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


May 2nd -- Celebrating Labor and the International Workers' Holiday II
"Labor's Untold Story: Lessons from the Past"

The labor movement is in crisis and many of the lessons from our past can help us figure out how better to organize and how to deal with a two-party political system that is largely unresponsive to the needs of poor and working people.

David Cohen has been active in the labor movement for 38 years, both as a rank & file elected leader and on staff for UE (United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America). UE is well known for its commitment to militant, democratic rank & file unionism. Besides being involved in union negotiations and organizing, he is also part of the UE Educational Dept. (Dave is also the son of long-time CCB member, Abe Cohen!)


May 9th -- Mothers' Day
"Before and After the Earthquake"

The Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB) is a grassroots organization founded by a group of "sisters" from different social, religious and economic backgrounds. For over 20 years, it has been a strong political voice in the Haitian community. AFAB's mission is to empower Haitian women by helping them develop the individual and collective capacity to improve their status, thus the ability to effect positive changes in their and their families' lives.

AFAB provides a number of programs and services to the Haitian community, including Housing & Housing Advocacy, Adult Education, Youth Development, Domestic Violence Prevention and Legal Assistance. In recent months, it has joined other local Haitian organizations raising money for earthquake victims and rebuilding efforts, forming the Haitian-American Relief Fund.


May 16th -- SAMIA A. HALABY
"The Revolutionary Art of the Palestinian Intifada"

Samia Halaby was born in Jerusalem, but emigrated in the late 1940s with her family to escape Israeli terrorism. She was educated in the U.S. (including two fine art masters degrees) and has lived most of her life here, though Palestine as subject matter enters into her abstract artwork as well as her politically explicit art. Samia has taught at more than half-dozen universities & art institutes and been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., Europe & Middle East. Her work is featured in the collections of numerous museums here & abroad, and she is an extensively reviewed artist. Samia has published one book, Liberation Art of Palestine (2002).

Our guest has dared to compare the art of the Palestinian "Intifada" to that of the Russian Revolution. This most interesting thesis will be discussed, with artwork projected, in a highly anticipated Sunday forum.


"Defending Democracy and Civil Rights... in the Courts and in the Streets"

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and her husband, Carl Messineo, founded the Partnership for Civil Justice in 1994. Based in the District of Columbia, the Partnership is dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. In the area of constitutional/First Amendment litigation: they have defended hundreds of activists and political organizations, as well as those whose rights were violated simply because they associated with, or were in proximity to, free-speech activities. The Partnership has been working directly with the civilian populations--targeted communities in particular--of Washington, New York City, Philadelphia and Miami.

As the Partnership confronts the mass arrests of protesters and other unlawful police activity, they remind us that progressive social change has never come from above. The civil rights, suffrage and anti-war movements (embraced today as "mainstream" movements, but disparaged in their time) have all been grassroots, collective actions--people's movements.


"The Untold Stories of War: Surviving Loss and Organizing a Movement"

On this Memorial Day we will discuss the impact of the ongoing wars on families with loved ones in the military. The anti-war movement must be in direct relationship with those who are forced into the front lines. We will listen to the stories of families struggling to end the wars and bring their loved ones home.

Military Families Speak Out is an organization of people opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have relatives or loved ones who are currently in the military or who have served in the military since the buildup to the Iraq war in the fall of 2002. Formed by two families in November of 2002, they have contacts with military families throughout the United States, and in other countries around the world. MFSO's membership currently includes over 3,400 military families, with new families joining daily.



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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