The Social Action Committee of the First Religious Society will sponsor a presentation of the “Half the Sky” Movement on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. This presentation is about gender inequity, one of the major issues of our time.
Women comprise 70 percent of the world’s poorest people. Gender inequity is one of the major issues of our times. In so many cases, poor women are the victims, but they are also the ones driving change, from the micro-credit initiatives, to community healthcare, they are empowering their sisters. In the book “Half the Sky,” Nicholas Kristof and Meg Ryan have made the voyage to meet these women.
Intro to Meditation class offered
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, located at 443 Middle St. in West Newbury, is offering a six-week class titled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation” starting Thursday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The class is designed for anyone interested in learning Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment; it originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. For registration information and fees, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
‘Wednesdays at the Well’ at Pilgrim Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, holds a weekly “Wednesdays at the Well” adult gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series includes education, discussion and fellowship. The group is currently watching and discussing “The Jesus Lifestyle” to more deeply understand how Jesus’ teachings apply to ones’ lives. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.
Centering prayer at St. James
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main St., Amesbury, offers centering prayer, a meditative practice based on the work of the Rev. Thomas Keating, who believes that silence is “God’s first language.” Centering prayer is made available upon request. For more information, call the church office at 978-388-0030 or visit www.stjamesamesbury.org.