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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: December Sunday Forums
08 Dec 2009
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


“Sex Worker Justice: An Essential Part of the Struggle for Workers Liberation“

Sex worker justice is about advocating alongside those in the sex trade willingly or through coercion. Solidarity with sex workers must include work against the social stigma, criminalization, and violence against sex workers. Providing access to education and health care for sex workers is vital for their safety and the safety of their communities. We will discuss the complexities of sex worker advocacy and its relevance in movements for social justice today.

Elizabeth Marie Rivera-Valentine is one of the Health Educators and the Web Designer for TransCEND. She started at TransCEND in March 2009. As Health Educator of TransCEND she help members get connected to transgender related services based on their needs including HIV couseling and testing. She also facilitates TransCEND support groups and educational groups including cultural competency trainings for service providers working with transgender women.


December 13th -- Prof. SMRITI RAO
“Putting 'Global' in the Global Economic Crisis”

Smriti Rao is assistant professor of economics and global studies at Assumption College in Worcester and a member of the progressive Dollars & Sense collective. She states, "I grew up in India--born around the time PM Indira Gandhi was throwing Coca-Cola out of the country, entering college when Coke was being invited back in--so naturally I ended up becoming an economist!" Her areas of interest are economic development in general and gender inequality in particular.

Prof. Rao's talk will argue that the current recession provides us with a reminder of the perils of unfettered markets. She feels that a close look at the countries worst affected by the financial crisis indicates they are also countries that globalized enthusiastically, but without the ability of the U.S. or E.U. to finance stimulus packages or indeed social safety nets. Unfortunately, as she sees it, while organizations such as the IMF claim to have become more flexible in their policy recommendations, the evidence suggests they continue to constrain developing countries' efforts to use economic policy to counter the effects of the recession.


December 20th -- JASON LYDON
“The Holiday Special: Finding Comfort in Darkness and Wisdom in Light”

Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa, and Yule are all part of this celebration of transition, birth, survival, and hope! December 21st marks the end of days getting shorter and the beginning of a stronger light. The religious holidays of the month bring us stories of hope and possibility. We will gather together in hope while we reflect on the gifts and blessings of the year, finding comfort in community, and strength in our capacity to continue to resist tyranny. While we celebrate the returning of light we remember the beauty, comfort, and mystery of the darkness.


December 27th -- NO SUNDAY SERVICES



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) 266-6710
(617) 266-0449 (fax)
info (at)

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