I‘ve heard many sermons so far in my life and spoken many to others and to myself. But the one sermon that changed my life more than any other was spoken by Tom Steffen. Tom was my pastor in high school and beyond and served Second Congregational Church here for many years.

BENNINGTON — A catechist appreciation dinner was held on July 9 thanking faith formation and confirmation teachers from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church and St. John the Baptist Church for their ministry. Rev. Bob Wiseman announced that the two parishes will merge faith formation pro…

Sometimes we experience beautiful, loving events, like the birth of a baby, that make our hearts sing! We are stirred to believe in the overwhelming power of goodness and love. Other times agonizing suffering, or centuries-long injustices rub our faces in the reality of evil. These experienc…

The lockdowns that almost every state went into in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 interrupted nearly every aspect of Americans’ lives. Businesses were shuttered, schools closed and social groups stopped meeting as scientists rushed to understand the pathways thr…

A few years ago at the end of yoga class my teacher brought her hands together in front of her, fingers pointing upward as in prayer. She bowed to us and said. “Namaste”. Everyone else returned the blessing. Everyone except me. I had no idea what she was doing, and it felt threatening. Then …

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