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July Learning Cafe
   White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
   Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm

White Fragility
In this talk, race and social justice educator Robin DiAngelo helps audiences understand the dynamics of White Fragility, how we come to engage in them, and how we can move beyond them. Based on her #1 New York Times bestselling book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Dr. DiAngelo helps audiences and organizations develop an antiracist framework based on education, self-awareness, and engaged practice.
We are expecting a lot of questions for the Q&A portion of this session and we ask that you submit your questions early to We will try our best to get as many of your questions answered as possible. Thank you.
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Join us on Sunday, July 11 
Worship Service at 10am.
In-person and livestreaming!
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The First Presbyterian Church awards educational grant to church members who seek financial assistance in continuing their education. These funds may be used during the school year for any type of studies beyond high school. All you need to do is fill out the application and send it to the church. The deadline is August 1st 2021. For additional information please contact Roseline Takor at

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The Immigration Task Force of the FOCUS Churches  will reconvene in September 2021.  FOCUS Churches has identified the complex issue of immigration as one of four priorities to which we may respond with advocacy, collective participation by our covenant churches and affiliates, linking with community partners, and providing direct service.  The good momentum we had built up in this important area came to a sudden halt when the pandemic broke out in March 2020, but we are preparing to take it up again this fall. We will begin with re-assessing the contributions and needs of immigrants in our community, the services currently available, and the effects of changes in immigration policies within the last year.   We are looking for a few more friends within the FOCUS Community to join this work.  If  you are interested, please contact Belinda Quaye in the FOCUS office to add your name to the roster.  518-443-0460 ext. 2.
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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism by CNN Anchor of CNN Tonight, Don Lemon
Reviewed by Janna Pfluger-Boucher

This book is a very good, informative, instructive and enjoyable read. It comprises a series of articles, letters, and essays on racism. Mr. Lemon writes about personal experiences and also includes lessons in historical and current events. All of the chapters flow seamlessly throughout the book. They provide a roadmap of the history of racism in this country. At page 20 Mr. Lemon writes "This is the fire. We're in it. JFK and Obama led us to the rainbow; Trump forced us into the fire. And then he poured gasoline on it." Keep reading to the end for the chapter entitled "How Change Happens" for ideas on what we all can do to respond to and effectuate change.

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



Tuesday, 7/6       5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Stewardship Committee Meeting

Wednes., 7/7     11:00am   Staff Meeting

Friday, 7/9         5:00pm   Patio Gathering with Miriam and Glenn

Sunday, 7/11    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time

Tuesday, 7/13     6:00pm   B3 Small Group

Thurs., 7/15       7:30pm   Chancel Choir Meeting

Sunday, 7/18    10:00am   In-Person Worship Service (communion)
                                           Live Streaming Worship Service on Facebook

                          11:00am   Outside Fellowship Time
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