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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: small great things by Jodi Picoult
Reviewed by Katie Henrikson            
 
This book is a deep dive into racism and white privilege, and at the same time a very well-written, tightly-plotted page turner. There is a Black maternity nurse, a serious white supremacist couple, a dead baby, a white public defender, and all their families. The story is told from many perspectives with great development of their personalities as well as the ideas of white privilege and systemic racism, all in an engaging fictional narrative.  The Black nurse has done her best to fit into a white world while her sister lives in the projects, unapologetically committed to her Black heritage.  The public defender thinks she is not prejudiced at all. The White supremacists don’t want a Black nurse to touch their baby, and the story goes on from there.
         
Do you have an antiracism book or other resource you want to share?
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  Many of you are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism, and the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, podcasts and children’s resources are welcome.  Please email your mini review to: Carol Green.  Questions about reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.
 
Click here for past reviews

 

Opportunities

First Pres, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Here is an opportunity for education and advocacy:
 


Tuesday, May 18
Capital District Poor People’s Campaign co-sponsoring a
Healthcare Town Hall from 6-7pm

Then join our Capital Region meeting at 7pm for conversation on the
Town Hall and to discuss our upcoming events.

 

6pm: Healthcare Justice Town Hall (Register here for call info)
7pm: Capital Region Poor People's Campaign Meeting (Register here for call info)
 
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Join the NYS Poor People’s Campaign on Thursday, May 20 at 7-8:30pm ET for our monthly meeting for faith leaders and members of faith communities. These meetings include meditation and prayer, reflection on the important role of people of faith in the Poor People’s Campaign, and discussion of ways for faith leaders and faith communities to engage with the PPC at the local, state and national level.  
 
This month, we are thrilled to be hosting a discussion with Shailly Gupta Barnes, policy director for the Poor People’s Campaign and the Kairos Center. She will share with us how the Hindu teachings of her childhood have informed her commitment to anti-poverty work and she will talk about the PPC’s current policy initiatives, including the national resolution which will be launched on May 24. To register, click here.

 
RSVP HERE!
 
The Poor People’s Campaign New York State chapter
has planned a number of actions for May and June.
Click here for more details


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Emotional CPR by and for Youth
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 pm

 
Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a program designed by people with lived experience to teach people how to connect with and support those in distress, drawing from the principles of trauma-informed care and mental health recovery. Recently, eCPR was adapted to meet the needs of youth in a collaborative process with young people and those who work with them. In this webinar, the presenters will share their experience taking leadership roles with developing the eCPR for Youth curriculum and tailoring this program to meet the unique needs of young people. Presenters will also share their own personal experiences of engaging in eCPR as youth and training other youth peers in this approach. Participants will gain an understanding of the leadership roles youth can play in mental health education and training.

Registration here


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WPC Church School Food Drive


Saturday, May 22, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Westminster Pres Church parking lot
 Many neighbors are in especial economic difficulty in the pandemic. The drive-thru Food Drive is our way of showing kindness to our neighbors and guests at the FOCUS food pantry. The purpose is to help stock the pantry. 
 
Non-perishable donation items - for example:
  • Canned items: vegetables, fruits, and soups
  • Packaged goods: pasta, rice or cereal, and shelf or canned milk
  • Personal care items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner 
 
When people arrive to donate, they should pull up into the parking lot, pop open their trunks and the children and youth will pick up the donations and shut the trunks. Helpers will bag or box items. All helpers will wear masks. 
 
This is a wonderful opportunity to support our children and youth in helping our neighbors contact John Bossung 518-275-8205, or Molly Dowell Baum 712-986-6010 with any questions.

 
 
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The Anti Racism Task Force is leading
the Adult Education Class
on Sunday, May 23, at 8:45am.
Did you know that First Pres. has been involved
 in the South End of Albany since 2011?
Come on May 23 to the 8:45 AM
Adult Sunday school class to find out
the answer and how you can become
involved in our community efforts.  

 
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SAVE THE DATE! YOUTH & FRIENDS
Art Build & Civil Disobedience Training
Memorial Day, May 31, 12-3pm 
FPC Parking Lot, picnic, banner/signs together 
Health Care Justice SAVES LIVES!!
Hosted by Youth Group and the Capital District Poor People's Campaign



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The Property Committee is hosting a Church Workday
 on Saturday, June 5, beginning at 9:00 am.
Various projects both inside and outside the
church building will be addressed. 
Contact Owen Gilbo, chair of Property Committee,
to volunteer or with any questions.



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Looking for some fellowship time?

Join other First Pres members at a safe gathering!
Below are some opportunities.
Each gathering is outside*.
Chairs are provided.
Numbers limited to groups of 10.
Reservations required.
Enjoy!

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Patio time at Miriam and Glenn’s in Delmar
Beverages and appetizer provided
If you wish, bring an appetizer to share.
Friday, May 21, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, May 22, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, May 28, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, May 29, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, June 4, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, June 5, 5:00 – 7:00
Friday, June 18, 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday, June 19, 5:00 – 7:00
RSVP via church office.
 
 
* in case of inclement weather, the host will determine
if the event will be cancelled or postponed
 
If you’re interested in hosting
a porch, patio or deck time at your home,
please contact the church office with details.

 

Creation Care

The Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) could be passed this year!


You’re invited to be a part of
Capital District Make Polluters Pay Press Conference
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 • 11:30 AM
West Capitol Park (outside the Capitol & facing the LOB)
85 S Swan St
Albany, NY 12210
More information on event

Calendar

Tuesday, 5/18     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:00pm   Capital District Poor People's Campaign
                                           co-sponsoring a Healthcare Town Hall

                            7:00pm   Capital Region Poor People's Campaign Meeting
                            7:00pm   Session Meeting

Wednes., 5/19   10:00am   Woman to Woman Small Group

Thurs., 5/20        7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/23      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Monday, 5/24     1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting

Tuesday, 5/25     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            6:30pm   FOCUS Board 

Wednes., 5/26    6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group

Thurs., 5/27       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation

Saturday, 5/29  10:00am   Muslim Soup Kitchen day

Sunday, 5/30      8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom


Monday, 5/31   12:00pm   Art Build & Civil Disobedience Training
                                           at FPC Parking Lot/Washington Park


Tuesday, 6/1       9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                            5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                            5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting

                            7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                            7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting



 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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