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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…

Fast for the Philippines!

Following up on last Sunday’s discussion about fasting as a spiritual practice and an instrument of change, our church family is invited and encouraged to FAST next Thursday, December 5. During the day, remember and pray for the people of the Philippines and other strife-torn areas of the world.  Please pray also for greater awakening and commitment by the wealthiest of nations to address…

A Just Peace Church?

Over the past few months, the Peace and Justice Steering Committee has been exploring what it would mean for the Haydenville Congregational Church to become a Just Peace Church.  The Just Peace Church movement is a program of the United Church of Christ in which congregations “[commit] to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.”  The…

Occupy Northampton Spring 2012 Action

This spring, every corner of our movement is working together to pave the way for a huge wave of direct action—the 99% Spring. That’s why right now we’re organizing a massive effort to train 100,000 people—in the course of just one week—on how to take nonviolent direct action in spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll be preparing ourselves to…