Gun violence, environmental sustainability, immigration policy, and (the rights to) affordable health care and voting access are crucial to us as citizens and Christians, and the tremendous flux and tumult which surrounds these issues is evident in the current political situation. Nancy O’Brien and Sally Telford, in conjunction with the Peace and Justice Committee, are planning a series of events to more fully engage the congregation in contacting our lawmakers and making our concerns about these issues known. Please save the dates of April 23, April 30. May 7, and May 14 on your calendars and plan to stay after church services to participate in this endeavor. We will learn about upcoming legislation, and we will be provided writing materials and contact information in order to send postcards and letters making our concerns known to our state and federal officials. Please contact Nancy OBrien, Sally Telford, or for further information about this action, or to offer your advice and assistance in its planning and execution.
As communities of faith mobilize around the Sanctuary Movement and consider how to protect and care for the vulnerable, the undocumented, detained immigrants and the families and loved ones of deported people, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is training and organizing circles of protection in cities across Virginia.
In Charlottesville, Legal Aid Justice Center has been leading the way in creating a rapid response network for undocumented people. In addition, communities of faith and immigration advocates have been organizing and mobilizing around the following:
Establishing a hotline and Rapid Response support in partnership with LAJC and Sin Barreras
Immigrant Detention Watch and Visitation
Providing safe transportation and locations for vulnerable people (sanctuary)
VICPP is sending their Welcoming All Coordinator to meet with all of the different individuals and parties involved or interested, to give an overview of what is happening at the national and state level and how Charlottesville might organize circles of protection.
Join us in the Library of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sunday March 19 at 7pm. with questions.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Announcing an evening program on economic inequality, to be held in Charlottesville at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 24th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The main speaker will be Joseph Stiglitz, of Columbia University and Nobel Laureate, and one of the most distinguished scholars in this field. After his speech, a panel of authors will address various issues related to the challenges of inequality that we face as a nation – be they low wages, health care, education/training, jobs, physical health or life expectancy.
The person to introduce the speaker and lead the panel will be Frank Sesno, an award-winning American journalist,and commentator for CNN and sometimes for NPR. The event is sponsored jointly by the Virginia Festival of the Book, and the local organization Clergy and Laity United.
We are an interfaith group of clergy and lay people in central Virginia who believe that a prophetic vision on crucial issues of justice, peace, and the common good must be given voice. For more than a decade, we have sought to help build a more faithful and knowledgeable community of conscience and to stimulate action in the arena of public policy.
For more than a year we have studied Economic Inequality, its disturbing effects on our society, its causes, and possible solutions. Aware of the importance of this issue, the Virginia Festival of the Book will bring Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph Stiglitz to speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 24th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dr. Stiglitz is a leading author on economic inequality. (For more information and to purchase tickets see vabook.org.) As part of a collaborative effort with the Festival of the Book, the Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace is organizing a community dialog to address economic inequality. This dialog will extend beyond the 2017 Festival of the Book as community organizations and congregations work together toward effective actions on this issue.
for more information or for tickets. (Tickets are $6.00).
To purchase tickets online:
- visit: vabook.org
- Click on March 24 – An Evening with Joseph Stieglitz under FEATURED PROGRAMS (on the left)
- Scroll down to “Buy Ticket”
- Click on “Buy Ticket”
It started with a letter, just an email, really. Then a nagging thought: Someone ought to do something. Then a calling. Then lots of Westminster and community support. Now we’re going to have a positive, nonpartisan, radically inclusive, official sister rally to the Women’s March on Washington. We’ll gather as a community to stand for the things we believe in: women’s rights and health; gender, racial, and religious equality; protecting the environment; respect and inclusion. Charlottesville Gathers: A local rally to support the Women’s March on Washington will start at 9 with an active bystander intervention training overview, then at 10 will hold a mini-march, led by our own Tracy Howe Wispelwey and other clergy, who will give a community blessing from three faith traditions, and at 11 we’ll have a festival stage with speakers and entertainment. All the while, those who would like a quieter, seated experience can watch the live feed from D.C. in the inside theater space. At 12:45 we’ll have a seated, guided meditation and dismiss. There will be many ways to experience this day, and all are encouraged to come for as much or as little as you’d like.