The Science of Spirituality presents: Meditation and Forgiveness: Healing the Heart with Michael Ribet. This event includes Meditation. Thursday, April 23rd 7:30-9:00pm First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St, Northampton- Lyman Hall Forgiveness means freeing yourself of the past. Mediation opens the door to being able to forgive, both yourself and others. This event is Free and open to the public. For More information: 413.587.9670; Science of Spirituality is a worldwide, spiritual organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation, under the guidance of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Please join us for this incredible event!  

By |2015-04-10T13:19:47-04:00April 10th, 2015|Adult Education, News|0 Comments

Understanding and Healing War’s Deepest Wounds

Three authors of recent books who examine war trauma and healing from different perspectives  share their work and join our moderator in a discussion on the challenge that faces us all: to help our veterans come back whole to themselves, their families, and their community. The authors are Mark Nickerson, LICSW, The Wounds Within: A Veteran, a PTSD Therapist, and a Nation Unprepared (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015), by Mark I. Nickerson and Joshua S. Goldstein. This is an inside account of the iconic case of Marine Lance Corporal Jeff Lucey, a Belchertown MA vet whose battle with PTSD ended when he took his life after returning home from the early months of the Iraq War. Nickerson, an internationally recognized expert on trauma treatment who saw Jeff through his private practice, also examines the Lucey family’s decade-long campaign to improve a VA suicide [...]

By |2015-04-09T09:52:53-04:00April 8th, 2015|Mission & Outreach, News, Peace and Justice|0 Comments

Good Friday Walk 2015 – The Seven Last Words of Jesus

Today several downtown Northampton clergy and church members walked to seven sites around the city, with brief meditations on the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Gospels.  Here are pictures and several quotes and reflections from everyone.  Blessed Good Friday to everyone. Stop 1: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” Dailey and Halligan Memorial
on Route 66 going up Hospital Hill Rev. Michael McSherry, Edwards Church UCC Rev. Michael McSherry   Dailey and Halligan were executed for a murder they did not commit in 1806.  They were exonerated in 1984.  It is here that we begin our Good Friday journey, with a few quotes from each speaker. "They were other. Foreigners, undocumented convenient targets... Can imagine them saying.  'Father forgive, for they know not what they do'?  For the people did what has [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:08-05:00April 3rd, 2015|News, Uncategorized, Worship|0 Comments

The Daily Hampshire Gazette Honors Vivian and Edna

First Churches of Northampton loses partners in the pew Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski March 25, 2015 NORTHAMPTON — For decades, Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski sat together in the same wooden pew at First Churches, about halfway back toward the left of the historic building’s ornate sanctuary. Eastman never drove, so Michalowski usually picked her up at her Florence home to ferry her to Sunday services. The two women died within six days of each other last month, Eastman at 98 and Michalowski at 95. And First Churches of Northampton lost two titans. “They were the oldest active people, and to lose them both in the same week felt like a real passing of an era,” said the Rev. Todd Weir. Michalowski had been a church member for 70 years, and Eastman since 1974. Weir said the two women, [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:08-05:00March 26th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Come to a Sustainable House of Worship Workshop

April 18, 2015   First Churches in Northampton Would your congregation like to lower its utility bills? Decrease its use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy? Mass. Interfaith Power & Light’s Sustainable House of Worship -- or (SHOW) workshop covers all this and more. First Churches in Northampton is hosting this half-day session in which you’ll learn: How to track your energy use, cost and carbon footprint; How to find no-cost & low-cost projects with big impacts on your energy bills; How to know when heating & electrical equipment needs to be updated; How to get solar panels with no upfront costs; and Rebates and financial help available through utility companies For more information contact Vince Maraventano at To register online for the workshop go to [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:09-05:00March 12th, 2015|News|0 Comments


Marathon 'Celebration of Speech' will mark International Women's Day in Northampton Women march for equal rights (Wikimedia Commons, public domain) By Mary Serreze | Special to The Republican on February 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM NORTHAMPTON -- International Women's Day will be marked with a "Celebration of Speech" in downtown Northampton. The program sponsored by the non-profitWomen's Voices Worldwide will pose the enduring question: "What is Feminism?" Dozens of speeches made by famous women throughout the ages will be re-enacted by scores of contemporary women during the eight-hour program. The afternoon kicks off with a reading of "The Slavery of Women," delivered in 1797 by Carolina Lattanzi, described as a "radical voice during Italy's revolutionary triennium." By around 6:30 p.m., a 1935 speech by Amelia Earhart entitled "A Woman's Place in Science" will be read aloud. The marathon program includes re-enacted [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:09-05:00March 2nd, 2015|News|0 Comments

Jason Harrod to Perform at First Churches

Jason Harrod's sound has catchy melodies, expert guitar work, and honest lyricism, and that’s all you need." -- Paste Magazine" Come join us for an intimate evening of folk and blues by an artist of deep spirit and consummate skill. When: Saturday January 10, 2015 Where: Lyman Hall at First Churches Time: 7:30 pm Sugessted donation: $15 at the door From Image Journal “What singer-songwriter Jason Harrod does best is turn daily moments numinous. Quite simply, Harrod's imagination is for this world; he finds deep secrets in ordinary places. Harrod got his start in the Boston duo Harrod and Funck, who've been compared to greats like Bruce Cockburn, Pierce Pettis, and the late Mark Heard…Harrod launched his solo career in 2000 with Living in Skin, an album that goes back to the Southern strains and bluegrass nimbus of his home [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:16-05:00January 5th, 2015|News|0 Comments

#ValleyGives is here

#ValleyGives! Today is December 10, 2014. For the first time, First Churches will be participating and raising money along side over 400 other non profits in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties. Over the next 14  hours, we and other groups are challenging donors to dig deep and support this community. By donating to First Churches you are providing support for not one, but 5 congregations; 10 12-step groups; a homeless resource center; a food pantry; 2 First Night Venues; a 1936 Skinner Organ, and much, much more. Please consider a donation to First Churches to support the many groups that use the space by clicking here!

By |2014-12-10T09:51:47-05:00December 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Festival at First Churches of Northampton

Saturday, November 22nd   (BAG DAY) 9:30am-3pm Crafts, Bake Table, our “famous” Apple Pies, Attic Treasures, Christmas Corner, Jewelry, and Missions Table For Heifer International Stop in for a Delicious Homemade Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Raffle Items Include: Awesome Donations from 30 Local Merchants And also… Quilted Table Runner, Springfield Symphony Tix , a Handmade Afghan, First Night Buttons, and more! Proceeds support our community outreach programs and help sustain our historic building. Come and support this downtown Northampton landmark!

By |2017-01-18T20:15:17-05:00November 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments
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