Fossil Fuels and Climate Change

At its upcoming meeting on February 6th our Presbytery of Southern New England will be considering an overture from our Session concerning the role fossil fuels play in climate change. “Overture” is PresbySpeak for “request for action.” Actually, our Session is asking our Presbytery to ask (overture) our General Assembly (which meets in Portland OR on June 18-25) to actually do the “something.” By the way, at least eight other presbyteries have also overtured the General Assembly on this, making the point that we care.

In this case, the request is to cease investing in fossil fuel companies — both coal and oil and gas.… Continue

First Pres Movie Series-Spring 2016

The Mission Committee is hosting a monthly First Pres Movie Series on the third Friday of each month beginning on February 19.  Each movie night will start with a pot luck supper in the Miller Community Room at 6 pm with the movie typically starting at 7 pm (some longer movies will start at 6:30 pm).

Our initial film is “Locked In A Box – Immigrant Detention” produced by the PC(USA).

From the PC(USA) – “Locked in a Box” is an award winning short documentary that follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system and those who visit them. … Continue

Fossil Free PC USA Overture

Back in the summer, the Rev. Rob Mark contacted several people in this presbytery about supporting a
measure asking the upcoming General Assembly to divest from fossil fuel companies. After due
consideration, the Mission Committee voted to forward the measure (technically called an “overture”)
to Session for approval. In December, Session voted to forward the overture to Presbytery for its
February meeting.

The overture begins by expressing:

“. . . profound concern about the destructive effects of climate change on all God’s creation, including a disproportionate impact on those living in poverty and in the least developed countries; the elderly and children; and those least responsible for the emissions of greenhouse gases.


Refugees in New Haven

On November 29, Ashley Makar, Community Liaison of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) spoke to a large FPCNH group right after coffee hour. There is clearly a great deal of interest in the current refugee crisis, much need, and much to be done. While Syrians are the most in the news, many are fleeing other intolerable situations. Among the needs:

  • Letters to our elected representatives in support of increasing the number of refugees the U.S. government will admit to this country.
  • Volunteers to help at IRIS.
  • Donations – both financial and of materials to help set up apartments.
  • Cultural Companions, who help refugees adapt to life in America, learn English, navigate public transportation, explore New Haven, and make friends.