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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

We collected $1,100 for the Charlottesville Resiliency Fund during our August 12 Interfaith Service! Thank you for your generosity to meet the needs of people who face undue hardships imposed upon them due to structural oppression. We also collected $1,100 for First Baptist, West Main. We are grateful for FBC’s hospitality and leadership on August 12, 2017, and for its continuing ministry in our city! 
 

‘WE ARE HERE’: CHARLOTTESVILLE, TWO YEARS LATER

Friday, August 23, 6 pm (discussion at 7 pm), at Vault Virginia, 300 East Main Street, Charlottesville,
Documentary filmmaker Chris Ivey will co-facilitate community discussion on the 2nd anniversary of white supremacist attack, as part of his video installation of his film We Are Here: Finding Beauty in the Raw. Discussion participants include activist, Wednesday Alva, Susan Bro, Chief RaShall Brackney, and Rev. D. Alvin Edwards. Here’s a flyer for the event.
 

MEDICAID EXPANSION ENROLLMENT EVENT

Saturday, August 24, 8 am to 12 pm; August 25, 12 to 2 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 717 Rugby Road
The Unitarian Universalist congregation of Charlottesville is partnering with the Charlottesville-Albemarle NAACP’s Health Committee to assist people who are newly eligible for Medicaid benefits to complete their Medicaid application. To find out if you now qualify and to preview the application, go to coverva.org. Please come prepared with all required information, as listed on the application. For more information, call 443-682-1522.
 

“Swords Into Plowshares: What the Bible says about injustice, idolatry, and repentance”

6 Week Bible Study led by Rev. Isaac Collins and Rev. Phil Woodson
Reverends Isaac Collins of Wesley United Methodist and Phil Woodson of First United Methodist will discuss biblical texts and their relationship to the monuments around Charlottesville from the perspectives of oppressed people. This is the first of their “Swords Into Plowshares” series (see flyer), a 6-week study on what the Bible says about injustice, idolatry and repentance. They will meet on Sunday mornings, 7 am at one of Charlottesville’s idols of white supremacy: 
  • 8/25 - Johnny Reb statue
  • 9/1 - Lewis and Clark statue
  • 9/8 - Clark statue
  • 9/15 - Jefferson statue

Rapha: A Seven-Month Course in Contemplative Healing Prayer - sponsored by Richmond Hill

September 2019 to April 2020, at Richmond Hill, 2209 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA. Cost: $975, scholarships available. For more information, please download this flyer.
 

Coming to the Table Pot-luck Dinner Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 6 to 8:30 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Ave.
The local Coming to the Table group invites you to join us for a meal and an opportunity to connect with others who are committed to addressing the harmful legacies of slavery and working to dismantle systems of racial inequality and injustice here in our community and beyond. Bring a dish to share or just come!
 

Civil Rights Movement and It's Music

Sunday, September 8, 3:00 to 6:30 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Ave.
Claudrena N. Harold of UVA and Writer Works from Freedoms Writers of the 60's will present and lead discussion. Music by DJ and Cool Lane. Food provided. Part of Trinity Episcopal’s Whitefeather Project. Free registration at Eventbrite page.
 

“Building a More Diverse Community” Six-Part Weekly Series

Starting Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm, The Center, 491 Hillsdale Drive Charlottesville
The Center (formerly The Senior Center) is sponsoring a free series of presentations by Rev. Dr. Lehman Bates, Leontyne Clay Peck, Dr. Kelly Palmer, Juandiego Wade, Khizr Khan, and Dr. Aliaa Khidr regarding the need for increased diversity and inclusion in organizations. Download this flyer for more information.
 

All are invited to celebrate Apostle Sarah Kelley’s 35th Anniversary of Pastoral Service!

Sunday, September 15, 3:00 pm, New Beginnings Christian Community, 1130 E. Market St.
Rev. Liz Emrey, Co-Pastor of New Beginnings Christian Community will be the featured speaker to honor Apostle Kelley’s 35 years of pastoral ministry.  Download flyer for more information. 
 

Dr. David Tracy Lecture: “The Prophetic & Mystical Understanding of God”  (See flyer)

September 17-19, 5:00 pm, University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville
You are invited to the upcoming Richard E. Myers Lecture Series at University Baptist Church. This is an academic lecture series that will result in a monograph published by the University of Virginia Press. A Q&A and reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres will follow the lectures. Prof. Tracy is Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His publications include The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism and On Naming the Present: Reflections on God, Hermeneutics, and Church.
 

“How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 – 8 pm, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street NW, 2nd Floor
In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. See Facebook Event for more information.
 

“Never Is Now” - The Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate

November, 21, Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, NY
Never Is Now is the Anti-Defamation League’s signature annual event, a one day conference focused on understanding contemporary drivers and dynamics of anti-Semitism. Visit their website for more information and to register. (Limited early bird registration is $175).
 

Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South

June 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA
Visit VMFA’s website for more information. Free to the public.
 

ONGOING LOCAL PROGRAMS

Community ID Drive 

Saturday, September 7, at New Beginnings Church - 1130 E. Market St. 
NOTE: Doors open at 8 am, applicants must arrive before 9 am for orientation.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 
1) Volunteers can help at our drives with data entry, document checking, helping out in the child care room, and simply chatting with our applicants as they wait to start the process (some wait over 90 minutes when we have big turnouts). It helps in some of these roles to speak Spanish, but isn't required.  
2)  People who already have a government ID to sign up for this Community ID. Doing so will help prevent our cardholders from being stigmatized or labelled. And the more people who have and use our card, the more the word will spread. If you'd like to volunteer, contact our interim coordinator Chayla Rowley, at cvilleid@gmail.com.
 

Support Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in providing sanctuary for Maria Chavalan Sut 

Maria Chavalan Sut, a Guatemalan refugee, has been given sanctuary in the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church while she fights to stay in the United States through the legal system. Recently she has been threatened with a $214K fine from ICE. If you're concerned about this threat and ICE raids, consider these ways to help: 
  • Donate via Paypal to Maria’s Sanctuary Fund through this Wesley Memorial UMC’s Giving Page. Please include "Sanctuary Fund" in the special instructions section.
  • Donate by check; Memo: Maria… to Wesley Memorial UMC, 1901 Thomson Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Visit this google form to sign up for ways you can help.
  • Help tell her story – LIKE the Facebook page: Hands Off Maria!
  • Join the #SacredResistance by opening up your house of worship to resist ICE Raids and deportations, while providing a safe space for organizing and rapid response before, during or after enforcement actions. Fill out this form to join: https://bit.ly/SanctuaryPledge
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