Showing posts from April, 2015

Gathering to Remember

This evening, about one hundred people gathered in front of Memorial Hall in Northampton, MA.  Like their counterparts around the world, they were Gathering to Remember the Armenian Genocide.

Many countries, including our own, do not want to recognize the killings of the Armenian people as genocide.  However, the facts speak for themselves - 1.5 million Armenians died - over half the population of Armenians living in Turkey in the spring of 1915 were systematically killed.  

As we stood in the New England cold, Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian gave a brief history of what has happened over the years to the Armenian people.  She said, "My Dad called it 'the massacres;' my Grandmother called it 'the attocities.'  Many scholars agree that the killing of the Armenian people was the first genocide of the 20th century."

The crowd heard stories of those who had been martyred and those who had survived as well as heart-wrenching poetry by an Armenian   poet.   

Rev. Dr. Andrea A…

Love and Light



This weekend, two major holy days are observed.  Jews around the world will be celebrating Passover, while Christians will be observing Easter. (Actually, Eastern Christians will celebrate Easter; Western Christians celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend.)

During these holy days, words like rebirth, renewal and resurrect are part of the daily vocabulary. After all for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this IS the time for rebirth, renewal and resurrection.  Winter is over; spring has begun.  Life is reappearing in the form of buds and bits of green pushing through the dark soil. However, this all happens so fast, that at times it seems we go to bed and when we awake, the world is in full bloom once again.

The key word in that last sentence is "awake." I found it interesting to learn that a synonym for renewal was awakening.  When we are fully aware, we are awakened to the life around us.  We see what we did not notice before.

This weekend, regardless of what you celebrate,…