Friday, October 20, 2017

Making a Difference

In the Jewish tradition there is a phrase that describes what CCU is seeking.  This idea is central to a “just peace” church.  Acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world are known in Jewish tradition as “Tikkun Olam”. This idea comes from classical rabbinic teachings meant to assure protection to those who may be at a disadvantage.

One way we at CCU "patch the world" is by our mission giving.  We set aside close to ten percent of our budget funds for mission.  This allowed us to create the Robinson Fund.  Through this fund we help to heal the world and protect the vulnerable.  So far we have made this happen in the following ways:

      Assistance for Legal Help with Immigration for a Pastor       $2,500
      Donation for "Gift Cards for Guns"                                            $200
      Food for Pathways to Justice                                                      $75
      LTLC Fundraiser Walk                                                               $500
      Travel Expenses for Lao Church Visiting Pastor/Consult       $1,274
      Donation to Medical Fund for Charlottesville                             $500
      Merrimack Valley Project Fundraiser                                      $1,000
      Merrimack Valley Project Membership                                      $590

Now there are new expenses related to our Sanctuary Network project.  The Robinson Fund will help to cover these.

Perhaps there is no better example of "just peace" work than the Sanctuary Network.  As I sit and type I can hear our volunteer contractor putting up a wall up in what will be our guest’s room.  Check the video below for progress.  This will be an effort that will require the cooperation of those within and outside of our church.

Soon the Just Peace Committee will be working on a covenant that represents CCU's commitment to becoming a courageous church.  Stay tuned.

Will Miller



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