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.
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.
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.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE
On Tuesday, March 3, at 7pm, Hilary Burgin (the Boston Start-up Coordinator for Quaker Voluntary Service) will be at Northampton Friends Meeting to talk with local Quakers about QVS. She will be updating about the start-up of the Boston house and how we can be involved in recruiting young adults to apply to be Volunteers.
See below for more information about Quaker Voluntary Service and Hilary’s visits at UMass Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College on March 2 and March 3. If you have contacts at any of these schools please pass along the information below and spread the word of QVS!
Quaker Voluntary Service is a faith-based service year in Atlanta (GA), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), and Boston (MA). Each location takes 6-8 Quaker and Quaker-curious young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Volunteers are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. Check out our website <http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/> for more details, or watch our video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9-iRiq9dWw>. The application deadline for Volunteers is March 15.
If you are a college student in the area, Hilary will be at the following colleges March 2 and March 3. Please forward widely to let young adults in the area know about opportunities to speak with Hilary about QVS!
Smith College: Monday March 2, an information session 4-5pm in Campus Center Room 102
Amherst College, Tuesday March 3, 10-11am in the Keefe Campus Center Atrium, plus a Coffee Chat Session from 11am-noon in the McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center.
UMass Amherst: Tuesday March 3, 1-4pm for the Service & Leadership Career & Internship Fair, at 1 Campus Center, Amherst MA.
To read more about QVS click here.
What: Citizens’ Climate Lobby Groupstart Meeting (free and open to the public)
When: Saturday, February 28th, 9am-12pm
Where: Antioch University New England, Room E101(first floor), 40 Avon St, Keene, NH
Contact: Sasha Breus email@example.com
Citizens’ Climate Lobby(CCL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies addressing climate change.
In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of a Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal,CCL trains and supports volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public through lobbying efforts, letters to editor and opeds, presentations and tables at events, community meetings, and more.
CCL believes citizens who are welltrained, organized by Congressional district and with a good system of support can more than influence the political process. CCL is creating the political will for a livable world by empowering individuals to experience breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.