Plymouth Church to Host Conversations with Immigrants and Dreamers
Immigration and refugee policy was at the forefront of the presidential campaign in 2016, and continued to make headlines throughout 2017. Heart-breaking stories and images of immigrants and dreamers filled the news and challenged us almost daily. Who are the immigrant and refugee and “dreamer” among us? Come to hear stories, concerns, and hopes of our immigrant, refugee, and dreamer neighbors at “Promised Land, A Conversation” on Sunday afternoon on February 25th at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 2401 Atwood Avenue. Our time together begins at noon with a light lunch, and then we will hear from people in our community most directly impacted by the uncertainty of changing immigration policy. Conversation and brainstorming about what we as a community can do next will follow, with things wrapping up by 3:00 p.m. All are invited to participate. RSVPs (to email@example.com) not required but helpful for planning.
In 2017 a presidential ban was put in effect which blocks new visas for people from six majority-Muslim nations from immigrating to the U.S. (although this executive order is under judicial review as of late 2017). What must it be like to be separated from family or subsisting in the rubble of bombed out cities? When the future seems closed off, how does it feel living without hope? What is the everyday life experience of immigrants and refugees who have been in this country for 10 or 20 years? What are their struggles and their hopes? What disappointments, outright prejudices, and even signs of welcome do they encounter?
According to some officials, as many as 800,000 dreamers are now facing the possibility of deportation by March 5, 2018, as a result of the presidential order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That program protected undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the US as children by their parents. What must it be like to live each day in fear of being arrested and sent back to cities or villages now unfamiliar? How terrible the nightmare of being forcibly separated from parents? How does one even think about a future when dreams have been foreclosed?
Can the US still claim to be the promised land it once was for immigrants and dreamers? A land of welcome and promise? A land in which immigrants and dreamers are encouraged to share their skills and gifts for the good and growth of this promised land?
Understanding and action begins with information. Come hear the stories of those who came to this country as immigrants and “dreamers” and who we now know as neighbors. Hear their stories, ask questions, join in conversation. With understanding comes a better sense of how we are indeed one world, friends and neighbors, and how we can better work together for the good of all. All are invited to participate.
Sunday October 22
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
All are welcome!
Free will offering for the refugee relief efforts of Mercy Corps, providing food, shelter, medical care, education, and more to Syrian refugees (and others) living in camps in the Mediterranean region.
All are welcome!
Annual Halloween Carnival for UNICEF
Saturday, October 28th, 2-4 pm
Seasonal activities, games of chance & skill, cake walk, and refreshments. All activities cost one or two quarters each to participate, with fabulous prizes to be won. All proceeds go to UNICEF.
Kids helping kids—all are welcome!
Great music, refreshments, and an opportunity to help – a great night for all! You are invited to a benefit concert by Ritt Deitz and Friends, October 5th at 7:30 pm at Plymouth. Proceeds from the concert will go to MercyCorps’ Refugee Assistance Project, which helps shelter, feed, provide medical and other needs, and schooling for Syrian and other refugees living in temporary camps in the Mediterranean region. Suggested donation is $20. Refreshments will be served, and you can also enjoy beautiful artwork by students from Lowell Elementary students, which will be on display for Gallery Night (which is October 6th, 5-9 pm). All are welcome to the concert and to Gallery Night!
Plymouth again is a host site for Gallery Night, this fall on Friday October 6th, 5-9 pm. On display will be amazing artwork by Lowell Elementary students, as well as some other (grown-up) artists. Refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy and be inspired!
Plymouth is again a host site for Make Music Madison on Wednesday, June 21st. Make Music Madison is an annual citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice (see their website http://www.makemusicmadison.org/ for information on other sites).We have an excellent schedule of performers, and their performance space will be the front yard of our church, where we will set up a sun canopy and folding chairs (but feel free to bring a blanket to spread on the grass, or your own chairs. If there is rain, performances will move inside.
This is always a fun, relaxing event, and a great way to kick off the summer with music. The event is free, although a free will offering for the artists is always welcome!
Granuaile 12:00 – 1:00 pm Celtic
Bayou Spice Blend 1:00 – 2:00 pm Cajun/Blues/Folk/Country
John Stano 2:00 – 3:00 pm Folk Blues Americana/Bluegrass
Jason Moon 6:00 – 7:00 pm Folk/Americana
Brother Rye 7:00 – 8:00 pm Indi-Folk/Americana/Bluegrass/Rock
MAUI 8:00 – 9:00 pm Pop
(Madison Area Ukulele Initiative)
Celebrate the blessings of creation with us with music!
On Sunday April 23rd, Ken Lonnquist, noted local musician, storyteller, and environmental activist will help us celebrate Earth Day in a free concert. Before the concert, Lonnquist will lead a workshop for kids, teaching them songs for the concert.
The schedule for this Earth Day Event is:
9:30 am worship service (Lonnquist will lead us in song early in the service, and at about 9:45 am will leave with the kids for a musical workshop in our Fellowship Hall)
10:30 am: refreshments
11:00 am: concert
All are invited to join us for any/all parts of this event!
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MOVING FROM CHARITY TO JUSTICE: A WORKSHOP IN ADVOCACY
Across time and place, people have been inspired and impelled to speak out in the public square. To help us live out our commitment to social justice advocacy, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and Plymouth Congregational UCC present Moving From Charity to Justice: A Workshop in Advocacy. This two-session workshop introduces participants to the challenges and opportunities for engagement in advocacy; explores the many forms advocacy can take, and trains participants in the nuts and bolts of advocacy – how to write an effective Letter to the Editor or an Op-ed; how to conduct an advocacy campaign; how to present testimony before a school board or a legislative committee hearing; and how to make a lobby visit to your elected official.
SESSION 1: Thursday March 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm – In-person advocacy: presenting testimony, making lobby visits
SESSION 2: Thursday April 6th, 7:00-9:00 pm – Nuts & bolts of advocacy; effective letter writing
(Note: you can attend one or both sessions)
WHERE: Plymouth Congregational UCC, 2401 Atwood Avenue (corner of Ohio Avenue); Street parking, except handicap parking available behind the church (accessed by Somers Avenue)
COST: Free (free-will offering for WI Faith Voices for Justice welcomed)
LIMITED SPACES; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-249-1537 by March 16, if possible.