PCUSA Compassion Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) Conference

Ralph Jones, Mary Hunt and Art Hunt attended the CPJ and EAD conferences in Washington, DC from April 21-April 24.

The CPJ training and the EAD conference combined inspirational speakers with practical training on a variety of organizing and social justices issues. This year’s theme was “Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Challenging Racism, Materialism and Militarism.” The conference was also a remembrance that 50 years after his speech on Vietnam at Riverside Church, Dr. Marin Luther King’s dream of eliminating militarism, racism and materialism – “the giant triplets of chaos” – remains our dream, our aspiration and our motivation.

CPJ – Doctrine of Discovery

CPJ is the Friday morning “prequel” to EAD.… Continue

Mission—Let’s Speak Up

A group of congregation members met after the service last Sunday, March 29th, to discuss concrete mission projects we might undertake as a church community. A variety of ideas were raised from Connecticut environmental projects to racial justice to hunger and more. We’d like to find a variety of projects that can accommodate policy activism like writing letters as well as activities for all ages like making kits for the homeless, marches, and so forth.

The Mission Committee will be sending out a signup tool in the coming weeks so that each person or family can join in the projects that interest them and/or receive policy news of interest.… Continue

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s Activist Council

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is a wide network of peacemakers who engage issues of both national and international import. They are called to be movers and shakers within the PC(USA) and beyond, encouraging one another to take seriously God’s call to God’s people to participate in God’s nonviolent work of love, peace, and justice in the world.

Activist Council members are the hands and feet of the PPF working for peace. Anyone who commits to follow the nonviolent way of Jesus and be active in and contribute to the work of PPF is welcomed and encouraged to join the Activist Council.… Continue

FAITH into ACTION!!

Come join us for a weekend of education and advocacy in Washington, DC!

Confronting Chaos, Forging Community

Racism, Materialism and Militarism
April 21-24, 2017, Washington, DC

This year’s advocacy days in Washington DC are a timely way to put our faith into effective action while learning about the challenges. At least three people from First Presbyterian are already going. Check out the details below.
Speak with Art or Mary Hunt or Ralph Jones.

Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day – Friday, April 21 8:00 – 4:30

Join fellow Presbyterians to learn what the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its partners are doing to forge community in this chaotic time.… Continue

Let’s Speak Up!

Every day we open our newspaper or internet news feed and find something appalling: the people in charge of this
country are busy attacking the free press and members of the judiciary; they seem not to care about facts; they are
taking steps to make the air and water dirtier, healthcare harder to find and more expensive. And they seem to
have emboldened those among their supporters who would judge others by their races and creeds.
Many of us are enraged or depressed. But it is time to be productive; to channel those emotions into action! As
concerned compassionate Christians we now see that whatever social justice actions we were taking before are not
enough today: we have to step it up.… Continue