We are a small church in a small town, hospitable to visitors, welcoming of people seeking membership in the body of Christ, and committed to the community that is our context and to the good news that God is love without condition and life free of death.
First gathered in 1750, and now gathering in a meetinghouse built in 1850, we have a long history in this place but we look forward more often than we look back. In this spirit of hope and in the name of our host, Jesus Christ, we invite any who feel called to join in our common life.
As Jesus Christ did before us, we affirm that each individual is a child of God, and recognize that we are called to be like one reconciled body with many members, seeking with others of every race, ethnicity, creed, class, age, gender identity and gender expression, physical or mental ability, and sexual identity to journey together toward the promised realm of God.
We regard Scripture as authoritative, one source of revelation in our lives; we confess God as continuing to speak truth to the world; we worship so as to repose in God’s love, rejoice in God’s forgiveness, and be rejuvenated for the work of mercy and peace in a conflicted world; and we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion as spiritual food by which we participate in the life eternal. Please join us.
Rev. Liz Goodman, our only staff member, has been among us since 2001. A lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, raised on the seacoast of New Hampshire, Liz was educated for ministry at the Divinity School at Harvard, is a contributor to Journal for Preachers, and has a collection of sermons available for purchase entitled Breaking and Entering: Unexpected Sermons for an Unfinished World, which you can also buy on Amazon and whose trailer you can see here.
Last year, she was featured on the Christian Century’s podcast, “Preachers on Preaching.” To listen, click here. More recently, she was on Day1, a nationwide radio show. You can find that episode here.
Liz lives now in Lenox with her husband, Jesse, who is a psychotherapist in private practice and the consulting psychiatrist at Gould Farm, and with their two sons, Tobias and Jack. To be in touch with her, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, find her on Facebook, or call the church office at 413-528-5850.