Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sunday, January 29 --

Justice and the Gospel in South Africa --

Village Lyceum in Petersham

On Sunday, January 29, the Village Lyceum will feature Petersham resident, Meghan Berry, who will speak on "Social Justice and the Gospel in South Africa” at 3:00 pm in the Davis Memorial, 3 West Street, in back of the Petersham Unitarian Church. 

In the past, Meghan had participated in two mission trips to Mamelodi, South Africa with Campus Crusade for Christ, teaching middle and high school students English and Math and enrichment classes such as photography.  She recently returned from another trip to South Africa where she taught an entreprenuership class to high schoolers.

According to Meghan, “In this day and age, the term ‘social justice’ is nearly inescapable. The term gets thrown around so often, it has become incredibly difficult to define. Ask any person on the street what he or she means by ‘social justice,’ and, guaranteed, each one will give you a different answer. So how can we possibly unite to promote such an ambiguous idea unless there is a common thread?”

“In my travels to South Africa, I have learned a lot about what social justice is and what it looks like in a different cultural context,” Meghan continued. “These cross-cultural experiences of social justice have informed and continue to shape my daily life and perspectives stateside as well, with one main theme arising across cultures: the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the greatest tale of social justice we have ever know.”

Meghan Berry is a senior at UMASS Amherst's Commonwealth Honors College and is expected to graduate this spring with a B.S. in Public Health. During her most recent trip to South Africa, she was also there to gather research for her honors thesis by conducting surveys and interviewing the students in the program.

Sunday’s Village Lyceum program is free of charge and open to the public.  It will be preceded at 1:00 pm by the rescheduled “All Parish Meeting” which will also be held in the Davis.  For further information, contact Genevieve Fraser at Tel. # (978) 544-1872 or visit website:

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