WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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ing field to sermons on the High Holidays. He even shares his favorite Jewish jokes on Wellesley Weston Chabad's website because he says no one should take themselves too seriously. "I'm always happy to sit down with any- one of any faith," says Rabbi Bleich. "Many of my long-term relationships began when someone thought they had nothing in com- mon with someone who dresses like I do. I reach out to say, 'You don't know who I am. Let's have a cup of coffee.' It's an important part of my life." Reverend Sara Ascher Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley "The Internet is going to change how we do church," says the Reverend Sara Ascher. "You no longer have to belong to a brick and mor- tar house of worship to access our sermons and programs because it all gets posted online. You never know who you are affect- ing or how you will be affected in return." In many ways, the uncertainty of the Internet parallels what she loves about her faith—its limitless possibilities. Reverend Ascher recently announced that after five years as senior pastor of the Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley, she is leaving the community to become interim executive director of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists. Technology will help her serve UU's roughly 400,000 mem- bers worldwide. "This was a really hard decision," says Reverend Ascher. "But I preach that it's important to take risks, to thoughtfully jump off the cliff, and I'm at a point in my career and my personal life when if I am to continue, it's hard not to do that myself. International work is pulling me to bring liberal religion to places where freedom of belief and freedom of expression are under threat, politically and societally. Mistrust of others seems to be growing in this country and abroad. Our world needs a message of oneness and compassion." 77 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Our Religous Leaders

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