Topics: Churches and Faith

CHATHAM – What a time to start a new job — during a pandemic. But that is exactly what the Rev. Tracy Johnson did when she joined the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Chatham as its half-time minister on July 1. “It has been interesting getting up to speed with the technology to hold people together in community when we can’t be physically together,” Johnson said during a telephone interview las...

Parking lots and baseball fields have become places of worship as local churches move services outdoors, providing at least some measure of personal connections to congregations that have been meeting virtually for months. Last Sunday, members of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church met in-person for the first time since the pandemic shutdown. About 110 members of the church participated in a socially distant ou...

CHATHAM – A 300 th anniversary only happens once. The First Congregational Church of Chatham has the bad luck to have its tricentennial coincide with a once-in-a-century pandemic. Like most events scheduled for the next few months, upcoming celebrations around the downtown church's anniversary have either been postponed or canceled. Work on a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic structure is also o...

CHATHAM – When Susan Carroll and Jamie Neithold-Nash set out on a special sojourn in Spain this spring, little did they know a painted rock seen along their trek would sum up their trip perfectly: A Traveler is a human being on a spiritual journey. A Pilgrim is a spiritual being on a human journey. While the pair's shared journey along the Camino Walk had its share of human moments, both Nash and Carroll agree ...

CHATHAM – The demographic shifts that the Chatham 365 task force was established to address aren't just affecting young families. Local institutions are also being forced to make tough decisions as the makeup of the community shifts. When Edmund Robinson, minister at the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House for the past 11 years, retires on Jan. 1, he won't be replaced by a full-time minister. In fact,...

Radio Host Shares Music And Mission With MLK Breakfast Audience

By: Ed Maroney , Russ Allen

ORLEANS — For decades, New Englanders looking for a daily antidote to life's stresses turned their radio dials to WGBH-FM for the start of “Eric in the Evening.” With the first notes of Tommy Flanagan's rendition of Horace Silver's “Peace,” listeners' souls were calmed and stirred. On the 90 th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, radio host and musicologist Eric Jackson did it again...

Chatham’s wonderfully-varied architecture, water views, gardens, home décor and collections of art and sculpture will be on view during St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church’s “Chatham Homes by the Sea” tour on Oct. 6. Five distinct houses — four of them with water views – will be open to the public for a self-guided tour. This is only the third time in 15 years St. Christopher’s has sponsored a house tour. “E...

HARWICH — The town and the First Congregational Church of Harwich are working through a memorandum of agreement regarding activities in the Harwich Center Cemetery related to litigation over the cemetery ownership. The dispute centered around a Memorial Garden established in the cemetery for the cremated remains of parishioners. The cemetery commission said there were historical unmarked graves in the same loc...

ORLEANS — In 2003, Iraq felt the fire and fury of an American-led invasion. In 2017, on Cape Cod, Iraqi refugee families enjoyed the fun and friendliness of a Cape Cod weekend arranged by the Nauset Interfaith Association. On Friday, host families from Brewster, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, and Yarmouth welcomed 18 refugees who have settled in the Worcester area at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Harwich. They ...

CHATHAM – A crowd gathered Sunday morning on the front lawn of the First United Methodist Church to witness the rededication of the facade of the historic downtown building. Pastor Barbara Kszystyniak blessed and dedicated the newly renovated front of the building “to the glory of God, the people of Chatham and people of faith.” The crowning achievement of a multi-year restoration, renovation and preservati...

CHATHAM ─ The Chatham Fish Pier is always a busy place, but this past Saturday it was lively for a reason other than the unloading of the day's catch. On this day, the Rev. Brian McGurk dipped a sprig of evergreen into consecrated water from the sea and blessed the boats, families, and the waters of Chatham's fishing community as part of the annual Blessing of the Fleet The interfaith service was the prelude...

Lower Cape MLK Breakfast Unites And Inspires

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Donald Trump was the man who wasn't there. As the Nauset Interfaith Association Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Day Breakfast unfolded Monday at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, attendees took a longer view of civil and human rights that encompassed achievements to be celebrated and barriers yet to be broken. “We're not where we ought to be,” the Rev. Wesley Williams, retired pastor of t...

All Aboard The Cookie Express!

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Well before the sale begins, there's a line of people in the rear foyer at the First Congregational Church of Chatham early Saturday morning, waiting for the annual Cookie Express to start. Inside the church hall, volunteers buzz around long tables set in a big square, adding more cookies to the dozens of plates already piled high with every sort of holiday cookie imaginable: gingerbread men, sugar c...

Methodist Church Exterior Restoration Work Begins

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Scaffolding went up over the front facade of the First United Methodist Church last week in preparation for a major restoration project on the historic Main Street structure. Work was scheduled to begin this week to remove old vinyl siding, replacing it with more durable material, and install a new front entrance on the 1849 building. The project was funded by $226,000 in community preservation funds...

HARWICH PORT — After three and a half years under the leadership of an interim minister, Pilgrim Congregational Church has hired a full-time pastor, The Rev. Dr. Susan Cartmell. Church leaders carried out a national search, but in the end, didn't have to look very far. An author and scholar, Cartmell is also the wife of the interim minister, the Rev. Peggy O'Connor. “The people in this church have been ju...

HARWICH PORT — More than 150 people came together Monday evening to comfort one another, to reflect, and to pray for peace in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The pews were full at Pilgrim Congregational Church for the nondenominational service, which was organized by members of the Harwich Clergy Association. It was a time of healing and an opportunity to openly ...