Join us as we explore the Gospel of Mark (generally thought to be the oldest Gospel in the Biblical canon) using the book/study guide produced by Ched Myers et al, Say to This Mountain (http://www.christianbook.com/say-to-this-mountain/ched-myers/9781570751004/pd/0751005). We nearing the end of the Gospel of Mark, but first-time visitors are welcome anytime.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm (at First U in Brooklyn Heights)
A powerful documentary about a Unitarian Universalist couple who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust (http://twowhodared.facinghistory.org/). We’re hoping to bring a diverse interfaith audience together to view this powerful new documentary at an historic UU church in Brooklyn. SYNOPSIS
After seventeen ministers declined the Unitarian Association’s request for relief volunteers in Europe, Waitstill and Martha were the eighteenth call. When they committed to the dangerous undertaking, they left their two young children in the care of their congregation in Wellesley, Massachusetts and traveled to Czechoslovakia at the onset of WWII. In order to enable the clandestine transportation of refugees, they battled political and social blockades, broke laws to get imperiled individuals exit visas and laundered money on the black market. Over the course of two missions: in Prague (1939), and in Southern France (1940), the Sharps, and their underground confederates, played a vital role in saving thousands from persecution. The documentary film is told from the point of view of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, and includes interviews with rescued children and noted Holocaust scholars.
Official Call to the Spring Meeting of the Metropolitan Association
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
(Registration and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:00 AM)
At the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach
320 Beach 94th Street, Rockaway Beach, New York 11693
Theme: “Faith in Action: Rising Up Renewed and Revived”
Scripture: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Join us for a special worship service this coming March 31st (2013) as we celebrate one of the high holy days of the Church. As is our custom we will also acknowledge the pre-Christian roots of this sacred time of year. ASBC is a wonderful place to search for truth and meaning in a progressively oriented community open to all!
Our Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30 every Sunday.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(Join ASBC Minister of Music for a special, Holy Week celebration of Maunday Thursday)
This year’s service will be centered on a meal. It will be a time where we remember the last meal Jesus shared with friends. In community table fellowship, we recall how Jesus, the God-infused radical, suffered at the hands of his oppressors. But all was not lost! Easter is in three days!
Vigil calling attention to the case of Brooklyn College Graduate, Fahad Hashmi.
When: March 22nd (6-7PM) See website below for additional upcoming vigil dates.
Where: Across the Street from the Metropolitan Correctional Center, which is located at 160 Park Row (at Pearl Street).
A letter sent out about the upcoming Vigil:
Dear Clergy and Faith Communities,
On Monday, March 22nd (6-7PM), we are calling on clergy and people of faith to join in a vigil outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan to call attention to the case of Fahad Hashmi and the human rights violations in the domestic War on Terror. We are making a special effort to get religious communities out to the twice-monthly vigil begun by Theaters Against War in the fall. While much attention has been paid to overseas rights violations at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram, the considerable civil rights violations taking place in the federal courts and the inhumane treatment happening within the federal prison system have gone largely unchecked. Everyone with connections to faith based and ethically focused organizations (synagogues, mosques, churches, ethical culture, Friends meeting houses, etc.) should do what they can to alert clergy re this event, the background of Fahad’s case, and the egregious nature of his confinement (nearly 3 years of solitary confinement without a trial facing classified evidence that he has not been allowed to review). We hope to have the clergy present be seen/identifiable (stoles, collars, etc.). And of course members of faith communities who want to show their support are strongly encouraged to attend.
For additional Information re Fahad’s case: www.thenation.com/doc/20090420/theoharis
Contact information re the March 22nd Vigil:
Dr. Jeanne Theoharis email@example.com Brooklyn College
Rev. Tom Martinez All Souls Church firstname.lastname@example.org 718-915-2600
Liz Theoharris The Poverty Initiative, Union Theological Seminary email@example.com