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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: February Sunday Forums
03 Feb 2010
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


February 7th -- Superbowl Sunday
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Demons: Why Are So Many Athletes Being Exposed for Personal Indiscretions?"

Over the past few years the world, and America in particular, has been stunned by numerous cases of "athletes gone bad"--individuals at the heights of their careers who are caught in the public eye engaged in deeply concerning personal behavior. Is this a case of athletes thinking they are above the law, rather above general, civil social order? Or is is it more a case of the public opening its eyes, surprised to find its heroes as human and vulnerable to moral dilemmas as the rest of us?

Dave Czesniuk joined Sport in Society at Northeastern Univ. in 2004 and currently serves as Director of Operations. He oversees the integration of all programs, research, marketing and fund-raising. During this time, Sport in Society has expanded programs such as Athletes in Service and Master's in Sports Leadership and launched an annual Power of Sport summit, where global leaders in the sport industry convene to discuss strategies for making a stronger impact in social justice and community outreach. A sports psychologist, Dave has taught and developed leadership skills at West Point, Marist College and Northeastern.


February 14th -- JASON LYDON
“When Love Becomes Abuse: Domestic Violence, its Roots, and What We Can Do”

Domestic violence/intimate partner abuse occurs in all kinds of relationships and impacts people across all communities with all identities. Because we live in a culture that normalizes power-over systems such as racism, capitalism, patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, ablism, etc. as individuals we internalize the legitimacy of this structure of relationships. We will discuss what domestic violence is, how it impacts our communities, what we can do, and how we must connect ending domestic violence to all of our struggles for collective liberation.

Jason Lydon is the Congregational Director at the Community Church of Boston. Jason uses some of his volunteer time with The Network/La Red, a social justice based, survivor led domestic violence organization that works with lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender, polyamorous, and BD/SM communities.


February 21st -- RICHARD BECKER
"Palestine, Israel and the U.S.Empire"

Richard Becker is a noted writer and commentator on Middle East affairs and has contributed to various books and videos on the region. His recent book (of the same title) provides a sharp analysis of historic and current events in the struggle for Palestine--from the division of the Middle East by Western powers and the Zionist settler movement, to the founding of Israel and its regional role as a guardian for U.S.interests, to present-day conflicts and the prospects for a just resolution. The book is an introduction to the heroic efforts of the Palestinian people to achieve justice in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Richard is the Western Regional coordinator of the Party for Socialism & Liberation and a frequent contributor to Liberation newspaper and He has visited the Middle East on numerous occasions.


February 28th -- Annual W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Address
"The Education of Black People"

Journalist, writer & teacher, Calvin Hicks has always been engaged in national and international liberation struggles. He is proud to have been a member of the prestigious Harlem Writers Guild (with John O. Killens); founder and chair of the On Guard Committee for Freedom; executive director of the Monroe Defense Committee in Support of Robert Williams (of which Dr. DuBois was honorary chair); influential in the Fair Play for Cuba Committee; & recipient of a range of awards for outstanding contributions to "community".

Mr. Hicks has been a professor and senior administrator at Brandeis Univ., Goddard Col., Brown Univ., Roxbury Community Col. & finally New England Conservatory of Music. He was also co-founder of the Black Educators Roundtable in Boston. 'The Education of Black People', still in print, is the most complete presentation of DuBois' views on education now available.



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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