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Community Church of Boston Turns 100: We Kickoff the Festivities with Samodivi

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

HERE WE ARE, one hundred years later, looking back on our history, and looking forward into our second century. Join us for Samodivi, the finest music Berklee has to offer, food, birthday cake, reminiscences, toasts to our glorious past, and toasts to our glorious future. Creative Mischief for Social Justice, A Free Pulpit in Action, A Peace and Justice Congregation since 1920…that’s what we are. Join us to kickoff our year of commemoration, celebration and inspiration!

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"2020: Make or Break for Global Environment and Peace” with Mazin Qumsiyeh

When: Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

We welcome back with open arms this engaging and celebrated Palestinian scientist, lecturer and activist. We thank our co-sponsors for hosting this event with us, as part of our 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Qumsiyeh will discuss the historical and geopolitical context on how we arrived at the junction where even climate change conferences end in admitted failure, conflicts rage in the Arab World, elite populists (Trump, Modi, Netanyahu) run powerful countries, and people follow like lemmings to the cliff. He articulates actions of mitigation and adaptation.

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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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“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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“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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“Albert Einstein: Reluctant Superstar” with George Capaccio

When: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

You’ll be introduced to the great scientist’s principled stand against injustice and the price he paid for his unwavering devotion to humanity. The performance will begin with a brief recap of his stunning scientific breakthrough in 1919 when his general theory of relativity was confirmed. News of his triumph brought him worldwide acclaim and the status of a “superstar” in the eyes of the public.

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In Concert with Roy Zimmerman

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

 

Roy Zimmerman: Political Satire's Genius Best!!
Without a doubt, Roy Zimmerman is among the most important political commentators of the last few decades" -- No Depression Magazine

Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection." -- Joni Mitchell

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Francis Day 2019: 30 Years of Francis Days: Celebrating Agape

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Agape Community • 2062 Greenwich Road • Hardwick

The Agape Community had its beginnings with the McCarthy family in Brockton, MA, to the current Agape location on 34 acres of land in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed in Hardwick, MA, where efforts at sustainability include two buildings with total solar energy and hot water, as well as a straw bale house with a compost toilet and a large organic garden.   Agape is devoted to alternative living, nonviolence and sustainability for high

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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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