“Since it’s earliest centuries, the church has set aside a day to remember the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in the faith, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. However hard it might seem to follow the way of Jesus in our own time and place, this is a day to remember that we may be crazy, but we are not alone”. – From “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals”

Calling All Saints

What makes someone
a saint?

Why do we remember the saints?

Who are some of your saints?

Are we all saints? And if so, what can help you live as a saint in the world even now?

Chip made the beautiful icon you see here as a tribute to one of his saints, Soren Kierkegaard.
Perhaps you’d like to make an icon in tribute to one of your own saints?


Or maybe you’d rather compose a prayer of thanks to someone who has been a light to you on your spiritual journey?

Or maybe you’d like to respond to the questions above with some thoughts of your own?

Come join us for an exploration of sainthood at our next Common Ground gathering on November 6th from 5:30-8:00.


You are invited to bring pictures of saints you admire, words of wisdom from saints you love, poems about sainthood, or anything else – a quilt, a tea cup, a medal, the family Bible – that might help you connect to the story of the saints who have touched your life.

During our time together we’ll play, create, share and celebrate the saints who have gone before us and the saints who dwell among us. Hope to see you there.



Soup for
November 6th

Andrea has offered us black beans from her farm and Ali has garlic to contribute from her garden, so our first soup for November will be a lovely black bean soup inspired by Moosewood. Greg and I plan to be in the kitchen by 4:30 cooking up a big pot and you’re welcome to join us if you can help. If you’re interested in making your own less spicy or less salty version, please let me know. We’d also welcome contributions of cheddar cheese, sour cream, and cilantro.

Moosewood Black bean soup Serves 6

• 10 x Sun-dry tomatoes, (not packed in oil)
• 1 c. Boiling water
• 1 1/2 c. Onions, finely minced
• 3 x Garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 x Jalapeno chile, chopped, or 1/4 tsp. cayenne
• 2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
• 1 tsp Grnd cumin
• 1/3 c. Water
• 3 c. Tomatoes, (28-oz can -, undrained)
• 32 ounce Black beans, (canned) Or possibly 4 c. cooked with their liquid
• 1 c. Cilantro, minced, sour cream, cheddar cheese

1 In a small bowl, cover the sun-dry tomatoes with the boiling water and set aside. In a soup pot, saute the onions, garlic, and chile or possibly cayenne in the oil for about 5 min, stirring frequently, till the onions are translucent/soft. Add in the cumin, 1/3 c. water, and the juice from the tomatoes.
2 Break up the tomatoes by chopping them coarsely right in the can and add them to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer; covered, for 5 min. Add in the black beans and their liquid, and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Drain and chop the softened sun-dry tomatoes. Add them to the soup and cook for 10 min longer, till the onions are tender. Puree half of the soup and return it to the pot. If the soup is too thick, add in some water or tomato juice. Reheat gently. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, cheddar cheese, and/or cilantro .


And don’t forget about

Common Ground After Dark

Some churches have
coffee hour.
We have the Foundry.

Come join us after hours for local beer, foreign coffee, and some high end late night snacks and conversation.

A Word About Leftovers


Did you know that First Churches isn’t just home to Common Ground, but to 5 different worshipping communities including Cathedral in the Night?

CITN creates a worship experience every Sunday evening on the front steps of the church with people living on the streets of Northampton, and then serves a huge feast to everyone who has gathered.

Although area churches provide food, the need continues to grow. To help meet that need, Common Ground is now contributing our leftover soup and bread to the feast, and the CITN folks are thrilled to have it all.

Some of our members have also come out to worship and help serve the meal and CITN is always happy for the extra help. I’m happy to provide more information if you’d like to serve in this way.