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All are invited to the first meeting of the Social Witness and Action Committee (SWAC) in many years at 7:30 pm on Monday, April 9 at TPPC.
As you may have heard, Session has decided to restart SWAC this year. At our initial meeting we will be doing some brainstorming on immediate coordination, publicity, and budget/special offering tasks for this current year.
In addition, as one important piece of our larger revisioning work during this interim period, we will also begin exploring our long-term vision and philosophy for TPPC's racial justice and earth care commitments.
Come be part of the discussion!
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was recently awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Former TPPC Youth Director Emily Welty and her husband Matthew Bolton were both heavily involved with getting the nuclear weapons ban treaty passed by the United Nations as ICAN members.
Read Emily Welty's reflections on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the WCC Pilgramage Blog.
Emily was a former TPPC youth director, and Emily and Matthew were also married at TPPC.
We have an opportunity to work with Action in Montgomery (AIM) on supporting Victory Housing's efforts to build over 100 units of affordable housing for senior citizens in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. The community is organizing against Victory's proposal because they are against density and want to preserve the library as a historic building. The competing proposal only includes a very small amount of affordable housing in it.
This is a prime location for transit-oriented senior housing, and there are very few of these locations still available in Montgomery County. There is a 20-story building right next to the site, so a high-rise building will not look out of place there. The other argument the community is using is that it was originally zoned as park land. There are other parks nearby, one only two blocks away.
If you would like to show support, please attend "SUPPORT SENIOR HOUSING IN DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING" event on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Great Hall 1 Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring. Jackie Davison is working with AIM to organize Victory Towers residents' participation.
Beginning mid-September, we will be renting out space to the Fabrangen Cheder community on Sunday mornings. The group is a small, progressive parent-taught cooperative Jewish cultural school for families in the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area (Mary Beth Hastings and Howard Wilkins are among the members). The rooms they will use include the assembly room, high and middle school classrooms and two small rooms near the parlor. These rooms are not used Sunday mornings.
This will be the first time that another group will be using our space on Sunday mornings and, although we don't anticipate problems, we will be monitoring the situation closely to make sure it is a beneficial arrangement for everyone. In order to free up parking spaces near the church for TPPC members, Cheder members have agreed to park at the Takoma Metro.
Stay tuned for some joint programming activities in the coming months. In the meantime, please extend a warm welcome to everyone you meet on Sundays!
Earlier this month a new higher efficiency hot water boiler was installed to heat the Education Building. Repairs were also made to the steam boiler which heats the Sanctuary. These repairs were long overdue, and needed to be completed before the cold season begins. Session is taking out a loan to help cover the $50,000 cost. Your support is needed to help defray the cost of the new heating system. If you have questions about the new boilers (or any Property matter), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TPPC and Takoma Boy Scout Troop 33 just celebrated 95 years of scouting together! Troop 33 was established in 1920 in partnership with TPPC, making it one of the longest continuously chartered Troops in the nation. The Troop has a proud history of service to the church family, community and the nation.
In December 2015 the City of Takoma Park issued an official Mayoral Proclamation “RECOGNIZING THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 33 IN TAKOMA PARK”. Thank you TPPC for your faithful support of the many scouts and families of Troop 33!
A Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness was adopted by our Session at its May meeting. The resolution grew out of discussions by a small group of TPPC members and friends who have been meeting to discuss how our church can respond to pervasive racism in our country. Our concerns were sparked by recent killings of African American men by law enforcement officers in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, and elsewhere. These matters reflect how deeply white privilege and racial prejudice is embedded in our society and communities.
To read the resolution, access 2015-05_TPPC_Resolution_of_Committed_Racial_Mindfulness.pdf (PDF)
The resolution commits our church to undertake a program of "committed racial mindfulness" to raise our knowledge and understanding about racism and its effects, heighten our commitment and capability to oppose racism, and make us more effective messengers of conscientious racial mindfulness in our communities. The centerpiece of the Resolution is a commitment to develop and implement a program for training in committed racial mindfulness. The program would start by training leaders in our congregation and other churches, and then widen to include other members of our congregation, other congregations, and community groups.
For more information, access the Racial Justice and Peace Page or the CRM Information page.
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