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


"Successes and Compromises in the Struggle to Reform CORI"

After years of organizing and community efforts the CORI reform bill has made another big step and passed the house. There is great joy and apprehension about the bill. There are successes such as banning the box that asks about convictions on applications and there are setbacks such as no sentencing reform and still too long to seal records. We will discuss the process and next steps of CORI reform and reflect on the double edged sword of legislative action.

The Boston Workers Alliance is a member run organization that works with people impacted by CORI and other unemployed workers.


June 13th -- JASON LYDON
“Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex: A Theological Perspective”

Clarence Russell Skinner, one of the founders of Community Church of Boston, wrote, "All great social problems involve theological conceptions. We may divorce church from state, but we cannot separate the idea of [the divine] from the political life of the people." Our movements all have theological roots and realities, the movement to abolish the prison industrial complex still needs a more comprehensive theological analysis. Last year we discussed the theology behind the incarceration system, this year we will discuss the theology needed to back up the movement to abolish this system.

Jason Lydon is the Congregational Director, and soon to be ordained minister, of the Community Church of Boston. He recently graduated from divinity school where he focused on abolition theology, queer liberation, and anti-racist/anti-imperialist/eco-feminist theological perspectives.


June 20th -- Annual Julius & Ethel Rosenberg Commemoration
“Remembering the Rosenbergs: Words from Behind the Walls”

Hearing the words of prisoners and getting the voices of those incarcertated out to the community is vital for prisoner movement to succeed. As part of our annual Rosenberg commemoration we will read poetry, stories and other writings from prisoners. Everyone is invited to bring writings from prisoners that they would like to share. We will also be reading excerpts from the letters between Ethel and Julius Rosenberg during their incarceration.

Through Barbed Wire was founded by Arnie King, a dedicated prison and community activist incarcerated in the Bay State Center in Norfolk, MA. The group meets at the Community Church of Boston on the fourth Friday of each month to share poetry, films, readings, and discussions.



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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