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“W. E. B. Du Bois Address” with Tony Menelik Van Der Meer

When: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

This presentation will focus on the leadership qualities and contemporary importance of W. E. B. Du Bois and Malcolm X. Why are their ideas relevant to todays social, cultural, political and economic realities? 

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“Heading for Extinction: What to do About it” with John Burkhardt

When: Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it: record atmospheric carbon levels, global temperature rise, deforestation, plastic pollution, mass extinction of species... Join us to hear the latest information on the state of our planet, and learn how to become part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future. • John Burkhardt has been a volunteer with Extinction Rebellion since March.

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“Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy” with Charles Coe

When: Sunday, January 19, 2020, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

A Reflection on the impact of Martin Luther King on American life and politics through poetry, prose, and personal experience.

• Charles Coe is the author of three books of poetry and a novel, “Spin Cycles,” about a homeless man on the streets of Boston. He was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston and teaches poetry and prose in Newport MFA program at Salve Regina University.

music by CommUnity Voices

 

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“Oppression and Liberation in Boston: 3 Voices”

When: Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

with Amo Ngoepe, Rev. Jay Williams,
Dean Stevens; Dave Lewit: Moderator

 

(No 11:00 AM Service)

• Amo Ngoepe is Old South Church’s Pastoral Resident, outreach minister for OSC to Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, (G)RACE Speaks, and the Climate Change Task Force.

• Rev. Jay Williams is principal pastor of Union United Methodist Church in the South End

• Dean Stevens is a musician, translator, coffee merchant, and interim administrator here at CCB

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“Ourselves We Sing: CCB is 100 years-old!” with Dean Stevens, CommUnity Voices and You

When: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

Our archives tell us that the first meeting of The Community Church of Boston was on January 11, 1920. Join us as we begin the kickoff of what will be an entire year of festivities celebrating ourselves, our place in the struggle for peace and justice, the places we’ve been, and the future that is before us. Dean Stevens will share discoveries from the archives of Community Church, and CommUnity Voices will SING IN CCB’s NEW CENTURY.

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"The Criminalization of LGBTQ People" with Michael Cox

When: Sunday, December 22, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

(No 11:00 AM Service)

We will discuss mass incarceration and the work that Black and Pink does to fight back for LGBTQ people. We will then focus on how incarceration impacts the LGBTQ community and the unique challenges we face behind bars and in returning to the community.

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"Other Voices in the Room" with The Poets' Theatre

When: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

The Poets’ Theatre has invited some of the most talented practioners of Rap, Hip Hop and Spoken Word to introduce modes of poetic expression you may have heard about but not experienced in a live performance.

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“Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan Sculpture Exhibit” with Lewis Randa

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Reintroducing Helen Keller as Pacifist, Socialist, Suffragist and radical thinker of her times. The sculpture exhibit and talk will focus on two questions that relate to Keller and Anne Sullivan, her teacher and mentor: What did your teacher help you see that was once invisible?  What did your teacher help you hear that was once silent? Presentation will include short film clips and audio recordings.

• Lewis Randa is the Director of the Life Experience School which has offered a unique peace program for its students with disabilities since its establishment in 1972.

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“Murder, Remorse, Prison, and Fighting for Justice” with Jean Trounstine and Karter Kane Reed

When: Sunday, November 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Karter Reed, sentenced as a child to an adult prison for a murder he committed at age sixteen will speak about why kids have the power to transform themselves behind bars.
Jean Trounstine, who wrote BOY WITH A KNIFE, a book featuring Reed, will discuss why children do not belong in adult prisons and why our parole system is failing such lifers.

• Karter Reed earned a 4.0 at Quinsigamond Community College, graduation with highest honors, and currently works and lives with his wife and family in Maine.

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“Dios de los Muertos for US?” with Rev. Ignacio Castuera

When: Sunday, November 3, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The Mexican observance of the Day of the Dead may provide ways to celebrate accomplishments and search for future tasks. 

• Born in Puebla, Mexico Rev. Ignacio Castuera has benefited from the best years of California’s commitment to education. He holds a Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology and served as pastor, Counseling Psychologist, Social Service Agency’s Director and District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church.

music by Afro-Pop Band, Kina Zoré

 

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“Democracy Denied (On the Workings of U.S. Politics)” with Victor Wallis

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Victor Wallis will speak about a short popular book on the social and historical basis of current US politics that includes remarks about “exceptionalism,” US imperialism, mass incarceration, US Left history, and present-day clashes.

Victor Wallis teaches in the Liberal Arts department at the Berklee College of Music and was for twenty years the managing editor of Socialism and Democracy. He is the author of Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism (2018) and of many articles. His activism dates from the 1960s.

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“In Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day” with Tom Pacheco

When: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Tom Pacheco’s songs have been covered by Jefferson Starship, the Band, Rick Danko, Richie Havens, Scott Petito and Leslie Ritter, John Hall and dozens of European artists, many becoming number one hits in England and Norway. His albums have sold well in Europe. One became platinum in the mid 90’s. He played folk rock in Greenwich Village, NY in the lat 60’s and alternative country in Austin Texas in the early 80’s. He walked out on the Nashville songwriting factories and spent 10 years in Dublin Ireland recording and touring extensively in Europe.

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And Still We Remember....

When: Monday, August 26, 2019, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

 

The Sacco Vanzetti Commemoration Society presents:

"And Still We Remember..."

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7PM-9PM 
at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston
 

Another look at the case that rocked Boston and the world from 1920-1927 and the remarkable impact of the lives and
death of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti until this very day. 

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Defending Children's Human Rights in Palestine

When: Friday, May 24, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Meet Farah Bayadsi, Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer for Defense of Children International - Palestine

 

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“What is Happening in Venezuela, and Why Should It Matter to All of Us?” with Rev. Mike Clark

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

(No 11:00 AM Service)

Rev. Clark will present a brief overview of recent events in Venezuela and place them in the context of 20 years of enmity between the US and the Bolivarian social and economic experiment. The outcome of the current struggle has implications for movements and nations everywhere that are seeking a more just world.

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