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Sacred Conversations: CRIMINAL JUSTICE OR INJUSTICE?

sacred-conversations-logoFebruary 22 ~ March 22

Did you know that the United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails-a 500% increase over the past 30 years? Did you know that those prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans and other people of color who represent 58% of all prisoners?  On  February 22nd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., we will begin our next Sacred Conversation series titled: “CRIMINAL JUSTICE OR INJUSTICE?” This series will explore the nature of what constitutes justice, will use the current documentary film, “13th” to help educate us to the issues and challenges that face our society in the area of criminal justice and we will end the series with a discussion with state leaders on what’s going on in Oregon in this important area.  Meet in the Chapel.

February 22nd we will explore the three types of justice: Punitive, Restorative and Redemptive. Representatives from the University of Oregon faculty will join us. (Please note: Wednesday Night Connections dinner will not be served on February 22nd.  Dinner resumes March 1st at 6 p.m.).

(There will be no session on March 1st as there will be an Ash Wednesday Service that evening)

March 8th and 15th, we will be showing the thought provoking documentary “13th.  This film by Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans and other people of color. The film will be shown in two parts with group discussion and opportunity for dialogue about the film.

March 22nd , Newly appointed Senator for District 7, James Manning, will join us to focus on criminal justice in Oregon and we will continue to discuss possible actions we can take to address this growing issue.

What's Happening?

  • Suitcase Ministry
    Suitcase Ministry
    Some of you may remember an intern at First Place Family Center, Andrea, who worked with us during a past Interfaith Shelter. For her high school senior project, she gathered used suitcases for the families at...
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  • Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Calling One, Calling All! Come to the Water! FCC Youth and the core Tasajera team are combining intergenerational forces to grow opportunities to be together in Christ with our brothers and sisters in Hawai’i and El...
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  • Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    It is our church’s turn to assist with food rescue at FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) on Monday, February 19. We meet at 6 p.m. and repackage food from the U of O, local grocery stores, hospitals, and...
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  • Third Act February 19
    Third Act February 19
    Dr. Doug Carnine is a retired Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. For the past 40 years, Doug has also been a lay leader in the local Buddhist community. Doug will address the...
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  • Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Last spring we announced our proposal to place two modular homes on FCC property to be able to offer transitional housing to families through a St. Vincent de Paul  program called Connections.  We are still working...
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  • Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    All interested singers are invited to participate in Festival Choir! This is a great opportunity for those interested in singing who don’t necessarily want to commit to the year long Chancel Choir membership.  First Congregational Church’s...
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  • Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Have you visited our church and want to know more about us? Please join us for a gathering on Sunday, February 25 at 9 a.m. in the Barber room. This will be a great opportunity to get acquainted...
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  • Photo of Shelter meal prep (Susan B. & Lydia)
    Interfaith Overnight Shelter February 12-26
    Highlighting a Volunteer Need: Night Shift Some people can sleep just about anywhere, under any circumstances. Are you one of these people? We have the job for you! You would be one of two people who...
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  • New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    Updated hearing assisted devices are now available for use in the Wheeler Room, Chapel, and Sanctuary. Whether you use an existing hearing device or would simply like the room’s sound amplified for easier hearing, we’ve got...
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