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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: November Sunday Forums
07 Nov 2011
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston for the month of November...
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


November 6th -- VOICES FROM THE 99%
"Occupy Boston Report and Reflections"

Occupy Boston began with a meeting at the gazebo in the Boston Common more than a month ago. People have gathered from all around the city, and even from around the state, on the grounds of Dewey Square in the Financial District. The occupation at Wall Street has provided a tactic adopted by cities all around the world, but especially within the United States. While there is no cohesive definition of who or what this occupation movement is, the people participating regularly call themselves/ourselves the 99%, challenging the wealth of the 1%. Essential critiques of race, gender, class, dis/ability struggles have come up and are constantly being challenged. This Sunday we will listen to some people who have been actively involved in multiple aspects of the work and we will create strategies together for moving forward.


“Confronting Our Fears and Organizing With Love: Reflections from Father and Son”

On the eve of his departure from Boston, Felix Arroyo Sr. will speak to his experience organizing in Boston, as teacher, school committee president, and city councilor. He will introduce his son, Eroc, who too will speak about organizing in Boston along with the great need for us all to confront our individual and communal fears while choosing to move from a place of compassion and love. Music provided by The Foundation Movement.

Felix Arroyo Sr. served as an at-large city councilor from 2003 – 2008, served as president and vice president of the Boston School Committee, and taught passionately for years. He is a loving and devoted father and grandfather. Eroc Arroyo is a Boston-rooted activist and healer, artist, 1/2 of the foundation movement, as well as an adoring father.


"The Pocasset Wampanoag and King Philip's War"

Ricky Simaratana is a member of the Pocasset Wampanoag of Fall River, MA and Tiverton, RI, one of two Wampanoag tribes to have a reservation. They are direct descendants of the Pocasset's royal families. Tribal historian is Ellie Page, who is married to Chief Everett Page. Page Rock is located at the gate of the reservation and dedicated to Daniel Page, who fought alongside Benjamin Church during King Philip's War (thereby obtaining the reservation). Sometimes called Metacom's Rebellion, this was an armed conflict in 1675-76 between Native American inhabitants of southern New England and English colonists plus their Native American allies. Considered the single greatest calamity to occur in 17th century Puritan New England, it was proportionally one of the bloodiest and most costly wars in the history of North America.

Simaratana is an energy healer in the Wampanoag and Lakota traditions. A Vietnam veteran and victim of Agent Orange, he was a ranked professional boxer and then a police officer working for a federal agency. He attained the rank of sergeant, served 24 years and recently retired.


November 27th -- A One-Act Play by JOHN O'BRIEN
"Test of True Love"

The Theater of Relativity is happy to be returning to Community Church to celebrate the life and work of our beloved friend, teacher & playwright, John O'Brien. In this staged reading, three of John's favorite actors will be reunited: Miki Joseph, Michele Markarian and Jason Taylor.

For the man in this play, the "test" is bringing his new flame home to meet his mother. Sparks ignite when the feminist values of the young woman are questioned by the traditional ways of the mom--and vice-versa. You can be assured many laughs and a whole lotta controversy, followed by heated discussion. Get the word out to O'Brien fans everywhere that once again we come together in appreciation of his unique point of view.



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.



Rev. Jason Lydon, Minister
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-6710
info (at)

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