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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: April Sunday Forums
01 Apr 2010
Modified: 03:31:13 PM
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"

APRIL 2010 SUNDAY FORUMS

April 4th -- Easter Sunday
JASON LYDON
"Did the Resurrection Turn Jesus Gay?"

Theodore Jennings wrote a book, The Man Jesus Loved, examining thev role of homoerotic relationships within the story of Jesus. He specifically explores the possibility that the historical Jesus figure may have in fact not only been the prince of peace but maybe the queen as well. On Easter the Jesus story culminates in one of the most powerful moments in the story, Jesus'
resurrection! There are those who believe that the resurrection was not necessarily of the Jesus figure himself, but the resurrection of his community to move forward and survive in the face of death. Queer theology offers an opportunity to explore all of the complicated border crushing and boundary pushing available to individuals and communities. So was Jesus gay in the flesh? Was Jesus queer? Was it after the resurrection that these answers were found? We will discuss.

Jason Lydon is the congregational director at the Community Church of Boston.

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April 11th -- MARY ZEPERNICK
"Legalize Democracy"

Mary Zepernick has worked with women's issues and organizations since the 1970s. In 1982, she joined the staff of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, later serving on its U.S. Section board, including two terms as president (she is serving on the national board again). In 1986, she founded a WILPF branch on Cape Cod and wrote a political column in the Cape Cod Times for 14 years.

Mary was a founding principal of the Program on corporations, Law & Democracy in 1995, and chaired WILPF's national "Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's Rights" campaign. A former teacher and trainer, she conducts workshops on the "democratic arts" and on dismantling racism, sexism & homophobia. She organized We the People, v Corporate Rule on Cape Cod, which is now being revived in response to the recent Supreme Court decision. Legalize Democracy is the campaign title for <movetoamend.org>.

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April 18th -- Earth Day
ELIZABETH SAUNDERS
"Protecting Ourselves from Toxic Chemicals in Our Everyday Lives"

Current government policies allow toxic substances to end up in our bodies without our knowledge or consent. We have seen that ignoring early warning signs can result in serious illnessThe tragic histories of lead and mercury, for example, demonstrate the harm caused when government and industry do not take action to protect public health. We will discuss how to create proactive policies to prevent harm before the damage is done, and choose the safest alternatives based on: choice, progress and innovation; rigorous science; individual and corporate responsibility; and democracy.

Elizabeth joined Clean Water Action in January of 2001 as a Campaign Organizer working with the New England Zero Mercury Campaign and (shortly thereafter) the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow a statewide coalition to prevent harm to our health from toxics. She led Clean Water Action’s efforts to pass the Massachusetts Mercury Products Bill which culminated in a victory in 2006. Currently Elizabeth coordinates the legislative campaign of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, acting as a lobbyist, media liaison, coalition coordinator, and grassroots organizer.

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April 25th -- Celebrating Labor and the International Workers' Holiday
UNITE-HERE
“Hotel Workers Rising - Standing with the Hyatt 100”

On August 31, Hyatt fired its longtime housekeeping staff at its three Boston-area hotels. Many of the fired housekeepers worked for their hotels for over 20 years. Many were required to train their replacements before being fired. Their replacements are being paid minimum wage. The firing of the "Hyatt 100" housekeepers stands as the most dramatic example of Hyatt's contributing to the nation's unemployment problem and healthcare crisis. The incident has drawn the ire of workers and community leaders alike, including Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, who said that he would call on state agencies to boycott the three Boston-area hotels if the housekeepers were not recalled.

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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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