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St. Andrew's To Host Adult Forum on Climate (Dis)Obedience: Nonviolent Resistance as Spiritual Practice

Wen Stephenson, a journalist and essayist, will deliver the sermon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday, February 16. Following the service and coffee hour, Stephenson will be the featured speaker at the weekly Adult Fo- rum where he will discuss his experiences as lead organizer of a blockade on the train tracks at Ayer, which was a part of a larger campaign to disrupt a freight train bound for Bow, NH carrying 10,000 tons of coal for the last big coal-fired power plant in New England. The train was stopped three times by protesters (following standard railroad safety protocols) in a series of rolling blockades—at West Boylston and Ayer, and at Hooksett, NH—resulting in 24 arrests and many hours of delay.
     Stephenson is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine, and author of "What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Climate Justice" (2015). He has held senior editorial positions at The Atlantic magazine; PBS Frontline; the Boston Globe, where he was the editor of the Sunday Ideas section in its early years; and WBUR, where he was head producer of NPR’s On Point.
     In 2010, he walked away from his mainstream media career to write and engage on the issues of climate and climate justice. He has engaged many times in non-violent direct action and civil disobedience for climate justice, most recently as lead organizer of the coal-train blockade in Ayer on December 8, 2019, part of the New England grassroots #NoCoalNo-Gas campaign to shut down the coal-fired power plant in Bow, NH, the last in the region. His feature article about that campaign appears in the current issue of The Nation.
     St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner Street in Ayer and is a welcoming and family friendly church. The Sunday Service and Celebration of Holy Communion is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:15 for school-aged children and Child Care is available. For more information, visit www.
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