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CCC Interfaith Service, August 12, 2019

Interfaith Service Thanks and Photos

Many thanks all who participated, attended, and supported the Interfaith Service, Monday evening, August 12, held at First Baptist West Main St!

Here are pictures of the service, and links to testimonies given by Dr. Rev. Jill Duffield and Rabbi Tom Gutherz.


Back-to-School Bash!

This Saturday, August 17, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Sprint Pavilion
The Bash provides school supplies and backpacks for up to 1200 local youth. This initiative is funded with private donations large and small. It costs $25.00 to supply one student with grade-specific supplies and a stylish backpack. Go to their website for more information.

“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: 
  • 8/18 - Jackson statue
  • 8/25 - Johnny Reb statue
  • 9/1 - Lewis and Clark statue
  • 9/8 - Clark statue
  • 9/15 - Jefferson statue

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!

“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.

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.


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.
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

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:
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