Hartford Churches Study Together (Lent)

Hartford Churches Study Together

by Drew Page

Lenten Study
Participants at Immanuel on March 3

HARTFORD (03/09/2016) — When do five churches of the Connecticut Conference, UCC spend one evening together for five weeks in a row? Not often, but it is happening in Hartford during this Season of Lent.

The Hartford UCC Multi-Church Lenten Bible Study began on February 25 and continues each Thursday evening until March 17. The collaborative study rotates locations to each of the five churches involved. The first three sessions were held at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Faith Congregational Church, and Immanuel Congregational Church. The Lenten study will continue at Center Congregational Church, UCC, on March 10, and Warburton Community Congregational Church on March 17.

The series of bible studies, titled “Jesus and Justice,” emerged from the congenial relationships between the five churches’ pastors and an effort to find a common ministry in which the congregations could engage.

“Justice is not a me thing, it’s a we thing,” said Rev. Matthew Laney, pastor of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, at the March 3rd study. “You can’t be a Christian on your own. You can’t follow Jesus on your own. We can’t do justice on our own.” Read more here.

Whites See Racism as a Zero Sum Game




Touré     Author of “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now”

We should just call it what it is: Donald Trump is the leader of the White Lives Matter movement. Someone had to start it — they were gettin’ out of control. First, one of them became president and now they’re in the streets protesting every time a Black thug gets shot. They’re gettin’ a little too free.

Then Trump arrived like white supremacy’s version of Santa Claus with a bag full of gifts. He gave them swagger….

We should have seen Trump coming. We should have known that decades of Republican race baiting — from the Southern Strategy to welfare queens to self-deportation — and decades of the GOP welcoming racists in their tent would eventually lead to “Make America White Again.” We should have known that the browning of America and the growing inclusivity of America was not going to be taken lying down. Many people see all of that as code for the decline of white people. And to some, any advance by Black and brown people is a loss for whites.

A 2011 study called “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing“ is painfully instructive.

Read more HERE.

War on Christianity?

There has been much discussion over the past few years about a war on Christianity particularly when the Constitutional separation of church and state is invoked. Many Americans seem to think that being accomodating to all religions constitutes a war against Christianity. “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is considered particularly egrigous in some circles. Let’s look at real Christian persecution.

According to the New York Times, a pastor in China who resisted removal of the cross from his building was sentenced to 14 years in prison, confiscated $93,000 and levied a fine of $15,300. His wife received a sentence of 12 years, confiscation of $93,000 and a slightly smaller fine. Read more here.