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“Homily For Social Justice” with Regie Gibson

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Award winning poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries including Havana Cuba. Regie has worked with many artists like poets Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sterling Plumpp, musician Roy Ayers and dancer Savion Glover.

Music by Josh Rosen & John Voigt

Lunch will be served after the program.

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“Juan Gonzalez: A Message From the Council of Maya Elders”with an introduction by Mahtowin Munro

When: Sunday, November 26, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“It’s the big internationals that go and take from us,” Gonzalez declared. “They take our land, kill our people, and destroy the environment. ” Gonzalez talked about the United Fruit Company’s hold on Guatemala, and the suffering of indigenous Mayan people there. “The way of life of the Mayan nation and all ancestral nations was devastated,” he said. “One thing however remains unchanged: we are suffering a racist genocide. We continue to be oppressed by greed.”  Excerpt from P.R.I., Day of Mourning 2014.

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“What is Progressive Islam” with Ani Zonneveld

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The talk “What is Progressive Islam” will define the alternative and traditional interpretations of Islam in contrast to the current belief system. The issue of Sharia law, women, LGBT rights, apostasy, music, hijab, women imam and all the hot topics will be covered. Ani’s talk will cover the problems, the solutions and the work she’s doing in the U.S., the U.N. and globally. Ani Zonneveld is Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV). She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals and is a strong supporter of women and LGBTQ rights.

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Courageous Women of Resistance

When: Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Courageous Women of Resistance with guest speakers:
Tribal Liason Lakota People’s Law Project, Madonna Thunder Hawk
and Advocacy Coordinator Grassroots Jerusalem, Fayrouz Sharqawi

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"What Would Gandhi Do?" with Dave Lewit

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

With Americans and the world facing climate or nuclear doom, and with irresponsible corporations in charge, can we the people get it together to save us all? Or are we looking for a new savior to point the way? Because Gandhi’s experience was close to our times, and because he helped liberate 400 million people (with questionable results), can his non-violent, spiritual-political approach work in the USA? Let’s explore this, considering the difficult role of empathy in positive power.

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Authors Talk: Growing up in an American Communist Family

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Dan Lynn Watts and Tim Wheeler will discuss their books and what it was like growing up in an era of political repression and in an anti-communist environment.

History Lessons traces civil rights and antiwar activist Dan Lynn Watt's journey through childhood in New York during the McCarthy era. He marched on May Day with his war hero father and activist mother. He takes you inside family struggles against racism and political repression.

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"Hope's Alive" with Frida Berrigan

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Where is our hope? How do we find it, feed it, share it? I'm finding hope in sanctuaries of silence and the eyes of friends. I'm feeding hope in the streets crowded with people shouting "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace" and "Love Trumps Hate." I'm sharing hope by not shirking away from hard truths and hard work. I'm rescued from hopelessness by my children's laughter and their relentless appetite for life despite its contradictions, challenges and conflict. 

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"Hope's Alive" with Frida Berrigan

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Where is our hope? How do we find it, feed it, share it? I'm finding hope in sanctuaries of silence and the eyes of friends. I'm feeding hope in the streets crowded with people shouting "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace" and "Love Trumps Hate." I'm sharing hope by not shirking away from hard truths and hard work. I'm rescued from hopelessness by my children's laughter and their relentless appetite for life despite its contradictions, challenges and conflict. 

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Miko Peled: "Trump/Netanyahu Era: The Prospects for Peace"

When: Monday, August 28, 2017, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

We are VERY honored to have the opportunity to host Miko Peled at our humble Community Church of Boston forum. This is one of our generation's most eloquent voices against the Apartheid Israeli Colonial Enterprise. Miko has become a much sought after speaker and lecturer on the subject of Palestine/Israel. His Youtube video lectures garner gazillions of views. His activist work on behalf of the Palestinian people is extraordinary.

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Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

On Saturday, June 10, the fifteenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare and joyful pan-cultural evening, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group 350MA.org. The performers include the joyful Latin American perspectives of Sol y Canto, the enthralling North Indian vocal music of Aditya Rohit Shah, and the Rev. Fred Small’s compelling songs of struggle and justice.

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Gov. Michael Dukakis: "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Join us for a talk by the former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis who will answer the question "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

Michael Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. 

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Gary Leupp:The U.S. and Russia: the Centrality of the NATO Issue

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Gary Leupp will review the course of U.S.–Russian relations since 1991, from the decade-long honeymoon with the Yeltsin regime to the Putin era. Leupp will discuss the Ukrainian situation in historical context, emphasizing the ethnic divide in that country and how the February 2014 regime change backed by the U.S. provoked a much misunderstood secessionist movement. Leupp will comment on the unpredictable Trump positions on Russia. Gary Leupp is an Author and Professor of History, Tufts University, since 1988.

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No Peace without Justice; No Justice without Sharing

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

It is said that periodically throughout history, teachers and prophets appear, to guide humanity through difficult times. As the world struggles with deepening crises on every front, a group of such teachers stands ready to offer practical solutions to our most urgent global problems, and point the way into a “Golden Age of Justice and Peace.” 

A panel discussion with David Mynott, Cindy Bruder, and Lenny Shames.

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The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs: Sneak Preview

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC • 11 Garden St. • Cambridge

The Nuns, the Priests, and the BombsJoin us a for a screening of the exciting new documentary, The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs, about the struggle of nonviolent activists like Sr. Megan Rice and her colleagues to challenge the nuclear weapons establishment.  The filmmaker, Helen Young, as well as Sr. Megan, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions.

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Nukes, NATO, and Right-Wing Nationalism

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: American Friends Service Committee • 2161 Massachusetts Ave • Cambridge

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon

Reiner Braun has been a leading figure in the German and European peace movements since the early 1980s.  His connections with movements and political figures from Manila to Moscow and Berlin to Buenos Aries is extraordinary. He is currently Co-president of the International Peace Bureau as was the lead organizer of IPB’s massive Disarm! For a Climate of Peace! Congress in Berlin this past October. He was the founder of the No to NATO/No to War International Network.  He has long been associated with International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), the Max Planck Institute and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Reiner is currently involved in planning activities for the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty negotiations at the United Nations in March and June, as well as counter-NATO-summit activities and for the NPT PrepCom in Vienna – both in May.

Reiner Braun is a highly informed, sharp and long-time critic of U.S., European and Russian foreign and military policies. He will be in Boston as part of a national speaking tour organized by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action, and United for Peace and Justice.

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