Category Archives: Featured Stories

April Carillon Tune

The carillon tune sounding from Goddard Chapel’s tower this month honors our planet home, in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd. “All things bright and beautiful” was first published in 1848 in a collection called Hymns for Little Children. Penned by Irishwoman Cecil Frances Alexander (who famously also wrote the beloved Christmas hymn “Once … » read

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May Carillon Tune

The May Day Carol resounds from Goddard Chapel’s carillon this month. Popular in England and America, particularly within the Appalachian tradition, this carol alludes to the traditional pagan May Day custom. In the ancient custom, young men and women would rise very early on the first day of May and make music with horns and … » read

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February 2017 Carillon Tune

Resounding from the Goddard Chapel carillon throughout the month of February is one of the great resistance songs of our era, “We Shall Overcome.” A defining anthem of the African-American Civil Rights movement, the modern version of this gospel hymn began to seep into consciousness during a 1945 tobacco workers’ strike, in Charleston, S.C. Disseminated … » read

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Where Do We Go From Here? Boston-based Organizers and Activists on the Movement Ahead

Monday, January 23, 2017
4:45-6 pm, Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155

Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment
Kalila Barnett is the Executive Director of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a leading environmental … » read

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How Did We Get Here? Boston-based Historians on Our Current Political Moment

Monday, January 23, 2017
3:15-4:30 pm, Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155

Dr. Vivek Bald, Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vivek Bald is a scholar, writer, and documentary filmmaker whose work … » read

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January 2017 Carillon Tune

This month, as we begin a new calendar year, Goddard Chapel’s carillon features the traditional new year carol “Levy-Dew.” Originating in the southwestern Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, the song has been a customary element of a start-of-year ritual in which children, using a fresh sprig of evergreen, will sprinkle newly-drawn well water on passers-by. The … » read

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June 2016 Carillon Tune

This month’s tune radiating from the Goddard Chapel carillon is “When the Summer Sun Is Shining,” a seasonal hymn from the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Beautifully evoking the sensory experience of the summer months, the text by Sydney Henry Knight is traditionally paired with a tune from the American shape-note tradition entitled “Holy Manna.” One of … » read

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May 2016 Carillon Tune

May’s carillon tune from the tower of Goddard Chapel anticipates the joy of Commencement with the traditional commercium (academic song) “Gaudeamus Igitur.” Likely originating from a 1287 Latin manuscript, it is now commonly sung as a formal hymn at university graduation ceremonies the world over (despite its light-hearted and decidedly non-formal character). Indeed, it will … » read

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Wednesday, April 15, 2:49 pm

Today, Wednesday, April 15, we will be participating in a Boston and Medford moment of silence to mark the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings by tolling the Goddard Chapel bells at 2:49 pm.

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February Carillon Tune

Goddard Chapel’s carillon presently features the tune “St. Columba.”  The melody is presumed to be an ancient Irish church melody, and received its name from a beloved 6th-century Irish saint credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. 

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