For the last six weeks or so, I've been making a Sunday morning trek of about 30 minutes almost directly due south from Shelburne Falls, to Haydenville Congregational Church (a member of the UCC, and an Open and Affirming congregation). HCC is pastored by the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian, a local hero to peace activists (and lots of others) in the valley.
Starting to get to know a new church community is always a bit of a twitchy experience for me. All of my shy quietness comes out.