The installation of our solar array started today. They are hoping the weather will continue as forecast and they will finish the project this week. At the business meeting in October there was a request that the Meeting be informed when the work begins. Gary is on the roof, the other man working today was not on it at this moment. After getting 14 inches of Snow in Marlboro in the last storm, they are delighted that our part of Putney only had 3 inches.
Brattleboro, VT: On Monday, January 15th at 5:30 there will be a celebration in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro. The service will include and film short and readings from Dr. King, an update from state representative Becca Balint regarding initiatives being taken around the state and in the legislature, spirituals by local musicians and a community choir and end with the traditional lighting of a candle by everyone in attendance. Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 4:30 to rehearse songs for the service.
This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Alliance and is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, faiths, races and ethnicities to come together to remember the work of Dr King, to celebrate all that unites us and to learn about local community organizations working against racism. Admission is free, but a good will donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the Root Social Justice Center.
A community gathering will follow the celebration on the lower level of the church. The Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, the Root Social Justice Center, the NAACP of Southern Vermont and Black Lives Matter Vermont will all have information and make short presentations on how people can be involved locally to work against racism.
For more information about these events please contact Guilford Community Church, U.C.C. at (802) 257-2776.
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light and
Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium
Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement
October 15 – 16, 2016 White River Junction, VT
Lead Speakers: The Rev. Fred Small and Sherri Mitchell
Join us for two inspiring days of creative dialogue for collaborative action with luminary guest speakers, workshops, breakout groups, music and so much more!
The conference offers many options including: coming for one day or both days; signing up for conference-provided meals or bringing/buying your own meals; choosing from a dozen workshops and five breakout session tracks; and carpooling to and from the conference. The conference website has pages with information on registration & payment, speakers, workshops, schedule, sponsors, children’s program, & more.
Deadline to register for meals:October 7. Registration fee goes up on October 1.
Register online or print out the registration form at the conference website: www.dc4cj2016.org
For more information, contact Betsy Hardy at 802-434-3397.
firstname.lastname@example.org 802-434-3397 www.vtipl.org
Fall 2016 Academic Speaker Series
“Only God is Good”: Islam Through the Words of Jesus
Monday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building
This talk introduces Islamic teachings, ritual practices, and the sharia by using a story from the Gospels in which Jesus answers the questions of a rich man who desires to become his disciple. Although there are significant differences between Islam and Christianity, this comparative approach allows us to grasp some fundamental similarities between these two Abrahamic faith traditions.
Amer Latif has been professor of religious studies at Marlboro College since 2003. His research focuses primarily on Islamic mystical texts and practices. He is also interested in the issues surrounding cultural translation and has published translations of the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th century Muslim scholar and mystic. A current resident of Putney, he grew up in Pakistan and came to the United States for college. After getting a B.A. in physics from Bard College, he received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stony Brook University.
This event is co-hosted by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative. For more information about this initiative, contact Rupa Cousins at email@example.com.
Dear folks connected to Putney Friends Meeting,
We have put up a sign saying that Black Lives Matter.
We had a film series in late spring on looking at racism and some of its evolution.
And this is your invitation to join a focused group this fall. Details are below. Please contact Gail Haines to register (or with questions).
802-387-5676 or 802-258-0369.
Please register by September 10th.
Thanks and toward justice and peace, Gail
> Whites confronting our Racism – study and dialogue to action
> A group to meet 5 times. Regular attendance at all sessions is important for group development, so let us know if you have to miss a time. There will be readings sent out ahead of each session. We hope everyone who attends will have seen or see the films that were in the racism series in the spring. (they can be borrowed from the meeting)
> Tentative session titles:
> White privilege and white fragility within the context of a society that has structural racism
> Micro aggressions
> Practicing interventions
> Being black / person of the global majority in a majority white community and congregation
> How to take action
> Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
> Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16
> At Mareka’s house, 126 Main St. Putney – go in front door and ring bell on right (residence)
> Please let Gail Haines know by September 10th if you want to participate. Gail.firstname.lastname@example.org
> Organizers and facilitators of the series – Claire Halverson, Sandy Lynn, Mareka Ohlson, Sheila Garrett, and Gail Haines.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
POLICING IN BRATTLEBORO
JULY 27, 2016
5:00 TO 7:30
157 Main Street, Brattleboro
Our Panel: Ken Williams (Interim Dean, S.I.T.), Chief Michael Fitzgerald (Brattleboro Police Dep’t), Dan Davis, Esq., José Moldando, Orlando Alverez, Patrina Lingard (moderator), and Darah Kehnemuyi (Director, Brattleboro Community Justice Center)
Supported by: Town of Brattleboro
CHARLESTON SOLIDARITY VIGIL and CONVERSATION on RACE IN AMERICA
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, VT
Wednesday, July 1 @ 5:30 pm
All are welcome. We will honor the lives and memory of the nine people who were murdered at Immanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston, SC. Rev. Bert Marshall, interim minister at Centre Church, will facilitate a conversation on race in America. All thoughtful viewpoints, presented with regard for everyone, will be respected. Afterward, those who are interested will walk up to Brooks Memorial Library for the Frederick Douglass reading at 7:00 pm. Call 802-254-4730 for more information.
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You might be interested in an upcoming concert at Next Stage Arts in Putney. On Friday, March 27 I will be performing with my group The Bright Wings Chorus, a nine person a capella group that performs traditional American sacred music, including shape note hymns, gospel, and my original work. For this tour, we will be doing a mentorship with Rev. Donna Cox, a gospel singer from Ohio, to deepen our practice in that tradition and to facilitate a conversation about race in the folk music community. And for the Putney show, we will be joined for one song by members of the BUHS Madrigals group. It will be an exciting evening, and I’d love to see you all there.
You can hear a bit of what the group sounds like here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ys1lVkBPMM
Tickets are $12. You can reserve ahead of time at brightwings.brownpapertickets.com or get them at the door.
, pastor of Durham Friends Meeting and author of many books including his recent A Sustainable Life–Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation
, is coming to Burlington Friends Meeting on March 29.
Burlington Friends have been reading the book together and have found it to be very relevant to our life and times as Quakers. We’re pleased that Doug agreed to speak at the rise of Meeting on the 29th. Following worship, which is 11am to 12 pm, we’ll enjoy a potluck lunch. Doug will speak at 1:30 pm and with questions and answers, it may go to 3:30 pm.
Please let us know if you need childcare.