Adult Learning Time at 9:45AM on September 23 and 30: Poverty in the U.S. and Jesus’ Instructions for Caring for the Poor
The United States is a land of stark contrasts. It is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, with unsurpassed technological innovation, and a higher education system that leads the world. On the other hand, 40 million in the U.S. live in poverty, 18.5 million live in extreme poverty and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty (based on 2016 census data). How can this be in one of the world’s wealthiest societies? Join us to learn more about poverty and human rights in the U.S. and to discuss how this information informs how we will do God’s work in the world.
September 16 is Just Peace Sunday. During Adult Learning Time (9:45-10:45 a.m.), we will hear from Tyler Connoley. Tyler will help us deepen our conversation on immigration and share some things he learned while making the decision to be arrested.
Sunday, September 9 during Adult Learning Time, Sara John, Executive Director and Project Coordinator at The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America will talk about immigration issues.
Raise Up Missouri – Raising the minimum wage is pretty straight forward. But if one doesn’t work for minimum wage, it can be hard to fully understand how difficult life can be. Join us as we get personal about what it takes to live from day to day and how we have an opportunity to make wages more just in Missouri. We will meet in the Fireside Room 9:45-10:45 a.m.
It seems everywhere you look, people are taking sides and calling names. How can we learn to find common ground? On Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m., the groundbreaking vocal group The Ripple Effect presents “If You Knew Me, You’d Love Me,” an afternoon/evening of music and words designed to build understanding. Uplifting songs of unity and inspiration will be interwoven with speakers from the community who will share personal stories of feeling misunderstood in our society today. The event takes place at Peace United Church of Christ.
You’ll hear a wide variety of great songs delivered by the choir with plenty of style—everything from Broadway and R&B to pop and psychedelic soul funk. You will also hear words spoken from the heart. Their stories will help us reach a fuller understanding of each other.
CDF Freedom School is June 11 to July 27.
The church picnic is June 3 following the 11:00 a.m. service.
The application period for the CDF Freedom School at Peace UCC is open. The enrollment form can be found here http://deaconess.org/CDF-freedom-schools-enrollment
More information about CDF Freedom School can be found here http://deaconess.org/community-engagement/childrens-defense-fund-freedom-schools%C2%AE
We have an opportunity through the Deaconess Foundation to go to Jefferson City for Child Advocacy Day. More information can be found here http://deaconess.org/blog/child-advocacy-day-april-3rd-jefferson-city