This Sunday, June 24, Brittany Caine-Conley and Rebecca McGregor will be showing pictures and recounting their very memorable and meaningful mission trip to our southern border, their interactions there with immigrants and those who provide care at the increasingly chaotic border. We will also hear of the cases of 6 trans women who our community is hoping to shelter as their asylum cases make their way through the courts. Next week, July 1, we’ll highlight local efforts to assist our immigrant neighbors close by, with representatives from CIRAC, International Neighbors, and others in our community. On July 8, we’ll be discussing a look ahead to what support people can express to uplift our community in the days surrounding the anniversary of the weekend of August 11-12. And we’ll conclude our discussion series on July 15 with a panel of representatives from gun violence prevention groups. We hope you’ll join us in the Library.
For those with teens, and who want to understand teens and hard headlines, this is a good article from Patheos, under its “Unfundamentalist Parenting” blog. The writer spins off from a reading of The Hate U Give, the book we’re encouraging the whole congregation to read ahead of our adult ed course starting in September. She gives a good synopsis of the book along the way, in case you were curious but hesitant. Here’s the link to the article and here’s a link to order the book online. Of course, you may prefer to patronize your local bookstore or library. There will soon be a copy in the church library of this multiple award-winning young adult novel. But don’t wait, the headlines just keep coming.
Please join us at Common Grounds on May 21, June 18, and July 16 from 6:30 – 8:00 for a time of knitting or crocheting and fellowship. This is a wonderful time to meet other members of the church family. Hope to see you on Monday. If you have any questions contact .
Please check these new additions to our library.
- The Broken Cord, by Michael Dorris: When Dorris and his wife, the novelist Louise Erdrich, adopted their 3 year old son, they realized he had developmental problems, but did not grasp how serious the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome would be. This book describes their lives with Adam as he grew up and as they coped with his disabilities and their own reactions. This book won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989.
- How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times, edited by Annie Chagnot and Emi Ikkanda. “During this past politically divisive and culturally tumultuous year, these editors compiled this heartening collection of both contemporary and classic verses and quotations intended to provide hope, solace, and inspiration during times of personal turmoil and/or collective anxiety.”
- Gundamentalism and Where it is Taking America, by The Reverend James E. Atwood. “Jim Atwood started out writing books to encourage preaching with humor. He ended up as the primary voice of the Christian church in sounding the alarm about the gun violence epidemic that killed 36,000 Americans in 2016. His recognition, as the recipient of the 2018 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild, not only honors the urgent work of Jim Atwood, but speaks well of the whole Presbyterian Church for its focus on gun violence prevention.”
- The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas: This 2017 book, on the National Book Award Longlist , is required reading for all upcoming 9th graders in the Charlottesville Public Schools this summer. In it, a young African-American teenager is present when her friend is killed by a policeman. From there, the story follows her struggle to make sense of her environment and her own life, as she encounters the viral racism and hate, as well as the genuine acceptance and warmth of those around her. A strong book, “which everybody in America should read.”
Congratulations! Let your light shine!
From high school: Leah Patek (CHS) to William and Mary; Jack Timmins (CHS), hired by Charlottesville City Schools to work in the Sigma Engineering Lab at CHS and will also continue his job writing code for an app used by a local hydroponics company; Thomas Schlipper (Murray), to PVCC, Chris Goode (Tandem) an internship at the ASC/Blackfriars first then to VCU; A.J. Given, to UVA, Grayson Heflin (AHS) to JMU; Cassidy Wells (MHS) to NC State along with Taryn Cowles (AHS) also going to NC State; Nick Bird (WAHS) to Hunter College in NYC, and Ty Huneycutt (WAHS) to CNU.
From college: Hope Atkins from UVA with a double major in English and Psychology, entering in a Master in Social Work program at Smith College and Wade Goodrich, grandson of Barbara and Bascom Deaver, son of Diane Goodrich, from VA Tech, entering UVA as grad student in Architectural History.
From graduate school: Ryan Lake from Johns Hopkins with a Masters Degree in Applied Math and Statistics. Ryan will be getting married in August!
Our high school graduates and all others were recognized on Sunday, May 13 at the 11:00 AM worship service.