Scudder spent a year in Italy and France studying modern Italian and French literature.

In 1903 Scudder helped organize the Women's Trade Union League. The same year she became director of the Circolo Italo-Americano at Denison House. Moving farther to the left, in 1911 she co-founded the Episcopal Church Socialist League and joined the Socialist Party. Scudder attempted to reconcile the conflicting doctrines of Marxism and Christianity. She became controversial in 1912 when she supported striking textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and spoke at a strike meeting, but Wellesley resisted calls for her dismissal as a professor. In 1913 Scudder ended her association with Denison House and moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her elderly mother, who died in 1920.

Unlike Eugene Victor Debs and other Socialist leaders, Scudder supported President Woodrow Wilson's decision to intervene in the First World War in 1917. In 1919 she founded the Church League for Industrial Democracy. From 1919 until her death, Scudder was in a lesbian relationship with Florence Converse In Wellesley they resided at 45 Leighton Road.

At Wellesley College the poet Katherine Lee Bates developed an intimate partnership with fellow poet Katharine Coman, the professor of economics and dean of the college. They jointly wrote English History as Taught by English Poets. Their “Boston Marriage” of living together for twenty-five years ended in Coman’s cancer death at age 57. Bates, in her agony, published Yellow Clover: A Book of Remembrance[ celebrating their love, common labor in education and literature and their involvement in social reform with their colleague Vida Scudder.

In the 1920s Scudder embraced pacifism. She joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1923, the same year she gave a series of lectures before the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Prague. Scudder retired from Wellesley in 1927 and received the title of professor emeritus.[3][5] She became the first dean of the Summer School of Christian Ethics in 1930 at Wellesley. In 1931 she lectured weekly at the New School for Social Research in New York. She published an autobiography, On Journey, in London in 1937, and a collection of essays, The Privilege of Age, in New York in 1939.

Scudder had received the degree of LHD from Smith College in 1922. From Nashotah House, an Episcopalian seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin, she received an LLD degree in 1942. Vida Dutton Scudder died at Wellesley, Massachusetts, on October 10, 1954.

October 12-Columbus Day. In 1937 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 as Columbus Day to commemorate the landing of Columbus in America in 1492. In recent years the day has been observed by recognition of Native American suffering and entitlement.

October 14-Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky was born in Lithuania in 1831, went to Germany to study for the rabbinate, there became a Christian, emigrated to America, trained for the priesthood, and in 1859 was sent by the Episcopal Church to China, where he devoted himself from 1862 to 1875 to translating the Bible into Mandarin Chinese. In 1877 he was elected Bishop of Shanghai, where he founded St. John’s University, and began his translation of the Bible into Wenli (another Chinese dialect). He developed Parkinson’s disease, was largely paralyzed, resigned his position as Bishop of Shanghai, and spent the rest of his life completing his Wenli Bible, the last 2000 pages of which he typed with the one finger that he could still move.

Four years before his death in 1906, he said: "I have sat in this chair for over twenty years. It seemed very hard at first. But God knew best. He kept me for the work for which I am best fitted."

October 15-Feast of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). Spanish nun, theologian, mystical writer, and reformer whose spiritual life exemplified both contemplative and active paths.

In 1535, at age 20, St. Teresa joined the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation at Avila. Overcoming strong opposition to reforms she proposed, she founded monasteries of friars and nuns. These included the Convent of Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Primitive Rule of St. Joseph of Avila, established with the assistance of St. John of the Cross. Her spiritual autobiography, The Interior Castle, describes with humility and frankness the struggles of her spiritual development. Some of her most beloved words are these:

October 17- Ignatius of Antioch-was a student of John the Apostle, and was the third bishop of Antioch. En route to Rome, where according to Christian tradition he met his martyrdom by being fed to wild beasts, he wrote a series of letters which have been preserved as an example of very early Christian theology. Important topics addressed in these letters include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops.

October 5 - Al-Hijra —known as Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. he first Islamic year beginning in 622 AD during which the emigration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra.

October 17- Simchat Torah-Rejoicing of/[with the] Torah") is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.

October 19 -Birthday of John Woolman (1720-1772). Quaker pacifist and abolitionist who preached and practiced that "all are equal in the sight of God."

October 24 - Ashura is on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram. A companion of Muhammad, Ibn Abbas reports Muhammad went to Madina and found the Jews fasting on the tenth of Muharram. Muhammad inquired of them, "What is the significance of this day on which you fast?" They replied, "This is a good day, the day on which God rescued the children of Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day." Muhammad

October 31-All Hallows Eve. Also known as Halloween, Martinmas, Samhain, and Old Hallowmas, this day marks the midpoint of autumn. Nature's energy turns inward towards winter, and the veil between worlds thins.

October 31-Reformation Day is a religious holiday celebrated on October 31, alongside All Hallows' Eve, in remembrance of the Reformation, particularly by Lutheran and some Reformed church communities.The liturgical color of the day is red, which represents the Holy Spirit and the Martyrs of the Christian Church.

The Liturgical Seasons

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