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.
We're off to a great start this fall semester for adult Sunday School. About 15-20 of us have enjoyed working with Tai Amri for Peace Training these past few weeks. We've done a lot of deep breathing and holy sharing with one another. Our next class begins on Oct. 1st and we'd love to have you join us!
Dave Smit will be leading a seven-week class on "The Language of Faith." Class is each week at 9:30 a.m. and there are options available for all ages (the nursery is open and Sunday School is available for ages three and up). Grab a cup of coffee and join us!
October 1 through November 12 (seven weeks)
The Language of Faith
Led by Dave Smit
Ever hear the slogan, “Take people for what they mean, not for what they say?” It turns out the slogan is right. We understand each other in complicated ways that cannot be accounted for primarily by the words we use. The context in which we use words may be more important than the words themselves.
In this class, we’ll examine how we talk about what matters to us, following the procedures of Hermeneutics, or the theory and practice of interpretation. We can call it Hermen, for short. We’ll begin by studying how we rely on context to understand each other’s everyday speech and writing, then move on to examine how we bring our own background and experience to written texts. With this as a framework, we’ll delve into how to effectively use terms such as “good” and “bad,” and “right” and “wrong,” how to appropriately interpret sacred texts, and how to share our faith with others who may think our beliefs and values are very strange. We’ll explore ways to make our judgments seem reasonable to people who disagree with us and our faith sensible to those whose beliefs are very different from our own.
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.
Your church leadership has been at work over the summer creating some new communications tools to help us keep each other informed. In the Members’ Area of our website you will find instructions on using the Church Directory, the Sign Up Genius page, and (new!) helpful online forms.
The Online Forms section has three new forms that will be very helpful for all of us. They are a one-stop-shop for you to share information with the people who need it. No more remembering who needs to know what! When you use the forms we will have all the information we need to follow up in one place. No more searching through e-mails and post-it notes!
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.
If you consider yourself to be a young adult and are looking to connect with other young adults in our community, consider joining this monthly gathering. Those with and without children are welcome. The group typically gathers for a potluck in someone's home or out in the community each month.The August gathering is on August 19th in the home of David and Jared Hoff. Questions? contact David Williams (email or text/call), who coordinates the group.
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.
Children in elementary school are invited to join us for acolyte training on Sunday, August 27th at 10am. Kids will leave Sunday School early that day to meet up with Andria and Pastor Caela in the sanctuary. We'll invite the older kids who have already been acolytes help train the younger and new ones. We look forward to welcoming a new group of acolytes into our rotation. If you have questions, please contact Andria.
School supply lists are out. College students will soon be filling the town. Summer is coming to a close. This August, join us as we go back to school with Jesus. We'll spend the month of August exploring some of his parables during worship and we kick off this four week sermon series on August 6th with a special Jazz Worship and a sermon on what it means to be a disciple. And...save the date for August 20th. We'll be blessing backpacks and teachers during worship that day and partying at Feast and Festival that night. The 20th is also our kick-off date for new classes for kids, youth, and adults at 9:30 a.m.