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Peace and Justice Blog (Page 2)

Resources for Black Lives Matter series

Resources for BLM Series Haydenville Congregational Church 2/12/17 UCC Resources Toyan Harper, Jr. (TJ) is a new Associate for Racial Justice Ministries for the  Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ.  In this role he will seek to provide leadership and training in the area of racial justice ministries; coordinate and guide the work of MACUCC staff, clergy and lay leaders in this…

HCC Circle of Care for Refugees

As you may already know, the City of Northampton is working to create a network of support for Catholic Charities to bring 51 refugees (10 to 17 families) to Northampton. The mayor has called together community leaders to work on issues of housing, employment, education, English classes, fundraising, etc. Susannah Crolius is the Catholic Charities coordinator, and is also organizing Circles of…

Work continues to embrace refugees in Pioneer Valley

Public meetings on the refugee project will be Sunday, Sept. 18,  6:30-8:30, JFK Middle School and Sept. 22, 2-4, Northampton Senior Center. By Doug Rennick You’ll recall that this spring we collected many welcome kit items for refugees, which we delivered on June 12 to Jewish Family Service in Springfield. These welcome kits were much appreciated. That was an initiative of the…

Peace & Justice explores interfaith help for Syrian refugees

By Lisa Hall Pastor Andrea and I attended an interfaith meeting at B’nai Israel on January 9 to learn about congregations joining to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. Representatives of Jewish Family Services and Acentria (formerly Lutheran Family Services) spoke and answered questions. These two agencies are contracted with the federal government to resettle refugees in western Massachusetts. The agencies don’t choose…