Social Justice Book Club – Love is the Way

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) and Christian Education will be co-sponsoring the next installment of the Social Justice Book Club!  The first meeting for the new book will be on Thursday, January 14th, from 7:00-8:00 PM in the BUCC “Zoom Room”. It will continue for the next several Thursdays.

We will be starting Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, by Bishop Michael Curry. You may purchase a copy here or anywhere books are sold!  For our first meeting, please have read the introduction and first chapter. 

We will create a reading schedule for the remainder of the book, and assign weekly discussion leaders at our first meeting.  Even if you haven’t had time to read, please feel free to join in and listen to the discussion – we’d love to have enough folks involved to need breakout rooms! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Klonowski at keightykay@gmail.com or 216-534-3498.

Congregational Meeting – December 27, 2020

Our final congregational meeting for 2020 will be held on Sunday, December 27th at 11:00, immediately following the Sunday service. The purpose of the meeting is to confirm the proposed 2021 slate of officers, and to present the tentative 2021 budget.
If you attend the December 27th service, please stay logged into Zoom afterwards to participate in the meeting. If you do not attend the service, you may join the meeting at 11:00 via our Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4780705901

Christmas Offering for retired UCC Clergy

Traditionally at BUCC, we have shared our Christmas Collection with the pension fund for retired UCC clergy. These “shepherds” helped us find the Christ child over their many years of service. Even though we cannot gather together this year, as we have in the past, we do not want to forget them.

Your donations to this fund provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay church employees, not to programs or institutions. Our retired clergy and lay employees rely on monthly pension supplementation (especially lower income retirees). Your donation will meet such basic needs as food, utilities, health premium supplementation, help covering prescriptions, and basic living expenses. Also, emergency grants for active and retired UCC clergy and lay employees are provided, to assist in covering unexpected costs such as large medical expenses or home damage resulting from natural disasters. Please be generous, as these funds are critical for a sustainable quality of life for these Veterans of the Cross.

You can go to: http://www.christmasfund.org in order to make a donation. Thank you.

Book Discussion – White Fragility

We are currently holding a book discussion on White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. When we are done, many of us will be donating our copies to the Little Free Library.

Anyone is welcome to join us on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm. Join us on Zoom

Here are the final week’s discussion questions, if you want to prepare:

Where do we go from here?

  1. The author states that it isn’t enough for white people to be nice and that, in fact, racisms perpetuation depends on people being “nice.” How does “niceness” support the status quo?
  2. How would you respond to a white person who said “you just want me to feel bad and guilty about something that I ha nothing to do with?”
  3. What parts of the book yielded the most surprising or unsettling aspects of white fragility to you? Did these revelations change your perspective in any way (and, if so, how)?
  4. Do you feel that this book adequately addressed the questions or perceptions you had or have about race relations in the United States? Why or why not?
  5. What kinds of changes do you think you will make in your life as a result of reading this book? Are there some that seem pointless or daunting? Is the way more clear or more cloudy?
  6. What commitment should we make as a faith community to address issues of anti-racism?

Questions from other weeks:

Our Little Free Library in the media

Hi Everyone. Some of you may have noticed the Anti-Racist Little Library that was installed in front of BUCC a few weeks ago. We had a dedication event for it on the grounds of BUCC on September 26th at 2:00. We reached out to the media and there’s a very nice article on Cleveland.com about it now. Take a look and feel free to share the article with your friends.
https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/09/little-library-tackles-big-issues-with-huge-goals.html 
Little library tackles big issues with huge goals

In addition, the Brecksville magazine had an article describing the library and its dedication.

Click here to read it online.

BUCC dedicates Little Free Library for Racial Awareness

Several members of our church participated in the Black Lives Matter demonstration in May, 2020. Since then our congregation has been looking for more ways to peacefully advance discussion and awareness on this complicated topic. A Brecksville resident sought us out as a place to install a Little Free Library focused on racism and social justice issues. We agreed to let her install it on our grounds.

On Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM, we dedicated the library recently installed here.

You can view the remarks at the dedication on Facebook by clicking here.

You can “follow” the Little Free Library on Instagram.

If you wish to donate books, please see this Wish List on Amazon.

 

Ringing the Bells for John Lewis

John Lewis, US Congressman and brave civil rights activist was laid to rest on July 30, 2020.

Brecksville UCC joined many churches throughout Atlanta and the country to ring our bells for 80 seconds. We did so to honor his 80 years of life, and as he put it “getting into good trouble”. See the video below.

Equal Justice for All

There will be a rally THIS TUESDAY June 9th from 4-6 pm held next to Brecksville Road by the Brecksville Post Office and Fire Department in support of black justice and an end to police brutality. If you would like to participate in the rally with other members of BUCC, please feel free to meet in the BUCC parking lot at 3:30 and we can walk over together. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing standards to the best of your ability at the rally. IT WILL BE HOT – so dress accordingly. This event is not organized by BUCC, but it is an important issue and one we are supporting as a congregation.
We have an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to Peace and Justice by ‘Showing Up’ — even if it’s only for five minutes, or even a drive-by and honking in support. If you are able, please bring some extra water bottles to share (I am taking a couple coolers with ice and waters over early because of the heat).
Also note: As of this morning, over 400 people has responded as ‘Going’ on Facebook. We have offered the BUCC parking lot as well, so make sure you’re there early or it may fill up!

Click here to learn more.

Additional information posted this morning by the organizer, Sam Barchet:

Hello everyone! A few important reminders about Tuesday’s event:

PARKING:
– There will be (limited) parking at the lot where the rally will be held. If you choose to park here please park away from the fire station and towards the back. There is also parking available down the road at the Brecksville United Church of Christ as well as any other public parking.
THINGS TO BRING:
– Water!
– Mask
– Signs
DO NOT BRING
– Bags. Please do not bring a bag if not necessary.
PROTEST REMINDERS
– As of right now there are no speakers at this event. We will not be marching. We will gather in the lot and line the sidewalk along Brecksville road. Again, please DO NOT block the fire station or any traffic. At 5PM we will be kneeling for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in a moment of silence for George Floyd.
IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THIS PROTEST AS AN ALLY
– Please educate yourself! please make sure that you listen more than you speak. Your job here is to amplify the voices of black people and make Brecksville a more welcoming place for people of color.
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE INSTIGATING VIOLENCE
– Do not engage with them! Separate them from the group. No violence or vandalism will be tolerated.
– Although I do not expect this to happen, IF there is any altercations with police PLEASE use your white privilege to protect the black members of our community. Stand as a barrier against police force.
If you have any questions about how to be a good ally please reach out to me!
I am so so thankful for everyone who has shown interest in this event. I think that a lot of times the lack of diversity in our town creates an atmosphere where racism is tolerated but it is time for our community to show up and speak out! See everyone on Tuesday!

 

 Brecksville United Church of Christ joins with our parent organization, the United Church of Christ, in deploring the systemic violence against African Americans in contemporary America. We call on all levels of government and Law Enforcement to consult with African American leadership to build a way forward together, so that the United States’ promise of equal justice for all may be fulfilled.

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