Sacred Harp Singing
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Harp Singing

Sacred Harp Singing, Fourth Wednesdays at St. John's

Join us to sing from The Sacred Harp, an American tunebook! Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It’s participatory, non-instrumental, choral music that anyone is invited to sing — there is no rehearsing for performance — with strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, and which has spread throughout the United States and to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The Sacred Harp uses a system of musical notation, called shape notes, that allow even relatively new singers to sing tunes at a first reading. Singers typically sit in a square, with one voice part on each side, and everyone is invited (though not required!) to lead from the center of the square. Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

More information on singing in Boston can be found at www.BostonSacredHarp.org

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In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil
May
3
5:30 PM17:30

In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil

Join your fellow community members in standing out and speaking up for racial justice and human rights.  Vigils have been held on the first Thursday of every month since December, 2015.  Vigils include speakers and moments of silence.  Speak out against white supremacy from  5:30 - 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA.

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First Sunday Food Drive
May
6
11:30 AM11:30

First Sunday Food Drive

The first Sunday of every month we collect non-perishable food items to bring to the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain's Food Pantry. Drop your donation on the tables in the back of the sanctuary on the first Sunday, or on any week, and we will make regular drop offs to the pantry.

The First Baptist Food Pantry serves more than 120 people per month. It is open the first and third Thursday of each month from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon from September through June. (A schedule is posted on the church's Eliot Street door.) People of all ages, races, and circumstances come to the Food Pantry. Many have never asked for this kind of help before but now are in need because of job loss, fewer work hours, or medical costs. We do not ask for identification of documentation of any kind.  The pantry provides basic staples like pasta and canned goods, fresh produce when available, bakery bread, and a few personal items.

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Sacred Harp Singing
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Harp Singing

Sacred Harp Singing, Fourth Wednesdays at St. John's

Join us to sing from The Sacred Harp, an American tunebook! Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It’s participatory, non-instrumental, choral music that anyone is invited to sing — there is no rehearsing for performance — with strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, and which has spread throughout the United States and to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The Sacred Harp uses a system of musical notation, called shape notes, that allow even relatively new singers to sing tunes at a first reading. Singers typically sit in a square, with one voice part on each side, and everyone is invited (though not required!) to lead from the center of the square. Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

More information on singing in Boston can be found at www.BostonSacredHarp.org

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In the Community - Episcopal City Mission's Annual Gala
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

In the Community - Episcopal City Mission's Annual Gala

EPISCOPAL CITY MISSION'S
2018 ANNUAL CELEBRATION
PROPHETIC HOPE: THE SOUL OF THE CITY


JUNE 12TH, 2018
CATHEDRAL OF ST. PAUL,
138 TREMONT ST, BOSTON

TO RSVP, CLICK HERE

Our Annual Celebration this year is focused on Prophetic Hope. Our understanding of “Prophetic Hope” is the capacity to fully see the world’s brokenness alongside the hope of what God might create through us.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHRISTENA CLEVELAND

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, author and professor. She is an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Divinity School and the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. Visit her website to learn more.

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Sacred Harp Singing
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Harp Singing

Sacred Harp Singing, Fourth Wednesdays at St. John's

Join us to sing from The Sacred Harp, an American tunebook! Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It’s participatory, non-instrumental, choral music that anyone is invited to sing — there is no rehearsing for performance — with strong roots in the early music of New England and the deep South, and which has spread throughout the United States and to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The Sacred Harp uses a system of musical notation, called shape notes, that allow even relatively new singers to sing tunes at a first reading. Singers typically sit in a square, with one voice part on each side, and everyone is invited (though not required!) to lead from the center of the square. Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. Our tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and many still living.

More information on singing in Boston can be found at www.BostonSacredHarp.org

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OTP reading: Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson
Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

OTP reading: Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson

Open Theatre Project presents
a special staged reading of:
NATURAL SHOCKS
a new play by Lauren Gunderson

A Staged Reading as part of a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence. All proceeds will go to Everytown for Gun Safety & Moms Demand Action.

Directed by Lynda Bachman
Featuring Lydia Jane Graeff

> TIME / LOCATION
April 22nd - 3PM
St. John's Church
1 Roanoke Ave. - Jamaica Plain

Discussion & community engagement events to follow with snacks and refreshments.

Pay-What-You-Can Performance - No Minimum
Suggested Donation: $25

Only 70 Seats Available!

> ABOUT THE PLAY
Based on Hamlet's "To be or not to be," Natural Shocks is a new one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.

> ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
This is a national campaign of theater activism against gun violence. Modeled on her Inauguration Day 2017 project with her play The Taming, Lauren Gunderson is making her new play NATURAL SHOCKS available for regional and community theaters, colleges, and high schools to produce readings the weekend of April 20, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine and the day of the National School Walkout. She is waving royalties for these readings and in exchange we ask that events raise money — either through an accessibly-priced ticket or donations at the door — to address gun violence.

> ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS WE'RE SUPPORTING

EVERY TOWN FOR GUN SAFETY
https://everytown.org/who-we-are/

MOMS DEMAND ACTION
https://momsdemandaction.org/ 
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JP CONCERTS : Weston Wind Quintet and Friends
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

JP CONCERTS : Weston Wind Quintet and Friends

JP CONCERTS : Weston Wind Quintet and Friends

An evening of chamber music featuring harpist Caroline Mellott

JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project

Saturday - April 21 @ 8PM

JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project presents The Weston Wind Quintet and Friends

>> ABOUT THE GROUP
The Weston Wind Quintet has given dozens of concerts in the Greater Boston area during the past decade including performances on the JP Concerts series since 2013. The quintet often works with guest artists to play music for larger chamber ensembles, as it plans to do again this season. Many of the live concert recordings of the Weston Wind Quintet (and Friends) are available for free listening and downloading at www.soundcloud.com/wwq/sets

THE WESTON WIND QUINTET: 
Michael Tabak - flute
Geraldine Johnson - oboe
Yhasmin Valenzuela - clarinet
Peter Kronheimer - French horn
Shu Satoh - bassoon

GUEST ARTISTS: 
Ellen Rakatansky - flute
Sara Simpson - oboe
Rose Whitcomb - clarinet
Jeff Stewart - French horn
Lauren Landry - bassoon
Caroline Mellott - harp

>> PROGRAM

(1) Leland Cossart's Suite for double wind quintet plus harp (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 French horns, 2 bassoons, and harp)

(2) Jules Mouquet's Suite for flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, French horn, and 2 bassoons

(3) Andre Caplet's Suite Persane for double wind quintet (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 French horns, and 2 bassoons)

>> VENUE / TICKETS

Saturday - April 21 @ 8PM
Venue : St. John's Church - 1 Roanoke Ave. Jamaica Plain, MA  
Tickets : $20 General Admission $10 Student / Senior / Member
General Admission Available online or at the door

House open 30 min before concert Venue is wheelchair accessible, restrooms require assistance for wheel chairs.

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JP CONCERTS : Mark and Glenn Zaleski, Brothers at Play
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

JP CONCERTS : Mark and Glenn Zaleski, Brothers at Play

JP CONCERTS : Mark and Glenn Zaleski, Brothers at Play

an evening of Jazz piano and saxaphone

JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project

About

 

Friday - April 20, 2017 - 8PM

JP Concerts & Open Theatre Project presents Mark and Glenn Zaleski, Brothers at Play

>> ABOUT THE CONCERT
"Brothers Mark and Glenn Zaleski (saxophone and piano respectively) originally hail from Boylston, MA. As young musicians growing up in central MA they would perform duo together on a very regular basis, developing a deep musical rapport in the process. The two left New England to study at the prestigious Brubeck Institute in California, but all the while continued to develop their duet repertoire, which was finally recorded and released on their 2011 debut album, “Duet Suite”.

“…the brothers not only seem to complete each other’s thoughts, but also manage to never overplay, to never get in their partner’s way.”

>> ABOUT THE GROUP
Currently, Mark lives in the Boston area and is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music. He is an active freelancer on woodwinds and bass, working with such artists as the Either/Orchestra, the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, and the Brighton Beat. He is a leader of his own critically acclaimed jazz project, the Mark Zaleski Band, and is the founder of local budding soul band, Planet Radio.

Glenn now lives in New York City, where he is one of the most in demand pianists on the jazz scene. He has toured and recorded with Ravi Coltrane, Ari Honeig, Robin Eubanks, and Gilad Hekselman. His new release, "Fellowship" has been praised by Downbeat magazine and the New York Times.

>> VENUE / TICKETS
Friday - April 20, 2017 - 8PM
Venue : St. John's Church - 1 Roanoke Ave. Jamaica Plain, MA  
Tickets : $15 General Admission $10 Student / Senior / Member
General Admission Available online or at the door

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In the Community - Nurturing the Soul of Justice: A Retreat for Activists and Educators
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

In the Community - Nurturing the Soul of Justice: A Retreat for Activists and Educators

Are you working to bring positive change in our communities through education and/or activism? This retreat offers an opportunity to slow down, listen to your own inner wisdom and that of others, and nourish your commitment and courage.

Many of us are called to respond to complex issues, such as systemic racism, environmental injustice, economic inequity and anti-immigration. “Nourishing the Soul of  Justice” offers time and space to check in with ourselves and others about the use of our voices, energy, presence, and engagement during these challenging times.

Core principles and practices of Circles of Trust guide the retreat, including the belief that everyone has an inner teacher, an inner source of truth. Contemplative practices and a variety of resources offer support as we navigate the space between our current reality and what we know is possible.

Where:  “Nurturing the Soul of Justice” is hosted by UU Urban Ministry, located at 10 Putnam St.  Roxbury, MA. It is convenient to the Orange Line Roxbury Crossing stop.

Cost:  The full cost of the Retreat is $80.00 per person.  There is a sliding scale, $10-$100; pay more if you can, less if you cannot (includes lunch)

 

Facilitators: Donna Bivens and Sharlene Cochrane are facilitators with the Center for Courage and Renewal (www.couragerenewal.org)
For further information, contact Donna at donnabivens@gmail.com
or Sharlene at cochrane@lesley.edu

 Registration:  Email either Donna or Sharlene with the following:

Name:

Home Address:

Email:

Phone:

 

What type of activism or education are you engaged in?  In what community (or communities)?

 

What attracts you to this retreat?

 

 

Registration Deadline:  April 1, 2018

 

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In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil
Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

In the Community - Monthly Black Lives Matter Vigil

Join your fellow community members in standing out and speaking up for racial justice and human rights.  Vigils have been held on the first Thursday of every month since December, 2015.  Vigils include speakers and moments of silence.  Speak out against white supremacy from  5:30 - 6:30 pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Lenten Contemplative Prayers
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Lenten Contemplative Prayers

All are welcome to join Contemplative Prayer on Wednesday nights throughout Len t. We first meet Wednesday, February 21 from 6pm-6:45pm in the sanctuary to explore prayerful silence in community, and the ways we can support one another to enter into the silent reality of God in our hearts. As James Finley says, "Meditation is a way of slowing down so as to descend into the depths of yourself in the present moment, where God lies waiting to grant you a deep experience of your eternal oneness with God."  All are welcome, no experience necessary! Please email Libby with any questions at libby.gatti@gmail.com

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