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LENTEN DISCUSSION SERIES
SEEING BEYOND DIFFERENCE:
JESUS’S KINGSHIP OF KINSHIP
Announcing a series of conversations on the five Sundays in March, reflecting on the challenges faced by a variety of groups in our communities that may, for one reason or another, feel separate from (perhaps undervalued or even oppressed by) others. Led by parish members and/or community leaders. All are welcome!
Our Lenten series this year will include a weekly sermon/presentation and coffee hour conversation reflecting on the challenges faced by those who are perceived, or may perceive themselves, as “different,” and perhaps as outsiders. In turn, we will all be challenged to recognize, and to begin to dismantle, obstacles that may exist towards these groups in our own hearts and in our social, community and economic structures.
Topics and presenters:
March 1 - DISABILITY
Jonathan Sigworth, co-Founder and President of More Than Walking
March 8 - GENDER
Bola Akanji, parish member
March 15 - RACE
Whitney Batson, parish member
March 22 - INTERFAITH RELATIONS
Herb Brockman, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Mishkan Israel
March 29 - EX-INMATE REINTEGRATION
Alden Woodcock, Executive Director EMERGE Connecticut
GRACE & ST PETER’S RECEIVES MORE RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH
As Dinner for a Dollar Expands to a New Site
In the same busy week as our church hosted Abraham’s Tent, celebrated Shrove Tuesday, and entered the season of Lent with ashes reminding us of our mortality, the local community received several reminders of the outreach ministry that happens all the time at the crossroads here in Hamden.
On Monday, February 24, NBC Connecticut aired a segment about Dinner for a Dollar that it had filmed the previous Friday, February 21, at Grace & St Peter’s. Later that same evening, a briefer section aired describing the expansion of Dinner for a Dollar to Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, on Saturdays.
And on Friday, February 28, at 7:00 pm at the Hamden Town Hall, Grace & St Peter’s received the Religious Service Award from the Hamden Black History Month Committee.
Representatives from Grace & St Peter’s pose with the award from Hamden Black History Committee, February 28 at Hamden Town Hall
Allison Batson honored by United Way of Greater New Haven
From the article:
Batson has never missed a Dinner for a Dollar night in eight years. In her spare time (!) she volunteers at warming centers in Hamden and helps on the homeless front through service on the board of Columbus House. ...
Batson’s work on Dinner for a Dollar, is only the tip of the iceberg of a life of tireless service.
“She’s ‘infamous’,” Heath said in circles of people who are attempting to meet unmet needs in Hamden.
GRACE & ST PETER’S SERVES AS WARMING CENTER AND THEN HOSTS ABRAHAM’S TENT
After seven weeks serving nightly as the site for the Hamden overnight warming center, Grace & St Peter’s became even more directly involved in outreach to some of our neighbors experiencing homelessness when we hosted Abraham’s Tent from February 24 through March 1.
This year the warming center operated nightly, in contrast to 2019 when it opened only during exceptionally cold weather.
Read a detailed article on last year’s warming center.
Twelve men, sponsored by Columbus House in New Haven, stayed with us from 6:00 pm through 7:00 am each night. Along with volunteers from Temple Emanuel in Orange, church members served dinner each evening and breakfast every morning.
Many thanks to all who volunteered, donated baked goods, grocery items, gift cards, socks, or other items, or dropped by to socialize!