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.

Why You Should Vote (by Cn. Greg Jacobs)

On November 8, 2016, we will be accorded the privilege to exercise a very precious right that many in the world do not enjoy. The right to vote for our local, state and national leaders as well as ballot initiatives that impact our communities should not be taken for granted or treated cavalierly. To refuse or fail to vote, believing that our vote does not matter is more than just poor citizenship, it is also a failure of Christian stewardship.

As Christians, we are called both as individuals and as members of our congregations to engage in conversation on policy issues in accordance with our Baptismal Covenant vow to “strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.” Voting for those persons and issues that will further these promises is an undeniable Christian responsibility. Beyond voting, our engagement in the electoral process must include protecting and upholding the right to vote, equipping others to take part in the electoral process, and calling for civility and respect in the conduct of political campaigns.

Regardless of how you feel about the candidates running in this year’s presidential election, you must vote. It is a precious freedom for which many in this country gave their very lives. As an African-American, I am acutely aware that the right of People of Color to vote was only guaranteed by constitutional amendment a mere 150 years ago. Moreover, it required passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to remove the last vestiges of state-sanctioned discrimination at the ballot box. I also harbor no illusion that several states have recently passed legislation that profoundly restricts the ability of People of Color to register to vote in an effort to suppress that vote. We should do everything that we can to assure that everyone has an equal opportunity to vote.

Many of our mothers and fathers and grandparents endured great hardships and often violent attempts to prevent them from “exercising the franchise.” I vote to honor them and to pay tribute to the sacrifices they made so that I can enjoy the unfettered right to vote.

Perhaps, then, one the most meaningful duties that we can perform as both citizen and Christian is to encourage those who would otherwise not vote to go to the polls “in spite of.” Disenchantment with both of the presidential candidates or with the entire political process can never justify a refusal to vote. Quite simply, too much is at stake for us to stay home.

I vividly recall the single instance that I chose not to vote, believing that my city’s school levy that had never been defeated in past elections would surely not need my vote to pass. I was chagrined to learn when the votes were counted, that the levy went down to defeat by a few hundred votes. I vowed to never take my vote for granted again.

First off, if you haven’t registered to vote, there is still time. You can register any time before October 18; further information is here. If you don’t plan to be in town on Election Day, you can still arrange to vote by mail-in ballot. The deadline for a mail-in application to vote by mail is November 1. You also can apply in person before 3:00 PM on November 7. Information about mail-in voting is here.

Want to do more? One idea is to model good Christian responsibility on Election Day by volunteering to take the physically challenged or differently abled to neighborhood polling stations. Congregations can organize car caravans to provide this much needed public service. Other opportunities to serve your community during the election season can be found in the Election Engagement Toolkit published by the Episcopal Public Policy Network.

As my grandmother used to say: “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.”

October 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.

October 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.

October 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 - Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is called Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets according to the correct biblical calendar of the 1st and 2nd temple period, not Rosh Hashanah. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ("Days of Awe") which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity's role in God's world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".

October 3 - 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 3-12 - 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 7- 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 9 - Abraham, father of all believers in the one God, prophet - The Bible has two special titles for Abraham: "friend of God" and "father of all believers."

At God's insistent call, Abraham leaves his father's country and his people, and sets out for the place the Lord himself intends to show him. With this gesture of faith on Abraham's part, communion between God and humanity is restored, and God's blessing, destined to reach all living beings, begins to be fulfilled. In Abraham, the three great monotheistic religions have a common patriarch and a certain unity, because it is through Abraham that God bound himself in an eternal covenant with all people.

Together with his wife Sarah, Abraham listens obediently to God's word and puts it into practice without delay. Both became models of faith in the one God. Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac, his only-begotten son, the child of the promise, is an example of hope against all hope: Abraham was certain that God is able to keep his word even when he seems to contradict it.

It was Abraham's faith that allowed him to enter into God's secrets, intercede for all people, and welcome all those who abandon themselves to the Lord, allowing God's will of life to be fulfilled in them.

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. 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 - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) — The Day of Atonement with its scriptural provision as "a statute forever" (Lev. 23:31) is the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Through time-honored traditions, observers express humility and gratefulness for God's mercy.

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 12 - Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) witness. Today the Anglican Church commemorates Elizabeth Fry, a prison reformer. Elizabeth Gurney was born in Earlham, Norfolk in 1780. At the age of twenty she married Joseph Fry, a London merchant and observant Quaker. Admitted to the Society of Friends as a minister, Elizabeth became a famous preacher. When she learned of the deplorable conditions of her country's jails, she decided to fight to improve the living conditions of women prisoners at Newgate.

In 1820 Elizabeth was among the founders of a shelter for London's homeless, and in that year she began to travel throughout Europe, fighting for prison reform in every country she visited. Sustained by her strongly evangelical vision, Elizabeth Fry ended her struggle only on the day of her death, October 12, 1845.

October 13 - Madeleine Delbrél (1904-1964) witness. Madeleine Delbrêl, a witness to the Gospel, died unexpectedly in 1964, in the years of her full human and Christian maturity. Born in 1904 in Mussidan, Dordogne, Madeleine was influenced in her childhood by the liberal thinkers with whom her father associated. As a young adult, she joined the chorus of those who were proclaiming the death of God. The very discovery that she could live without God led her to seek out the company of other people, and this search eventually took her back to the Other, God himself, first in prayer and then in a vital, daily relationship with the Gospel.

After her minimal and yet radical conversion, Madeleine studied social work, and in 1933 she settled in Ivry, in the secularized, communist suburbs of Paris. There she spent the second half of her life as a simple Christian. She shared her plain dwelling with a small community of women, making it a house open to all.

Madeleine's daily life was the most important aspect of her witness to the Gospel in the company of others. She understood that behind atheism lurk many mistakes made by Christians, who are often quick to announce a God who takes sides rather than a Truth that can never exclude other people, since it coincides, when all is said and done, with love. Until the end of her short life, Madeleine kept listening both to God's reasons and to the reasons of those around her, and to all those who met her she was a source of radiant joy and peace.

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 15 - 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 - Sukkoth, the Feast of Tabernacles. This Jewish holiday of thanksgiving celebrates the fruit harvest and commemorates wayfarers' booths built by the Israelites during their years of wilderness wandering. In the “dark cold and the empty desolation,” God’s Presence was closer than ever.

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 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.

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