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

Session Commits to Support The New Sanctuary Movement

The New Sanctuary Movement (also know as the New Sanctuary Coalition) was founded in 2007. From their website:

“The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together. We recognize that unjust global and systemic economic relationships and racism form the basis of the injustices that affect immigrants. We seek reform of United States immigration laws to promote fairness, social and economic justice.”

The New Sanctuary Movement includes an Accompaniment Program, Immigration Rights Legal Clinics, Information for Sanctuary Communities and Jericho Walks around Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) offices and courthouses.… 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

Lenten Canned Food Drive

We’re building a wall! And when it comes down, it will provide warmth and care to vulnerable people. Will you help us?

From March 12th to April 2nd, bring your canned food donations to the church for a special effort – a literal and symbolic wall of hospitality to strangers and resistance to xenophobic policies. We will build in the sanctuary where everyone can see our progress.

On the final Sunday of our drive, all are welcome to join us after worship. The children of our church will lead us in a liturgy to dismantle the wall and send the cans on their way to nourish people through Christian Community Action.… 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