New Reviving Justice Event to Offer Workshops, Worship, Inspiration

9/20/2018

The Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker
The Connecticut Conference is teaming up with several ecumenical and civic partners to offer a NEW gathering this fall.  Reviving Justice: Inspire, Connect, Act will bring folks together for uplifting worship, followed by a time to connect and then take action around local justice issues.

The program will be hosted by First Church of Christ in Simsbury, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 27.

“The Connecticut Conference has a long tradition of hosting Revival worship.  This year the Racial Justice Board of Directors decided to expand the format to include not only dynamic multi-cultural, multi-racial worship, but also a space to learn and connect around justice issues,” said Isaac Monts, Associate for Justice and Leadership.

“We are delighted to announce that The Rev. Dr. Damaris Whittaker of new Collegiate Church in New York City will be our preacher,” said The Rev. Kari Nicewander, a member of the planning team. “The Rev. Whittaker has been ministering to the people of her home in Puerto Rico and has just returned from a recent trip to the Mexican border.”

Participants will then select from one of four workshops: Racism Repackaged, Immigration Justice, Environmental Racism, and Community Organizing 101.  A complete description and listing of panelists and registration details can be found online.  

“Many folks feel overwhelmed by the injustices in the world. Reviving Justice will give us food for our spirits and strength for the journey,” said TJ Harper, Associate for Racial Justice Ministries. “We join with the wider United Church of Christ to lift up love of children, love of neighbor, and love of creation.”

“Our panelists for the Immigration Justice workshop are recognized leaders in the movement to provide sanctuary,” said The Rev. Gini King, a member of the Racial Justice Planning team. “One of the goals of the event is to help clergy and lay leaders to connect with one another around specific local issues. There will be intentional time for networking so that our folks who are passionate about various issues can join together for a greater impact.”

Pam Arifian, Director of the Northeast Regional Environmental Justice Center at Silver Lake, has been working with Terri Eickel, Director of the Inter Religious Eco Justice Network to plan the segment on Environmental Racism.  “This is a wonderful ecumenical partnership and we have an impressive group of panelists,” Arifian said.

The Christian Activities Council will share lessons from their impressive model of community organizing.  Many local congregations support this non-profit, which works to address housing inequalities in the north end of Hartford.

The afternoon concludes with a commissioning blessing and suggestions from each workshop leader for specific actions that can be taken locally and beyond. 

Michele Mudrick, CTUCC Legislative Advocate, said: “We hope that participants will be intentional about next steps.  Each of us has a powerful voice and when we speak out on behalf of the marginalized, we can bring about change."

“God’s vision is for a just world for all.  As faithful people, we are called to be co-creators of communities where the vulnerable have a voice, and where the earth is protected,” said Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent Siladi.

This event is open to clergy and lay leaders and all members of the community. Registration is now open and the cost is just $10 per person.

Hashtags for the event: #revivingjustice2018 #loveofneighbor #loveofcreation