Walk Against Hunger

On Sunday, May 17th, First Presbyterian Church of New Haven carried out our promised Walk Against Hunger in support of the Connecticut Food Bank. Buoyed by CLOC food and Shore Grass music, our team donned T shirts, posed for a group photo (see pictured) and enjoyed the two to three mile stroll under welcome cloud cover and gentle breeze. All together, our church raised $2,240 to help feed hunger people. We think this is a record dollar amount for our church.

Thank you to everyone who walked, donated, or did both!

2015 Walk Against HungerOur Walkers included Andy Navratil, Anna Navratil, Nancy Rupp, Sadako Ohki, George Rupp , Jane Hindenlang, (Gracie, the dog), Maria LaSala, Brian Gray, , Lynn Autry, Robert Williams, and Greg Greenberg (not in photo).… Continue

Report from 2015 Ecumenical Advocacy Days

ead-header-image-2Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, Christians mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

This year’s theme was Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation.  The conference brought together inspiring preachers and thought-provoking speakers, to encourage opportunities to network with leaders who share a passion for social justice.EAD-chain-cross-topper

We attended sessions on Immigrant Incarceration Bed Quotas, The Israeli Military Occupation of Palestine as Systematic Exploitation, Restorative Justice, Digital Advocacy Campaigns, Militarization of Police Departments, The Churches Response to Systems of Exploitation, Criminalization of Communities of Color: Race and Incarceration, Imprisoned in Gaza, Lockdown Indoctrinated (on how we have been taught to believe that the current incarceration policy, prison conditions and police techniques are normal), Grassroots Responses to the Mass Incarceration Crisis and How to Become a Welcoming Church to Returning Citizens.… Continue