Saturday, February 10, 2007

Social Concerns Updates

Regular Social Concerns Meeting Sun. 2-11 (tomorrow), Womble library, after the 10 a.m. Mass. IMPORTANT, because the House Mass / Potluck is to be largely agenda-less, except for followup and for some materials Priest Angela will introduce. If something needs discussion, tomorrow's the time to bring it up. Reports from Parish groups; a look (decision) at what to present to the Vestry re the Fowler Fund; discussion re "Just Coffee" and how to encourage its use at Church functions; anything YOU add. One hour, MAX.

House Mass / Pre-Lenten Potluck Feast / -- 6 p.m. Saturday 2-17, home of Robin Jorstad and George Donaldson -- Social Concerns, friends, EPF folk from other parishes.
We plan to put the "fellowship" in Peace Fellowship and the "Social" in Social Concerns, as we share worship, food, ideas, friendship. Priest Angela Emerson will bring us up-to-date on some national EPF plans for March. EVERYBODY: Please invite one person who has not attended before.

Our potlucks are generally free-for-alls, but we have it on good authority, since this is our last big indulgence before Lent, that Robin is preparing a rich Middle-Eastern leg-of-lamb dish, and Peggy plans her most decadent dessert. If you want to bring something that complements, that's great -- or whatever you like, more of everything (main dish, veggie, dessert, salad, etc). No time? come anyway; there's always enough. Perhaps we'll test William Blake's proverb,<"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." If possible, please RSVP to Ila or Robin (some already have).

There's an exhausting list from now to the end of February for those involved in Border / Latin America issues. Expect a full list separately. Most immediate:
  • Jenny Neeley of Defenders of Wildlife will talk to Samaritans at their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Southside Presbyterian, 317 W. 23 Street , about border double fencing and roads slated for a wildlife corridor at the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range. This relates to the ongoing e-mail conversation among Nancy Bissell, Keith Hege, and K.C. Hsieh, because the Administration is invoking the "Real ID Act" of 2005 to circumvent ALL environmental or other laws and legal processes that might oppose the project.
  • Urgent for Guatemala Project -- past team members feel we need to be at the Peace Fair February 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reid Park Bandshell. I'll be there, with support from Sarah Roberts (helping also with the Samaritans table). If you are willing to sit our table for an hour or two, please pick a time and let me know.
  • Really important: Sunday February 25, Col. Ann Wright (U.S. Army, ret.) -- "Changing U.S. Policy: Saying No to War and Torture," 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 740 E. Speedway (at Euclid). Wright has a long list of credentials (16 years with the diplomatic corps, after finishing 29 years in the military). Resigned in March, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. Also participated in a "Close Guantanamo" delegation that traveled to Cuba in January, 2007.