The Village Church is pleased to annouce that Rev. Jon Rehmus has been contracted to be our minister for the next
two years. Rev. Rehmus will continue the developmental work he and Karen Johnston, as co-ministers, have been
leading the church through for the last two years.
Every summer, campers from the Greenwood Music Camp bring their musical talents to the Village Church during
July/early August. On August 4th, 2013, the Greenwood Campers presented a choral piece, Handels Foundling Hospital Anthem, with the faculty providing the orchestra. It was beautifully performed in front of the church members and
parents of the campers.
On July 14th, we were delighted to share the service with members of the Unitarian Societies of Northampton and Florence everyone enjoyed the string quartet and choral singing of the Greenwood Music Camp students.
It was a full house at the church!
The Village Church in Cummington (32 Main Street) was pleased to welcome author Ted Wachtel to speak about his new book Dreaming of a New Reality on Saturday, June 15, at 7pm. He also delivered a message during our Sunday morning worship service on the 16th, followed by a work shop on that afternoon.
Ted Wachtel is president and founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practice (iirp.edu), an accredited master's degree granting graduate school based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with affiliates and licensees in 16 countries. Dreaming of a New Reality is an inspirational narrative that shows how thirty-five years of dreams and dedication can lead to proven results – healing victims, preventing bullying, curbing conflict and boosting satisfaction and productivity.
Wachtel focused on telling stories from the book to demonstrate the transformative potential when those in authority do things with people, rather than to them or for them – in schools, justice systems, families and workplaces.
Wachtel, co-author of the 1980s bestseller Toughlove, has written and produced numerous books and films on restorative practices and other topics and has done keynote presentations and workshops on restorative justice and restorative practices at conferences and events around the world. He and his wife, Susan, co-founded the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (csfbuxmont.org) which operate schools, counseling and residential programs in Pennsylvania, employing restorative practices with delinquent and at-risk youth.