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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: December Sunday Forums
11 Dec 2008
Modified: 01:51:42 PM
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


December 7th -- Join us in Celebration!
2008 Sacco & Vanzetti Social Justice Award Ceremony
Presented to JIM HARNEY

Jim Harney lived with the poor of El Salvador; he lived with the Communities of Population in Resistance in Guatemala; he travelled to Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico to interview survivors of the 1997 massacre; he's travelled to Argentina, Colombia, Iraq and elsewhere to witness and report on the struggles that occur among the most oppressed segments of those societies. The power of the stories he has collected revolves around everyday people engaged in redefining power in their own lives and communities.

Joining in the celebration will be Jean Gallo, who has worked with hundreds of individuals and done decades of extensive human rights work in Central
America. And we welcome Dean Stevens, singer-songwriter extrodinaire, who'll lead us in jubilent song.

Following the program, please join us for a delicious Central American buffet.


"The Three-Month Peace Walk from Hiroshima to Tokyo"

Our guests today participated in a walk from February to May of 2008 in support of Article 9 in the Japanese Constitution, which renunciates war. The dramatic walk, originating at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, also preceded a global conference to abolish war held in Tokyo on May 4th.

Sister Clare represented the New England Peace Pagoda, along with six members of its support community (including John & Carrie Schuchardt). The two men we know as the Foundation Movement did the entire walk as well. The Peace Pagoda newsletter described them thusly: "The hip-hop artists from Boston, Erok and Optimus, have amazed everyone--they walk all day and perform at night--rain or shine, wherever they are. They form a creative dynamic with the Japanese young people that is enlivening." Do come; this should be special!


December 21st -- JASON LYDON
"Saturnalia: The Holiday Christmas Desperately Tries to Hide"

Saturnalia — a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture — was celebrated right around the time Christmas we declared. During the festivals the everyday rules were turned topsy-turvy. The masters waited on the servants. All sexual prohibitions were lifted. It was a time of true good will towards all men. So often only right winG preachers talk about sex and sexuality from the pulpit, we have got to be part of changing that. While many Christians will celebrate the virginity of Mary we will discuss healthy human sexuality and the beauty of the things that often happen in the dark.

Jason Lydon is our Congregational Director.


December 28th -- Rev. ROBERT MURPHY
The Green Revolution in Religion

"Energy justice' and "environmental justice" are new themes that are being raised in many places. Unitarian Universalists and others are connecting economic justice and anti-oppression concerns to environmental protection issues. Today, we'll give special attention to energy issues in Massachusetts.

Rev. Robert Murphy is a former business agent for SEIU, Local 254, who is a leader in the "energy justice" movement. Bob has worked on community health and safety issues for many years and he now serves as the parish minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, on Cape Cod.



The Community Church is located at 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square, between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets. Parking is available on Sunday
mornings at the Back Bay Garage (entrances on Clarendon Street or St. James Ave.). We can provide a sticker to affix to your parking receipt and you will be charged only $3 until 1:30pm.

By public transportation, take the Green line to Copley or take the Orange line to Back Bay station. Community Church is a 2-4 minute walk from either station.



The Community Church of Boston is a free community of human beings united for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all forms of social and economic life.



Jason Lydon, Congregational Director
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617)266-0449 (fax)
info (at)

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