The Rich and the Rest of Us is a new book by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West that Bishop Tom Shaw has asked us to read and discuss during 2013. The book contends that the ending of poverty in the United States of America is THE 21st century human rights challenge. Unless we have lived in poverty for an extended period and/or have experienced life as a minority we undoubtedly have wrong ideas about poverty. Charity is good, but justice is better.
A five-session study and discussion of the book will take place on the Fridays of May from 10:00 am to 11:15 am beginning on May 3 in the Fireplace Room or Parish Hall, depending on the number of participants. This study is open to the public and already a few folks from other congregations have registered. You can order a copy of this 200-page book from amazon.com for less than $10.00. Do it early as there will be a run on them with many parishes holding similar study groups! Please register by emailing Fr. Ken Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 508-240-5169.
And please don’t forget — to be a patron of our Fair Trade products in the Parish Hall main entrance lobby. Consider subscribing to the Justice & Peace “Advocacy Alert” email network, which sends out (4 to 6 times a year) information alerts on important ethical issues that our bishops, General Convention, and Executive Committee have asked us to address. Our first mailing this year was on gun safety.
Be sure to see the award-winning film “Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North” (authored by an Episcopalian) on Friday, March 15 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
Coming this summer: “Living the Questions,” part 2: “Reconciliation.”
Wanted badly: Two men to volunteer as overnight hosts for “Overnights of Hospitality” at Church of the Holy Spirit three times a year. Please contact Fr. Ken if interested or if you just want to learn more.