There will be a training program for Bystander Intervention at our church on Thursday, July 13 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
Training Active Bystanders (TAB) is a two hour training designed to help participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze the situation in which they find themselves, and decide on an appropriate action they can take to interfere with interpersonal oppression and bullying as it happens.
Active “bystandership” does not mean aggression but rather helping people in need. The program presumes we can change our communities by encouraging active bystander responses.
Elizabeth and Marion Magill were first introduced to Bystander Training when they took the course through a collaboration of the Shir Tikvah Synagogue, Winchester MA, the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, and the South Acton (MA) Congregational Church. They took the Train the Trainer course and have offered the material to their local communities.
The dates are not clearly documented in my brain but I think sometime between the summers of 2004 and 2008 two sets of youth from the church spent about 5 days learn-ing about Heifer Interna-tional at their 270 acre teaching farm in Rutland Massachusetts.
The group I was with was there for 5 days. Each day I was awakened at dawn by the rooster. I have slept through many sounds but the rooster was unpredictable He would crow sometimes every two minutes, sometimes every minute and a half and sometime every 30 seconds – it was never the same – no pattern! However the experience was well worth the early calls. One of the special features was time spent in one of the mock villages. The village I was a part of
modeled on a small village in Peru. The group of leaders and youth were given a hypothetical situation, money to buy food, facilities to prepare food. We spent one evening and one overnight in the mock village. An interesting experience for all of us.
Youth included Sean Beckett, Lillian Coletta, Miranda Haskell Emily Morton Asa and Noah Mease Ethan Hain Lucy Monette, and I cannot recall the name of the young fellow with blond hair.
Ashley Dubois and Trent Coletta were the other leaders.
Farm is filled with gardens and livestock, in-cluding goats, pigs, llamas and more. The farm invites visitors to take part in the hands-on, inter-active programs and activities promoting sus-tainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Day visitors are welcome …….. Donna Fellinger
Elaine was born in Lawrence, MA. She, along with Bill, owned and operated a full service res-taurant in Rockport ME for 18 years as well as created a national mail order business from home. She has worked for the IRS in Customer Service as well as in Public Relations in NYC. Elaine en-joys being hospital volunteer, politics, opera, en-tertaining, baking, baseball (Red Sox) and football (Patriots).
Gil and Mary Lue Rhodes brought today’s Sunday School their combined experience at building Habitat homes and making quilts – teaching the children that whenever they take care of the “least of these” they are taking care of Jesus. Check out these birdhouses!
A wonderful puppet show was put on by our Sunday School Group, they presented a production of “The Good Samaritan” using various animal puppets. It was entertaining and enlightening for the presenters and the audience!!! Thank You to the leaders who volunteered