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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: March Sunday Forums
09 Mar 2010
Modified: 12:37:38 PM
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


March 7th -- International Women's Day
"The Challenges of Women Today: A Voice from the South"

Lebogang Ramafoko is Senior Executive of Media at Soul City, a world renowned South African-based not for profit that harnesses the power of media for health promotion and social justice.

On a more personal level, Lebo is a single mother of two children and a survivor of emotional domestic abuse. She spoke out about it in 2008, during the "16 days of no violence against women and children" celebrations on national TV. The story was also covered in the Mail and Guardian Newspaper during the same period (December 2008). As a known media person in South Africa (due to her other work in a youth sexuality programme called Take 5) her story was an inspiration to many women who suffer in silence.

This forum is co-sponsored with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.


March 14th -- JAN CANNAVAN
“Centuries of Irish Revolutionary Women”

From the time of the prehistoric Celts to the present, Irish women have struugled for national freedom and defended their rights to equality as women. Much of this history has been erased by conservative Catholic sexism, until recent years when Irish Republican feminists have begun to restore women to their rightful place in the historical record. Our speaker will give an overview of some of the women who have worked to liberate Ireland from British (and American!) imperialism.

Jan Cannavan has been an active supporter of the Irish Republican movement for over 30 years, beginning with Sinn Fein in Dublin in the ’80s. For six years she worked in New York with the Irish Women’s Studies Group, organizing U.S. tours for members of the Sinn Fein Women’s Department and producing a video, “Women’s Struggle Liberates Ireland/Ireland’s Struggle Liberates Women”. Her primary research interest is the intersection of gender, class and national identity, particularly as these are manifested in Irish history.


March 21st -- LANI BLECHMAN
"Reproductive Justice and the Debate Over Women's Bodies"

What do abortion rights have to do with disability, economic, environmental, gender, and racial justice? How do abortion rights fit into queer liberation and youth empowerment? What's the connection between the right to have children, the right to not have children, and the right to healthy families and communities? Lani Blechman will join us in exploring these questions through a Reproductive Justice framework, by examining our values, and beginning to translate them into action.

Lani, hails from Miami and lives in Northampton where she thinks about dealing with class privilege and oppression, global feminisms, queer dance parties, dismantling racism, and heat and humidity. Lani fell into Reproductive Justice in 2005 when she was a student organizer of CLPP's annual conference for community and student activists. She is currently a collective member of Translate Gender, on the advisory board of The Prison Birth Project, and Operations Assistant at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP). Her past hats include substitute teacher, youth worker, and blogger. You can read her musing at


March 28th -- LEE FICH
“Liberation Seder”

In celebration and honor of Passover we will gather for our annual Liberation Seder. This is the time when we remember the Jewish story of resistance and come together as a community to celebrate the timeless story of overcoming injustice and choosing to remember the connection to all struggles for liberation. Please remember to bring a potluck dish to share. This is an especially good Sunday to bring friends and family!

Lee Fich is a long time friend of the church who has led the Passover Seder for many years now.



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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