Columbus House – Minute for Mission September 11, 2016

So what’s on the menu? How about…Meatball & Eggplant Grinders

No, this is not today’s menu for the Rally Day picnic shortly. In fact, I believe we are getting a whiff [or we will be shortly] of the charcoal grills warming up to serve hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs.

Here’s another menu…BBQ Chicken and Ice Cream Sandwiches

Now that sounds like a delicious meal. And this is an actual menu for a dinner served by volunteers from this congregation to serve 80 … at Columbus House. Personally, I love the ice cream sandwiches – that’s inspired.

How about another…Hot dogs

Now that’s a simpler menu.… Continue

Gun Violence and Racism – Minute for Mission July 24, 2016

Travon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garnerl, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

Just a few of the names we carry on our hearts. Others we know by places.

Baton Rouge, Dallas, Pulse, Charleston, Newtown, Aurora

We are scarcely aware of many more. Over 30,000 people die of gun violence every year; twelve of them last year here in New Haven alone.

Mary Townsend, age 48, Sanjay Patel, 39, Jericho Scott, 16, Lyndell Moore, 29, Jerome Myers, 48, Francesca Ratchford, 25, Lawrence Allen Atkins, 35, Antoine Heath, 29, Maurice Richardson, 19, Davante Baker, 21, Jonathan Aranda, 19

Reality can be immensely discouraging.… Continue

General Assembly 222 — Portland OR — June 18–25 — 2016

Minute for Mission

Were I to describe all the important work before the General Assembly which begins June 18th in Portland most of us would not regret having a late lunch.

But I’m not going to do that! Here’s my arbitrary selection of highlights.

This year, for the first time,  the Assembly will be electing co-moderators. In the past, they’ve elected a moderator and then nominates a vice-moderator.

They also will be electing a new Stated Clerk. That’s the highest continuing office in the denomination. J. Herbert Nelson, who has been doing powerful justice work as the head of our Washington Office of Public Witness, is the official nominee, but the Assembly will have a choice to make.… Continue

EMERGE – September 20, 2015

Good Morning, I’m here to share with you information about Emerge a group that makes my heart sing. Other members of our congregation who also volunteer are Art & Mary Hunt, Betty Whitney, Pat Wales, Bonnie Sherman, and Ralph Jones. We have been involved for about 2 years. For those who are not aware of Emerge or our involvement with them let me catch you up. EMERGE is a Social Enterprise – in today’s language that means a mission driven non-profit business focused on training, hiring and assisting in a broad range of ways, men and women who are willing and able to work but have a difficult time getting work.… Continue

September 27, 2015 – Alonzo Johnson

It takes some courage these days to even hope for peace. Peace is very hard to find, have you noticed? and trying to make peace seems like is a lonely and quixotic enterprise at best. Peacemakers seem to have taken a timid pill and gone into hiding.

That’s how things seem, Of course, but I’m not sure that that’s how things really are. There are lots of good people working for peace.

We may not be as aware as we should that our denomination, the PC(USA) works actively to nurture peace, and to nurture us in churches and presbyteries to develop the mindset and skills of peacemakers.… Continue