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Between Sundays
June 19, 2014
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In this Edition:

Boston Pride Parade
News from the Parsonage
Habitat for Humanity Build
St. John's Bible Exhibit
Elizabeth Bull's Wedding Dress
Use Amazon to Support UU Service Committee
328th Birthday Celebration
Church School Trip to Heifer
Worship Services
Tuesday Recitals
Meet with Joy!
Prayer List
Hearing Assists
Poetry in the Garden
Assistant Minister Search









Between Sundays is the weekly electronic publication of King's Chapel, Boston, MA. Its purpose is to inform members, friends, and subscribed visitors of events that occur between Sunday worship services.

From the Minister
Birthday Sunday – Special Sermon by Members from the 1770’s
 

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.” 
(Matthew 10: 34-36) 
 
Can you believe that peaceful Jesus said these words?  That’s what Matthew reports, in the lesson set aside for this Sunday, when we’ll celebrate the 328th Birthday of King’s Chapel.
 
And they’re actually the perfect words for us this Sunday!  Here’s why.
 
King’s Chapel was born in controversy, and arguably thrived because of “the sword” of separation that set her apart. 
 
At our very outset, we were the Church of England that horrified Boston’s Puritans, who’d come here to create a “pure” community, based on their understanding of God, far from the trappings of prayer book liturgy and pomp. They’d chosen to separate from the Motherland and Mother Church.  With KC’s arrival, British citizens in Boston were set against one another.  But it also fed a vital debate about religious tolerance.
 
In time, differences about rights, as well as rites, split allegiances; a Warden of King’s Chapel was hanged in effigy; women of the church, regular merchants, struggled to stay afloat financially; the minister tried to raise funds to support the needy of both sides, but eventually fled town.  Who was right?
 
And after the war, the whole region split over the actions of King’s Chapel’s pew holders, now convinced by the revolutionary tenor of the day that they had the right to vote for and even ordain their own minister  - a display of democracy within a congregation known neither to Episcopalians or even Congregationalists.

On Sunday you’ll hear about this from two past King’s Chapel members: "she-merchant" Betsy Cummings, and patriot Perez Morton.
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The importance of Jesus’ words in our individual lives is hard to get our minds around – unless you’ve had the experience he’s describing:  the human struggle each of us undergoes to appropriately, and necessarily, separate from some of the lessons of our early years, when we were children.  It feels like making war against those we love or need – parents and family – or even against parts of ourselves, the learned habits and responses to situations that we’ve carefully developed in our early lives, perhaps even to survive. 
 
But the wisdom of all the ages – from Homer to Jesus – teaches that until we dismantle and rebuild those structures of our lives that no longer work in adulthood, then we remain immature, unable to be the full humans we’re uniquely made to be.  Only with “the sword” that cuts us free, can we thrive!
 
Please join us!

Elizabeth Bull's Wedding Dress
June 24th, 6:00 pm
The Old State House, Boston 
Tickets for $10 may be reserved HERE

 
The Bostonian Society has invited its friends at King's Chapel to attend a rare private viewing of the recently concserved, one-of-a-kind 18th-century wedding dress made and worn by Elizabeth Bull at her wedding ceremony, which is said to have taken place at King's Chapel.  

Distinguished Fashion History Scholar Kimberly Alexander, PhD will discuss "Shopping with style-maker Elizabeth Bull and building a wardrobe in pre-Revolutionary Boston."
 

Invitation to a Habitat for Humanity Boston Build
In 2012 King's Chapel invited First Church Boston to build with us. Their participants helped complete our team. This year First Church Boston has invited King's Chapel to build with them on Saturday, June 28. The build will be in either Roxbury or Roslindale, to be determined shortly before the event by HFH Boston. The build will be from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. All abilities are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Peter Sexton at petersexton@alum.mit.edu or 781 383-9028.

King's Chapel Field Trip?  St. John’s Bible Exhibit in New Haven, CT
The St. John's Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years—and the calligraphy and artwork are extraordinary, scribed on vellum with quills and ancient inks. Some 68 pages are on display in New Haven, June through October. Thank you, Cynthia Perkins, for bringing this to our attention!

          With her help, the Adult Religious Education Committee is considering an expedition to the exhibit, for a guided tour and luncheon, probably sometime in the last two weeks of August. Or if you happen to be driving past New Haven, the free exhibit is open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Museum.

          If you’d like to consider going with us to New Haven, please call or e-mail Cynthia or the Parish House. All details, including date and transportation (options include car pools or train) will be determined by those interested in participating. Some may choose to stay overnight in order to visit Yale and the newly renovated Yale Art Museum as well.

Find links to more information about the St. John's Bible HERE on the Adult Religious Education page of our website.

An easy way to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Do you make purchases on Amazon.com? Most of us would answer yes. Would you like to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee when you do this? Hopefully the answer is yes. The Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice.
 
For complete information go to:
http://smile.amazon.com/about

Simply this is what you have to do: 
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?--To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
 
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?--On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.
 
Join me in taking this simple to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

If you need any assistance phone or email me at 781 383-9028 or petersexton@alum.mit.edu.
 
Thank you.
Peter Sexton

Save the Dates--Poetry in the Garden!
Wednesdays July 23 and 30, 6-7:30 pm, Parish House Garden, with light refreshments.
 
Tracings of the Spirit in Our Time: Parishioner Ciael Hills will lead us in exploring selected poems from two contemporary poets. On July 23, Mary Oliver; on July 30, Welsh poet Ronald Stuart (R.S.) Thomas.
           
Please check our website for more information and the titles of specific poems we plan to read.

Church School Trip to Heifer
Carol Genoese, Mary and Caroline Sears and director of the church school Kimberly Luck had a fun and learning filled day at the Heifer international overlook farm in Rutland, MA. They toured the international village to learn more about the communities where heifer works and more about the animals they give. Kings chapel has helped support the work of heifer international through gifts from the social action committee and money raised from the church school bake sale.
 
To learn more about heifer international, please visit www.heifer.org
A King's Chapel contingent walked in this year's Pride Parade with other groups from the UUA.   Once again the Pride celebrations paraded by both the Parish House on Beacon Street and the church on Tremont; both buildings were decked out in a display of welcome and inclusivity.    

Prayer List
Anyone wishing for prayers is encouraged to contact the church.  We are able to pray at our Sunday and Wednesday services, for those on our “Bede” list.  A small group of members joins in ongoing prayer for those on our “private” prayer list.  And the clergy are always glad to hold you in prayer, without sharing that information, if you wish. 

Worship Services

SUNDAY JUNE 22
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer: Birthday Celebration
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher
 
  • Cliff Allen , Lector
  •  Anne Sexton, Head Usher
  •  Charles Perry, Usher-in-Charge
  •  Judy Luca, Paul Luca and Marie Wells, Ushers
  •  Marie Wells, Volunteer Guide
  • Mary Sears, Soloist
The lesson is Matthew 10:24-39.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 25
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer
  • Steve Aucella, Lay Reader
  • Ray Lynds, Lector

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, June 24, as Christoph Schlütter performs works by J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt on the C.B. Fisk Organ.

From the Bench
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The choir will be in session one final Sunday before the summer break as we celebrate our big birthday bash this weekend. They will sing the KC covenant, set to music by David Carney, as well as Dan Pinkham's setting of Charles Forman's Benediction. You will also hear God Is Love by our friend Robert Sirota, featuring soprano soloist Denise Konicek. And finally, another rousing selection from Southern Harmony, this time to the tune Consolation:
  
Once more, my soul, the rising day Salute thy waking eyes;  Once more, my voice, thy tribute pay To him that rules the skies. 

 Night unto night his name repeats, The day renews the sound, Wide as the heaven on which he sits, To turn the seasons round. 

This week also marks Laura Betinis's last Sunday as a regular choir member. Laura will be heading to Kalamazoo to seek her fortune in wild, wild western Michigan. Her Alto Extravaganza co-conspirators Heather and Mindy will send her off in style as we enjoy our Birthday Punch on the Bricks. Don't miss it!
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.

News From the Freedom Trail
After Assistant Head Guide Tracie Henson's departure, Head Guide Theresa Cooney O'Hara worked together with the Personnel Committee and Parish Administrator to strategize about the visitor's program staffing needs.  We are pleased to welcome Lucas Griswold and Carolyn Conley into new roles in the King's Chapel Freedom Trail Program.  

Lucas Griswold: Assistant Head Guide for Programming Development
Lucas Griswold started work with the King’s Chapel Freedom Trail Program in 2008, the spring after his Freshman year at Boston University. After completing coursework for his BA in Archaeology in 2011, Lucas became interim Assistant Parish Administrator, working at the Parish House in this capacity while preparing to leave Boston for a career in Archaeology. Starting in the spring of 2012, he began a two-year stint working excavations in places as varied as rural Iowa and urban Ireland.

This winter, Lucas traded the charms of archaeological field work for the pursuit of a new career in Public History here in Boston. Returning to the King’s Chapel Freedom Program in January, he has been working to expand and reform the educational programs available at the Church both to members of the congregation and the visiting public. This June, he was honored to receive a promotion to the position of Assistant Head Guide for Programming Development. Among other new offerings, he hopes to develop a seasonal lecture series and new costumed interpretive presentations. Outside of King’s, Lucas enjoys his sewing machine, woodsy hikes, acting, and archaeological volunteering.

Carolyn Conley: Assistant Head Guide for Administrative and Staff Coordination
Carolyn's interest in history led her to join the guide staff in 2010 and she has loved the last 4 years working for King's Chapel. She graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a BA in psychology and a BA in international relations. During her time at BU she was able to spend a semester in Dublin, Ireland, pursuing her passion for human rights by working for Amnesty International. She is now pursuing her MSW from Simmons College. She plans to become a school social worker to help students overcome emotional barriers to learning. She hopes to continue incorporating her love of history into her future career in some capacity. Carolyn recently received a promotion to the position of Assistant Head Guide for Administrative and Staff Coordination, and will be helping to develop new training materials, performing administrative tasks to help keep the guide program running smoothly, and improving systems of communication among other things.

In her spare time, Carolyn loves outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, and swimming. She spends as much time as possible near water, usually at one of New England's beautiful beaches or at her family cabin on a pond in Maine. Her favorite thing to do is visit her family, closely followed by travel. She has been to 13 countries around the world and hopes to add to that list soon! When she's not busy with all of that, she can usually be found curled up somewhere with a novel by one of her favorite authors (Dickens, Austen) and a very large cup of coffee.

Hearing Assists
We’ve resurrected the Hearing Assist Devices!  Many of us have trouble hearing in our sanctuary, which does not have amplification.  Small hearing devices are available at the back of the church, near the Civil War Memorial (immediately beyond the Vestibule, on the right, just as you enter the sanctuary). An usher also will be happy to provide one, and explain how they work.  Last Sunday we started a new campaign, to be sure we keep the batteries charged, and ensure that the minister wears the small microphone on her robe.  
 
Please try them, and let us know whether they work for you.  We want your feedback (no pun intended….).  For any questions, please speak to Junior Warden Bill Sears, Head Usher Anne Sexton, or to any of the ushers on duty.

Assistant Minister Search
The Assistant Minister Search Committee has begun its work and has been receiving applications.  The job description is posted on the church website:

http://www.kings-chapel.org/job-opportunities.html
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