Important Events Coming up. Mark your calendars

Jubilee Action Party: January 10
Where You Will Celebrate Jubilee Victories and Help Organize an Event for the February Change Not Chains National Week of Action
When: January 10th, 2009 2 pm-4:30 pm
Where: Hope Church, UCC
87 Seaverns Avenue Jamaica Plain
Parking is available, and you can access the meeting from the side entrance to Capen Hall.

Please join us for a Jubilee USA Action Party on Sunday, January 10th! It will be an exciting chance for Jubilee activists from across the state to celebrate our past victories and plan for the February Change Not Chains National Week of Action to pass the Jubilee Act.
The party will be hosted by Jubilee activists, Neeka Stanley and Stan Duncan

Come meet other activists, learn more about Jubilee, and take action! To RSVP click here. Please feel free to invite family and friends for what's sure to be an amazing event!

The Fourth Annual Pilgrim Association Mission Fair: February 6

This is an event which is hosted locally, but has participation from all over. The Missions Committee (of the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ) hosts a fair once a year for a broad range of mission and justice organizations. Organizations are invited to come, set up a booth and talk about their work. Typical organizations are Bread for the World, Equal Exchange, Church World Service, Heifer International, Jubilee USA, Habitat, and others.

If you are interested in faith-based mission and justice work, if you have a local project you would like to show off, if you would like to schmooze for a few hours on a Saturday with people who share your values and commitments, sign up and come.

The basics are:
Date: February 6
Registration 9:30
Beginning time: 10:00
Place: First Congregational church, UCC, Hanover, MA (For Directions, Click here)

For more information and/or to sign up, Click here to send an email to our registrar.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: March 19-22
A movement of the ecumenical Christian community, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

This Year's Theme: A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Peoples
And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ -Luke 9:58

* Dates: March 19 – 22, 2010
* Registration: Click here for a form
* Location: DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C. Click here for directions and here for reservations at the special conference rate (Make your reservation under the name “Advocacy Days”).
* For a list of topics and workshops, click here (Warning one workshop in the Global Economic Justice track is being led by Stan Duncan, but don't hold that against them. The rest of the conference will be fine.)

Be a part of an action weekend with hundreds of faith-based advocates taking action on U.S. legislation that will welcome immigrants, protect refugees, and prevent displacement of millions.

We encourage groups from churches, denominations and regional councils of churches to charter buses and bring large groups to this important faith-in-action event. For more information about Ecumenical Advocacy Days, please visit on the Web.

President Obama's Nobel speech
Not an event, but I thought you might be interested since so many people have commented on the numerous links between Obama's speech and (UCC) theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr. Here are a few links.

The Text of the speech itself
From the Council on Foreign Relations web page

Thoughts on its roots in the theology of Reinholt Niebuhr
From the Faith World web page

And on the unfortunate interruption that took place during the speech.
From YouTube