WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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He sees the church as being a place for reflection, a time to contem- plate and simply be. It is an English tradition to observe a two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday for those who have died in wars. Robbins-Cole wove that silence into a worship service last November. Afterward, many in the congregation shared about the profound effect the sustained, and admittedly somewhat unfamiliar, silence had on their spirit. "It especially resonated with the teens," Robbins-Cole said. Taking time to slow down and reflect on what is truly important to us as individuals is very important, he notes. But it can be a hard thing to do in isolation, which is why a faith community can meet a very real, spiritual need. "And that's what we try to do here at St. Andrew's," Robbins-Cole said. The Reverend Lisa J. Durkee Pastor at the Congregational Church of Weston On a sunny Saturday in November, volunteers from the Congregational Church of Weston painted the inside of the parsonage on Laurel Street in anticipation of their new pastor moving in with her family. "It's been such a loving welcome," said the Reverend Lisa Durkee as she thanked the crews spread throughout the Cape-style house. She was still deciding which room would house her instruments and which would be the study, but her two daughters had already claimed the entire second floor as their teen oasis. Keira, 16, will finish her schooling at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham where her father lives and teaches; and Emma, 14, will transition to Weston High School. "Emma is a soccer player, so I'll be a soccer mom here in Weston," Durkee said of settling in to what already feels like a tight-knit and welcoming community. In addition to soccer games, Durkee loves just about any outdoor activity, with hiking and water sports at the top of the list. She has delighted in exploring Weston's "hidden" conservation trails in her new neighborhood. She didn't feel like a newcomer to the area because the terrain is very familiar from her days at Wellesley College where she majored in religion. She later earned a master's degree from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and enjoyed a first career as an English 84 Our Religous Leaders W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 "This is a very healthy congregation. I will spend time listening and learning." – T h e R e v e r e n d L i s a J . D u r k e e

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