The Biblical Basis for the new Poor People’s Campaign

In January, seven of us from the Presbytery of Southern New England attended a retreat with clergy and elders from the two other New England presbyteries and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. She’s a New Testament professor and head of the Kairos Center at Union Theological Seminary. She co- chairs the Poor People’s Campaign with Rev. William Barber, the dynamic North Carolina pastor who built a broadly diverse movement of people called Moral Mondays.

Drs. Theoharis’ and Barber’s work to build a new Poor People’s Campaign revives an effort of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the fall of 1967, Dr.… Continue

Abraham’s Tent Changes

First Presbyterian Church was one of the original hosts of Abraham’s Tent in 2009, when the men from Columbus House first spent a week with us. Over the years more hosts have come forward, and the men have been housed for longer—last year for 20 weeks. Most of our church members have participated. But now that we’re comfortable with Abraham’s Tent, God has called us to make a radical change in our approach.

Chronic homelessness has sharply decreased in Connecticut over the last few years, as detailed by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and Connecticut is on track to eliminate chronic homelessness in the state by the end of 2016.… Continue

Mass Incarceration

David Brook’s writing The Prison Problem in the September 29th Opinion section of the New York Times states: “But today’s incarceration levels do little to deter crime while they do much to rip up families, increase racial disparities and destroy lives.”

He then goes on to write that the reasons for mass incarceration are more nuanced that previously reported.  It is not the ‘war on drugs’ and it is not ‘minimum mandatory sentences’.  Reporting on work by John Pfaff of Fordham Law School, Brooks concludes that “District attorneys and their assistants have gotten a lot more aggressive in bringing felony charges.… Continue

Karla Ann Koll provides updates on Presbyterian World Mission

The Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll was our guest preacher June 28th. She has been a PC(USA) mission coworker since 1986, and FPCNH has been supporting her work for about half that time. Currently she teaches at the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana in San José, Costa Rica. Her students come from a number of different Latin American countries, and range from Pentecostal to Roman Catholic in background.

After coffee hour, Karla spoke to a group of about twenty. She began by talking about the current shortfall in Presbyterian World Mission funding, which will result in the termination of eleven mission co-workers by December 31 of this year.… Continue

Massaro Farm CSA Pickups

Help provide fresh food for the hungry!

A few of the Massaro Farm Tuesday afternoon pickups are still looking for volunteers. Check out the sign-up sheet on the Welcome Table or the bulletin board in the Miller Gathering Hall, along with directions.

Sign up for a Tuesday to help us help others have more fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, Christian Community Action reminds us that they are happy to accept donations of fresh produce.

Contact a Mission Committee member if you would like to donate excess bounty from your home garden.