Presbytery of Southern New England – February 9

The Presbytery of Southern New England returns to New Haven for its February meeting. The meeting will take place at Yale Divinity School on Saturday, February 9th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Presbytery continues to explore possibilities for new church development and will be working closely with Jud Hendrix from the Ecclesia Project in the months to come.

Elders Gary Cline, Teddy Hogle, and Mary Webber will serve as Commissioners to this meeting.

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Just Food Conference at Yale Divinity School, Feb 22-23

Yale Divinity School will host Just Food, a conference on local food justice and sustainability on February 22 for Yale University and Greater-New Haven community members to connect, learn, eat, and celebrate.

Friday evening will include an introductory welcome by John Elder, Middlebury College professor emeritus of English and Environmental Studies, film screenings of Fresh and Soul Food Junkies, and a panel discussing the local food system.

Saturday will offer a community fair, multiple workshop sessions, a panel with New Haven Food Policy Council members, and a community lunch. All events are free and open to the public, and registration is required.… Continue

The Rev. Allan Boesak to Speak at YDS – February 5

Yale Divinity School is delighted to welcome the Reverend Dr. Allan Boesak to its campus February 5-6.

Dr. Boesak was a leading liberation theologian and activist in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and was President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches when that body declared apartheid a heresy in 1982. His own brand of radical Calvinism countered the Calvinism of the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa which often supported and justified apartheid.

In more recent years Boesak has been an outspoken proponent of gay rights and gay marriage. His books include: Black and Reformed: Apartheid, Liberation and the Calvinist Tradition, If this is Treason,
Then I am Guilty, and (most recently) The Tenderness of Conscience: African Renaissance and the Spirituality of Politics.… Continue

PCUSA Commitment to Human Rights in Israel and Palestine

The 219th General Assembly (2010) included the following language on the isse of our commitment to human rights and search for peace in Israel and Palestine.
1. Express its enduring and heartfelt commitment to security, justice and lasting peace for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. 2. Express its support for the U.S. government policy of carefully vetting the funds distributed to foreign countries in ways that ensure peaceful development and are consistent with international law, human rights protections, and U.S. foreign policy, namely:

a. the US Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 which prohibits giving assistance to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations;

b. the U.S. Arms Export Control Act of 1976 which prohibits using U.S. weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure, and

c. the U.S. foreign policy insofar as it pertains to recommendations for steps toward peace, in this instance, between Israelis and Palestinians.

3. Call for the allocation of U.S. military aid funds to be contingent on compliance with the above-mentioned statutes and/or to the peace process.

Dinner with Friends – January 26

The next Dinner With Friends is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26. This is an opportunity to spend a relaxed evening getting to know others in the congregation.

The host usually makes the main dish with guests supplying everything else. The work is shared by all! You will find a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Table, so please sign up.

On April 14 we will try a new idea, Dinner Out With Friends. Hosts will choose the restaurants. Might it be time to try the new Vegan restaurant? Or how about Pizza at one of New Haven’s famous restaurants? Chinese, Thai, Indian?… Continue