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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: February Sunday Forums
02 Feb 2009
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"

FEBRUARY 2009 SUNDAY FORUMS

February 1st -- Superbowl Sunday
MEGHAN O. MAHONEY
"All the Sports World's a Stage and All the Athletes MORE than Merely Players!"

Meghan Mahoney serves as manager of operations at Sport in Society--a Northeastern University Center--where she is responsible for ensuring productive, efficient internal activities and external advocacy. Previously, she spent a year researching the international development of women's ice hockey in Denmark, New Zealand & South Africa. Meghan was a four-year varsity ice hockey player and team captain at the College of the Holy Cross, where she graduated in 2005.

Paraphrasing Shakespeare, she observes that sport is perhaps a more closely watched and revered stage than any other. As pure an escape as the general audience wishes sport to be, athletes are intrinsically connected to the larger world in both their daily lives and their place on this great stage. What happens when athletes not only recognize this connection, but use their positions to draw attention to the stark realities that exist within sport and in the greater community? What would it take for tonight's winning quarterback, say, to use his spotlight to speak up for human rights? What is his responsibility to do so, and how would we react if he did?

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February 8th -- MATTHEW P. DUMONT, M.D.
“Hope Amid the Ruins” (rescheduled from 1/11)

MATTHEW P. DUMONT, M.D.
“Hope Amid the Ruins”

Matt Dumont, a long-time friend of Community Church, has also become our prophet. In December, 2004, after Bush’s reelection, he encouraged us by observing correctly that “even in the heart of The Beast there are self-defeating forces”. In December, 2006, after a few Democratic victories, he warned that it was “time for some thoughtful reflection about who the Democrats really are and what they are capable of”. And now he asks, “What are our best expectations of a promising new administration which carries the burdens of corporate influence that caused the desolation of our world?”

Matt is author of "Treating the Poor: A Personal Sojourn through the Rise & Fall of Community Mental Health" (1994), an account of his decades of experience as a community psychiatrist in Chelsea, MA.

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February 15th -- JASON LYDON
“In the Spirit of Valentines Day - Sex, Sexuality, and the Left”

Due to the storms in December we did not have the opportunity to reflect on the story of Saturnalia and thus the de-sexualizing of the winter season was left without discussion. As Hallmark floods us with false romance around Valentines Day we will discuss the history of sex radicals from Emma Goldman to Alexander Berkman. The Right Wing churches spew lies and misinformation about human sexuality from the pulpit Sunday after Sunday, we must create an alternative to that. This Sunday we will speak honestly and openly about human sexuality, its role in the Left and its necessity for holistic fulfillment.

Jason Lydon is our Congregational Director

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February 22nd -- The 27th Annual W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Address
TY de PASS
“Racism, the Media, and the Struggle for Justice in ‘Post-Racial America’”

In its recent coverage of corruption allegations against City Councilor Chuck Turner and former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, Boston’s corporate media (the Globe, Herald, Phoenix, and the broadcast networks) has revealed a cynical 3-prong strategy w/ the apparent intent of discrediting current Black community leadership: (1) “naming-and-shaming” (focussing on Turner’s character “flaws” and physical appearance rather than critically examining the FBI’s allegations); (2) “divide-and-conquer” (promoting the notion of a growing intergenerational political conflict in the Black community); and (3) the “Big Lie” (promoting the unsupported claim that Obama’s election is proof that racism no longer limits Black aspirations).

Ty dePass, a long time practitioner of agit-prop and popular education will draw out this critique and share ideas on how ordinary people can build grassroots resistance to media’s misinformation campaign.

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DIRECTIONS/PARKING

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.

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A PEACE AND JUSTICE CONGREGATION SINCE 1920

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.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US

Jason Lydon, Congregational Director
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617)266-6710
(617)266-0449 (fax)
info (at) commchurch.org
http://www.communitychurchofboston.org

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