All Are Welcome

by Amy L. Silva Rigtrup

This week on The Silva Lining, our guest was the Reverend Holly Norwick from the First Christian Congregational Church, lovingly known as The Olde White Church in Swansea, MA.

A continuation of my mission to share the opportunity to learn about different religions, denominations and spiritual communities, we discussed Holly's church, which is part of the United Church of Christ family. What I found most impressive was the overall theme of "welcoming". The church's history is astounding. Dating back to 1680, it is believed to be the first church in New England to admit all christians to membership regardless of their theological beliefs or backgrounds. To this day, the church has held true to that mission, as stated on their website, "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

Anyone can request funeral services at The First Christian Congregational Church and will receive   a ceremony catered to the unique nuances of your loved one along with the gentle, loving and inspirational guidance of a pastor that will walk with you through it all.

For more information on The First Christian Congregational Church visit their website at

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FINE Mortuary College in Norwood, MA. Some wonderful staff, professors and even a current student from FINE will be joining me for next week's show. Have you ever wondered what goes into becoming a funeral director or embalmer? Listen next week, January 29th at 2:00pm on WSAR 1480AM to find out. Call in and join the conversation at (508) 673-1480 - we'd love to hear from you! Visit anytime for information on this amazing school.

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