The fall Dinner and Conversation sponsored by Vitality will be on Friday, November 10 at 6 PM. The topic will be fair trade in Manhattan, with guest Amy Kay Pavlovich from the fair trade store, Connected on Poyntz. She’ll tell about her journey to developing 3 fair trade stores in Kansas and will have some of the goods from the Manhattan store.
Please join us for a concert of beautiful choral music on October 15, at 4:00 p.m. in our church sanctuary. Dr. Jeffrey Ward, the Director of K-State's School of Music, Theater, and Dance, will direct an ensemble of twenty singers in music by such diverse composers as Felix Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells, and Moses Hogan. Our own Bob Edwards is the organist, and participating choristers from our church include Jennifer Edwards and Gretchen and Jim Lewis. The choral concert will follow the pattern of a Vespers worship service, with Bible readings and a concluding hymn.
Conversations on Race Reconciliation: A Community-Based Dialogue
Oct. 30, 7-9:30pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Our event will begin with a panel discussion of prepared questions. Following that the group will divide into round table groups as we are joined by Cats for Inclusion to discuss the issues raised and possible initiatives to improve issues of race relations.
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This event will feature a panel discussion, small groups facilitated by community members, and time for social networking.
Mass Meeting for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival - August 21 in Topeka
Join Co-convenors Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis for a Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Monday , August 21 at 7:00 pm at Topeka First United Methodist Church (600 SW Blvd, Topeka). You can hear about the inspiration,vision and strategy for the Campaign. Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Campaign aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement – rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up.
The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
There is a resounding call to save the very soul of this nation: We need a new Poor People’s Campaign for a Moral Revival in America. It is time to become a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.
Join us for the Mass Meeting for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on Monday, August 21 at 7pm at Topeka First United Methodist Church. Childcare is provided and pre-registration is required for those who need childcare. Doors open at 7pm. Please pre-register if you plan on attending.
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RIDE THE BUS FROM MANHATTAN:
MAPJ is sponsoring a bus to this event. 50 seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We are asking for a $10.00 free-will donation to help off-set the cost of chartering a bus.
Register for the bus here.
Manhattan Ongoing Discussions:
Join us at First Congregational on Sunday, August 27 after worship for a Discussion & Reflection on the Poor People's Campaign. All are welcome to join us, even if you were unable to attend the mass meeting on August 21. We will meet in the basement of the church and you are invited to bring your own lunch.
On September 21, Indivisible Manhattan will host a discussion of "Democracy in Chains: The Deep history of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America" by Nancy MacClean beginning at 7:00 PM in the Grosebeck Room.
Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times “noteworthy” book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune “contemporary history at its best.” The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Copies of "Democracy in Chains" as well as Dr. Barber's books are available at Claflin Books in downtown Manhattan.
Summary: Reverend Wm. Barber’s 14-Point Fusion Political Movement
The Third Reconstruction and Reverend Wm. Barber’s 14 Point Fusion Movement Strategies. The Third Reconstruction is a remarkable 135 page book that details Rev. Barber’s evolution from preacher to organizer (and preacher). It provides a summary of precisely how Rev. Barber developed his Fusion Movement approach to organizing, how he strategically formed alliances, how he used civil disobedience, how he used moral language to unify groups who previously had been splintered by the 1%, and how he organized, not around elections, but around issues, issues where people of all colors had common ground: the same force opposing justice. The last chapter of the book is a discussion of his 14 strategies.
# 1. Organize Locally & Engage in indigenously led grassroots organizing across the State. A sustained movement for the “long haul” requires local people who know and trust one another and equip these volunteers with tools and resources to effectively raise their voice at a state and local level.
#2. Use Moral Language. Claim the higher ground and expand your base by embedding your advocacy in moral and constitutional values shared by the majority.
#3. Incorporate Civil Disobedience. Civil disobedience conveys a willingness to sacrifice and has been integral to the first and second reconstructions. We are working with SURJ to offer a series of trainings culminating in one on civil disobedience.
#4. Use the Voices of Everyday People. We do not speak for those who can speak for themselves. Make the pain of the majority human, immediate and real by providing a place for these people to raise their voices. Retake Our Democracy has a developing strategy unfolding for videotaping individuals who can put a human face on injustice.
#5. Recognize the Centrality of Race. While both race and class are central to Barber’s approach, he asserts that class divisions cannot be understood apart from a society built on white supremacy.
#6. Build a Broad Diverse Coalition Including Moral & Religious Leaders. Retake has met with the Santa Fe Interfaith Leadership Alliance and will continue to develop relationships with religious leaders.
#7. Diversify the Base by Seeking Unlikely Allies. Part of Retake Our Democracy’s emerging community conversations strategy is to have neighborhood level conversations across party lines and to find common moral ground. At the same time, Roxanne went to the GOP Annual Meeting on Saturday and was very well received. We will be presenting to their membership soon.
#8. Build a Transformational Movement that doesn’t Measure Success Based upon Elections. Fusion politics is about forging sustained relationships based on common moral ground. This is not about making “transactional” alliances where I will support your issue, if you support mine. It is about forging common moral ground that is transformational to all involved.
#9. Make a Serious Commitment to Academic and Empirical Analysis of Policy. Retake has assembled over 50 experienced researchers who have a well-developed Research Resource Inventory and Protocol for developing Research Action Kits on a wide variety of issues. These will be available beginning in Feb.
#10. Coordinate Use of All Forms of Media and Social Media. Retake has a Media Team that is in the process of developing plans for maximizing our use of media and training Retake supporters in how to maximize their use of social media.
#11. Engage in Voter Registration and Education. A major strand of Retake’s approach is to Engage, Educate and Activate. Education will come in many forms: panels, trainings, book clubs, and community conversations.
#12. Pursue a Strong Legal Strategy. Here is an area where Retake is not strong. We need to recruit attorneys to explore ways in which we can go to the courts to seek redress and to confirm our constitutional grounds on specific issues.
#13. Engage the Cultural Arts. We are just beginning this process and will be announcing a musical and cultural celebration very soon. We are also supporting events like Writes Resist which was held yesterday at Counter Culture. But this is an area where we could do more.
#14. Resist the “One Moment” Mentality. This is a movement, not a campaign. No one victory will usher in justice and no single defeat can stop us. Justice is on our side.
Sunday, August 20 we will have a Blessing of the Backpacks during worship. Children are invited to bring their backpacks and receive a blessing as they return to school. We are thrilled that the Ministry of the Decorative Scissors is again providing the custom-made backpack trinkets for our children. "Big kids" and adults are welcome to bring along their briefcases, diaper bags, work uniforms or other items that represent their daily work in the world. We will also bless those who are returning to teaching – whether that’s in a college classroom, an elementary school, or at home with young children.
Feast and Festival will kick off our church year on August 20,2017 at 6:00. We will be joining our church and Second Helping family for dinner and dessert. Vegan options will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own table service but paper goods will be provided. The cake walk is back by popular demand and the Ministry of Decorative Scissors will have a crafting table set up.Monetary donations are being requested for the meal and sugar like donations are being requested for the cake walk.
Join us for our annual blessing of the animals! We'll gather at 10:45 a.m, in (shady) Longs Park. Please bring along your own chair if you've got one.
During worship, we'll bless our pets. Childcare staff will be on hand to care for young kids who want to explore the playground or the rest of the park.
After worship, stick around for a good ol' fashioned potluck. Bring a dish to share and your own tableservice. Drinks will be provided by our Board of Deacons.
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Save the date! On Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00, the combined choirs of Bethel A.M.E. Church and First Congregational Church will give a celebration concert. We'll celebrate our friendship and faith in song, with our choirs singing together and individually, and there will be an opportunity for congregational singing as well. We will be joined by our wonderful organists and pastors, and a special guest appearance by our jazz ensemble. Food and fellowship will follow in Andover Hall. Bring your friends; this will be a very special occasion!
Stand with Muslim Neighbors. What a great turnout for the Brunch with our Muslim friends after the special service on Sunday, March 5. We estimated that about 80 people were part of the hospitality hour, brunch, and visiting. A special thanks to those who prepared food and cleaned up afterward. We were well represented at the Advocacy Day in Topeka on the 13th. See pictures on the UCC Facebook page. And don’t forget, we have a good supply of Neighbors yard signs/posters.
Social Justice Write-In. The first write-in produced letters to friends, journal entries, and postcards to policy makers at the national and state level. We also had coffee, tea, treats and good conversation. Please join us at the next Write-In on April 26. We’ll provide cards, paper, stationary, pens, stamps and snacks.
Little Apple Pride 2017. The annual Pride festival and parade are scheduled for April 22nd, with the parade starting at 10:30. First Congregational UCC will be walking with our group in the parade, so mark your calendar – we hope for a big turn-out walking behind our church banner. Line-up begins in the parking lot of the mall at 9:30. If you want to help organize and make signs, contact Courtney Keith or another member of the Vitality Committee. For up-to-date information regarding the parade or festival please check out the Little Apple Pride Parade Facebook page! facebook.com/LittleApplePride
Every week, Davis Hammet of Loudlight recaps activities by the Kansas Legislature and Governor’s office at facebook.com/BeALoudLight.
CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has launched a “#RegisterMeFirst” website designed to challenge Islamophobic policies, including the ongoing “Muslim ban” and a proposed “Muslim registry.” Registermefirst.com provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to oppose the Muslim Ban, any future Muslim registry or other unconstitutional actions by the current administration to join the broader movement challenging those unjust policies. If you sign up at the site, you will get updates on how they can express their solidarity with American Muslims and how they can oppose Islamophobic policies and proposals.
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‘Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour’ announced
People of Manhattan and the surrounding area have the opportunity to come together to explore prospects for peace surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in our new political climate.
On April 19th Manhattan Mennonite Church, will be hosting the Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour at the Ecumenical Campus Ministry located at 904 Sunset Ave from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. The event features Jewish and Palestinian peacemakers who will provide diverse perspectives on Israel-Palestine. They will also invite participants to take part in a shared vision of what Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews need to live free, dignified and whole lives in the land.
Laura Tillem, (Wichita) will present on behalf of Jewish Voice for Peace and the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas. Jewish Voice for Peace is a prominent peace organization with nearly 50 chapters across the United States. Their members are “inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.”
Jonathan Kuttab will also be speaking. Kuttab is a leading human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine. He was born in West Jerusalem, but after the Six Day War, his family moved to the United States. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned home to co-found the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, Al-Haq (lawyers and others who assist with human rights issues), and the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. He is licensed to practice law in Palestine, Israel, and New York, and serves on the board of The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He has also served as the lawyer for Mennonite Central Committee and Christian Peacemaker Teams’ in Palestine.
The goal of the tour is to raise the profile of Jewish and Palestinian groups in America who are working for peace in Israel-Palestine. For more information about the events contact Bob Atchison at 785-539-5352 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manhattan Mennonite Church
Coordinator, Israel/Palestine Partners in Peacemaking
Mennonite Church USA
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