August 24, 2017

Tuesday Evening Dialogue

New Book-Spiritual Defiance by Robin Meyers

On June 27th, we begin Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance by Robin Meyers: “A leading voice of progressive Christianity makes a powerful case for faith as a radical way of being in the world.”

We will discuss this book until the end of July, then break for August.

TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS!  Please consider joining us.

For more information, contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com.

Write Children in Tanzania

Notes to Africa-A Note from Cheryl Schrenker

Denyse (who is volunteering in Africa) has mentioned that the children in her village love anything involving English words.  Most students in Tanzania attend Swahili-speaking primary schools, but then are instructed in English once they enter secondary school.  It’s a challenge for teachers and students.  I’m sure the kids in her village would love to receive a written note from someone in the United States.  I also thought they would love to receive that note on a postcard with a picture on the front.  So what I’m asking, if you are willing and interested, whether you travel this summer, or stay in town, grab a postcard and write a note on it.  We’ll put a box in the gathering space or church office to collect them.  Toward the end of summer I’ll send all of the postcards to Denyse and she can distribute them.

You are a generous group of people! I thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for Denyse while she is on this journey.  Your kindness is a blessing.  Thank you!

~Cheryl Schrenker

2017 Annual Report

Click here for the 2017 Annual Report.

 

We are Open and Affirming

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Open and Affirming in the UCC

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Read more about what it means to be open and affirming on the (United Church of Christ) UCC website…

Parkway UCC is an Open and Affirming (ONA) church. No matter your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you are welcome here.

 

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It is heartwarming when we find out we are making a difference. We received this wonderful email about our outdoor sign and have to share with everyone:

 

I drive past your signs every morning on my way to work. The words you put on your board are things that make you smile, think and nod in agreement.

 

I’m not religious and I stay away from churches because, well as a lesbian woman I am not typically welcome.

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw your board… It was right after they legalized gay marriage. I saw your board, “We believe in Marriage, equality, and marriage equality.” I was beaming after that. It was nice to see religious organizations standing by our side.

 

The one you have on display now is just amazing. Even if I’m having a bad morning, this always puts a smile on my face. Such powerful words.

 

I’m sure it’s not the most popular board in town, but it certainly the one with the most truth. I just wanted to say thank you.

 

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